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North Van fighter chalks up another MMA victory

Andrew Valiquette - Submitted photo
Andrew Valiquette
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In two minutes and thirty-five seconds, North Vancouver’s Andrew Valiquette won the brawl.

The welterweight mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter was in the ring against Vancouver’s Clay Ayres hoping to even his record to three wins and three loses. And, he did just that with a rear-naked choke in the first round of last weekend’s Battlefield 5 match, at the River Rock Show Theatre.

Even though Valiquette calls his involvement in MMA “a hobby,” the 31-year-old has trained in kickboxing and Brazilian jui-jitsu for four years. He’s been fighting in the cage for more than a year now.

“When I am not at work I needed something to do,” he said.

Valiquette runs a resource business for young adults with autism and on weekends is an employee for a Vancouver safe house.

He’s currently building on his MMA skill base at North Vancouver’s Wolfes Den MMA. Valiquette said he is working on his stand up game for his next match, set for March.

“I don’t train for anyone specific,” he said. “I like to know I can handle myself in any situation.”

Valiquette is an aggressive fighter, Wolfes’s trainer Jackson Loychuk said, adding he has no fear in coming forward and hitting hard.

“His style is he likes to knock out or get knocked out,” Loychuk said.

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