June 10 has come and gone and Mississauga, Ontario, Canada has experienced its first professional MMA card which also served as the inaugural MMA event for The Score Fighting Series. The evening was comprised of the full gamut of fighters, with varying skill levels and a multitude of skills sets. All but two of the event’s ten fights made it to the judges’ score cards, and though to some this may imply that the event was filled with uneventful fights, that assumption could not be further from the truth.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Heavyweight bout: Brett Rogers defeats Reuben Villareal via unanimous decision
Catchweight (190 lbs): Roy Boughton defeats Murilo Rua via unanimous decision
Light heavyweight bout: Roger Hollett defeats Mychal Clark via unanimous decision
Welterweight bout: Sean Pierson defeats Ricky Goodall via TKO (Punches) – Round 1, 1:44
Middleweight bout: Matt MacGrath defeats Ryan Machan via unanimous decision
Featherweight bout: Douglas Evans defeats Tristan Johnson via submission (Rear Naked Choke) – Round 3, 1:55
Featherweight bout: Musa Tolliver defeats Jason MacKay via unanimous decision
Middleweight bout: Nordine Taleb defeats Chad Cox via unanimous decision
Catchweight (190 lbs): Jeremy Hamilton defeats Chris Johnson via submission (Rear Naked Choke) – Round 1, 2:56
Welterweight bout: Jeremiah Bernard defeats Todd Henry via KO (head kick) – Round 1, 2:20
Featherweight bout: Pat Schilling defeats Tom Waters via submission (Kneebar) – Round 1, 2:34
Bantamweight bout: Michael Imperato defeats Jeff Black via submission (Armbar) – Round 1, 4:36
MMA is big with our neighbors to the north. So big, in fact, that the fan base has managed to overturn many MMA bans within just a few short months whereas a similar feat has taken US fans almost a decade. With a fan base this strong, it’s only logical that several solid Canadian-based MMA promotions have begun to climb the ranks. One such promotion is Warrior One MMA (W-1). W-1 normally holds their cards in Quebec, but on Saturday, October 23, the cage travels to Halifax, Nova Scotia for W-1: New Ground. The card is filled with some well known international MMA stars as well as some of the best Canadian MMA names. The main event is a heavyweight battle between Strikeforce veteran “The Grim” Brett Rogers (10-2), who has been forced to step out of Strikeforce after back-to-back losses to “The Last Emperor” Fedor Emelianenko (31-2) and “The Demolition Man” Alistair Overeem (30-12), and fellow slugger “Warpath” Ruben Villareal (18-18-3). The card also features “Ninja” Murilo Rua (17-10-1) who is coming to North America for the first time since the collapse of Elite XC, and is chock full of Canadian all-stars and up-and-comers.