Over 1,000 people came out to the Coliseum to watch Prince George’s first-ever Extreme Fighting Challenge.
The event saw nine no-holds-barred fights, two kickboxing bouts and an exhibition Ju jitsu fight.
Eight local fighters took to the ring in the event, with Kajan Johnson, Declan Carroll, Zac Pruden coming away with wins. James Holdich, James Hanson, James Cunningham and Robert Kubert lost in their bouts.
In an exhibition Ju jitsu fight, Karm Manhas of PG Fight Club and Mike Boza from Kamloops exhibited the intricacies of the sport. No winner was named in the fight.
In the main event Travis Gailbraith took on John DelaO from Los Angeles. The fight was stopped when DelaO suffered a head injury and was unable to continue. The injury was sustained from repeated hits to the head while on the floor of the ring.
Kajan Johnson, who took on Brazilian Paulo Albuquerque, said he was happy with the way things turned out.
“It was awesome,” said Johnson. “I didn’t expect to win. He was a lot bigger than me and looked really well conditioned. But in the end I had better cardio and that was what won the fight.”
“My foot kind of hurts, when I was on the ground he was kicking my legs kind of good and I was trying to block them with my foot.”
The sound of Albuerque’s kick could be heard throughout the Coliseum.
The win improves Johnson’s record to 2-2. The fight was called after the first round. Johnson had Albuqurque in a arm bar, and heard it pop but Albuqurque didn’t tap out.
“Brazilians must have a weird pain tolerance because I would have tapped out if I was in an arm bar.”
Johnson said fighting at home was an advantage for him.
“Best thing I have ever done. Nothing has been funnier than that. I’ve fought in other cards in other places. But all the crowds are in your favour, I just loved it.”
In Carrolls’ fight against Tom Kinney from Los Angeles it looked like it was over when Kinney had Carroll in an arm bar. “He was cranking on it pretty hard, but I lift a lot of weights, eventually I just pulled my way out.”
Kinney’s corner threw in the towel during the second round when Carroll was repeatedly punching Kinney who was showing no signs of trying to protect himself.
“He just kept on shooting and he ran out of gas,” said Carroll, who was pushed out of the ring a few times during the fight.
Prince George Fight Club is already looking towards having another fighting challenge in the future due to the success of the Extreme Fighting Challenge.