KOTC: Obsession Recap


King of the Cage held their 56th event in Canada tonight at the Mirage Banquet Hall in Edmonton, Alberta. None of the seven fights made it to the judges scorecards which made for a night full of exciting finishes.

  • Knockout of the Night: Simon Shirt for his huge KO of Greg Large.
  • Submission of the Night: Joe Cronin for his unique half nelson shoulder crank that forced the KOTC mainstay to tap.
  • Fight of the Night: Cronin and Waterhen went toe to toe in a main event that lived up to the billing.


Elmer Waterhen vs. Joe Cronin
Round 1: Cronin opens with a big combo and Waterhen responds with a combo of his own followed by a knee. Cronin lands a solid overhand left and a right hand. Cronin looks to land a superman punch off the cage but it falls short. Waterhen lands a leg kick and Cronin answers back with one of his own. Waterhen lands a few more leg kicks and both fall short with punches. A low kick from Cronin connects with the wrong target but Waterhen quickly recovers and is right back to action. Cronin lands a 1-2 but Waterhen gets a finger in the eye, again Waterhen pauses only briefly and goes back to work. Cronin connects with a left and eats a pair of hard leg kicks from Waterhen. Cronin continues being peppered with crushing leg kicks. Waterhen lands a thunderous body kick followed by another leg kick. Cronin grabs ahold of Waterhen’s back and drives him towards the cage. Cronin looks for a belly to back suplex and lands on top. Cronin lands one more shot before the bell and the round comes to an end. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Waterhen

Round 2: Waterhen continues to land leg kicks as the second round begins. Cronin drops Waterhen with a solid shot and unleashes a barrage of punches on the ground. Waterhen survives but Cronin takes the back and begins sneaking punches in under the arm under he is able to lock up a half nelson. Cronin sinks it deeper and cranks Waterhen’s left arm as far to the right as he can and Waterhen taps out and appears to have injured his shoulder.
Joe Cronin submits Elmer Waterhen by Half Nelson Shoulder Crank in Round 2, 2:40

Nolan Nelson vs. Jeff St. Pierre
Nelson lands a leg kick followed by a combo to the body and more leg kicks. Nelson surprises St. Pierre and drops him with a spinning back fist. Nelson jumps on top but St. Pierre gets back to his feet against the cage. St. Pierre secures a take down to full guard but Nelson looks for a guillotine. St. Pierre escapes and gets to side control where he lands a few short elbows. St. Pierre begins raining down punches but several land to the back of the head and referee Andy Social calls for a pause in the action and deducts a point from St. Pierre. On the restart the two fighters trade leg kicks before Nelson begins to land punches. St. Pierre lands a kick to the body and ducks another spinning back fist from Nelson. St. Pierre lands a big right and takes him down to full mount. Nelson gives up his back and looks for the rear naked choke. Nelson spins back to full mount only to give his back again, St. Pierre begins to drop heavy leather as Nelson covers up and the referee steps in to rescue him from any further punishment.
Jeff St. Pierre defeats Nolan Nelson by TKO (Punches) in Round 1, 4:01

James McGrath vs. Evan Cardinal
McGrath rushes in and the two trade shots with neither landing anything significant. Cardinal lands a body shot followed by a solid right and shoves McGrath to the mat. Cardinal swarms him and lands four or five punches before referee Kyle Cardinal steps in to call a halt to the fight. The stoppage appears premature as McGrath appears to be fine and protests the stoppage.
Evan Cardinal defeats James McGrath by TKO (Punches) in Round 1, 0:50

Simon Shirt vs. Greg Large
Large lands a leg kick and the two trade solid right hands. Both men are slugging it out in the centre of the cage with Shirt getting the better of the exchanges. They clinch against the cage and Large secures the take down, landing in full mount. Shirt gives up his back but is able to escape back to his feet. Shirt lands a solid leg kick and a left falls short but he floors Large with a massive right that stiffens Large and sends him crashing to the mat out cold before he hits the ground.
Simon Shirt defeats Greg Large by KO (Punch) in Round 1, 1:47

Adrian Cardinal vs. Spencer Jebb
Both come out trading wild shots and are connecting but nothing with significant power. Jebb drops Cardinal with a solid shot but Cardinal pops right back to his feet only to be taken right back down. Jebb lands about a dozen unanswered shots before passing to full mount and lands a few more shots. Cardinal gets back to his feet and Jebb lands a body shot followed by a huge right that stuns Cardinal and forces the referee to step in and call a halt to the fight.
Spencer Jebb defeats Adrian Cardinal by KO (Punch) in Round 1, 1:12

