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Wreck MMA returned to the Casino de Lac Lemay and once again raised the bar in terms of visual presentation and production for a regional MMA event. 1200 plus fans packed the casino’s conference hall to see their favorite fighters compete. The event had a heartwarming start with a tribute to the team that put Wreck Afghanistan together. Next, Wreck MMA honored two Canadian soldiers wounded in the line of duty. Now, on to the fights.
Joe Riggs vs Jordan Mein
Rd1: The fighters started off with a slow pace until Riggs landed a solid straight that doesn’t phase Mein. Mein goes to the body but Riggs comes back with a jab. Mein lands a solid jab and Riggs retaliates with a hook to Mein’s grill. Mein back with a hard jab, hook combo that lands on Riggs. Riggs goes straight for the takedown but Mein stands right back up. Mein throws a head kick, Riggs ducks under but can’t capitalize and Mein lands two solid fists to Riggs face that cause Riggs to roll to his back. Mein hovers over from above and lands two vicious bombs from the top that land clearly on Riggs’ mean mug.
TopMMAnews scores the round 10-9 Mein
Rd2: Mein pawing out his lead left to keep Riggs at bay. Mein comes over the top with hook and Riggs comes under with one of his own. Mein lands a straight kick right on Riggs chin then puts Riggs on his back. Mein stands to deliver a shot, Riggs tries to grab the ankles to trip Mein but instead eats a Mein sandwich. Mein using good head movement to avoid Riggs’ haymakers and comes back with shots to the body and leg kicks. Mein drops Riggs with a right hook to the chin and follows him down with more raining blows until the ref has seen enough.
Mein defeats Riggs via TKO (GNO) @ 4:30 of Rd2
Markhaile Wedderburn vs. Mark Holst
Rd1: Showtime is out the gate quick and pushes Holst against the cage. Holst pummels out and now holds Showtime against the cage. Quick separation and a Showtime kick sends Holst flying backwards into the fence. Showtimes slips and Holst lands a punch then jumps into Showtimes’ guard. Holst rides out the round on top inflecting little damage.
TopMMAnews scores the round 10-9 Holst
Rd2: Showtime showing some nice leg kicks. Holst returns with vicious leg kicks of his own. Holst shoves Showtime up against the cage. Showtime muscles Holst down with a body lock but Holst uses an Omoplota to sweep Showtime and winds up in side control. Wedderburn attempts to roll but Holst sinks in a hook and looks for the RNC. Wedderburn defends so Holst tries to soften him up with short punches. Wedderburn eating a lot of Holst leather from the turtle position. Wedderburn rolls and Holst takes mount. Holst rains down the punishment until Wedderburn turns again and Holst sinks in the choke and coaxes the tapout with seconds left in the round. Epic ending.
Holst submits Wedderburn via Rear Naked Choke @ 4:56 of Rd2
Matt MacGrath vs. Kalib Starnes
Rd1: Starnes throwing from the outside and clinches with MacGrath against the cage and drags him to the ground. Starnes rides out the round on top landing very few punches but controlling position.
TopMMAnews scores the round 10-9 Starnes
Rd2: Starnes tries to keep McGrath at bay with front kicks but McGrath is able to get inside and drag him down. MacGrath is on top for all of a second until Starnes reverses and ends up on top. Starnes in mount, transitions to half guard and slides his arm under MacGrath’s throat. Starnes then rolls and locks in the second hook and and puts MacGrath away with the rear naked choke.
Starnes submits MacGrath via Rear Naked Choke @ 3:14 of Rd2
Dimitri Waardenburg vs. Remi Morvan
Rd1: Morvan throws a low kick and Waardenburg jumps right over and forces Morvan to the mat. Morvan attempts a triangle but Waardenburg fights right through it. Morvan turns and Waardenburg appears to land a knee to Morvan’s head while he was grounded. Morvan appears to go motionless for a split second. Remi fights through it and catches a Waardenburg strike from the top and attempts an omoplota. Once again, Waardenburg escapes but finds himself back in a Morvan omoplota. Waardenburg ecapes again but Morvan uses a high guard to keep him close. Morvan transitions to an arm bar but Waardenburg uses the opportunity to pass to side mount. Morvan quickly regains position as Waardenburg rides out the rest of the round on top.
