Quiet and soft spoken, Trevor Manchester prefers to let his performances say it all.
"It's a lot of fun," said Manchester, who is thriving on the challenges the sport provides.
With his experience as a wrestler, it's easy to see why the ground game is Manchester's strength.
"He's very quiet and very easy going," said Jim Ligouri, head coach and owner of Ho Shin Sool. "He shows very little emotion as he prepares for a fight and very little emotion when the fight begins. But once he gets a hold of you, he never lets go."
Grappling combines skills from wrestling, judo and jiujitsu, and Manchester competed on a couple of cards in both Michigan and in the Toronto area before eventually focusing on MMA.
Wrestling will always be his first athletic love he coaches the high school team at Korah but mixed martial arts is now a close second.
He credits the strong stable of Ho Shin Sool fighters for helping prepare him for any potential obstacle.
He trained for roughly a year before his first MMA fight, debuting in the summer Puma Basket Heart Black Or White
But after his university career was over, and while looking for something to fill the competitive void, he began to train with Ho Shin Sool teammates Brent Fryia, Ray Gowlett and Jeff Elliott for grappling events.
Manchester has viewed a couple of Reynolds' fights via the Internet and sees the American as someone who also enjoys the ground game.
Manchester would love to walk away with a knockout Saturday, when he faces Justin Reynolds of Grand Rapids, Mich.
He also shone at provincials, winning a gold medal in 2000 at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) championships. The previous year, Manchester was an OFSAA silver medallist.
Like Manchester, Gowlett, Fryia, Mitch Fryia and Darren Manion are all former national calibre wrestlers.
Association (NOSSA) level.
If given his druthers, wrestling is something Manchester never wanted to let go of.
However, no matter what Reynolds throws at him, Puma Ignite Limitless Blue
"He's good on his feet," the coach And if the knockout is there, he'll take it."
"I was working out, but there was nothing competitive for me," Manchester said. "I didn't have an outlet for a couple of years before I got into MMA."
During his days as a Korah student, Manchester won four city wrestling championships and three more at the Northern Ontario Secondary Schools Puma Basket Heart White Toddler
Manchester doubts he'll be surprised.
"We have the best club and the best training partners," Manchester said. "I go into bouts really prepared. There's nothing new in the cage, because I've seen it all in practice.".
And so far, a perfect 4 0 record speaks to his impressive transition from champion wrestler to mixed martial artist.
"I Basket Puma Ring want to be a thinking fighter," said Manchester, when asked about his quiet, controlled approach. "I don't like to have my adrenaline flowing. I find that once you reach that point, you're thinking less or you're not thinking at all."
Manchester does his talking in the cage
"He's a jiu jitsu type of guy," the Sault fighter said. "But I plan to stay on my feet at the start and just see how things go."
But, noted Ligouri, it doesn't have to always be his go to game.
The 28 year old amateur, part of the Ho Shin Sool Martial Arts stable, seeks his fifth consecutive welterweight (170 pounds) victory Saturday at King of the Cage: Underground 64. at Kewadin Casinos in the Michigan Sault. Fights begin one hour later.
Yet the last thing you'll hear from Manchester is excessive bluster.
While wrestling at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, he was a three time Ontario University Athletics (OUA) champion. His resume includes fourth, fifth and seventh place finishes at the Canadian championships.
And that's foreign ground for the Korah Collegiate math teacher, who has long combined both physical and mental strength.
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