Cahoon Counting on Strikes to Stop Sinosic

Nov 30, 2007
A fight with Elvis Sinosic (Pictures) on Saturday just hours away, Liverpool, England's Paul Cahoon (Pictures) was in a relaxed mood as he watched footage of his accomplished opponent.

"He said in an interview that he's going to take me down and submit me, but I wrestle everyday," Cahoon said about the Cage Rage fight, which will be streamed live on a pay-per-view at 1 p.m. ET. "So we'll see won't we?"

Cahoon started his fight career in the late ‘90s. Frustrated by the lack of MMA gyms in the U.K., he became one of the first British mixed martial artists to travel abroad in search of the training he would need to take him to the next level.

The Liverpudlian spent six months training at the Lion's Den with Ken Shamrock (Pictures) before finding his training home in Amsterdam, Holland. There he aligned with the star-studded Golden Glory team, which included Heath Herring (Pictures), Valentijn Overeem (Pictures) and Chalid Arrab (Pictures) along with world famous kickboxer Ramon Dekker.

Training with such an accomplished set of professionals, Cahoon's two years in Holland improved his game in leaps and bounds. Soon he was given the chance to represent the team against popular local fighter Joop Kasteel -- a man who outweighed the young Brit by 50 pounds of solid muscle.

When Cahoon walked out, he heard the audience laughing at him: "What's this? Is this a joke? This is ridiculous. Joop's gonna kill him."

A genuine surprise was in store for the packed arena. The British banger pressed the action in the fight, dancing in front of his exhausted foe before battering him into submission with a series of sharp jabs and hooks.

"I just had to take the fight to him," Cahoon said. "I knew he was a body builder, so I knew he was going to get tired after the first round. I knew that if I put the pressure on him, then he'd fold and he did."

After dishing out a beating on that occasion, Cahoon showed a near superhuman ability to absorb punishment in an epic bout with K-1 destroyer Melvin Manhoef (Pictures). He had been left without an opponent for his own Cage Carnage show. Needing a big-name replacement, Cahoon had no hesitation in calling the fighter who had beaten him before.

"In that fight, even though I was 86 kg, [Manhoef] ended up coming in at 93 or 94, but we had a good fight," Cahoon said. "He caught me with a kick that shook me a bit and he's done what he was supposed to do. He's a professional athlete -- he carried on and landed about 20 more shots. … He didn't put me down though."

Focused now on his fight at Cage Rage 24 against "The King of Rock N Rumble," Cahoon gave an honest assessment of the Australian's skills.

"He's a black belt in jiu-jitsu, so he's going to be very good on the floor, and his striking is not bad, you know," Cahoon said. "He's got some good striking. I want to stand up; I want to ground-and-pound. I can see he's weak in the ground-and-pound area.

"I think I've got all the tools in my arsenal to beat Elvis Sinosic (Pictures). He can say whatever he wants, but when we get in that cage and the cage door shuts, I'm going to give 110 percent for three five-minute rounds. I got a big heart. I'm very durable. I've got a big punch. I've got good wrestling ability, submission skills, so I'm ready to take on anybody."
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