Viedas working on flexibility

The results from his training have been great so far and Marco “Machete” Viedas is looking forward to his next fight.

Marco “Machete” Viedas gearing up for his next fight.

Marco “Machete” Viedas gearing up for his next fight.

The results from his training have been great so far and Marco “Machete” Viedas is looking forward to his next fight, which will potentially come at the start of 2015.

Viedas, who has started taking a different approach to his mixed martial arts (MMA) career, is enjoying the way that things have been going so far and will look to continue to prosper from his training regiment as he moves forward.

He recently took on trainer Mark Urqhart, who took a look at him from both a health and physical standpoint. Noticing that there was some room for improvement in his flexibility and overall diet, Urqhart created a routine for Viedas to follow.

So far, the results have been favorable for Viedas.

“Things have been going real good, I’m really happy about it,” Viedas said.

“We’ve been working hard, both on the diet side of things and improving my flexibility and my overall strength. It’s been going good so far and I’m really excited to see where it’s going to take me.”

Machete recently completed his third-degree testing for his black belt at the Parksville Taekwondo School, where he also teaches, along with his training for his MMA career.

“I love being able to give back to the students there, it’s a lot of fun,” Viedas said. “It’s great for me because I get to have fun with them in their training and then I get to be with my coaches and train there too. I basically live there so it’s a great place to be for me and I really love it.”

His new training schedule has seen Viedas putting on some muscle and having him and his trainers thinking about the move from the bantamweight class (135 pounds) to the featherweight class (145 pounds).

Machete, who usually walks around 167 pounds, is split between the idea of the switch in weight classes.

“I’m getting bigger and I feel really good being at the higher weight class,” he said.

“Going to featherweight will let me be more clear in my mind, not having to stress myself as much as I would have to cutting weight to bantamweight. I have the skills to fight at either weight class so it’s just a matter of what I feel comfortable with.”

Viedas will be looking to get back in to some sparring and more training coming up with training partner Graham Spencer, who is coming off an injury and looking to have a fight around the same time heading into the new year.

Having the chance to train and work with Spencer — who’s helped his MMA skill set drastically — is something that Viedas is excited about and is looking forward to.

“It’s going to be good, getting back to the sparring side of things with Graham,” Viedas said. “I’ve been enjoying the training we’ve been doing so far and it’s been nice not having to worry about anything but training but I’m hoping to get training in with Graham before we both fight again.”