The Most Wanted Lightweight in Canada


Brad Cardinal is a wanted man

OK, so maybe Brad Cardinal is not the most hated Lightweight in Canada, but he sure gets called out the most.  Exhibit A: Jesse Gross‘ comments following his Score Fighting Series win over Seiji Sugiman-Marangos.

“I know I’m not always on my best behaviour but it’s getting close to Christmas. Santa, if you’re listening, please just give me one wish. Grab your sack, empty out the toys, fill it with some balls and drop it off at Brad Cardinal’s house. I want that guy in a rematch so bad.”

Really? Brad Cardinal has no balls?  Last I looked, Brad Cardinal was so cowardly that both times he stepped in the cage with Adrenaline Training Center fighters he walked out without a loss.

Now the Ghost is one scary, bad ass dude and his loss to Cardinal is the crux of this hatred.  At Wreck: Unstoppable, Gross clearly won the first two rounds of their Lightweight title fight – not without problems, mind you.  Gross repeatedly ate Cardinal’s jab and was caught in a triangle choke in those first two rounds, but there was little doubt that although bloodied, entering the third round Jesse looked like he would remain undefeated and capture that Wreck title.  But shit happens in MMA.  Does it ever.

Cardinal celebrates win, Gross pleads case to Chartier (photo: Mike Fischl)

Early in the third, Gross got dropped.  Cardinal started pounding on the grounded Gross, who was in big trouble.  In my opinion, Cardinal erred in attempting a rear naked instead of continuing the ground and pound. However, inexplicably, ref Philippe Chartier stopped the fight, apparently  the only person to see Jesse Gross tap.  The ending is so confusing that Don Wilson’s play-by-play calls it a TKO stoppage, while the official result later becomes a submission win.  Clearly, an early stoppage and one that robbed Jesse Gross of a chance to escape that choke.

But Jesse wasn’t the only one to lose out. That early stoppage also robbed Brad Cardinal of a clean victory.  Down on the scorecards, sure, but Cardinal had Jesse in a world of trouble in that third round and had clearly reversed the momentum and started winning that fight.  Amid boos following the fight, Cardinal fueled the fire by claiming that he had the choke in and it was either tap or nap. Bonesaw has been a wanted man ever since.

Seventeen months later and nine hours from Wreck’s Gatineau headquarters, Brad Cardinal was clearly the most despised fighter by the Sarnia crowd as he entered the SFS cage to face Chris Horodecki in the main event  (even after the asinine things that came out of Tony Hervey’s mouth!).  Cardinal looked good in a close round, but an accidental head clash caused a cut and ended the bout in a No Contest.

A cut Horodecki grapples with Cardinal (photo: Mike Fischl)

It’s only logical that Horodecki would want a rematch following such a unsatisfying bout, making him the second fighter that night to want a future match with Cardinal.  Suprisingly, AFC fighter and fifth ranked Canadian Lightweight John Alessio immediately jumped into the fray from out of nowhere with his tweet,

I want to smash Brad Cardinal!!

With two upcoming fights at AFC and no dance partner announced for Alessio on November 23, Cardinal could certainly appease The Natural’s tweet.

Of course, Horodecki and Gross’ Adrenaline Training Center teammate and #9 Canadian Lightweight Jesse Ronson chimed in,

@johnalessio79 you smashing cardinal that would be something i’d fly to BC to watch #100%l

It’s funny.  Cardinal is a super nice individual.  If not for his ill-timed comments following his Wreck win, Bonesaw would not be in this position.

So would you want to be in the WRECK Lightweight champion’s shoes and have four top Canadian fighters hoping to harm you in the cage?

Or maybe you are a fighter sitting on the shelf just wishing you had an opportunity to fight the Ghost, the Polish Hammer, the Natural, and the Body Snatcher?

Or are you are just another member of the growing MMA posse that’s on the hunt for the Bonesaw !!!

