The Score Fighting Series fighters delivered an absolute war, some quick knockouts and some hometown wins last night in an exciting night of fights in Hamilton.
The night was set to be a showcase for Canadian lightweight John Alessio and a few local favorites, but two surprise fighters stole the show when the dust settled.
Veteran Forrest Petz and Toronto's Sergey Juskevic traded vicious blows from the opening bell, and Juskevic hurt Petz early in the fight and looked to have the finish in hand. Juskevic could not secure the finish and Petz recovered enough to push the war to the second round.
The fireworks only picked up in the second with Petz pounding hard to the body and Juskevic throwing to the top with the crowd in a frenzy. The battle stayed hot right up until Petz backed Yuskevic to the cage and peppered him with unanswered shots, leading to the referee stoppage at 3:25 of the second round.
In other headline action, John Alessio was able to overcome a tough Ryan Healy by using strength and takedowns to gain a unanimous decision victory.
Alex Ricci continued his early career assault on his foes, as he beat Iraj Hadin by TKO at 3:16 of the first round.
Josh Hill used his strength, quickness and takedowns to stay undefeated and dominate Eric Wilson for three rounds en route to a unanimous decision.
Lyndon Whitlock landed a beautiful shot to the button of Cory Houston, knocking him out cold at 4:28 of the first round, and massive heavyweight Craig Hudson knocked out John MacPherson one minute into their fight.
The rest of the results:
- Adam Assenzio defeated John Roche via verbal tap; 4:17 of the first round
- Elias Theodorou defeated Erik Herbert via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Jason Meisel defeated Mike Sledzion via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Shane Campbell defeated Derek Boyle via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Attendance: 1,800
Dwight Wakabayashi is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report MMA, MMA Editor at CKSN.ca and guest blogger for Sportsnet.ca