Viedas looking ahead

Parksville fighter training hard after Fight League loss

It was back to the octagon for Marco “Machete” Viedas at Battlefield Fight League 31 at the Hard Rock Casino in Coquitlam, July 12.

Viedas was looking to add to his win total against Tylor Nicholson and things were looking good early on for the Parksville product.

Machete came out the aggressor in the first round, taking the fight to Nicholson and wrestling him straight to the ground.

“I found myself in a good position on the ground against him early on,” Viedas said. “I would have had no problem finishing him off if it were full MMA rules. So I just stayed on top, held him down and smothered him as much as I could, looking for a submission instead.”

Viedas won the first round and looked to continue that trend in the second round. Nicholson went for a head kick and Viedas came in with a counter right hand after he avoided the head kick, nailing Nicholson square and putting him down on the mat.

“We practice that one a lot,” Viedas said. “Anytime I have a kick coming at me like that, we practice on avoiding the contact and coming right up the middle with a right hand and I nailed him. Didn’t get the knockout like I wanted though.”

With thirty seconds remaining in round two, Viedas and Nicholson scrambled and Viedas wound up with Nicholson on his back and in a rear naked choke.

Not aware of the time left in the round, Viedas tried to make something happen but wound up further in the choke hold and had no choice but to tap out.

“It’s frustrating, for sure,” Viedas said. “I wasn’t expecting to lose that fight, I knew going in I was the better fighter, but I got caught and panicked and that’s what happens when you do that.”

Viedas is back training already, hoping to land another fight in September and he recently added another sponsorship to his team with Ecstasy Audio, along with Siege Consulting, Island Surf and Riptide Graphics.

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