It was a big night for the locals at Mamba Fight Night 8 on Friday night in Burnaby, B.C.
In main event action, Gagan Gill (now 3-1) bounced back nicely from his first professional loss a year ago with a first round TKO victory over Grant Gorsegner (now 0-2).
After trading shots on the feet for a large part of the first round, Gill landed a nasty elbow that split Gorsegner open, before eventually finishing him with ground and pound near the end of the round.
In the co-main event, Keanan Kellar (now 2-0) emerged victorious in battle of talented up-and-comers, taking a unanimous decision over Johnny James Jr. (now 1-1).
After taking a big shot followed by a double leg in the first round and spending the majority of it on his back, Kellar stormed back to dominate the final two rounds and take home the victory.
“It went exactly how I wanted a fight against Johnny to go. I wanted a good test and I wanted to go through some adversity,” said Kellar in an interview with MMA Empire.
“He caught me with a big shot in the first round and put me on my back. I had a hard time recovering. But the second round I came out and was calm and cool, and pretty much just controlled it the whole time.”
Following his professional debut win at Rise FC 4, Kellar was struggling to find fights before James Jr. stepped to the plate, with multiple opponents pulling out in that span.
Kellar is hoping this successful fight panning out is a sign of things to come, and said there’s one particular opponent he’d love the chance to square off with.
“I would love to put a beating on Colton Cronkite. He’s probably still ahead of me in the rankings because he’s 3-0 and I’m 2-0, but he’s fought some fu**ing cans and I’d love to put him back in his place,” said Kellar.
“That would be a fight I’d love to get next.”
Sitthikoun Now a Champ
In the amateur welterweight title bout, Shawn Sitthikoun (now 3-2) secured his first championship of his career, scoring the second round TKO finish of Joe Westbrook (now 2-4).
Heading into this fight, Sitthikoun said he was feeling a lot more relaxed and confident than his past fights, which he said showed in his performance.
“Leading up to this fight, I was feeling really calm. Usually, heading into a fight, I’m really amped up, but this time I was just super calm and it transitioned into the ring with me,” said Sitthikoun in an interview with MMA Empire.
“Everything he was doing I could see coming. I was just super calculated that whole time. I was playing a video game.”
Now five fights into his amateur career and now being able to call himself a champion, Sitthikoun said he’s ready to keep the momentum rolling.
He said he’s looking to take on the toughest challenges, defend his belt, and even add more belts to the collection.
“I’m ready to keep training, fight tougher opponents, win more belts, defend this belt, whatever’s coming,” said Sitthikoun.
“I’ve got no one specific on my mind right now. I just want to get back into training camp, stay healthy, stay ready to fight, and take on the next toughest opponent I can find.”
In other MMA action, Bernie Liu took home the amateur lightweight title, while Jag Bhullar and Bruce Hamilton were also victorious.