MMAViking.com has a chat with Cage Warriors champion Toni Tauru (10-1-1) on its popular “Fika Time” program sponsored by warriorcoffee.com. “I have to move like a ninja” says the stay at home dad that takes a break during his daughters nap to give everyone an update on his career and rehab.
“I don’t even feel it anymore. It is all gone, it is passed… and I am training full time.” reports the Finn with a 10 fight winning streak, culminating in last Septembers Cage Warriors belt with a stoppage (7th straight). The #1 ranked Nordic bantamweight had shoulder surgery shortly after the bout.
“I want to get in that beast mode again. It will take 2-3 months.”
While the Team East Front fighter thinks he is still a few more months away from “Beast Mode”, he is still in a bit of disbelief over what has happened with Cage Warriors. “It was a surprise to me. I’m not sure what they have going on.”
“I hope I will be fighting in US or Japan. It’s time to move on to the big leagues.” says Dynamite that is one of the hottest prospects outside of the UFC.
The 30 year enjoys traveling to train in Helsinki and Lahti to compliment his routine of three local Kouvala gyms including MMA Utti at Stronghold Gym, BJJ Kouvola, and a crossfit gym with mats as he gets ready for action.
The college graduate has been having exciting fight after exciting fight. “I always go for finishes” says the fighter that owns MMAViking.com’s 2013 Submission of the Year for his Gogoplata choke that he pulled on Sweden’s Emil Hartsner at EUMMA 7. “That was sick” says Tauru looking back, and also remembering that Hartsner “broke half my face with elbows” prior to the memorable submission.
Watch the full episode with some additional talk about Finnish Melodifestivalen winner Lordi, being bullied, and where he keeps his Cage Warriors belt. Enjoy!