Janes began her competitive career on Vancouver Island under the King of the Cage and Armageddon FC banners, posting five wins in her first six starts before venturing to Edmonton to claim a first-round victory over her compatriot middleweight David Perron in the second World Series. of the Fighting Canada card.
The duo would join him in Janes’ first appearance in the Battlefield cage with the ZUMA product securing a second round victory to claim the middleweight title. He managed to defend his belt with a fourth round victory over Brendan Kornberger four months later before signing with the UFC.
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Even before entering the Octagon for the first time, Janes had an eventful UFC run as her first fight was scratched on fight day and her second attempt to make her debut failed when the whole event was over. scuttled. He eventually clinched a victory over Keith Berish in December 2016 to secure his first UFC victory, and ended his time on the big stage – and in sport – with a thrilling, coming-from-behind finish from the TUF winner. Andrew Sanchez.
Janes retired in 2018 after the birth of her first child, ending her career on a high note with a 10-3 overall record.
Smith, 31, is another member of this group of graduates who have recorded professional and amateur fights under the banner of the Battlefield Fight League.
After a 4-3 run as an amateur that included a BFL bantamweight title win and an unsuccessful attempt to become a two-weight champion with a switch to lightweight, “The Cole Train” set out for the pro ranks, with the Squamish, British Columbia native won the BFL bantamweight title in his second professional fight and managed to defend the belt three times before he got the call in the UFC.
“Boondock” is the most recent fighter with the Battlefield Fight League experience on his resume to transition to the Octagon, making the short-notice jump in September 2019 and registering a unanimous decision victory over Michel Pereira.
Currently training in Las Vegas, the welterweight, who also serves as the MMA head coach for the Checkmat Vancouver team, has had nothing but rave reviews for the local promotion as he prepares to make his debut on UFC FIGHT PASS tonight.
“Having a strong regional scene is extremely important and Battlefield is one of the few survivors,” said Connelly, who cornered countless fighters under the BFL banner in addition to placing 2-1 in three appearances himself. even. “They have proven they have resistance. They’ve been around for years, they’ve had over 60 events, and they’re solid; when they say they’re going to do something, they do it.
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“They put on a great show, they do a really good job of trying to replace fighters when people fall, so I’m very excited to see Battlefield being recognized and being on Fight Pass because it’s huge for fighters. as well as. We now have a cohesive organization in British Columbia that will enjoy international recognition.
Smith made his Octagon debut against fellow Canadian Mitch Gagnon, recording a unanimous decision victory over the veteran in Ottawa, but then landed on the wrong side of a split decision verdict in his comeback fight against Miles Johns in September 2019. He returned to the Octagon. last year, abandoning a decision to Hunter Azure.