MONCTON – “It sucked.”
That’s how Springhill’s Justin Bourgeois described his fight after losing 21 seconds into his featherweight match against Lenny “The Show Stealer” Wheeler, who is originally from Charlottetown but now lives and fights out of Edmonton.
“I got rocked at the beginning of it, so I don’t actually remember much of the fight,” said Bourgeois after his loss in front of the sold out crowd at the Elite 1 MMA Showdown Saturday night at Casino Moncton.
After taking a couple shots to the head, Bourgeois went for the takedown but had it stuffed by Wheeler.
The two fighters stood, and then Bourgeois pulled Wheeler down but Wheeler used his balance and landed on top of Bourgeois.
The two fighters stood again and Wheeler put a deep guillotine choke on Bourgeois, forcing Bourgeois to tap.
The fight determined who would move into a top-10 position in the Canadian MMA featherweight rankings.
“This won’t slow me down, I’ll be back,” said Bourgeois. “I knew it was going to be a really tough fight.
“It’s all about how you get back up. That’s what life is about,” he added. “I want to be top five in Canada, and if I would have won tonight I would have been in the top 10.”
It’s back to the drawing board for Bourgeois.
“I know my conditioning and my wrestling is good but I need to work on my stand-up a lot more,” he said.
He also said he needs to work on his mental game.
“There’s a big mental aspect to fighting and that’s something I need to focus on,” he said. “Sometimes I’m in a good mind-frame and other times it’s not 100 per cent.”
He said he wishes he could have gave Wheeler more of a fight but added, “I came here, made weight and fought, and that’s all you can ask of a fighter.”
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Results from the five other professional bouts of the night are as follows:
ARSENAULT vs. BROWN
The main event was supposed to be a welterweight title fight between Richmond, PEI’s Richard Arsenault and Moncton’s Meneka Weva.
Weva didn’t show up at Friday’s weigh-ins and was replaced by Gary Brown of St. John, N.B.
Arsenault dominated the non-title fight and won at 1:38 in the 1st round via arm bar.
HAZELTON vs. CLEMENT
Yarmouth’s Adam Hazelton became the new Elite 1 MMA lightweight champion after beating Stephen “Spiderman” Clement of Elsipogtog, N.B., via TKO at 1:14 into the 1st round. Clements went for the heel hook but wasn’t able to execute it properly and Hazelton started to ground-and-pound Clement when the referee stepped in.
ST-PIERRE vs. ROGERS
Moncton’s Eric St-Pierre beat Summerside’s Steven Rogers with nine seconds left in the first round, via ground-and-pound TKO.
Rogers threw some heavy leg kicks to start the lightweight fight, and then threw a head kick that put St-Pierre down, but St-Pierre weathered the storm, captured the momentum and finished with vicious ground-and-pound in front of his home crowd.
KEITH vs. DeMERCHANT
Moncton’s Alderic Keith registered a TKO via head kick to Woodstock, N.B.’s Troy DeMerchant 56 second into the second round, in what was the fight of the night.
DeMerchant rocked Keith in the welterweight fight with punches and kicks to the head in the first round, attacked with some ground and pound, and almost finished Keith with a rear-naked-choke.
Keith survived the round, came out in the second and threw a kick to DeMerchant’s head, sending him to the ground. Keith went in for the finish and the referee pulled him away.
FOWLER vs. CURRIE
In the first pro card of the night it was Charlottetown’s Chris Currie defeating Moncton’s Dan Fowler with a rear-naked-choke at 2:02 into the first round.
Fowler began the light heavyweight fight with some heavy leg kicks to Currie’s side and legs, but they went up against the cage, and then to the ground. Currie got Fowlers back and ended the match with a rear-naked-choke.