The passing of a loved one changes the world around us; memories of their life scattered like ashes on the wind, coming to rest in places familiar. We see them on roads they once traveled, in rooms once warmed by their presence, or in crowds of friends, as if the joy of camaraderie returned their spirit to Earth for but a moment. Though their flesh is gone from this world, their spirit is undying as long as those memories remain.
Shayne Stephenson rests in peace, but to Massachusetts fight fans, his presence lives in every link of the cage, sung by every voice echoing through the arena when we congregate to revel in the sport he loved so dearly. Having anchored nearly every Cage Titans card in the company’s formative years, Shayne is as much a part of the promotions history as the very canvas which holds his name to this day. His spirit burns like a torch, and at Cage Titans 20, we will see that torch passed to another Stephenson.
Brendon Stephenson comes to as bannerman for Party Time MMA and carries on the legacy of combatives among his family. He talked with us about paying tribute to the fallen and the importance of walking the same path as his brother into Cage Titans history.
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Tell us a bit about your background, and how you got into combat sports and MMA?
I’ve been in many different disciplines throughout my childhood, from Tae kwon do to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and wrestling in high school. In the off season I studied mixed martial arts at Lauzon MMA. I’ve always been very competitive. Once my skills got better, I entered a NAGA tournament and did well, so I wanted to take it to the next level
Tell us about your time at Lauzon MMA, and why do you fight under the “Party Time MMA” banner?
My coaches and training partners were very knowledgeable and taught me many different moves and styles. From those, I picked and chose to create my own fighting style.
My brother called himself Shayne “Party Time” Stephenson. He lived to have a good time with everything that he did. Party Time MMA was his thing, and while I don’t know where it came from, it fit him perfectly. Now I fight for him.
This is your first fight. What’s going through your head right now?
I’m thinking about my brother. How I wish he was here to see me. How I need to win to keep the Stephenson legacy alive.
Do you know anything about your opponent? What do you predict?
I know that he has a boxing background. My strength is on the ground so I will be taking it to the ground. I don’t want to play around so I’m going for a quick finish.
Any sponsors you’d like to thank, or anyone you want to give a shout out to?
I’d like to thank Mike Polvere for giving me the opportunity to fight for him. He’s been very good to my family ever since my brother passed. I will return the favor however I can.
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Show your love for the Stephenson brothers as Brendon Stephenson faces Jessie Pires at Cage Titans 20. The event takes place Saturday, August 23rd at the Plymouth Memorial Auditorium in Plymouth, Mass. Visit www.cagetitansfc.com for the full fight card and ticket information.