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SNF 12’s Robb Rennebohm: ‘Fighting is in my blood; this is what I do’

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Before Regina’s Robb Rennebohm makes his long-awaited return to action versus Saskatoon’s Trevor Lafrencois at Saturday Night Fights 12 on November 12 in Regina, the heavyweight wrecking machine caught up with Pro MMA Now.

Did you fall in love with MMA right away when you began training?

No (laughs). My first love was Muay Thai. The only reason I switched over because I wanted to challenge myself in different ways. I had a few friends who did MMA and they would come to me to help train their striking. All of a sudden they would shoot on me and take me down, and I was amazed that there was a whole ‘nother element. I had to train it. I’m a stand-up guy. But the more I worked at it, the more I enjoyed it. But ultimately my heart lies with Muay Thai.

Why fighting?

I have been fighting for pretty much my entire life (laughs). I grew up in a rougher area of Regina, I didn’t have very good coping skills. That got me into a lot of trouble. My mom didn’t know what to do with me, so she started introducing me to boxing and Tae Kwon Do and things like that. My older brother used to tell me that fighting is in my blood. Fighting is what I do. Some people shy away from it and are scared of it, I love it. I don’t know what it is, but I run to violence. That’s how I’ve been my whole life. To do it in a professional atmosphere, with discipline and proper training, appealed to me from Day 1. That’s why I do what I do.

How excited are you for this fight?

I always try to contain my excitement, but now that we’re so close, my excitement is growing by the hour. I can’t sleep. All I think about is what I’m going to do in there and how it’s going to go. I’m visualizing everything, and I’m getting very, very excited. I’ve gotten so much support from everyone, and that’s really starting to feed into me.

After this fight, what’s next?

Another fight (laughs). My entire career, I have never looked too many fights past the task at hand. I don’t ever like to look past the opponent who is in front of me. But I want a belt. Before my body says no more or my wife says no more, I want another belt.

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