Something to prove

GERRY MODDEJONGE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:10 AM ET

They've got nothing to lose and everything to gain. And they fight like it.

HeatXC 2: Fearless will showcase some of the top prospects in mixed martial arts March 27 at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Centre.

"HeatXC is a proving ground for fighters that need to get built," said HeatXC president Dave Pavelich. "We've got some of the best rising stars that Canada's got competing in the mixed martial arts world. These guys are hungry, they're dedicated and they're trying to prove themselves. When they bring that kind of aggression to the ring, it makes for way better fights."

The card will feature many of the fighters from HeatXC's sold-out inaugural event, which was held on Jan. 30.

St. Albert's Cam Yallits, who TKO'd Mike Davis in the third round of HeatXC 1, is competing in the 145-pound division against Victoria's Diego Wilson.

Wilson defeated Dave Nippard by submission in HeatXC 1.

"There's definitely going to be an ending to this one, no decisions," said Yallits. "I love the featherweight class, it's definitely a lot of fun, a good mix of power and technique."

Jason Kuchera suffered a first-round knockout to Dwayne Lewis in the main event at HeatXC 1.

"I wasn't actually planning on fighting on this card, I was planning on getting some rest mentally and physically. But the last fight I had left a bad taste in my mouth," said Kuchera, who began his career 3-0 before running into injuries and surgeries. "I've been on a downslide since then and I don't like it. I'm looking to redeem myself and look for a knockout. I'm angry and embarrassed of my last fight and that's not a good combination. It'll be deadly."

Calgary's Paapa Inkumusah, who submitted Jake Bluhm by a rear-naked chokehold in HeatXC 1, is looking to remain undefeated against Edmonton's own Jess 'The Hitman' Clarke in the main event of HeatXC 2: Fearless.

"He's moving his way up through the welterweight ranks and he's going to be a superstar," Pavelich said of Clarke.

"To be honest, I don't know a whole lot about Paapa," said Clarke, 25, whose professional record is 2-1. "I know that he's a pretty good amateur boxer with a really good amateur boxing record. He's really athletic, he's really fast. I know he's coming to win. I saw that in his last fight. I'm excited to get in there and do my thing."

HeatXC 2: Fearless is being held in support of Canada's troops.

"All military staff get a 10% discount on tickets. We're also going to be donating some of the money back to the military," said Pavelich, pointing to the troops as a source of inspiration for many young mixed martial artists. "This is modern-day warfare. This is the closest you're going to get to gladiators. These are the best athletes in the world. We've got guys that have to train in so many martial arts and so many different ways of fighting. It's awesome."


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