Kris plans to teach rival a lesson
KRIS Tassotti can normally be found teaching in a room full of children at a high school in Hervey Bay.
He’ll find himself in a very different environment at the Maryborough Showgrounds on August 27.
One that won’t be for the faint-hearted.
The 29-year-old will have a fight on his hands – literally.
Tassotti is just starting a career as a MMA (mixed martial arts) cage fighter.
He’ll have his second fight in the all-or-nothing sport later this month.
Tassotti, who won his first fight on a points decision at the end of a three-round showdown in Toowoomba in February, will feature as one of the bouts on the card in the Tapout Underground MMA series at the Heritage City venue.
Tapout Underground MMA is Australia’s premier MMA caged fighting event and the action in Maryborough will feature fighters from throughout the country.
But how did Tassotti get involved in a sport which is a full contact combat and allows fighters to use a wide variety of techniques and skills from a mixture of martial arts?
Well, it seems watching on TV had a big say in it.
“I had been watching it for about nine years – I was a huge fan,” says Tassotti, who fights in the heavyweight division (about 110kg).
“I decided to give it a go myself and I certainly don’t regret it.
“I love the sport because it develops the body physically to a great capacity, but more so, it develops one’s own self-awareness and inner strength.”
But does Tassotti, who is trained by a former MMA fighter based in Hervey Bay, Tony Green, worry about getting injured in a fight?
“Not at all,” Tassotti said.
“I played rugby union for years and I reckon you can pick up worse injuries in that.”
With Tassotti being a cage fighter, does that mean his students do what they are told?
“I wish,” he laughed.
“Seriously though, many of them (students) know what I do and they show a real interest in the sport.
“Some may come and watch me fight this time – that would be good because the sport has a keen following in our region.
“ I hope people get behind and support the event so the sport can continue to grow.”
‘I love the sport because it develops the body physically to a great capacity but, more so, it develops one’s own self-awareness and inner strength.’