Rohovich back in action for the first time in two years

Lucas Punkari/Daily Herald Mixed martial arts fighter Ryan Rohovich signs an autograph during a meet and greet event at Prairie Cannabis on Saturday afternoon.

Return to the cage set for Saturday in Truro, N.S.

It’s been a long time coming for Prince Albert’s Ryan Rohovich to have the chance to go gone toe-to-toe with another fighter in a competitive mixed martial arts bout.

After losing a five-round decision to Vancouver’s Achilles Estremadura for the Battlefield Fight League’s lightweight title in Coquitlam, B.C. on May 26, 2018, Rohovich will be back in action this Saturday in Truro, N.S. as part of a card that’s being put on by Fight League Atlantic.

“I’ve been looking forward to this for the last while since I knew I was going to have an opportunity to get back in there,” Rohovich during a meet and greet event at Prairie Cannabis on Saturday afternoon. “As the day itself gets closer, I get more excited.

“It’s probably the longest break that I’ve had in between fights. I had an injury I had to recover from and life got in the way a little bit, but everything’s back on track now. I’m healthy, I’m in shape and I’m ready to go.”

Rohovich, who has a 4-4 professional record, will be taking on Shawn Wallace of Charlottetown, P.E.I. in a three round bout.

Wallace, who has an 8-2 record, is considered to be one of the top fighters from the Maritimes.

“He’s an all-around fighter,” Rohovich said. “He’s got a brown belt in jiu-jitsu and he’s a good striker.

“I’m excepting the fight to go everywhere and I’m ready for anything. I’m just sticking to the basics, fighting my fight and looking for my opening.”

Rohovich has kept his training regiment the same as he’s been at LDP Martial Arts for four-to-six hours a day with only one day out of the gym over the course of a week.

He did make one major change during the fight camp, however, as he switched to a completely vegan diet.

“I think it’s made a difference for sure,” said Rohovich, who is a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

“I’m finding that I have less inflammation after training and I’m recovering a lot quicker than I have in the past. It’s helped me out a lot with my cardio and I felt like I was able to get in shape a lot quicker this time around.”

Rohovich will be flying out to Truro on Thursday, with the weigh-ins taking place on Friday.