TopMMAnews scores the round 10-9 Morvan
Rd2: Morvan pushes through a Waardenburg flurry to land the double leg. Morvan stands as to let Waardenburg up but cracks him one when he attempts to stand. Morvan leaps inside Waardenburg’s guard landing some punches. Morvan takes Waardenburg’s back but can’t cinch in the RNC. Waardenburg twists back around while Morvan continued the assault from the top. The round ends with Morvan searching for another RNC attempt.
TopMMAnews scores the round 10-9 Morvan
Rd3: Morvan attempts a takedown straight off the bat but Waardenburg steps away. Morvan lands the double leg but Waardenburg can’t be held down. Waardenburg lands the takedown on Morvan and rides out the round fighting off submission attempts.
TopMMAnews scores the round 10-9 Waardenburg
Waardenburg defeats Morvan via Unanimous Decision (29-28 x 3)
Mike Reilly vs. Robin Black
Rd1: Robin starts off with a tight hook, body kick combo. Reilly grabs on and Robin trips him down. Reilly quickly throws up his legs, adjusts his hip and locks in the arm bar which forces a quick tap out from Black.
Reilly submits Black via Arm Bar @ :57 of Rd1
Jesse Gross vs. Pablo Santos
Rd1: Gross using some nice level changes to keep Santos guessing. Gross lands a left jab that causes Santos to slip, then clips him with a right hook that drops him to the ground. Santos quickly rolls to his back while Gross pounces in for the attack. Gross works the short elbows from half guard. Gross postures up and wails on Santos with big haymakers until the ref steps in and saves him from further punishment.
Gross defeats Santos via TKO(GNP) @ 3:12 of Rd1
Alka Matewa vs. Jesse Ronson
Rd1: Alka slaps Ronson’s head with a high kick. Alka lands a solid straight then feeds Ronson with knees from the Thai Plum. Ronson attempts a doulbe leg but Alka sprawls out to avoid it. Ronson with the body lock muscles Matewa to the floor. Matewa has Ronson almost completely bucked off but Ronson grabs the fence pulls himself forward and maintains the position. Ronson continues to land GNP from mount but quickly transitions to a arm bar Matewa fights it off for 10 plus seconds but eventually gives in and taps out.
Ronson submits Matewa via Arm Bar @ 4:51 of Rd1
Amer Hussein vs. Mustafa Khalil
Rd1: Khalil pumping the jab keeping Hussein at bay. Khalil doing a good job of jumping in and out of the pocket while landing. Khalil getting more comfortable and landing some nice combos. Khalil all over Hussein with punches in bunches finishes off the round with a vicious left head kick.
TopMMAnews scores the round 10-8 Khalil
Rd2: Hussein attempts a leg pick but Khalil is too quick. Khalil stalking Hussein around the ring landing from the outside at will. Khalil finally lands that elusive right hook he’d been looking for all night and drops Hussein who turtles on the canvas. The ref quickly calls the fight to save Hussein from any unneeded punishment.
Khalil defeats Hussein via KO (Hook) @ 2:25 of Rd2
Mike Sledzion vs. Jeffrey Laughren
Rd1: Laughren lands the double leg but gets caught in a guillotine. Laughren holds on but Sledzion tightens up the choke and coaxes the early tap.
Sledzion submits Laughren via Guillotine Choke @ :55 of Rd1
Jamie McLean vs. Jeff Harrison
Rd1: McLean comes out and lands a brutal teep kick straight to Harrison’s bread basket. McLean quickly body locks Harrison and both fighters jockey for position. An errant low blow by McLean briefly halts the action. McLean lands the takedown but Harrison cinches in the omoplota then quickly transitions for a triangle. McLean escapes just in time to eat some Harrison fists on the ground, Mclean gives his back, and the finish is academic. Harrison cinches in the RNC and the ref quickly stops the fight to save Mclean from dreamland.
Harrison submits McLean via Rear Naked Choke @ 3:43 of Rd1
Tyler Hardcastle vs. Kyle Vivian
Rd1: Tyler comes out swinging but Vivian throws back harder and rocks Hardcastle. Vivian lands an easy takedown and quickly takes Hardcastle’s back but Hardcastle stands and shrugs him off. Hardcastle tries to pounce on the grounded Vivian but he trips the leg and takes top position. Vivian quickly locks in the arm triangle. Hardcastle is able to turn out of the choke leaving Vivian on top. Hardcastle gives his back and Vivian sinks in the RNC but once again Hardlcastle fights it off. Hardcastle fights his way back to his feet and lands a few solid lateral elbows on Vivian who brings the fight right back down to the mat. Vivian lands in Hardcastle’s guard and finishes off the round with some GNP.
