Vernon’s Rylie Marchand, 17, (right) became the youngest Canadian woman to win the Canadian Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Championship with a second-round TKO of her opponent in Lethbridge. (Photo - submitted)

Rising Vernon MMA star wins Canadian amateur

Rylie Marchand, 17, nearly slept through first bout; recovered to win national championship

Vernon’s Rylie Marchand almost slept through her appearance at the Canadian Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Championships in Lethbridge.

Marchand, who trains at Vernon’s Unity MMA and Kickboxing, made the weigh-in for her first bout and was told there was going to be a late addition to the tournament. She went back to her hotel to rest as she thought she wouldn’t have to fight the day of the weigh-in.

Wrong.

Marchand had to fight in two hours, and had turned off her phone to have a nap.

READ ALSO: Vernon fighter wins MMA bout by TKO

“Some quick thinking from her dad as he called the hotel staff and they got a hold of her,” said Marchand’s coach, Raja Kler. “She was able to get herself ready for her fight.”

Boy, was she able to get ready.

Marchand used a leg hammer lock to defeat Jessica Pfiefle in 65 seconds, putting her into the final on Friday against Meghan Boyczuk.

With coach Kler and her family and friends cheering her on, Marchand, 17, became the youngest female Canadian MMA amateur champion with a second-round technical knock out (TKO). Marchand is 3-0.

“She has many options now available for her, including going to the Worlds or getting more title fights lined up,” said Kler. “She did Team Unity proud. She is a true warrior and a great representative for the club as well as her community.”

READ ALSO: Vernon’s Unity MMA fighters show heart

If you are interested in checking out where Rylie and the other competitors at Unity MMA and Kickboxing train, Kler is offering a free week to adults and kids to come train and see what the art is about.



roger@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Local grocer to close doors in Vernon

Quality Greens is shutting up shop after 22 years

Vernon patients benefit from new staff and equipment

New physiatrist and much-needed equipment at VJH

Vernon students have their say in mock classroom vote

While they’re not yet voting age, their teachers want them to know how to make an informed vote

Police investigating sudden death in Lake Country

It’s unclear if the death of a man in his 90s is criminal in nature

Workshops give North Okanagan businesses a boost

Small Business Week celebrated by Community Futures

Memorial remembers Vernon’s most marginalized

Prayers and flowers for those who have died on the streets

Shooters compete in Summerland

Seven youth participants take aim

B.C. public safety minister says cannabis edibles not in stores til January

Mike Farnworth says he wants regional issues considered when it comes to licensing

Greta Thunberg calls for climate action in Alberta, but doesn’t talk oilsands

Swedish teen was met with some oil and gas industry supporters who came in a truck convoy

RDOS cannabis production bylaw goes to public hearing

Hearing on micro cannabis production facilities will be held Nov. 21

Scheer denies spreading ‘misinformation’ in predicting unannounced Liberal taxes

Conservative leader had claimed that a potential NDP-Liberal coalition could lead to a hike in GST

Council asks to limit cruise ship visits to Victoria harbour

Mayor says motion is not meant to curtail current visits or limit local cruise industry expansion

Chilliwack man pleads guilty in crash that killed pregnant woman

Frank Tessman charged under Motor Vehicle Act for accident that killed Kelowna school teacher

Growing cherries, apples, pears — and big pumpkins

Boerboom worked to produce a massive melon from his Summerland farm

Most Read