Once again, fight fans in Fort McMurray, Alta. were treated to an exciting night of fights at Prestige FC 12 on Friday night.
In the main event and rematch for the Prestige FC amateur welterweight title, Mark Mosure (now 7-2) avenged his loss to Dan Kovalchuk at Prestige FC 11, taking home the unanimous decision win and his first Prestige FC title.
Mosure found the same success this time around as he did in the first matchup, before getting caught in the kimura, and was able to maintain that pace and pressure for five full rounds.
“I felt really good. I wanted to work my striking a bit, but Dan’s very tough. He ate a couple really big shots, but wasn’t backing down at all,” said Mosure in an interview with MMA Empire.
“Five rounds was definitely a different beast for me, but I’m happy it happened.”
With now nine amateur fights under his belt, including two titles, Mosure has accomplished nearly all he can at the amateur level.
And while he said a professional debut is certainly on the horizon, there are a few boxes he needs to check off before doing so.
“I’m expecting a baby here at the end of February, so I’m going to be pretty busy with that, obviously, but will keep training of course,” said Mosure.
“As far as going pro, it’s something I do want to do, but I want to take a few amateur kickboxing bouts before going pro in MMA.”
Deneve Dangerous Once Again
In amateur welterweight action, Thomas Deneve (now 4-0) continued his impressive streak of first round finishes, knocking out David Garcia (now 2-2) in just 15 seconds.
This marked Deneve’s third knockout win in 30 seconds or less, and he said he doesn’t go out searching for the quick finish, but rather just feeds off what his opponent offers.
“I respond to how my opponents react, and I could just tell when I threw the first two jabs and the overhand, I looked in his eyes and I could tell he was thinking this is more power than he was expecting,” said Deneve in an interview with MMA Empire.
“I go in there to kill or be killed, and that’s what happened.”
After just one fight in 2019, Deneve is looking at a big 2020 campaign where he hopes to fight at least three times.
He said he’s already been in talks with several promotions, and is set to take his talents outside the Prestige FC cage.
“Moving forward, I have a bunch of contracts on the table. I have a few promoters that want me to sign longer-term contracts with them,” said Deneve.
“I’m looking to do something like that where I’ll be fighting once in Edmonton, once in Calgary and once in Vancouver. I’ll probably be doing three or four fights next year.”
In other MMA action, Manny Rivera, Ryan Spurrier and Geoff Loken were victorious, while Prestige FC promoter Steve Dubeck came out on top in a wild boxing match with Josh Kitchen.
Ian Stoby and Abderrahmane Haddad were also triumphant in kickboxing action.