Ryan Disher vs. Chris Lauzon
Lauzon opens with wild shots and both men tumble to the mat with Lauzon landing in side control. Lauzon looks to take the back but Disher bucks him off and lands in full guard. Disher lands small shots before standing back up. Lauzon back to his feet, eats a body kick and shoots for a take down. Disher sprawls and lands an elbow to the back. Referee Andy Social pauses the action as the elbow strike appears to be to the spine. The doctor enters and indicates that it didn’t appear to be to the spine. After the five minute recovery period Lauzon indicates that he is unable to continue. The bout is initially announced a TKO victory for Disher, however upon further discussion between the referee and the commission the result is changed to a no contest.
Ryan Disher and Chris Lauzon ends in a no contest due to Illegal 12-6 elbows to the spine in Round 1, 1:47

Cody Ries vs. Danny Simms
Ries lands a combo and Simms responds with a leg kick. Simms throws another leg kick but Ries catches it and dumps him to the mat, landing in guard. Ries locks on an armbar but Simms is able to escape but Ries immediately secures a triangle choke and Simms is forced to tap out.
Cody Ries submits Danny Simms by Triangle Choke in Round 1, 0:53

16 Responses to “ KOTC: Obsession Recap ”

  1. Ryan Disher vs. Chris Lauzon

    How could the commission originally think this was a TKO Victory for Disher? after a double foul?

    Pat Reid + Andy Social = that’s how..

    AND by “further discussion” it really meant someone came and told them they fucked up!

    I guess having a picture of yourself with an Olympic sweater on doesn’t magically grant you knowledge in MMA…


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  2. jeffrey wilson says:


    I was thinking the same thing when I saw the results myself. You can’t win by fouling another fighter. I’m not sure what the ref or the commission was thinking on that one. I guess they had no choice but to award it a no contest after they botched it up.

    Keep in mind though that Edmonton only uses the best officials and the most trained so there can never be any problems at any of their shows and all of their officials are certified. A bit of sarcasm here, but this is what happens when you go on record bragging about the top quality of your officials in comaprison to everywhere else, only to have this happen. What do you say to this…ooops., errr that ref wasn’t really one of ours.

    Looks like this card had alot of problems prior to this incident judging from the other posts. One fighter taking multiple shows and screwing a promoter, plus this card only lasting a mere 12 mins of fights. No wonder the UFC only promotes itself as the UFC and not MMA. Why would they want to be compared to cards like this.

    Oh and one more thing, the sweater gives those that wear it special powers, I wouldn’t be too quick to criticize it.

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  3. Bdc says:

    Kotc step it up you need to have more than one or two real
    Mma fights a night

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  4. chris lauzon says:

    i would rather get knocked out than ever take a shot to the spine again it was painful and stil hurts

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  5. Cody Rempel says:

    I believe the confusion was because when the doctor entered to check on Lauzon, he stated that the strike appeared to hit the kidney and not the spine… I think he was basing that on a red mark on his back! They showed the replay a few times and the strike definitely looked closer to the spine than the kidney.

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  6. Tim Ford says:

    Charles why so bitter?

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  7. ken kupsch says:

    Someone made a mistake and then corrected it, that’s all anyone can do.

    Jeffrey, the problems with the card were last minute drop outs etc. There were a lot of them this time and you can’t always fix it at the last minute.
    But I’m curious, did you actually add the fighing minutes yourself or did you have someone that can only count up to 12 do that for you?

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  8. Bdc says:

    Drop outs happen but this has been occuring for over two years now. I actually like kotc as an organisation but alot of the fights/fighters dont show up too fight. Is it bad luck? I dont feel so i think it was the match maker not willing to pay for good fighters and not knowing a thing about mma.

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  9. Bdc says:

    Also there was more like 20 mins of fighting jeff u dont just add up finish times to get total fight times there are rounds aswell and allthough rare with kotc some fights did go into the second.

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  10. CCCFighter says:

    Where are the pics from this card?

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  11. jeffrey wilson says:

    Guys, way to conduct a CSI on the time of the bouts. I stand corrected. I originally just grabbed the time from another post, and did not verify it was correct. I stand corrected it was almost 20 mins and not 12 mins. I didn’t notice you had a two rounder in there.

    Ken, I’ve spoken to you before and you seem like a good guy. I was probably a bit harsh in my original post and didn’t mean to come off that way. In my opinion you have the captital to produce some quality cards and have done so in the past. I personally would rather have you scale down the number of shows and do less shows but with better fights. Thats just my opinion.

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  12. ken kupsch says:

    Fair enough, but one priority for me is to keep our main fighters busy. Trying to get everyone on shows when they want to be is challenging in itself but what it does come down to, is doing smaller events at times. We will have some bigger shows again next year but will still fill in with smaller ones.

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  13. ken kupsch says:

    Some great photos there Jason!

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  14. Jerobe says:

    Ken. Who is doing the matchmaking now? The gossip Queen stated that Orest is no longer with KOTC. Is this true? Please respond.

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