For the home crowd and Brad Stewart the desired result didn’t pan out as new middleweight champion Brendan Kornberger controlled most of the fight up against the fence, and finished Stewart off on the ground in the third round by TKO as the official stepped in to stop the fight.
“Our game plan was to come out and move around, test him out and see what he has to offer. It just so happened it went to the cage and he didn’t seem to want to take it off there too much. We went from there and worked, and worked, and worked. I knew I had five rounds, 25 minutes to work him and that was basically what we were going to do,” Kornberger said.
Stewart admitted to being caught off guard by Kornberger’s strategy in the fight and not being able to counter his wrestling attacks.
“He was just able to wrestle and control me and I wasn’t able to defend it. He was really good at ducking under my punches and clinching me against the fence and relentlessly taking me down. We figured he was going to strike a little bit more. We didn’t figure he’d just go for the take down the whole time,” Stewart explained.
If a rematch is something that presents itself down the road Stewart says he’s well aware his wrestling is something that will have to improve.
“We’ll see how things go but if I do get the rematch I’ll really have to work on my wrestling. I’ll have to get my wrestling cardio up and be able to defend when someone does that. I haven’t had to deal with that too much so it was a real learning experience,” he stated.
In the co-main event of the evening it was a battle of the unbeaten as Dylan Lielke took on Dane Newall in an amateur featherweight title fight. Lielke entered the fight with a record of 4-0 while Newall was 6-0. The fight went the distance with Lielke winning by unanimous decision.
“I was trying to mix it up so it wasn’t so obvious I was trying to shoot in and take him down. I knew I had to take him down, it’s where I had the advantage I thought. I guess I was right because I ended up winning that way but it was hard. He’s a tough guy; he was strong he was hard to get down he was hard to keep down. He’s a really skilled guy so I’m happy I won,” Lielke said.
Aside from the obvious emotions that come with a win, Lielke also said he was relieved to have come out on top given how demanding it is to prepare for a fight.
“There’s so much build up and so much anticipation for the short period of time. As soon as it’s over you can finally relax because before you’re watching your weight and planning your next training session. It’s constant. There’s no time to relax until the fight is over,” he explained.
Below are the rest of the results from Fivestar Fight League’s Vindicated:
Catchweight Bout 195: Cory Knipe def. Tyler O’Brien via Knockout at 0:16 of Round 1
Catchweight Bout 200: Brent Auger def. James Williams via TKO (Doctor’s Stoppage due to cut) at 2:20 of Round 1
Welterweight: Matt Kertesz def. Brad Laboucan via Knockout at 1:10 of Round 2
Bantamweight: Jarrett Vornbrock def. Yorkhander Martinez via Submission (Armbar) at 2:55 of Round 1
Ladies Catchweight Bout 140: Jamie Herrington def. Robin Combs via Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) at 1:39 of Round 3
Catchweight Bout 200: Travis Lussier def Riley Cassidy via TKO at 0:14 of Round 3
Featherweight: Grey Patino def Joel Morin via TKO at 1:19 of Round 1
Light Heavyweight: Ted Russell def. Dan Bradshaw via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:22 of Round 1