October 20, 2012Print
A no-contest decision concluded what was otherwise a thrilling night of top MMA action at The Score Fighting Series in Sarnia, Ontario. An accidental clash of heads between Chris Horodecki and Brad Cardinal in the headline bout at the RBC Centre resulted in the doctor ending proceedings after just one round.
It was certainly not the way the home crowd wanted to see the fight ended, with many making the trip from nearby London, Ontario, to back “the Polish Hammer” in the catchweight match-up. However, the locals were at least treated to the sight of Sarnia’s own John Fraser returning to winning ways, dispatching Tyler Toner via unanimous decision.
All the action from the main card was carried live on theScore Television Network in Canada and, for the first time, in the U.S. on AXS TV. And while Horodecki was looking to end his own two-fight winless record, he found himself unable to continue after an accidental head clash opened up a nasty wound. The doctor was left with no choice, and the match-up was ruled no-contest.
Fraser had more luck. Looking to bounce back from his first defeat in six years at the hands of Josh Hill at the last SFS event in August, the “Haggis Basher” was back up to 145lbs and looked all the better for it. In a bout billed as “make-or-break” for both men, it was submission-specialist Fraser who made the early moves, taking the fight to floor and looking to maneuver Toner into a match-ending hold.
But Toner, from Aurora, Colorado, was a stubborn opponent, taking the fight the distance, only for judges to rule unanimously in Fraser’s favour. It was an important win for Fraser who badly needed this to erase the memory of the Hill loss – as well as making for the perfect 35th birthday present.
Milwaukee fighter Rick Glenn made it five wins in a row in his featherweight scrap with Lyndon Whitlock. It came by way of TKO in the third round, with Glenn taking down the Hamilton, Ontario, man at 2:34 with a combination of punches and knees.
Tony Hervey scored a second round TKO over Jorge Britto, but even the lightweight from Detroit would likely admit there was an element of good fortune behind his win. Britto, from Toronto, looked to be well in control, raining punches in on a prone Hervey as the second round draw to a close. But as he landed his final blow in the ground-and-pound, Britto appeared to injure his arm and the fight was called.
Lithuanian welterweight Sergej Juskevic was back in the SFS cage for the first time since March after his epic battle with Forrest Petz in March – a bout regarded by many as the best ever seen at an SFS event. The Lithuanian tasted defeat that day, but was this time victorious against Gerald Meerschaert, forcing a first round tap-out from the Wisconsin fighter via knee-bar with 4:32 on the clock.
Following Fraser’s victory, the local fans had further reason to cheer when London, Ontario, native Jesse Gross snapped a three-fight losing streak by recording a TKO over Seiji Sugiman-Marangos. Just one second was left in the second round when Sugiman-Marangos was spared further punishment after enduring a barrage of punches while on the deck.
The crowd at the RBC Centre also got value for money with some quick-fire preliminary fights. Arguably the highlight of the early bouts was the first 125lbs fight in the history of the SFS, with Malcolm Gordon beating Tyler Kirk via first round submission after a skillful exchange.
The Score Fighting Series returns on November 23rd, with Hamilton Place Theatre in Hamilton, Ontario, the venue. A high-octane clash between Jordan “Young Gun” Mein and Forrest “The Meat Cleaver” Petz is the headline event and, once again, the main card will be televised live in Canada on theScore Television Network and in the U.S. on AXS TV beginning 10:00pm EST. Tickets start at $30 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster.ca.