Sherwood Park scrappers train for the UFC

Teddy Ash and Tanner Boser are two professional mixed martial arts fighters preparing for matches in the UFC. Both fighters train at Little Sweatshop gym in Sherwood Park.

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Two local fighters are putting in time at the gym and training hard as they prepare for their upcoming professional bouts in the UFC octagon.

Teddy Ashe and Tanner Boser are two mixed martial arts fighters preparing for upcoming battle in the Ultimate Fighting Championships. Both competitors train vigorously and regularly at Little Sweatshop Gym in Sherwood Park. Boser will be fighting in the heavyweight class versus Daniel Spitz on October 19 in Boston, Massachusetts. This fight will be Boser’s debut in the UFC. His previously scheduled debut fight at UFC 270 was cancelled when his opponent tested positive for steroids.

“I’m excited for the fight,” said Boser “It’s still a bit away, I’m excited but I’ll probably be nervous later. I think it’s a good matchup for me. I’m looking forward to finally making my UFC debut.”

Tanner Boser will be fighting in the heavyweight class versus Daniel Spitz on October 19 in Boston, Massachusetts. This fight will be Boser’s debut in the UFC. His previously scheduled debut fight at UFC 270 was cancelled when his opponent tested positive for steroids. James Bonnell/News Staff

Boser first became interested in martial arts when he started taking karate classes as a kid. As he got older he began watching and following the UFC. He eventually began training mixed martial arts and working his way towards joining the UFC. Boser had his first professional fight at age 21. He has since had 22 professional fights with a record of 16-5-1.

Tanner “The Bulldozer” Boser weighs in at 250 pounds. His opponent on October 19, Daniel Spitz, has a professional record of 8-2-0.

“I got to watch some his fights in the UFC,” said Boser. “I know he’s 6 foot 7 with good range. He’s lanky and good at Jiu Jitsu but I think there are definitely some weaknesses I can exploit.”

Ash will be fighting in the light heavyweight class August 27 against Dusko Todorovic in Las Vegas, Nevada as part of the Contender Series 2019.

“I’ve watched a view of Todoriovic’s fights,” said Ash. “He’s got a wicked resume, an undefeated resume against good opponents. He’s a great striker, well rounded with a good ground game, but I’ll be prepared for all of it.”

Teddy Ash will be fighting in the light heavyweight class August 27 against Dusko Todorovic in Las Vegas, Nevada as part of the Contender Series 2019. Ash has had 18 professional fights with a record of 14 wins and 4 losses.Photo by James Bonnell

Ash had his first amateur fight in 2012. He fought for a year on the amateur circuit before going pro in 2013. He has since had 18 professional fights with a record of 14 wins and 4 losses.

Preparing for a professional fight requires a strict and dedicated training regiment. Athletes like Ash and Boser often log as many hours in the gym as they would with a regular work schedule.

“I’ve been fighting every two to three months for the last couple years, said Ash. “We train two to three times a day. Striking just about every day. We have our MMA practices, wrestling practices, and strength and conditioning practices. We’ve got a pretty legit schedule all set up and a pretty structured way of training.”

Ash described his fighting style as predominantly striking, he is a hard-nosed heavy hitter.

In high school, Ash was dedicated to playing football. He first started taking mixed martial arts classes during the football offseason to stay in shape.

“I was doing kickboxing and Jiu Jitsu classes while I was in the offseason,” he said. “I was super intrigued by the sport at the time. It was blowing up. I wanted to give it a try. I love contact sports. It kept me in shape for football. When I was done playing football I took my first amateur fight and that was it. I’ve been fighting ever since.”

Professional fighters spend months or even years preparing for their fights. In order to be successful in the octagon athletes need to be prepared both physically and mentally. The mental toughness required for a professional fight also helps the athletes outside of the sport.

“I love the discipline of the sport,” added Ash. “Theres a lot of life lessons to be learned in the gym. It teaches you a lot about outside the gym. How to control your emotions and keep your composure. I love the camaraderie between your teammates and your coaches and the way you guys look out for each other and help each other. There’s a lot more to it than just fighting in a cage.”

 

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