PRO kickboxer Fraser “The Omen” Opie is shaping up for one of the toughest challenges of his career as he takes on judo specialist Robert Krecicki at a unique fight night in Birmingham in September.
Fraser, who trains at the Immortal MMA gym in Milton Keynes, will take on Krecicki who has only been beaten once in his career, just five years after he took up the discipline.
“I only got into fighting four or five years ago, originally it wasn’t something I saw myself doing,” he admitted.
“While doing the kickboxing I realised I actually really like doing this and ended up with a record of 15-1, so I thought I’d give MMA a go and realised I liked it a lot more.”
Fraser likes to channel his kickboxing experience in his MMA bouts, with none of his seven professional wins to date going the distance, with six KOs (knockouts) and TKOs (total knockouts) on his record.
However, Fraser’s last two defeats have come via a guillotine choke – a fact that is not lost on him, and one that does not sit too well with him either, but he believes he is fighting in the right way to win more often than not.
“It’s mainly aggression, I put it on them right from the beginning. You’ll see exactly the same thing in September, I’m just a bit more wary of the guillotine this time,” he said.
“My weak points were definitely my BJJ and wrestling, so I brought in submission specialist Danny Batten with regard to that and I’m working a lot more on my ground game.
“With the fights that I lost I put myself in the losing position, I’ve given it to them rather than they’ve taken it from me.”
Despite his opponent’s wide array of skills inside the cage, as you would expect, Fraser is aiming for an early knockout finish on the night, aiming to let his fists do the talking,
He said: “Only one fight I’ve had went outside the first round, so I’m going for a first round ground and pound TKO.”
Fraser is not shy about expressing his ambitions for the years to come and hopes to one day be recognised as the best in his class.
“I’m definitely looking forward to being a title holder for BAMMA some day soon,” he said.