Lielke says MMA has appealed to him for quite some time and online videos inspired him to pursue the sport.

“I’ve been interested in it for as long as I can remember. I always had a punching bag at home and I’d come home and hit the bag and stay in shape that way,” he says. “I’d watch my favourite fighters on YouTube and dreamed that you could one day get that good and kind of started from there. I was living down in the lower mainland and I started training jiu jit su and I liked it a lot. I started competing and doing well, then I was cross training some kick boxing and MMA “

Lielke moved back to Fort St. John a few years back and had his first fight with Fivestar last year. He says excels in taking people to the ground and is focused on coming out with a win on April 25.

“Wins are all that are on my mind. I get pretty focused. Most of the time I revert to my grappling because I have a bigger advantage there over most guys in this area and B.C. and Alberta. I’ve done well in competing; I’ve gotten gold medals in jiu jit su in all the provinces so I’m pretty confident in my ground game. “

He isn’t nervous about  fighting on his feet but grappling gives him the best chance to win.

“I do a lot of stand up training but to me if I was breaking the fight down into percentage of how I would win most of my fights I know that I’m going to have a higher chance to win the fight grappling,” Lielke explains. “I’m not going in there to play around I want to go in there and win as fast as I can and get it over with so I always go to grappling. That’s not to say that I can’t strike or I don’t like striking I just don’t have as good of a chance to win on my feet.”  

General tickets are available at Fivestar Athletics, Hi-Performance Motor Sports, Marc Joseph and Trends Clothing, The Barber Shop, and MC Rehabilitation and Wellness.

General admission seats are $65.