Josh Machan Says WSOF 7 Bout Has Reinvigorated Featherweight Vet
By Kelsey Mowatt
Josh Machan has been working towards a big stage opportunity throughout his eight year career, and recently the veteran was booked to fight featherweight Shawn Albrecht, at World Series of Fighting’s December 7th card. For a man who admits it wasn’t long ago when he had doubts about his future in fighting, the high profile bout arrived at a fantastic time.
“Yeah, I actually felt like I was kind of,” Machan said in a recent appearance on Full Contact Fighter Radio, when asked if at one point he felt like he was out of the sport. “I had a lot going on with my life. I did power engineering…I had to do four months of schooling to become a mechanic; I was really, really busy and I just didn’t really need fighting.”
After losing to current UFC lightweight Mitch Clarke in September, 2010, Machan didn’t compete again until November, 2011, when he tapped out Nick Heynen. The Albertan proceeded to compete for King of the Cage several months later, and won the promotion’s Canadian featherweight title by submitting Behrang Yousefi.
“But at the same time, when I took that break, I realized I need to fight,” added the 26 year-old, who trains alongside his 30 year-old brother Ryan Machan, who is also an experienced vet. “It’s a part of me…I have a wife and a baby, and another on the way, as much as it would be nice to have a normal life, I don’t know if I could ever give up fighting. I just love the sport too much.”
Most recently, Machan recorded another submission win, by tapping Alex Halkias with a quick guillotine choke at KOTC’s “Anger Therapy” card last month. Not long after, his deal with WSOF Canada materialized.
“I’m very, very happy about it; I think it’s a huge opportunity,” said Machan, who since losing his first three pro bouts, has gone 11-2. “It kind of reinvigorates me to be fighting on a card at this level. I’m used to being in the main event and now I’m on the undercard; it’s different. It feels new again and it’s kind of exciting.”
One thing that immediately jumps out when you examine Machan’s record, is the fact that 10 of his 11 pro wins have come via submission. Not only that, but since losing to Clarke he’s scored four, first round tap-out victories, and the last two came in under 30 seconds.
“It’s just kind of the way my fights have went,” said Machan, while discussing his record. “I’m comfortable with my stand-up and my wrestling…whether I seek the opportunity to shoot, or score points, push the fight in a different position, or they shoot on me like in my last two fights. I got two twenty second guillotines; it’s just the way all my fights have happened.”
In Albrecht (9-5), Machan will face an accomplished grappler and MMA vet, who is coming off victories over Baz Cunningham and Travis Matthews.
“I don’t like to watch a lot of tape but I have an idea of his style,” Machan noted about Albrecht. “Fairly aggressive in the stand-up with really, really good jiu-jitsu. I try not to dwell on that. I think about what I want to do, my game-plan and what I want to implement and not worry about what he’s going to do.”
WSOF 7 will be hosted by Vancouver, British Columbia’s PNE Agrodome and the main card will be broadcast on the NBC Sports Network.