Wells Victorious in Trilogy Bout, Shintani, Piercey New Champs at Havoc FC 14

Havoc FC 14 is in the books after an action-packed night in Red Deer, Alta. on Friday.

In the main event, Grayson Wells (now 5-3) and Devon Neis (now 6-6) squared off for the third time in their careers, with the former leaving with the first round TKO stoppage win.

Wells said he was happy to have the opportunity to compete in a trilogy fight, something he’s always been a fan of, and said he’s glad the fans got their money’s worth.

Grayson Wells
Grayson Wells works the ground and pound on Devon Neis at Havoc FC 14. (Photo by Joel Griffith)

“It was a fu**ing scrap, and that’s kind of what I wanted it to be,” said Wells in an interview with MMA Empire.

“I wanted it to be like a straight up street fight. It’s exciting for the fans, and I tend to do better when I just let my hands fly.”

For the early part of the first found, both Wells and Neis each landed their share of shots, before Neis caught Wells with an apparent accidental eye poke, which left Wells pouring blood from above his eye. After a few minutes and inspection from the doctor, Wells was deemed fit to continue fighting and secured the stoppage shortly after.

At 40 years old, Wells said he’s tried to retire multiple times, but continues to return to the cage. And he’s still not ready to hang up the gloves just yet.

“I’ve been trying to retire for years, but you just never know,” said Wells.

“I do want to get my loss back from Lee Mein one day.”

More Gold For Shintani

In the co-main event, Craig Shintani (now 9-3) became the Havoc FC lightweight champion, submitting Corey Gower (now 7-7) with a rear-naked choke in the first round.

After a few quick exchanges on the feet, Shintani was able to secure the takedown and eventually take the back of Gower and lock in the winning rear-naked choke.

Craig Shintani
Craig Shintani begins to lock in the winning rear-naked choke on Corey Gower at Havoc FC 14. (Photo by Joel Griffith)

“It was exactly the game-plan for the last two months. We drilled the exact same stuff warming up upstairs, the same half-guard pass, and the same back take option,” said Shintani in an interview with MMA Empire.

“After two months of training, you kind of always hope for a bit longer of a fight, but I can’t complain about a quick win.”

This marks Shintani’s third title of his career, having already won the XFFC interim featherweight title and the Unified MMA featherweight title.

Shintani said he didn’t take any damage in this fight, and is looking to keep the momentum rolling as soon as possible.

“It feels great. I’m looking forward to just building a belt collection, if possible, and racking up the wins as much as I can,” said Shintani.

“It doesn’t matter to me who I fight. If people want to call me out, I’ll do the same to them too.”

Piercey Rewarded For Biggest Win of Career

In the other championship fight on the card, Evan Piercey (now 4-2) passed his toughest test of his career with flying colours, finishing Mike Parsons (now 4-3) via TKO late in the first round.

Piercey was able to avoid the inevitable takedown attempts of Parsons early in the round, using his striking to keep Parsons at bay.

Parsons was eventually able to take Piercey to the mat midway through the first round, but Piercey was able to reverse to top position where he began with the ground and pound, eventually leading to the stoppage.

Evan Piercey
Evan Piercey works his way towards the TKO finish of Mike Parsons at Havoc FC 14. (Photo by Joel Griffith)

“It went exactly as planned. I figured he would try and wrestle me, so I just tried to stay calm and composed, and use my reach and striking,” said Piercey in an interview with MMA Empire.

“At the very end, I landed a good right hand underneath his guard when he was turtled, and I think that was the finishing punch for him.”

This was Piercey’s first title of his amateur career, an accomplishment he’s been wanting to check off his list since he first started in the sport.

Prior to accepting this fight, Piercey was on the fence about making the jump to the professional ranks. And now that he’s finally claimed his first belt, it may be time to make the leap.

“I have to sit down and talk to my coaches,” said Piercey.

“They give me a name, I usually sign it, whether it’s amateur or pro. Whatever the coach says will be next.”

In other action, Harley King, Sean Michael, Garnet Carmichael, Sean Carroll, Grady Behrens, Patrick Padja, Ryan Noble, and Alex Markett all left Red Deer with victories.

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