Canadian MMA doubleheader weekend in the books following BFL 72 and FLA 3

Dejan Kajic (left), Serhiy Sidey (right)

The first of back-to-back MMA-filled weekends in Canada is in the books.

BFL 72 took place Thursday night in Vancouver, B.C. and was highlighted by three professional title fights, while FLA 3 concluded last night in Moncton, N.B. in what was a finish-filled card.

In the BFL 72 main event, Dejan Kajic (now 14-7-2) defended his BFL 175-pound title, albeit in unfortunate fashion, as he earned the first round TKO stoppage after Saeid Mirzaei (now 3-1-1) suffered a shoulder injury and was unable to continue.

Kajic is now riding a six-fight winning streak and due to the unfortunate conclusion of his bout with Mirzaei, he said he’s open to the immediate rematch.

“First of all, I want to give props to Saeid. It’s not easy getting in here, it’s not easy getting through a training camp, and it f**king sucks standing up that way. But it’s life, man. I’ve been where he is, I’ve been f**king injured, I got the short end of the stick. It’s f**king life,” said Kajic in his post-fight interview.

“If he wants to be a champ, I’ll give him a rematch anytime. He deserves it, he really does f**king deserve it. It’s not the way I want to win. He’s brought the best out of me and he made me train like never again. I’ll f**king share this cage with him anytime. I’ll f**king put his lights out, he’ll do the same, let’s f**king do it again.”

In the BFL 72 co-main event, Serhiy Sidey (now 7-1) defended his BFL bantamweight title once again, taking a dominant unanimous decision over Austin Russell (now 3-1).

Sidey had nothing but high praise for the toughness and heart displayed from Russell throughout their five-round battle.

“I knew he was going to come out strong in that first round. What surprised me was how tough that guy was. I hit him with everything but the kitchen sink. My hands are hurting so bad from landing elbows and punches and everything,” said Sidey in his post-fight interview.

“That kid has heart, man. He’s going to go far in this sport and I’m honoured to share the cage with him.”

In the first of the three title bouts on the BFL 72 card, Mateo Vogel (now 6-2) came out on top of a tightly-contested grappling clinic with Nicolas Ouellet (now 2-1), taking the majority decision to become the new BFL featherweight champion.

Vogel has fought his fair share of tough competition so far in his career, such as Serhiy Sidey, Garrett Armfield and Xavier Alaoui, but he said Ouellet was his toughest fight to date.

“Man, this guy has a hell of a BJJ background. That guy really tested by grappling. I can truly say that was my toughest test to date,” said Vogel in his post-fight interview.

“But you guys need to stop underestimating me out here in the west. Our jiu-jitsu scene in Ontario is at the f**king top. ”

In the FLA 3 main event and the only professional bout on the card, Morgan Rhynes (now 5-5) came out on top in a tough battle with Eric Wilson (now 7-11), taking the unanimous decision win.

This was Rhynes’ first bout in over two years and he said he was physically and mentally prepared for the anticipated toughness of Wilson.

“He’s tough as nails,” said Rhynes in his post-fight interview.

“He’s hard to put away and I knew that coming into it that it was likely going to a decision and a back and forth battle. I mentally prepared myself for that, pushed through it and got the win.”

To view the full results for BFL 72 and FLA 3, click here.