SLOAN, Iowa – Kyle Angerman is ready to fight.
The Sioux City native is ready to get back in the cage after suffering his first loss as a professional in January. Circumstances have kept him from looking to improve on his 4-1 mark, but that is set to change Saturday when he is set to fight in the main event at King of the Cage’s EPICENTER II at WinnaVegas Casino Resort.
“I had a fight two and a half months after (the loss) and my guy was medically unfit to fight the night of the fight,” Angerman said. “Going through a whole training camp and the stress of everything, I was coming off a loss and wanting to avenge it and then not getting to fight. It was so much time and work I just needed to relax.
“It was worse than a loss because I didn’t even get to try to perform. It was so much effort and energy pretty much wasted it was a terrible feeling.”
Angerman tried to line up another fight, but when he didn’t feel fully committed to the training he decided to wait. The 29-year-old took time to re-evaluate everything which included a move to Iowa Martial Arts in Des Moines to change up his training.
“If I plan on fighting I am usually 100 percent in and I am excited to get better and put work in in the gym,” Angerman said.
Angerman said the move to the new gym has been good and he is ready to put on a show for his fans.
That time is now for Angerman as he is ready to get back in the cage against Ed Smith.
Smith, who has five wins in his professional career, is a striker, which is fine with Angerman who has put together a different plan to prepare for this fight at 170 pounds.
“I hit the weights real hard for this one,” said Angerman, who has spent 10 weeks preparing for the fight. “It is something I had to fix and I feel like that is the reason I did lose my fight. I felt like I didn’t train my body to recover so I hit the weights and my conditioning different. I am hoping that shows.”
The event has several other fights scheduled to take place with Sioux City’s Chris Galinsky also set to step into the cage. There are co-main events as well as several featured matches that are expected to entertain the crowd in Sloan.
Angerman, who started fighting in 2014, said he feels “amazing” heading into Saturday’s action. He has his diet right which is key for a fighter who has at times had to make significant weight cuts before getting into the cage.
All four of Angerman's wins have come in the first round with his quickest decision coming with a 16-second knockout of Heath Mammenin in July 2017. He may like the stand-up game, but the former Sioux City East state wrestling qualifier has the grappling background to take it to the mat if necessary.
Angerman, who is signed to fight with King of the Cage for two more fights after Saturday, has lived in Des Moines the past several years, but he is planning to move back to Sioux City with his wife in the near future.
Angerman said he can feel the crowd’s energy when he is fighting in the cage and tries to use it to his advantage.
He is ready to feel it again.