For the second time in two weeks, it was two female fighters headlining an event in B.C.
This time around, it was Shawna Ram (now 1-0) emerging victorious via unanimous decision in her professional debut against Chelsea LaGrasse (now 0-3) at Mamba Fight Night 5 in Aldergrove, B.C. on Friday night.
Ram said LaGrasse was a tough opponent, and she just tried to stay calm and stick to the game plan.
“I picked my shots, I stayed very composed, and used my distance control,” said Ram in an interview.
“I had a bit of a height advantage on her too, so I was able to keep her at bay. It was a good fight and I’m happy with the outcome.”
Although she earned the win, Ram said there were a couple things she wasn’t happy about in her performance, and is looking to get right back in the gym and back to the grind.
She said she already has her sights set on an appearance at Mamba Fight Night 6 in March, but is also leaving the door open for other possibilities prior to that event.
“I’m ready to get back in the gym. I’m always growing and always getting better.”
Campbell scored the second round submission by arm bar over Tom Theocharis (now 1-2), in what was an impressive return to competition.
“Once I saw his arm come up, I spun for it, and once I had it, I wasn’t giving it up,” said Campbell.
“My hat’s off to him for showing up. He was a gamer. He had the ego behind him, he had the mentality behind him, but my game plan beat his game plan tonight.”
With the win under his belt and not having incurred much damage, Campbell said he’s looking to get right back in the cage as soon as possible.
With Edmonton being his hometown, he said he would love to fight for Unified MMA again, but would also welcome a return to Mamba Fight Night.
“I’m getting right back in there. I have a 14-day suspension, but I’ll be right back,” said Campbell.
“I just want to ride the wave and see where it takes me.”
In the evening’s premier amateur bout, with the lightweight championship on the line, Konstantin Gaivoronskii (now 4-0) continued to display his profound striking, leaving with the quick knockout victory over Jesse Bull (now 3-4).
Originally slated to face a much shorter opponent in Brayden Kersey, Gaivoronskii said he altered his game plan slightly, knowing Bull wouldn’t be coming in off a full training camp.
“I knew he was going to get tired after one or two rounds because he wasn’t able to train properly, so I switched my plans right away,” said Gaivoronskii in an interview.
“But he’s a good guy, and I respect him for taking this fight on short notice.”
Now up to 4-0 in his amateur career, counting his two bouts in Russia, Gaivoronskii said he feels he’s ready to turn professional, but may have to take one or two more amateur fights due to stipulations from the B.C. Athletic Commission.
But he said regardless of where he fights or what level it’s at, he’s highly confident in himself and his ability to finish fights.
“For my next fight, if I’m not able to go pro, I’ll defend my belt against any opponent. I don’t care who it is,” said Gaivoronskii.
“I’d like to fight on the next Mamba card in March, so I’ll get ready, come out, and show another knockout.”
In other action on the evening, Taylor Bull, Shawn Sitthikoun, Manraj Dhanoa, Ian Stuart, Max Wong, and Niko Chan all left Aldergrove with victories.