TopMManews scores the round 10-8 Vivian
Rd2: Vivian bullies Hardcastle up against the cage and lands the single leg. Hardcastle attempts an arm bar off his back but Vivian fights it off. Hardcastle transitions to a triangle and locks it in tight for the come from behind tapout finish.
Hardcastle submits Vivian via Triangle Choke @ 1:55 of Rd2
Marc Lefebvre vs. Christopher St. Jean
Rd1: Lefebvre attacks right away but eats a St. Jean jab. Lefebvre bullies St. Jean against the fence. St Jean lands a vicious superman punch then flurries on the stunned and bloodied Lefebvre. Lefebvre regains his composure and clinches against the fence then lands a body lock takedown. St. Jean rolls Lefebvre and winds up in mount. Oddly, St. Jean stands up. Once again, Lefebvre bullies St. Jean against the fence And works the knees to the body.
TopMMAnews scores the round 10-9 St. Jean
Rd2: Slow start for the round, Lefebvre throws the kick, St. Jean catches it but cannot finish the takedown. Both fighters looking gassed, Lefebvre body locks and pushes St. Jean back up against the cage. An exhausted Lefebvre looks for the takedown but can’t finish. Clinched up against the cage, Lefebvre throws more knees to St. Jean’s body. After a restart, Lefebvre finally lands the takedown against the cage and lands in St. Jean’s guard. St. Jean quickly locks in a triangle attempt. Lefebvre escapes and looks for the knee bar. St. Jean takes mount and use some GNP to finish off the round.
TopMMAnews scores the round 10-10
Rd3: Lefebvre again bullies St. Jean against the cage. St. Jean is finally able to separate and lands three solid hooks on Lefebvre forehead but once again Lefebvre clinches. St. Jean separates again lands two big knees from the Thai plum then a third knee while Lefebvre was ducking in. Lefebvre showing a chin of granite as St. Jean has thrown some hard shots but Lefebvre won’t go down.
TopMMAnews scores the round 10-9 St. Jean
Lefebvre defeats St. Jean via Majority Decision (29-28, 30-27, 28-29)
Where to start? Firstly, some great fights took place tonight so let’s not take away from what was an exciting night of action. Secondly, Wreck MMA does a tremendous job supporting local and national charities with each and every event they put on – They are class acts. Lastly, some big news coming out of this card. Jesse Ronson will return to action in April at the next Ringside taking on a returning Mike Ricci. Mark Holst announces he’ll come out of retirement if Nabil Khatib wants to settle things.With Kalib Starnes’ win, he’ll now face Patrick Cote at the aforementioned Ringside card. And finally, Jesse Gross once again looked like the super prospect that he has been touted as and now requires a step up in competition. Oh and in case you haven’t heard Jordan Mein is now officially a stud; he just proved it.
Alright now, down to the hating. Let’s start with the refereeing, two obvious and flagrant fouls took place tonight that could have changed the outcome of a fight. As well, there were a few decisions I disagree with.
- Firstly, Jesse Ronson grabbing the fence pulling himself forward right before being swept lead to the fight ending arm bar. It may not have changed the outcome but most certainly changed the time of that outcome. What’s worse is the referee was right there in correct position and did not even mention it. I understand bracing yourself against the cage but putting your fingers through the cage, closing your fists, and using it too pull yourself forward cannot be allowed and at least should have warranted a stand up.
- Secondly, Waardenburg landed an knee, ala Pride days Mark Coleman on Morvan’s skull, that the referee completely disregarded. Considering Guillard on Dunham and Noons on Gurgel, either make this a legal tactic or start calling the fouls. Please pick a side and stick to it refs.
- Lastly, the two fights that went to decisions were completely wrong. Not just oops a close round it could have gone either way wrong, but who are the blind judges and what the hell are they watching? Note to judges if fighter A lands a takedown on fighter B and spends the next 5 minutes fighting off submission attempts then fighter B wins the round, this isn’t rocket science. St. Jean had a Lee Murray style robbery take place tonight, Lefebvre is a tough dude but did little more then hold St. Jean against fence and prove he likes the taste of MMA gloves. As for Waardenburg versus Morvan see aforementioned comment regarding judging.
Alright time for bed, got all the hating out of my system. It feels better.