Finish-filled FLA 5 concludes with Blake Oswald and Luc De Ste Croix earning impressive wins

11 fights and nine finishes is the spectacle FLA 5 delivered last night in Pictou, N.S.

In the lightweight main event, Blake Oswald (now 1-0) sent the majority of fans in attendance home disappointed as he submitted the hometown favourite Jerico MacPhee (now 2-2) in the first round.

Oswald setup the winning arm bar with a nasty hammer fist to the nose of MacPhee, which forced him to soften up his submission defence.

“He wanted his way out after that hammer fist for sure. He was ready to quit, that’s for sure,” said Oswald in an interview with MMA Empire.

“I always practice that in the jiu-jitsu room. I’ll pretend to throw hammer fists on guys when we’re just doing jiu-jitsu and it literally went through my head that this is what I do at the gym. I pretend to hit with hammer fists when I’m going for this arm bar, so let’s hit him with one. I did and he gave me that arm.”

On paper, it was a stiff test for Oswald for his professional debut, taking on a prospect in MacPhee with three professional fights already under his belt to go along with nine amateur bouts.

But the experience of MacPhee, nor the hometown crowd, phased Oswald in the slightest.

“I know on the business side of things it makes sense for him to win. He can sell way more tickets here than I can,” said Oswald.

“The business aspect, they want him to win. He’ll make them more than I will, but it just makes me more hungry and it puts less pressure on me. I’m just more ready and he’s got to do everything in front of his people and when he loses it’s even more of a letdown.”

In the co-main event, it was complete domination from Luc De Ste Croix (now 4-0) as he scored the early takedown on Josh LeBlanc (now 2-2) and eventually locked in the winning triangle choke.

De Ste Croix said the fight went exactly to plan and played right into everything he had been working on in training camp and warmups.

“It went pretty much picture perfect,” said De Ste Croix in an interview with MMA Empire.

“Really didn’t get hit at all, maybe two times. It was a quick night. If you don’t need an extended night, it’s always a good night in the cage for sure.”

This bout was being labelled as a title-eliminator matchup, so, with the victory, De Ste Croix’s next bout will be for the Fight League Atlantic amateur lightweight title.

De Ste Croix said he’s unsure of the date or an opponent yet, but said there’s no shortage of good options to stand across the cage from him with the belt on the line.

“No one comes to mind right away, but FLA is having consistent events, so a lot of good guys are popping up all over the East Coast. The more events FLA has the more savages are bound to come out of it,” said De Ste Croix.

Cam Nelson, Rory Gillis, Brady MacDonald, Abdel Abdelaziz, Jimmy Pineault, Khari Wood, Kyle Sutherland and Vraj Brahmbatt were also victorious on the card, while Thomas Johnson and Mike Macleod fought to a no-contest.

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