Hard Knocks 43 – Live Results and Play-by-Play

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Hard Knocks Fighting Hard Knocks 43 goes down live tonight at the Markin McPhail Centre in Calgary, Alberta. In the main event UFC Veteran Nick “The Promise” Ring takes on Jason Zentgraf in Middleweight bout in his first bout since his release. Also on the card will be a pair of title fights with Misha Cirkunov defending his Light Heavyweight title against Shaun Asher and Welterweight champion Sergej Juskevic defending against Lorawnt-T Nelson.

Fans in Canada can catch the majority of the main card live and free on The Fight Network at 11pm et/9pm mt. If you want to watch the entire card on Go Fight Live you can find it HERE. The Bargholz brothers, Cody and Dallas will have live play-by play right here on Top MMA News!

  • Fight of the Night – Owen Carr vs. Ryan Connor
  • Submission of the Night – Sergej Juskevic
  • Knockout of the Night – Levi Armstrong

Nick Ring vs Jason Zentgraf
ref. Adam Cheadle
Round 1: The fighters trade low kicks Jason goes for a high kick but Nick scrubs it off. Jason ties Nick up and presses him against the cage. Nick turns Jason and gets a double leg takedown as Jason locks on a guillotine. Nick works his head out and pushes his opponent into the cage. Jason pushes Nick off but Nick throws some strikes and comes down keeping his pressed against the fence. Jason goes for an arm lock but Nick quickly escapes and falls back to his opponents guard. Jason works his way back to his feet establishes some distance and lands another high kick. Nick cones back with a hard left and the fighters continue to trade and counter. Nick ducks under for a double raises his opponent up and slams him to the mat. Nick lands in side control But Jason regains guard and nullifies his opponents attack. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 Nick Ring

Round 2: Jason lands a leg kick then goes high and scores another kick. Nick replies with a leg kick of his own. Nick cuts off his opponents movement backs him into the cage into the cage gets a body lock then briefly gets a take down but as Jason works back to his feet Nick keeps the pressure on him and drags him down to the mat. Nick takes the position to land some short punches and elbows but Jason controls his posture from the bottom. Jason goes for and arm then transfers to a triangle but Nick escapes and uses the distance to land some strikes. Nick scores a combo of elbows and Jason holds an open guard constantly attacking from bottom. Jason works to his feet but Nick takes his back keeps his arms locked around his opponent and continues to push Jason into the cage. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 Nick Ring

Round 3: Nick continues to try and cut off his Jasons movement and back him into the cage. Jason goes for another high kick but Nick evades him. Jason lands a hard leg kick and the fighters stand toe to toe but both have great defensive head movement so no major blows are landed. The fighters separate and Jason lands a thudding leg kick the another but the second is caught and used to press him into the cage. Nick goes for a double and Jason jumps off the cage pulling guard and attacking with a guillotine. Nick escapes and takes top position in Jason’s guard. Nick breaks his head out and begins elbowing to the body. Jason controls Nicks posture and ties up his arms Nick briefly breaks his opponents grip for a single strike before getting tied up. Jason goes for a triangle but Nick breaks out of the choke and lands a left as the fight ends. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 Nick Ring
Nick Ring defeats Jason Zentgraf by Unanimous Decision.

Misha Cirkunov vs. Shaun Asher
ref. Adam Cheadle
Round 1: Misha looks very relaxed in the cage. Maybe a little too relaxed! Shaun shoots for the takedown and Misha defends a lands a few knees. Misha takes Shawn down and lands a number of punches from mount. Misha takes his back, lands a few more strikes from top position. Shaun rolls to escape but Misha follows him then transitions to an arm bar from back mount. That was a very slick submission.
Misha Cirkunov submits Shaun Asher by Armbar in Round 1, 1:20
***Cirkunov defends Light Heavyweight Title

Sergej Juskevic vs. Lorawnt-T Nelson
ref. Adam Cheadle
Round 1: Lorawnt lands first with a left hook. Sergej counters then throws a hard three punch combo and a kick that sends Lorawnt back to the fence. Lorawnt replies with a hard leg kick the fighters stand toe to toe and trade Sergej moves in quick but Lorawnt counters. Sergej attacks with some creative rolling take downs but Lorawnt evades. Sergej again rushes in with some short strikes but can’t get a clinch on Lorawnt. The fighters trade and counter Sergej runs a strategy distance then rushes in with a flurry. Sergej goes for a take down but Lorawnt shrugs him off and scores three brutal leg kicks, but then misses on a spinning heel kick. Sergej leg is now visibly bruised but he dives in for a single and scores the take down. He quickly spins into side control locks down his opponent’s head with a figure ‘4’ and then transfers his attacks from arm bar to americana but Lorawnt defends. Lorawnt works his way back to his feet and lands a flying knee as the round ends. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 Sergej

Round 2: The fighters keep a distance and feel each other out. Lorawnt lands first with a hook to the body and the tempo of the fight again follows the first round as Sergej continues to keeping distance then rush in with strikes only now Lorawnt has now moved from countering to stuffing his rushes with punches. But Sergej comes back with a clean left Lorawnt then moves in with a flurry and scores a clean Leg kick then another then goes higher to the body. Sergej lands a leg kick of his own but then misses on a spinning back fist. Lorawnt moves in to strike but Sergej ducks under the attack gets the take down and immediately rolls for a leg Sergej locks in a heel hook and the ref moves in and stops the fight due to what Top MMA News rules a tap.
Sergej Juskevic submits Lowrant-T Nelson by Inverted Heel Hook in Round 2, 2:43
***Juskevic defends Welterweight Title

Owen Carr vs. Ryan Connor
ref. