Devon Lozej is set to make his professional MMA debut against Albaraa Atmeh at BTC 11 on August 15th and credits his hockey background to where he is today.
“I played hockey, obviously, I’m in Canada, so everyone I know plays hockey,” Lozej told The Scrap. “I played until I was like 13-14 and then I transitioned into wrestling. The reason why I got kicked out of my league (was) for fighting. Like you weren’t even allowed to fight because we were too young. And then I was like ‘you know what? I’ll go to go to a sport where I could actually be physical and beat someone up.”
Lozej (4-0 AM) hasn’t competed since Dec. 2019 due to the pandemic but was able to find this opportunity with BTC thanks to his new management, Dodge Sports.
“I signed with them and told them I wanted to fight in August,” Lozej said. “And then yeah, boom, they got me this. This came up and then I jumped right on the opportunity. Man, I’m so happy to have it.”
Atmeh (5-2 AM) will also be making his professional debut and like his opponent, hasn’t fought since late 2019. The 23-year-old has finished three of his seven career amateur opponents.
The time on the sidelines has allowed Lozej the opportunity to build on his skill set and is expecting a crowd-pleasing affair on August 15th.
“This one’s gonna be violent,” Lozej explained. “I think from the minute we go, we’re both just waiting to get in there, you know, like hungry dogs. I’m gonna put this guy away in one, maybe two rounds, we’ll see how lucky he is.”
BTC 11 takes place August 15th in Edmonton, Alberta Canada.