After a stint in the now defunct WEC, Chris Horodecki was hoping to make a return back to the big stage of mixed martial arts.Â He got his wish when he eventually offered a contract with Bellator Fighting Championships, which boasts several notable fighters as well as a business relationship with MTV2. However, the return to the limelight didn’t come without it’s fair share of bruises along the way, most memorably the week leading up to Chris’ most recent bout late last month.
Initially, Chris was to take a fight on July 16th in Windsor, Ontario, however the Athletic Commission eventually scrapped the lightweight affair once the organizationÂ began shuffling around opponent after opponent. From there, the 23-year-old Shawn Tompkins product was able to quickly procure a contract with Bellator, which eventually lead to the most momentous event in Horodecki’s life.
“I was supposed to fight July 16th in Windsor and then just opponents kept getting switched on me, finally got to the point where the commission scrapped the bout on me all together”, began Chris.
“It was very unfortunate but quickly I picked up another fight right away the following weekâ€¦so it was just perfect, it worked out great for me. Then the week before a close friend of mine, a guy who I grew up with, Jake Sawicki passed away unexpectedly in his sleep. He went to sleep (that) Wednesday night and didnâ€™t wake up on Thursday. It ended up they found a bacteria that they didnâ€™t know about, that he was completely healthy, no symptoms, and it just took over his stomach and it passed on to his lungs and his heart stopped. Very, very unfortunate and it definitely just made the week a tough, tough week for me, one of the hardest weeks of my life. For me to fight, I fought in his honor, in his memory, because I know him, he was a big supporter of me and a big fan of watching me and he would for sure want me to fight. His energy and his spirit I used it to drive me.”
At Bellator 47 on July 23rd, Horodecki defeated Chris Saunders via unanimous decision, dominating American in front of a local and very supportive Canadian crowd in Rama, Ontario. In continuing to honor his friends’ memory and pursuing his career as a mixed martial artist, Chris will next return to the cage on September 10th when he takes on Brad Cardinal. Horodecki demonstrates his loyalty to his friends by not only looking for the win againstÂ “Bonesaw”, but taking back what he thinks eluded teammate Jesse Gross.
“Iâ€™ve seen him fight before on the Canadian circuit, heâ€™s a known fighter”, said Chris.
“He fought one of my teammates in a controversial decision, Jesse Gross, so I definitely want to avenge that. It was a controversial submission where Jesse got knocked down and then Brad jumped on him, didnâ€™t have the choke, didnâ€™t get the tap and the ref stopped the fight. Definitely want to avenge that and just keep showing that in every fight I just keep getting better and better and that thereâ€™s a new and improved Chris Horodecki in every single fight I fight in.”
In his 21 fights as a professional mixed martial artist, Chris has yet to win in a world title. While Freedom Fight’s doesn’t scream top-tier, it’s a well respected organization amongst Canadian fans where several notable fighters have hailed from including UFC veterans Jeff Joslin, Bill Mahood, and Joe Doerksen. It’s one step towards Chris’ ultimate ambition: becoming the best.
“I want to be a positive role model for this sport and help it grow to itâ€™s fullest potential. My personal goal is to be a world champion and that should be anybodyâ€™s goal if youâ€™re in this, if youâ€™re a competitor, if you want to be the best, because why else would you be in the game?”