Soldier Off WRECK Card as Duty Calls for MCpl Turner
Master Corporal Randy “Relentless” Turner cannot do battle in the mixed martial arts ring next Friday due to a posting to war.
A deployment to Afghanistan starting in late September – Turner’s fourth tour in 12 years of Canadian military service – has forced the
31-year-old bantamweight to withdraw from the August 20th WreckMMA Bad Intentions card at the Hilton Lac Leamy because he will be immersed in pre-deployment training.
“The time frame of the fight is not co-operating with my career,” said Turner, who won his first professional MMA match on April 16th of this year during WreckMMA’s second event, Unite for Brian’s Fight, by stopping Mikael Pellerin of Victoriaville, Que. with a first-round rear naked choke to even his record at 1-1.
The chiseled Turner, who is from Halifax and sports a chest-wide Lest We Forget tattoo, said immediately after the win he wished the fight would have lasted longer.
Facing war outside the ring is far less predictable.
“I knew what was expected of me when I became a soldier,” said Turner.
“I am patriotic, but in a place like Afghanistan the flag isn’t going to bring me home, the government isn’t going to bring me home. To be honest it’s going to be the guy to my left and the guy to my right. So that’s really what matters most to me.”
“The trust we have in each other is unparalleled to anything I could explain.”
Turner’s military placement is scheduled to end in April, 2011.
He said he will train in MMA enthusiastically throughout the posting, planning towards a third professional bout next summer.
“I was all over the country and all over North America playing hockey as a kid,” smiled Turner, 31, beads of sweat fresh off of a training session at the Ottawa Academy of Martial Arts.
“Had this sport been around when I was 10 years old I may not have played hockey.”
The 10-bout Bad Intentions card is moving to the Gatineau casino for the first time. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.
Fight fans and all local mixed martial arts academies are encouraged to bring non-perishable food in support of the Ottawa Food Bank.
WRECK MMA August 20 Lineup