Before ascending to his present status as one of the nation’s top up-and-coming mixed martial arts fighter, Ian “The Hurricane” Heinish followed an uncertain path to greatness. A two-time Colorado state champ at 171 & 189 pounds in 2005-06 for Ponderosa, Ian was offered a full ride to wrestle in college. On May 4th in Vail, sponsored by Xtreme Pro Apparel, Ian will fight for the Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) middleweight championship.
However, a series of poor choices first landed him in a foreign prison. Stripped of his privileges, forced to adapt to a different culture and language, needing to rediscover himself while incarcerated, Ian turned to boxing and religion. Helped by a relationship with God, Ian now asserts that “my purpose is to inspire through my testimony” having learned that “circumstances do not dictate the person you are.” Ultimately, Ian believes that “you are never too far gone” to get your life under control.
As one who has successfully crossed over from a wrestling background, Ian tells that he is successful through being able to “control the fight” by taking the most advantageous position, either on his feet or on the fighting surface. Wrestling has contributed to his mental toughness; it is “the bridge between striking, wrestling, and grappling.”
To excel as a mixed martial arts fighter, however, Ian counsels that one must put in “years and years of work” and be prepared to adapt technique such as learning to shoot with the head on the inside “so you won’t get put in a jiu-jitsu guillotine. For those first making the transition from wrestling, he advises that they “start boxing in an MMA gym.”
A rising star on the LFA circuit, Ian hopes to advance to the MMA ranks with a middleweight championship. Now 9-1 overall, if he reaches 10-1, then the next part of God’s plan would be in effect. Knowing what he knows now about life choices and what he might do differently, it is also clear that Ian looks back on his past as circumstances which helped him redefine his path to greatness.
Catch Ian Heinish in Vail, Colorado on May 4th for the interim middleweight championship! For front row seats reach 303.408.6938. For general admission purchase online at Heinish vs. Checco (LFA MMA #39)