Fivestar MMA Fighters Trying Out For Canadian National Team Today

The Fivestar MMA Team at National Qualifiers in Lethbridge. Back row L-R: Jiu-Jitsu coach Lee Coogan, Blackbelt Jiu-Jitsu coach Shawn Albrecht, Owner/Boxing coach Justin Donally, Head MMA coach Brad Stewart, Training partner Chuck Grace. Front row L-R: Tania Nijjar from Toshido MMA in Kelowna, Matt Kertesz, Dylan Lielke, Travis Lussier, Kyle Baryluk. Photo credit: Justin Donally

LETHBRIDGE, A.B. – Four fighters from the Fivestar Mixed Martial Arts & Crossfit gym in Fort St. John are competing for a spot on the 2016 IMMAF Canadian National Team in Lethbridge over the weekend.

28 year-old Kyle Baryluk (2-0), 32 year-old Dylan Lielke (10-1), 33 year-old Matt Kertesz (4-1), and31 year-old Travis Lussier (5-1) are each competing for one of eight spots on the national team in the Bantamweight, Lightweight, Welterweight, and Middleweight weight classes respectively. Each of the fighters’ bouts are a total of 3 rounds that are each three minutes in length.

The quartet each boasts impressive stats as amateur mixed martial artists, helped by an impressive coaching staff. Brad Stewart leads the team as the gym’s current head MMA coach. Shawn Albrecht is the gym’s former head coach and current head jiu-jitsu coach, a martial art in which he possesses a blackbelt, and is helped by Lee Coogan, the squad’s other jiu-jitsu coach. In addition to acting as boxing coach, Justin Donally is also the owner of Fivestar MMA & Crossfit, as well as the President of the Fivestar Fight League. All four coaches are helped by training partner Chuck Grace. Kertesz has already set the tone with a win via TKO against Richie Hall 52 seconds into Round 2. Lielke, having fought the most, is going into this weekend’s tournament as the defending Canadian National Lightweight Champion, earning him a bye in yesterday’s fight card.

In action today, Baryluk will be taking to the octagon against Alex Slicer in the second fight of the day. Lielke will be going up against Oliver Nadaud in bout #5. Kertesz’s second match of the weekend is immediately after Lielke’s, and will see him square off against Alex Martinez. Lussier will be fighting Filip Laporcak in the second-to-last fight of the afternoon.

The first fight starts at 12:00 P.M. Pacific Time at the Servus Soccer Centre in Lethbridge. For updates, head to the Fivestar MMA & Crossfit Facebook page.

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