Monster featherweight Rick The Gladiator Glenn showed a relentless and highly skilled game tonight in eventually taking out Hamilton's Lyndon Whitlock in an all-out war and fight of the night. Glenn used brutal body kicks to soften Whitlock up and then landed a big head kick to set up the finish in the third round. Despite the loss, Whitlock proved he belongs in the top tier of his division and his game has surpassed that of former foe Tristan Johnson.
Glenn clearly wants Chris Horodecki next. He called him out for the second time in a row in his postfight interview. He is a tough matchup for anyone, and not just in SFS.
In a disappointing end to the evening, an accidental headbutt by Cardinal in an exchange in the first round opened a severe cut on the brow of Horodecki. After the cut was checked by the doctor after the first round, the fight was called off and ruled a no contest.
Jesse "The Ghost 2.0" Gross dominated grappler Seiji Sugiman-Marangos tonight in the opening bout of the main card, and it was just the performance that Gross needed in his career. He used his power and movement to overwhelm the smaller opponent and got the stoppage at 4:59 of the second round. The power and efficiency in Gross' hands were vintage Adrenaline Training Center. The sacred gym in London, Ontario houses some of the best strikers in Canada in Jesse Ronson, Sam Stout, Chris Clements, Mark Hominick, Chris Horodecki and Chad Laprise.
Gross could be in line for his dream rematch with Brad Cardinal very soon.
John "Haggis Basher" Fraser took a gritty bounce-back victory over Tyler Toner using his superior takedowns to stay in dominant position for most of the night. The striking in this one appeared in the second round, and though there were shifts and opportunities for Toner, Fraser was in control all night. He went north-south position on Toner a few times and had arm bar and kimura opportunities. He delivered a nice war for his hometown fans.
"This is what I wanted, I wanted a war and this was a war. Every punch hurt, it was awesome. Thank you Tyler Toner for coming this far to fight me."
It is a nice bounce back for Fraser, and it keeps him in the top tier of the division in the SFS.
Tony Hervey should go grab a Lotto Max ticket because luck seems to be on his side. Hervey was getting dominated for much of the fight with Jorge Britto before an injury to Britto's arm halted the bout after the second round. Hervey got the gift win. There is no question that Hervey earns the win by hanging in there, but who knows who could be next for him after that performance.
Sergej Juskevic was just a bit too much for Gerald Meerschaert on this night as he took him out with a slick kneebar submission at the end of the first round. Juskevic was the better fighter from the get-go and seized his opportunity to put a quick end to his night.
It's time for an SFS big name for Juskevic as Forrest Petz is headlining the next card. This guy deserves to be near the top of cards as well.
Dwight Wakabayashi is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report MMA, and guest blogger for Sportsnet.ca.
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