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

25 Responses to “ Top MMA News Breaks down the Slammer in the Hammer ”

  1. Bigtoe says:

    If Day can pull this off and I think he should be able to, he will need to step up and fight top competion in Canada before any top leagues will even look at him… If he can get a win or two under his belt maybe Dream or Bellator. Jason is an exciting fighter and I always enjoy his fights, excluding the last two!

    Maybe one of these guys:

    Patrick Cote
    Joe Doerksen

    On a different note, when is Jesse Taylor going to get a shot in a big show, he keep walking through everyone???

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  2. BigBoi says:

    People need to stop saying that Cardinal’s last win was contraversial. Gross was going to sleep and even if the ref stepped in prior to this happening it doesn’t change the fact that it would have.

    That was my first time seeing Brad and while he seemed to be finding trouble with Gross’ ability to keep range he showed he has a rock solid chin.

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  3. LOL says:

    Don is a lil foolish for his prediction on the Carmont fight. And the way he thinks it will go down. Carmont is a BEAST

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  4. I hear Cruickshank has a great ammy record. Hear he is a karate champ and decent wrestler.

    Cardinal/Cruickshank should be real good!

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  5. ryan farse says:

    how bad is this card?

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  6. joe says:

    Cruickshank is a beast, I bet he beats Cardinal by KO. This card is almost as bad as the last MFC card..almost.

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  7. Reed Duthie says:

    I am the play-by-play announcer for this card, was at the weigh ins last night and Cardinal definatly looks focused, great guy to chat with as well that fight will be a beauty.

    Day and Carmont will be another good one but Day will definatly have to watch Carmont’s jab, looking at them facing off last night Carmont looks to have the much longer reach.

    What a job by Jeff Joslin putting this card together for the first event in Hamilton history and hopefully there will be many more to come!

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  8. Robin Black says:

    Hey Reed watched some of your Vlogs. Love your voice and delivery.

    Have fun tonight.

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  9. blayd cooper says:

    “NO CLUE” Wilson?

    cruikshank by some crazy finish on the feet. Great fight for the fans. it will stay on the feet unless daron wants it on the ground his wrestling and striking is scary.

    but cardinal is awesome to.

    Wow im excited for this one

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  10. Robin Black says:

    Disagree. Got Cardinal by close decision. I think he’ll be able to do a little bit more. His jab and distance game should make this a lot more even on the feet than people think.

    Should be an awesome fight tho.

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  11. Bobby Karimi says:

    I hope Day wins, but I’m picking Carmont winning this one. Also picking Cardinal.

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  12. Bobby Karimi says:

    Is this show viewable anywhere?

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  13. Reed Duthie says:

    Hey Robin,

    Thanks very much! MMA has long been a passion of mine and it will be a pleasure to get to call an event. Hopefully the first of many!

    We are very excited to have MMA in Hamilton and I hope for everyone going and everyone who will get a chance to watch this event they have a marvelous time!

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  14. Reed Duthie says:


    It will be shown on Cable 14 in the Hamilton area and on Fight Now TV on a broader scale

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  15. Bobby Karimi says:

    Reed, can I watch it tonight? Also how does one get Fight Now TV?

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  16. BigBoi says:

    Day is a hard fighter to predict. He loses fights he should win and wins fights he should lose. At the end of the night it comes down to which Jason shows up. He’s been under the bright lights and has fought in the O2 which means he will be chilled out in front of a crowd of a few thousand. People discount this level of experience but it means the world.

    Carmont’s best chance to win this comes in making Jason question his game plan. If he can catch Day flat footed and capitalize it could be a short night. I just don’t see that happening.

    Day has a brutally under rated ground game and my guess is he ends the fight here.

    Day via 3rd round submission.

    Cardinal impressed the hell out of me when I saw him fight Gross and showed that he is tough as nails. This is another fight where your best chance to win is to get the other guy off his game and I think Brad has learned from the Gross fight to maintain his game.

    Cardinal via 2nd round submission.

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  17. Bobby Karimi-Busheri says:

    Top MMA News at this event?

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  18. Big Win says:

    Yes sir Bobby, I’ll be doing quick results, PbP and Interviews. Producer Mike will be snapping pics as usual

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  19. harry balls says:

    Have fun, Senor Win. I really hope this show kills it. Joslin is a Mack. You hitting Hybrid sat?

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  20. Bobby Karimi says:

    Good stuff man.

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  21. Big Win says:

    Will be heading to Hybrid sat morning Harry. Any chance you’ll have that TJ Colleti shirt for me lol XXL please I’m a big boy

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  22. Big Win says:

    Guess “No Clue” Wilson it is… Cruickshank looked great and dominated the stand up and the ground.

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  23. Reed Duthie says:

    Bobby, I’m not entirely sure as of yet…I’m going to be posting some of the fights with my commentary on youtube once it is all through post production and such.

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  24. Robin Black says:


    Congrats to all the fighters and everyone involved.

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  25. Robin Black says:

    Haven’t been at a show as a fan in awhile (always working)….. man, I’m glad I was a fan at this one.

    Great show. Lotsa passion in the presentation. It FELT like a show put on by fight fans, for fight fans.

    Great young fighters. Congrats to all. You guys were inspiring tonight.

    LOVE the ring announcer. Kid added lotsa pizzaz. Nice find.

    GREAT crowd. All seemed new to MMA, but this show made them all MMA fans for good.

    Man. The Score show felt great last week (I worked there, I can’t be impartial, but it felt sweet) and then THIS great show really make me feel so much more confident about MMA in Ontario.

    Man. These guys got it right!

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