Mcentire, Sahota to Battle for Gold Medal at Rumble in the Cage 58

The 2018 Canadian National Amateur Championship finals are set for Rumble in the Cage 58.

The welterweight division’s final match was determined Thursday night following the semi-final matches in Lethbridge Alta.; Jett Grande versus Gurpaul Sahota, and Tye Mcentire versus Mike Parsons.

In the second semi-final of the evening, Mcentire (2-1) secured a TKO victory at 1:55 of the second round over the highly-touted Parsons (4-2) to advance to Friday night’s gold medal match.

Mcentire said being able to compete for the gold medal, and become national champion is something he takes great pride in, and would be a big step in his career.

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Tye Mcentire works his ground game on Mike Parsons on day two of the 2018 Canadian National Amateur Championship. (Photo by Joel Griffith)

“This is the pinnacle of any amateur career,” said Mcentire in an interview.

“This is the type of thing I tell my grandkids I did. This is a chance to really make something of myself.”

Mcentire will now face Sahota Friday night in a matchup he said he and his team had already game-planned for in the event it occurred.

While Mcentire himself didn’t watch the first semi-final, he said his teammate did, and they feel confident in their strategy and preparation.

“He’s long and lanky, and he’s a really good striker,” said Mcentire.

“That’s about all I need to know.”

Sahota Advances, Despite Loss

In the first semi-final, Grande used his elite wrestling to secure takedowns in all three rounds, and earn the victory by unanimous decision.

However, Grande took a shot to the nose early in the third round, causing significant damage. Due to the injury, Grande (6-0) won’t be able to compete in the final Friday night, and Sahota (0-3) will take his place.

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Gurpaul Sahota prepares to take on Jett Grande on day two of the 2018 Canadian Amateur National Championship. (Photo by Joel Griffith)

“Once I got the news he (Grande) broke his nose, I was 100 per cent in for tomorrow,” said Sahota in an interview.

“Right now, I’m not too focused on today’s fight. Just focused on tomorrow.”

Once he received the notification he’d be competing again tomorrow, Sahota was able to pull up a chair cage-side and observe his next opponent, Mcentire, earn the TKO victory over Parsons.

Sahota said Mcentire will present a much different task stylistically, which will allow him to better utilize his strengths than he could versus Grande.

“At the end of the day, I know his style. He wants to stand, so it’ll be an exciting fight tomorrow.”