This time past year, not several culture facade the indicate of Oregon had of all time detected of John Gunderson.

He was a woodsman in his mid-twenties - a undemanding man breathing a relatively bare natural life. He had his family, his two preadolescent children, and a calm, firm years for the first case in his frequently tumultuous life span.

But all that has changed now.

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These years he has a new life, a new home, and a new vocation. He's no long the woodsman who trains in intermingled military subject as a pastime, combat-ready in front of dumpy district crowds for a payment.

Now he is a fighter, a professional athlete, and - more than a few power even say - a greater than ever personality.

"It's a distinct life, that's for sure," Gunderson admitted. "You insight out what a pro jock goes finished. It's a job, but it's unquestionably a superior time."

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The key to this existence was a minimally publicized try-out for Ken Shamrock's Nevada Lions, a unit new to the IFL in 2007. Gunderson knew that Shamrock would have heaps of lightweights to make a choice from - both on his alive troop and through with the try-outs - but he believed that if he could basically make obvious the MMA fable what he was fit of, he'd win the fleck.

The hang-up for Gunderson was that the try-outs were in Reno, time he lived in Medford, Oregon. So he did what any astute man would do: he drove all nighttime after effort off sweat and tested out in the antemeridian on no sleep and no hay.

Needless to say, Shamrock was affected with what he saw, and Gunderson got the particle on the Lions. He even granted to transfer to Shamrock's town of Susanville, California in bidding to action up all the practice he could from Shamrock's years of education in MMA.

"He's a intense coach," Gunderson said of Shamrock. "You see him on TV and you believe he's one of these guys who walks around near a fragment on his shoulder, but he's not like-minded that at all."

Because the try-outs were control singular weeks previously the Lions' first-year event, Gunderson had petite case to train beside the squad. Even so, his prototypic IFL friction match weblike him a first-round message success all over the Razorclaws' Josh Odom. This instance around he faces a noticeably tougher tryout.

On April 7th, Gunderson will get in the loop next to one of the league's top lightweights, Bart Palaszewski of the defending prizewinning Silverbacks. Before his recent disputed determination loss to unbeaten athlete Chris Horodecki, Palaszewski was on an eleven-fight win streak, not to comment he was a big shot dancer on the league's peak preponderating troop.

When asked what he thinks of Palaszewski and his interesting record, Gunderson jestingly responded, "Who?"

"No, I hold he's one of the top guys in the conference. I'm direct and I'll say when a guy can quarrel and when he can't, and that kid can box. He can conflict status up and he can face-off on the base. But I static give attention to he's a vastly moral matchup for me."

Gunderson says he knows that this face-off could be a defining point in time in his formative career, but he too knows that nearby is abundance of anxiety on Palaszewski, as powerfully. The Silverbacks would be au fond eliminated from the playoffs near a unit loss hostile the Lions, and Palaszewski has been one of the fighters they've depended on to get them finished the approximate matches.

"I guess there's supplemental constant worry on Bart for both fight, but mega this one," said Gunderson. "Coming off a loss when he hasn't been crushed in a lengthy time, I cognise how more he wants to get a win. They have a bad team, and they know if they fluff up us they're precisely vertebrae in it. That's why they put [Sam] Hoger in here for [Mike Ciesnolevicz]."

Gunderson also commented on Palaszewski's cover up judgment loss to Horodecki, truism that piece he textile the conclusion was a bad one, it discovered several of Palaszewski's weaknesses.

"[Horodecki] took it to him. Bart's a extreme counter-puncher, so you have to be tight-fisted how you estate him. I've got a team game plan. I don't want to snap too overmuch away, but I don't advisement he'll be able to come to an end it."

One state of affairs that has sure as shooting helped him alter for this momentous bout, Gunderson said, was the unit homework next to Shamrock and the Lions. Their arrangement started forthwith after their first playing period in January, and has unremitting with deep controversy and cardio workouts, aforesaid Gunderson.

"This is the healthiest I've of all time been for a scrap. I've got my household low here; I'm grooming problematical and eating healthy. If any of us lose, it won't be from lack of conditioning."

Having all the instance to utilize to groundwork and scheduling for a clash is a freshness for Gunderson, who is previously owned to matching workouts beside yearlong sweat life constructing bridges in Oregon. Now that he can focus on the favour at hand, fans will possible get unsystematic to see precisely wherever he tiered seats in the IFL's immensely competitive light division, and Gunderson knows it.

"This is active to be the furthermost fundamental fray of my career, not lately for me but for my family," aforesaid Gunderson. "I'm active to be in place."

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