Kyle Prepolec, Gino Ghalehpardaz show out for home crowd at Prospect FC 14

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Prospect Fighting Championship returned for their first event since March 2020 with a highly-entertaining Prospect FC 14 card.

In the main event, Kyle Prepolec (now 16-8) ended the night in spectacular fashion, landing a solid head kick in the first round to finish Marco Elpidio.

A short two-hour drive from his hometown of Windsor, Ont., this was Prepolec’s first time competing this close to home since 2019, and he said it felt great to earn the win in the fashion he did.

“It’s huge. It’s a totally different area because usually I’m the one going into enemy territory, still with a lot of support and everything though,” said Prepolec in an interview with MMA Empire.

“It’s definitely exciting and a good sense of pressure to fight harder and all those things. Everything adds up and it’s an unbelievable feeling. It’s awesome.”

Having already had a taste of what it takes to get to the biggest stage of the sport, Prepolec is eager to work his way back there.

Whether it’s another fight with Prospect FC or any other opportunity that presents itself, Prepolec said the goal is to eventually be back fighting the world’s best.

“Obviously, the goal is always to be in the biggest leagues possible because that’s where the money’s at and the top elites,” said Prepolec.

“I want to be at the top where everyone else is and prove to be one of the best Canadians and one of the best in the world. That’s my goal, one fight at a time. If it’s not this fight that helps me get there then wherever the next fight is just get one step closer and take everything day by day.”

In a high-action flyweight bout on the card, Gino Ghalehpardaz (now 3-1) picked up his third win in a row, taking the unanimous decision over a tough Matt Dawson.

Ghalehpardaz said the fight went exactly as he expected it would go, including him coming out victorious.

“The fight went pretty much exactly how I though it would in the sense I expected a tough fight. I expected a tough, grimy fight with a lot of up and down,” said¬†Ghalehpardaz in an interview with MMA Empire.

“I just expected both of us to just clash and go after each other in every position, and that’s exactly what happened. One thing I previously said was he and I are cut from the same cloth in terms of we try and get after it, and I feel like we both did from every position. I expected to find a way to win, and I was able to do so.”

After dropping his professional debut back in 2019,¬†Ghalehpardaz didn’t return to action again until March 2022, the beginning of his now three-fight win streak.

While the inactivity was partly due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ghalehpardaz said he really used that time to make some small changes in his life that have led to big results this year.

“First and foremost, when COVID happened, there’s very few moments in life, if ever, when we get a moment to do nothing. I was just finishing up school, so I really didn’t have anything to do. At the time, I remember that story of Jorge Masvidal where he was talking about how he went to that island and he started reflecting on his life and was kind of isolated. Well, we were kind of isolated in our own way and I kind of started to do that too. I was thinking about my whole life, not just my career like what do I want to do or what do I want to achieve, why am I where I’m at now, why am I not where I want to be. A lot of that I also attributed to fighting. Something I felt just wasn’t clicking for me, it wasn’t working. During it (COVID) I just started training however I could, just trying to improve on little things. In fact, when most people came back from COVID they gained quite a bit of weight. I actually lost weight and I was in amazing shape. I just changed my mindset a lot,” said Ghalehpardaz.

“What also happened was I moved; my fiancee and I bought a home together. While I still train at Adrenaline, my home gym is now in Hamilton. Adrenaline is still my home but they’re both one A’s to me. I live in Binbrook, so I hooked up with Josh (Hill), Liam Gallagher, Isaiah Sharpe and everybody at Vision Quest. Those guys complemented with Niagara Top Team being so close, Aegis, BTC, Bora Jiu-Jitsu, I just started really mixing with those guys, learned some new stuff, expanded my own mind. I just felt like something clicked for me. I didn’t want to be the same guy from two years prior in 2019. If I’m going to do this, I’m going to do it the right way.”

In other action on the night, Nathan Williams, Edward Walls, James Foster, Jamie Ingram, Gordon Cunningham, Patrick MacInnis and Josh Martiniuk also picked up victories.

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