22 Responses to “ The Most Wanted Lightweight in Canada ”

  1. Lance Bass says:

    sounds like gross is sour about losing.
    He lost, just accept it bro

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  2. gorny says:

    Mother fucking booooooonnnneeeesaw!!!! Great coach, training partner and friend!! Not only the most wanted, but id say most under rated! Wealth of knowledge and skill bonesaw gives anyone problems anywhere the fight goes.

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  3. Bobby Karimi says:

    I like Bonesaw, he shows up and puts on a good fight! He was doing well against Horodecki, too bad there was an accidental headbutt, woulda liked to see that fight play out.

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  4. Dean Panas says:

    Great article Keith! I like the way you did things and the Most Wanted poster is a cool touch.

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  5. Thanks @Dean Panas, I was just trying to have some fun and write a little less formally than I do in feature pieces.

    If more than a few read this and don’t mind it or at least it generates some discussion, then I might turn it into a weekly or bi-weekly editorial.

    By the way, I love Gross, Alessio and the call outs. Some say it is disrespectful; not me!

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  6. Sinister69 says:

    Either way those are all good fights, cardinal vs alessio but alessio would eat him up, gross n horodecki fighting cardinal would also be exciting and fun to watch. Cant wait for the demon to get back into the mix, been hearing some crazy things he has been doing while in rehab and is by far very exciting to watch. I also wouldnt mind seeing ronson vs cardinal.

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  7. Mike Davis says:

    Great article, gotta love Bonesaw, just pissed off a few people who he beat. Gross saying he has no balls is really messed up, look at Cardinals record and who he fought, he aint scared of Jesse Gross with all respect to Gross.

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  8. E-town MMA says:

    Jesse ur a 7-3 type of guy
    Brad only has 14 more fights than you plus beat you????????
    Am I missing something here?????

    Rematch Brad and Horodecki and move on.

    Jesse 7-3 go fight someone on ur level biz natch

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  9. EPerez8 says:

    Wait. Cardinal is 16-8. Do you want Jesse to fight someone better or worse?

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  10. Bobby Karimi says:

    Good stuff Keith, real enjoyable read!

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  11. David Letourneau says:

    Great article Keith. Funny thing about Brad, is all of the people who come on here or after a fight that talk shit about him and call him out “me included” i’ve never once seen a reply or tweet or any type of post responding to it, like him or not you gotta respect the man he’s a very classy guy and a true professional.

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  12. BodySnatcher says:

    agreed ^^^

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  13. SomeRelevantSome Not says:

    Some of the call outs are relevant and would be great fights and some of the call outs are silly as cardinal would embarrass them, and some call out then avoid every possible fight many times with him

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  14. 100% wrong, @SomeRelevantSome Not.

    Cardinal versus any of the four are good matchups. Cardinal will not embarrass any of these guys.

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  15. SomeRelevantSome Not says:

    lets just say i was not speaking of the names in the article keith, there are others that call out to hear and see there name followed by avoidance at all costs

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  16. john says:

    Cardinal wont fight me!!! been offered a few times but he ssys NO WAY! come on Cardinal!!!

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  17. Robin Black says:

    Brad is a good fighter and an interesting fella.

    He’s got a good mind and good temperament for fightin’ dudes.

    And ya good point Dave pretty classy of him to play it cool.

    I’d pay to watch any of the fights mentioned.

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  18. Jamie Locke says:

    Great read. All four are solid match ups IMO.

    I like a little call-out action. Keeps things interesting.

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  19. McInnes says:

    I want to be the most hated lightweight in Canada by the end of 2013. Until then, Im a big fan of Brad Cardinal.

    Please give this post a thumbs down.

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  20. AMLEHTC says:

    Shut up Andrew , you have small hands and smell of cabbage

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  21. Cam Yallits says:

    I thumbs downed it.

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  22. Robin Black says:


    I kinda freaked out and accidentally thumbed up your request for a thumbs down.

    Sorry bro I;ll do better next time.

    (PS I could never hate you.)

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