Fivestar Owner Justin Donally says with the exception of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Homecoming was the best attended event in the history of British Columbia.
“We knew the crowd would be big but we by far blew out even our expectations,” he says. “We broke records across British Columbia. To my knowledge there’s been nothing higher attended outside of the UFC. To beat out other guys in cities like Vancouver is impressive on so many levels. It’s huge for the business, for the gym, for the guys, for the community.”
Donally adds the event helped to further put the Fivestar stamp on mixed martial arts in the area and knows they’ve made it very difficult for other promotions to compete.
“When we started this thing Fort St. John was right on the radar and we’ve surrounded the area for the last year and a half. Grande Prairie, Dawson Creek, Tumbler Ridge, Prince George, and now coming home. This is our home base. This is where all the local athletes are,” he explains. “That crowd showed Fivestar is big in Northwestern Canada and really big in the Peace Region. I think it showed compared to people seeing another foreign promotion come from out of Alberta and totally flop with maybe four or five hundred people there. You’ve got to have the community support and that’s what we’re all about.”
On a personal level he says he couldn’t be more happy for local fighters Brad Stewart and Duncan Wilson who both ended the night wearing championship belts.
“Not only do I coach them, train them, and help them out on a daily basis, but they’re both really close friends of mine. These are two local guys that are a couple of the best guys in Canada, not just in the area. To get them to do what they did shows Fivestar is for real.” Donally states.
For those eager for more shows by the Fivestar Fight League, Donally said that while full details are still a work in progress fans in Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, and Grande Prairie should expect to have fight cards in their respective cities in the fall.