Krzysztof Soszynski has worked hard to regain his health following the first loss of his UFC career last year, when he took a match against Brandon Vera on just over a month's notice and lost a disappointing decision at UFC 102.
Prior to his fight with Vera, Soszynski had been on a six-fight winning streak, which included wins in his first three UFC matches. After the loss, Soszynski was able to take some time off for surgery to repair damage to his elbow, and has since finished rehabilitation and enjoyed a full fight camp to prepare for his upcoming bout with Stephan Bonnar at UFC 110.
"Full camp is fantastic," Soszynski told BleacherReport.com. "I had 14 weeks to get ready for this fight. After the Brandon Vera fight, I had to go through elbow surgery and I had 11 bone chips removed from my elbow. I had some time off to recover and recuperate. With 14 weeks, I really get to focus on my conditioning, focusing slowly on the technique aspect of this fight and game planning everything. It's been really helpful and great. I want to thank the UFC for giving me a full camp for this one. Knock on wood: this camp has been fantastic. It's like I have a new elbow. I can do everything with it and it hasn't bothered me at all. The doctor did a great job on it and I'm ready 100%. You always get small injuries here and there, but no camp is perfect. I'm very pleased with the way this camp is going. I'm no longer the 25-year-old guy I once was. I'm 32 now and I feel fantastic and very pleased with everything."
Soszynski practices with Dan Henderson at Team Quest, but to prepare for Bonnar he has mixed up his training regimen and also spent time at Alliance MMA at the invitation of former opponent Brandon Vera. Soszynski has been very happy with the results.
"I've been training with Vera, Phil Davis, Lew Polley and Travis Brown who's a monster," Soszynski said. "I've been doing a lot of my training there with their coaching staff and those fighters. They've been helping me tremendously along with Ed Buckley who's my striking coach and he's been helping me tremendously for this fight. Dan Henderson - I've been working with him twice a week on my wrestling and his great clinch game. That's where I'm learning my uppercuts and dirty boxing and so far I've had great help."
Soszynski expects a tough fight when he faces Bonnar in Sydney this coming weekend. Bonnar has dropped back-to-back fights against Jon Jones and Mark Coleman, but Soszynski does not think that means he should be taken lightly.
"I'm not expecting to go into this fight and win this fight in the first or second round," Soszynski stated. "Most likely this is going to be a brutal fight, a lot of blood everywhere on both sides. I know he's going to come out very aggressive. I mean his job could be on the line with him losing his last two fights. He's going to be preparing 100 percent, be aggressive and come out firing to finish this fight. I'm the same way having my last fight be a loss to Brandon Vera. I'm going to go in there and try to finish him as well. I know that conditioning is going to be a big factor in this fight. I've been working really hard with several division one wrestlers here at...