New Welterweight Champion Duncan Wilson says he kept to his game plan in the cage and gave credit for his win to Fivestar trainers and organizers that helped him prepare for the bout.
“It went as planned. He felt pretty strong and he was a tough game guy but I handled him on the ground and handled him on the feet. I was really happy. I put a lot of work into this camp more than I ever have,” he explains. “I had a lot of help from a lot of key guys. Darren Robson worked my muay-thai and Paul Rosborough and Justin Donally with Fivestar and my training partner was Brad [Stewart]. It just all came together really well.”
The fight for Wilson was his first in the Welterweight weight class at 170 pounds after previously competing at 185 pounds. He says he felt much more comfortable in the new weight class and plans on sticking with it going forward.
“It feels great. It was a lot of extra work but it all came together really well. It feels that much better, that much sweeter to put that extra work in and have it work out and get that title,” he states. “The cut to 170 went well because I put in the work and did everything right. It felt better than I thought it would and this is where I’m going to stay at 170.”
Brad Stewart faced his share of obstacles in his Middleweight Title defence against Cody Krahn. A previous injury to his rib was hit making it pop out on his left side. The injury was of concern to the point that the referee temporarily called a stop in the third round to have it looked at but it was determined that Stewart could continue. After the fight he wasn’t concerned about what happened saying it was from a previous injury.
“The rib injury wasn’t a big deal because it was an old injury that I had before it was just sticking out a bit and I was told it was just a bunch of cartilage that didn’t heal right,” he admits. “He just happened to hit me in the same spot and it swelled up so I wasn’t too worried about that. He caught me with a couple good shots on the ground. It was a tough fight. My coach said ‘three two’ and I landed the three and two [right hook, straight cross] and he went down.”
Stewart adds that successfully defending his title in his home town was a great feeling and he was happy that he put on a good performance.
“It felt so good. I tried not to think about it because I get myself psyched out but once it was all over and I knew I won in front of everybody then it hit me,” he says. “It was almost too much. I just really didn’t want to let anyone down. I wanted to put on a good fight. Win or lose I wanted it to be exciting. Mission accomplished.”
On the amateur portion of the card one of the many fighters who had impressive performances was Mike Friesen. Friesen who also owns MC Rehabilitation and Wellness says he was confident in his wrestling skills and it showed with his victory by unanimous decision over Jacob Moore.
“It feels fantastic. Honestly I wouldn’t have done it without my coaches. I’m the an athlete that just gets in there but without my coaches. Without the coaches to mold me and my gameplan all of those guys played an intrical part in the win,” he explains. “Going into it I knew I was going to have better wrestling than him. My gameplan was to take it to the ground, ground and pound him, and attempt some submissions. He was really good on his submission defence I was quite impressed but my coaches kept telling me to feed knees.”
Below are the full results from Fivestar Fight League’s Homecoming:
Brad Stewart def. Cody Krahn via KO at 2:45 of Round 3 – Retains the FFL Middleweight Title
Duncan Wilson def. Jonathan Cowan via TKO (Referee Stoppage) at 4:03 of Round 2 – Wins the FFL Welterweight Title
Shawn Albrecht def. Zach Gait via Submission (Triangle) at 2:15 of Round 1
Jared McComb def. Micah Brakefield at 5:00 of Round 1 (Brakefield unable to answer the bell for Round 2)
Trevor Lafrancois def. Gary Peck via TKO (Referee Stoppage) at 3:16 of Round 1
Dylan Leilke def Grey Patino via Submission (Triangle Choke) at 2:52 of Round 2
Ron Pope def. Jacob Moore via Submission (Key Lock) at 1:23 of Round 1
Elysse Stevenson def. Robin Combs via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Dakota Huard def. Malcolm Clarence via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:32 of Round 2
Tate Rawling def. Yorkhander Martinez via Submission (Arm Bar) at 1:22 of Round 1
Michael Friesen def. Jacob Moore via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Timber Bigfoot def. Kyle Minault via KO at 1:19 of Round 1
Alex Martinez def. Alex Paul via Submission (Arm Bar) at 1:28 of Round 2