Justin Bourgeois happy to be part of fast-growing Fight League Atlantic, headlining FLA 4 against Patrick Connors

Justin Bourgeois has waited a long time to get back inside the MMA cage.

The native of Halifax, N.S. hasn’t fought since 2016, which was against UFC featherweight Kyle Nelson. But on Saturday night Bourgeois (7-6) gets to be the face of MMA on the East Coast as he takes on Patrick Connors (4-4) in the FLA 4 main event.

Bourgeois, 39, is planning to be the best version of himself as he’s had the time to make serious adjustments to his game.

“My striking got a lot better, just basically more well-rounded. My jiu-jitsu got better, I haven’t let off the gas pedal with training since. I try not to burn myself out too much and just stay consistent with my family life and the work-life and training hard,” said Bourgeois in an interview with MMA Empire.

Bourgeois is excited to be in the main event at FLA 4 as he knows how important the promotion is to the Canadian east coast MMA scene.

“It’s huge for young guys coming up. We run a small gym in Amherst called Cumberland MMA and it opens up opportunities for these young guys coming through the door and it gives you the ability for new MMA fans to be exposed to shows and see what really goes on and how well run they are and how professional the people are,” said Bourgeois.

“It’s a great opportunity for the East Coast and they (Fight League Atlantic) are banging out shows left and right it seems like. They even did a submission kumate and I ended up grappling on a day’s notice. They are trying to keep their athletes active and I think it’s great for the East Coast and I’d like to see more organizations.”

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