The “Cole Train” made a 48-second to stop in Coquitlam on the weekend.
Squamish resident Cole “Cole Train” Smith locked in a guillotine choke on Vancouver’s Damon Begg to make him tap in the opening round at Battlefield’s Fight League 26 in Coquitlam on Saturday (Dec. 7).
Begg came out aggressive early on but Smith reversed the momentum, locked in a clinch and took his opponent to the ground where he choked out Begg.
“I was planning to come out strong and be the aggressor but he came straight at me,” Smith said after the fight. “I threw some punches at him early but I didn’t turn and I got stuck up against the cage — that was my biggest mistake.”
Smith then fought his way off of the cage and then took control.
“He pushed me up against the fence but I had him in a Thai clinch around the head and threw some knees at him,” he said. “Then I felt him loosen up around the neck and I was able to go around and sink in the guillotine – I knew I had him in real tight because his hips were very close to me.”
He then took Begg to the ground with the choke locked in and moments later, Begg submitted.
“I knew he was out [unconscious] when I was pushing him up against the cage,” he said. “That’s when I went for the takedown, so I could get more leverage on the ground. Once I had him on the ground, he was totally limp and I knew he was out.”
Smith said he prepared well for the fight.
“I had the best camp thanks to Adam Ryan and Team Dynamic and the team at Squamish Martial Arts,” he said. “These guys push me so hard and any fight they put me in won’t be as hard as my training.”
Cole’s brother Kasey Smith, who was in his brother’s corner for the fight, said it was a good night for his younger brother.
“Everything went right tonight,” he said. “It’s a combination of a lot of things going right over the last few months.”
Kasey said he noticed one mistake Cole made but was happy with the performance overall.
“The one thing I will tell him that he should have done is when the guy started moving forward, to step over to the side,” he said. “But I know how strong he is against the cage because we train that over and over.”
He pointed out that in Squamish, Cole will be against the wall for 10 minutes and a new opponent grapples him every minute during intense training sessions.
“We really grind him down,” Kasey said, laughing.
“During the fight I thought — this is nothing,” Cole said. “The guys I train with on a daily basis are so good.”
Cole said after the fight he was happy but maintained a calm exterior.
“I don’t like jumping around and screaming after I win because then it’s like I’m not confident,” he said. “I’m expecting to have that outcome, so why should I be happy? I’m happy on the inside but that’s what I’m supposed to do — it’s just another day.”
Kasey said it’s not confirmed when Cole will step into the cage again but they’re hoping to get on the next Battlefield card in Richmond on Jan. 18. Cole’s target could be the new featherweight champion Oren Hanscomb, who defeated Cleve Bentley to win the title later on Saturday’s card.
“I haven’t talked to the promoter yet but we’re going to work hard to get on the next card,” Kasey said. “I want to keep Cole with these guys and our goal is to win their belt at 145 pounds.”
“I’m totally fine — I could go out and fight again right now,” Cole said with a smile.
Other action on the card included: Leo Xavier and Dejan Kajic fighting to a draw in the main event, Ash Mashreghi defeating Stu Deleurme, Jer Kornelson beating Jared Revel and Craig MacLean defeating Kirk Tse.
For complete results from the event, visit www.battlefieldfight.com