Top MMA News Breaks Down the Score Fighting Series
On June 10 at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario arguably the best MMA card outside of UFC 129 will hit Canada. Stacked from top to bottom with top 10 Canadian talent from all over the country, the Score Fighting Series looks to make a huge splash on the Canadian MMA. Not to be overlooked, the undercard features some of the top up and comers in Canada that will produce some exciting fights. That being said the main card will garner the most attention and as so Top MMA News has seen fit to break down the top 5 fights. Tickets are still available for the event from Ticketmaster.
Here is the breakdown:
Jordan Mein (21-7) vs. Marius Zaromskis (14-5)
This fight is tailored made to get Mein a UFC call. Mein is 8-2 in his last 10 fights and is currently riding high with a 4 fight win streak. Zaromskis, on the other hand, is 6-3-1 in his last 10, but is only 1-2-1 in his last 4. This battle comes down to how each fighter implements their game plan. Zaromskis may have the advantage in the stand up department but as of late has shown his weakness when his foe put him on his heels and presses forward with their attack. Mein obviously possesses the grappling advantage and is no slouch when it comes to throwing down on his feet. Mein likes to start quick and keep the pressure on every second of every minute. Expect Mein to test the waters with his feet and fists and as soon as he feels he has the upper hand, take the fight to the mat. Mein will have the strength and size advantage which he’ll use to pressure Zaromskis against the cage and work the double leg take down. This fight won’t see the third round as Mein will start taking Zaromskis down at will and come the second stanza will finish off the Dream Welterweight champion with ground and pound late in the second round.
Prediction: Mein via Rd2 TKO
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (11-8) vs. Roy Boughton (5-1)
This Light-Heavyweight battle will come down to conditioning or, more importantly, Sokoudjou’s lack of said gas tank. Boughton has been impressive as of late, especially dominating fights in which he’s seen as the underdog. Sokoudjou’s big KO over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Ricardo Arona are now a distant memory and he’s traded wins and loses since. If Sokoudjou can’t land his feared fists in the first 3 minutes, this fight will be all Boughton. Boughton’s speed will also play a huge factor as he’ll be able to keep distance between himself and Sokoudjou for the first round, then use that same speed to close the distance in the later rounds and take the tired UFC veteran to the canvas. Boughton possesses all the attributes to control Sokoudjou on the mat and place himself in a position for the arm bar or arm triangle victory.
Prediction: Boughton via Rd2 Submission
Joe Doerksen (46-15) vs. Luigi Fioravanti (22-9)
This bout features two grizzled hard nosed UFC veterans and is a great bit of match making. Both men are looking to return to the spotlight and a win for either would propel them back into relevancy. To pick a winner in this one, you must look at the competition they have faced. After doing so, you’ll notice that Fioravanti seems to lose to high level fighters while Doerksen’s losses seem only to come from an even higher level of competition and that will be Fioravanti’s downfall. As mentioned above, both men have a hard nosed style and that should prove to make this an entertaining affair. Expect both men to feel each other out on the feet in the first and use their grappling pedigree while the match wears on. Doerksen’s takedown defense has never been top notch, but his strength advantage should nullify Fioravanti’s takedowns and allow El Dirte to implement his game plan. Doerksen will use trips and throws against cage to take Fioravanti down to the mat. Once there, Doerksen will use ground and pound and control to win the last two rounds and take home a unanimous decision victory.
Prediction: Doerksen via Unanimous Decision
Antonio Carvalho (12-4) vs. Douglas Evans (13-8)
Finally after a nearly two year lay off due to injuries we get to see Carvalho take on top competition. Carvalho at one point in time was considered to be one of the world’s top Featherweights with wins over Takeshi Inoue and Hatsu Hioki. Evans, a grizzled Alaskan and UFC veteran, has never been able to topple any top competitors, even having a tough time with Canadians losing to the likes of Mark Bocek, Thierry Quenneville and Kajan Johnson. Whether on the feet or on the mat, Carvalho has the advantage everywhere. Considering Carvalho’s last two fights expect Pato to focus on his stand up and really pepper Evans with his jab. Carvalho will use his footwork and reach advantage to frustrate Evans early and look for a head kick to finish off Evans in the first when he starts looking for the take down.
Prediction: Carvalho via Rd1 KO
Adrian Wooley (7-1) vs. Nick Mamalis (16-7)
Mamalis is definitely the more well rounded of the two athletes but Wooley is far and above in the wrestling department and that could prove to be enough in this fight. Mamalis big advantage is his sneaky submissions but with Wooley’s compact frame it’s almost impossible to submit the Bully. Mamalis will try and use his height and reach advantage to keep Wooley at a distance and avoid the takedowns. But when the Bully shoots, it doesn’t matter how long and tall you are, you’re going down. Expect Mamalis to frustrate Wooley in the first stanza with his jab after that it will be all Wooley. Wooley will get the take downs and his gas tank will keep him going at 100% speed for all 15 minutes and he’ll pick up the unanimous decision victory.
Prediction: Wooley via Unanimous Decision