Battle of the Brads Off Again; Karkula Gets Xcessive
The on-again off-again matchup between Brad Causey and Brad Cardinal has slipped away once again. Brad Causey has had to pull out of the Xcessive Force Fighting main event in Grande Prairie, Alberta on March 30th due to a training injury.
Causey’s vacant headline spot will be filled by the unbeaten Michael Karkula. Karkula, a member of Sam Zakula’s Toronto-based Tap Star team, is 4-0 over a four year career with his latest victory coming at Instinct MMA 4 over Loyd Galindo. Karkula is a quick finisher with all four of those wins coming in the first round. However, Karkula will be taking a big step up as Brad Cardinal will be his toughest opponent to date.
Brad Cardinal is 16-8 overall and is unbeaten in his last three bouts. ”Bonesaw” Cardinal is coming off a No Contest fight with Chris Horodecki at Score Fighting Series in October 2012. The CMC Lethbridge fighter had been winning the first round in many fans’ eyes prior to the fight being called off due to an accidental head butt. Prior to that fight, Cardinal finished Tim Skidmore and Travis Briere in quick fashion.
The Cardinal-Karkula main event will be joined by a recently announced Middleweight fight between Clay Davidson (7-4) and Simon Marini (9-5). Both Davidson and Marini will be looking to get back in the win column after suffering losses in their last bouts.