Top MMA News Breaks down the Slammer in the Hammer
MMA will finally make its legalized debut in Ontario’s steel town as Slammer in the Hammer makes its promotional debut at the Copps Coliseum in Hamilton. With Jeff Joslin at the helm, Slammer in the Hammer will treat fans to the return of one of Canada’s best Middleweights and feature Wreck MMA’s newly crowned Lightweight kingpin taking on a up and coming prospect from south of the border. The card is also stacked with local talent which, in some cases, will be making their hometown debut. As always Top MMA News encourages you to support your local MMA scene, so if you’re in Hamilton why not pick of a pair of tickets and maybe even treat pops to a father’s day of fights. If the card isn’t enough to wet your whistle, a UFC legend will be on hand as a special guest.
Jason Day (19-11) vs. Francis Carmont (15-7)
“Dooms” Day was once one of Canada’s perennial top 10 Middleweights, but has fallen off recently going 1-4 in his last five fights and not competing in almost a year. In comparison, Carmont is 4-1 in his last five and is currently riding a 4 fight win streak. The big difference is while Day was losing to world class competition, Carmont was besting mid level Europeans and that will be the Frenchmen’s downfall. Carmont’s skills lie in his long rangy reach, and solid judo base. Where as Day is more of a power punching boxer with a wily ground game who will definitely have the size advantage. Day has spent the majority of his time off working the daily grind in construction but he’s also been sharpening his cage tools with the members of the former Revolution Fight Team. Carmont will be a great test for Day and will show fight fans if he’s ready to step back into the forefront of the Middleweight rankings. Expect to see Carmont use his jab and his reach to keep the bigger Day from bullying him around. Day will need to push Carmont against the cage use under hooks to avoid the body lock judo throws and employ some dirty boxing to keep Carmont guessing. Once he’s battered Carmont enough, Day will use a double leg to take him to the mat and pound him out with hard punches and elbows. Carmont also shows a weakness to guillotines, so if he comes out sloppy we could see Day grab a hold of that neck and squeeze until the ref says stop. Either way Day should pick up the win and decide fighting is solid employment, and return to his former glory. MMA hasn’t passed by “Dooms” Day yet.
Prediction: Day via first round TKO or Submission
Daron Cruickshank (7-2) vs. Brad Cardinal (13-6)
Cardinal quickly bounced back from a decision loss to Kurt Southern by defeating the previously undefeated Jesse Gross in controversial fashion and capturing the inaugural Wreck MMA Lightweight championship. Cruickshank, a solid wrestler from Michigan, only began his professional MMA career in October 2009 and has spent the majority of his career in the ranks of King of the Cage. Cardinal is the more tested fighter and has faced the tougher competition. Cruickshank’s only real chance in this tilt is to shoot and take Cardinal to the mat, but he’ll have to avoid “The Bonesaw’s” constant submission attack. This will be a tall order for Cruickshank, one that Top MMA News sees as too tall. Cardinal will be able to pepper Cruickshank with his jab, and stay away from the take down attempts. Eventually though, Cruickshank will get the take down but it won’t be the advantage he thinks it is as Cardinal will cinch in the triangle and get the tap out finish late in the second round.
Prediction: Cardinal via second round submission