Fightin' firemen

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:49 AM ET

They make their living battling blazes, not each other.

Last night however, firefighters Jason Biggeman and Gerry Johnson stepped into the ring on the undercard of the MFC 12-High Stakes event at the Shaw Conference Centre.

FORT MAC VS EDMONTON

Biggeman, 23, representing the Fort McMurray Fire Department defeated Johnson, 34, of the Edmonton Fire Department.

"It was a good fight, he was a lot quicker than I thought he would be," Biggeman said. "I hadn't read anything about him before the fight and my coach told me he was going to take me to the ground, but that he wouldn't break my arm because I had to work.

"Luckily I was able to get him down and I didn't break his arm because he has to work. But it was a good fight, I have a lot of respect for him."

In the feature bouts, local fighter Ryan McGillivray beat Graydon Tannas of Calgary in a split decision, Fabio Holanda defeated Shaun Krysa, Roger Hollett knocked Shane Biever out with the first punch and Scott Junk won the heavyweight title over Jimmy Ambriz.

The fight between Marcus Hicks and Victor Valimaki was cancelled after Hicks broke his hand in the warm-up earlier in the day.

"I'm disappointed, I really wanted to shut him up," Valimaki said. "This sets me back a little bit, but what can you do?"

Biggeman forced Johnson to tap out late in the first round after getting him in an arm bar submission called a kimura. Earlier in the round Johnson had Biggeman in a hold, but was unable to sustain it.

"I understand that he was training submissions a lot so that he could submit me," Biggeman said. "He had me in a hold and I couldn't breath, I was a little worried. I got lucky he didn't lock his legs."

Running into burning buildings for a living the two fighters share a bond which was noticeable after the fight. Both had a number of their crew in attendance at the event.

"We're brothers that's the way it is, we have this bond that no one understands unless you're a firefighter," Biggeman said.

"It was a good fight, and I had a good time."

Biggeman a former wrestler in high school and boxer, has been training for a year. He lost his first fight a couple months ago in Edmonton.

Johnson was in his first fight and for the most part came away unscathed.

"I was good," he said. "I wanted to go down with him, but I ended up doing better standing up. Then when we did go down, I just got trapped."

When fighters step into the ring there is always an element of danger. However, having a dangerous profession, the concern was more with not being able to work following the fight than sustaining serious injury.

"There is some concern, but we're taking that risk on our own," Biggeman said. "We work out a lot, we try and stay in the best shape possible. "

FIRST RESPONSE

With the win Biggeman improved his record to 1-1 and is expected to step in to the ring again.

Johnson, meanwhile, may have got it out of his system and is contemplating stepping away from the fight game.

"I'm going to play it by ear," he said. "I have a wife and three kids. I'd love to do it again, I feel like I have unfinished business. But I have other priorities. I'd like to do it again, it was a great rush, but we'll see."


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