Chad Anheliger puts his championship belt on the line this weekend at Rise Fighting Championship 5, a mixed-martial arts promotion organized by Chilliwack’s Sabah Fadai.
Anheliger’s bout against American Brady Hiestand is the main event Saturday night, under the bright lights at the Chilliwack Landing Sports Centre.
Both men weigh in at 135 pounds, and Fadai expects an amazing bout.
“Chad Anheliger has a record of nine wins and five losses and he’s set to defend his title for the first time against an undefeated opponent. Brady Hiestand is 4-0 and this is a fight not to miss,” Fadai said. “The Champ is riding a seven fight winning streak and has beaten some of Canada’s top prospects. The winner of this match could very well be looking to sign a contract with the UFC.”
The main card for Rise FC 5 includes a fascinating fight between 145 pounders John Nguyen (2-0) and Radley Da Silva (1-1).
The men are considered two of Canada’s top featherweight prospects.
Fans will also see Josh Kwiatkowski (3-2) squaring off against Randy Mahon (4-5).
“These two guys are both very similar in style as they both go after their opponents right off the bell,” Fadai said. “Be sure you have a drink in your hand before they get in there, because you won’t have time to get one during this fight.”
The fourth fight on the main card pits James Foster (195 pounds with a 2-0 record) against Alex Branom (185 pounds, 1-0).
There are seven bouts on the undercard, including Rise FC’s first ever amateur title fight in the lightweight division. Raphael Ouellet (2-1) takes on Damon Marlow (2-1).
“This is a trilogy fight between these two guys,” Fadai noted. “They have both won a close split decision against each other and they will settle it once and for all Saturday night.”
Doors open at 6 p.m.
Rise FC 5 is being streamed for pay-per-view on Fite.TV and ticket ordering is available online at risefc.ca
Tickets will also be available at the door.