12 of APRIL 2008 . SASKATCHEWAN Province . PRINCE ALBERT ARMOURIES . CANADA
WKN Promoter : ATC MARTIAL ARTS
WKN Supervisor : M. Wolfgang MANICKE
” FIGHT NIGHT 1 ”
– BATTLE CRY –
WKN MMA SASKATCHEWAN PROVINCE AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
Brett HAACKE ( MELVILE City ) vs Joey THOMPSEN ( PRINCE ALBERT City )
WKN FULL CONTACT INTER PROVINCE ( SASKATCHEWAN / ALBERTA ) AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
Derek CHANT ( ALBERTA ) vs Don HUSER ( SASKATCHEWAN )
included National FULL CONTACT and MMA fights
Fight REPORT by WKN Promoter M. Wolfgang MANICKE
It was a shot heard round the Prince Albert Armoury.
Thirty-seven seconds into his WKN Full Contact Super Middleweight title fight, Don Huser let loose a kick so full of bad intentions that his opponent gasped – literally.
As his leg thundered into Derek Chant’s stomach, the Medice Hat fighter’s ribs crunched, his wind gone as he dropped to the canvas on both knees, wheezing for air.
“That was the hardest body kick I’ve ever thrown in my life,” said the 25-year-old Prince Albertan fighter.
However, it wasn’t hard enough to take Huser’s mind off the task at hand. As Chant rose first to one knee and then to his feet, Huser stood in a neutral corner glaring at his opponent. Ready for whatever happened next.
“Right then all I could think about was rushing him again,” said Huser. “I thought he was going to be ready to go.”
But the only thing Chant was ready for was the fight to end. And end it did. As the referee waved his arm signaling the fight was over, Huser pumped his fists in the air, reveling in his first title win.
There is little doubt Huser was elated with the victory, but after the fight was over he had a hard time putting his exact feelings into words.
“It’s the best,” he said, searching for the right phrase to describe how he felt. “I don’t know. I can’t really explain it.”
And while Huser was, perhaps still too excited for words, his coach Wolfgang Manicke wasn’t.
“It sure is nice that Don won,” he said, “but I really wanted the fight to last longer so I could see more so and find out what he had to work on.”
Joey Thompson wanted to put on a show for the hometown crowd.
Heading into his WKN Mixed Martial Arts Super Middleweight championship bout on Saturday night against Brett Haacke, the 23-year-old Prince Albertan had every intention of turning the fight into the stand-up, knock-’em-down, kind of brawl that pleases both fans and fighters alike.
“I was hoping I could give the crowd a good entertaining stand-up fight,” he said. “I was hoping to give them something to be pumped up about, something they’d be talking about on the way out the door.”
However, things didn’t work out quite as he hoped.
Instead of pummeling Haacke into submission – like he did the last time the two met -Thompson took advantage of a rookie mistake and sent Fight Wars fans into a frenzy as he won the WKN title via a tap out.
Mid-way through the first round, as Thompson slipped and was taken down to his back, Haacke made a mistake that cost him the fight: he neglected to pick his head up out of harm’s way.
“He didn’t want to get punched so he tucked his head down,” said Thompson. “As he was throwing me his head slipped under my arm and I got the guillotine on him.”
And that was all she wrote. After the win Thompson admitted that even though he was disappointed with the way things ended, the ultimate outcome was pleasing.
“I’m pretty happy right now,” he said. “It was a good win.”