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Machete cuts down second opponent

Marco “Machete” Viedas finishing off his opponent at Battlefield Fight League 27. - Hassan Behgouei Photo
Marco “Machete” Viedas finishing off his opponent at Battlefield Fight League 27.
— image credit: Hassan Behgouei Photo

Tyson Taylor

sports@pqbnews.com

Marco ‘Machete’ Viedas cut down his latest opponent to improve his record to 2–0 in impressive fashion at Battlefield Fight League (BFL) 27 in Richmond.

Machete won via TKO at the 2:27 mark of the third round. He took the fight to his opponent David Chen in his second bout with BFL and managed to carve out another victory by delivering a nice two-kick combo, followed by a flurry of punches that sent his opponent to the canvas and caused the referee to jump in and stop the fight.

“It felt so good to get the finish. I was feeling like I’d have a monkey on my back if I kept having decisions in my fights so it was good,” Viedas said. “It was a great fight all around and I was really happy with the way it finished. Hopefully they’ll (BFL) want me back after an exciting fight like this.”

This fight marked the first “official” finish of Viedas’ young career, according to his manager and coach Brett Fee.

“It was good because he’s only really finished about two other guys in about 60 taekwondo and amateur kickboxing fights,” Fee said. “You don’t really finish guys like that when you compete in those sorts of fights so it was good to see. This is what you try to do in these fights so hopefully it’s a sign of things to come.”

Machete is looking to jump back into the octagon March 28 for a catch weight fight. The agreed weight will be at 140 pounds, which is five more than the bantamweight fights Viedas has already had.

“It’s just to change things up a bit, so I don’t have to diet all these months in a row. That way I can ease up a bit and not have to worry about cutting all that weight. It will be a nice change for me but I’ll get back to the bantamweight fights after this one,” Viedas said.

It was a big change in terms of nerves for Machete in his second fight compared to his debut fight. With the help of his coaches, fellow MMA and Maximum Fighting Championship Lightweight Champion Graham Spencer, and his sponsors, Island Surf Company, Siege Consulting, Riptide Graphics and Ocean City Tattoo, Viedas felt more at home the second time around.

“Huge difference. I had a lot of support and the input I got from Graham was huge. He’s been training down in Sacramento at a great MMA gym there and to be able to learn from him has been priceless,” said Viedas, a former Ballenas Secondary student. “I was a lot more calm this time around. I felt pretty calm through the day and having the team there with me really helped get me through it all.”

Machete started right back into his training routine, starting at Jim’s Gym in Parksville. It will be all about preparation for Viedas as he gears up for the March 28 BFL fight.

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