Finishing opponents in the first round is kind of Billy Christianson’s thing.
But what happens when the International Falls native is on the wrong side of a 12-second TKO?
Granted, there was plenty of controversy surrounding the early stoppage from his most recent fight at Legacy FC 60, but it also came with Christianson needing to go back to the drawing board.
“The Kidd” has grown up and has refocused on his fighting career, meaning that setback should be nothing more than a slight bump in the road. He’s ready to prove that when he steps back in the cage Friday night at Legacy Fighting Alliance 2.
LFA 2 is the first event the new promotion, which came about due to the powerhouse merger of regional talents in RFA and Legacy FC, is bringing to Minnesota. Tickets are still available on cagetix.com/lfa for Friday night’s show from Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake, Minn.
Fans who seek the recipe for Fight of the Night need to look no further than Christianson’s matchup against No. 6-ranked Brandon Jenkins (9-4), which takes place on the main card (8 p.m. start on AXS-TV).
Christianson (12-6) currently sits ranked No. 7 in the Minnesota MMA News rankings. The Spartan Martial Arts product always seems to put on a show (see, his wicked spinning backfist KO from a year ago), and when put up against a banger in “Twitch” Jenkins, the likelihood of this bout being a fan-favorite is quite high.
Billy “The Kidd” was kind enough to do a quick Q&A with us during fight week to offer up his thoughts on training under Tom Schmitz, old weight-cutting issues, and of course, his big fight ahead.
Recently your coach Tom Schmitz was named the Minnesota MMA News Coach of the Year. What do you have to offer for insight as to really how good of a coach he is after training with him for a while now?
CHRISTIANSON: He really is just an amazing coach. He has the skill set and is incredible at jiu-jitsu. Not only that, but he’s been around and a