Dead brother inspires TKO win for MMA fighter
"Matty would have loved it."
An emotional Brandt Cogill said yesterday, reflecting on his Aftershock 25 main event victory over Dane Snell on Saturday night.
He was talking about his older step brother Matty O'Brien, a cowboy who once graced the Great Western arena battling the bulls, the same arena where Cogill took just eight seconds to emerge victorious over Snell.
"It meant a lot to me, all my family were there, my friends, I have grown up in Rocky and gone to the Great Western as a teenager, my older step brother used to ride bulls there but he has passed away now, the whole feeling of his memory and that was really cool," Cogill explained.
"It's a nice moment and he would have loved it.
"There were plenty of people who knew us both and our relationship. He was my older brother and I really looked up to him, especially in a time in my life when I needed him."
"I had seen him fight and I had an idea (of what he would do) but I was always going to fight my own fight," he said.
"It felt like I was along for the ride, it felt so quick and I just reacted out of instinct.
"He kind of surprised me coming straight at me ahead of the bat and I guess I just reacted appropriately with a right hook.
"I didn't really place any expectations on the fight. But really happy to get the win, always a good feeling.
"I just want to say how grateful I am for everyone's support, it is nice to be able to share it with them."
Aftershock organiser Ross Cameron was thrilled with how the event turned out and calling the Great Western Hotel was a perfect venue for fight nights.
"It was really good, great crowd and awesome fights," Cameron said.
"The crowd loved it, they were going off.
"Was a really high standard, really well matched fighters.
"It's a fantastic venue, not many like it in Australia. The size of it and the facilities make it a great venue."
Cameron said the fight of the night belonged to pro-bantamweight battle between Craig Lankester and Kairin Moses.
"Craig won by an eventual disqualification but it was a good fight. Just the skill level and toughness made it great to watch," he said.
Aftershock will return to the Great Western Hotel in October this year.
Brandt Cogill def Dane Snell
Craig Lankester def Kairin Moses
Justin Van Heerden def Huynh Nguyen
Hayden Buckman def Matt Tana
Matt Loechel def Steve Finn
Brandon Cox def Ethan Harbinson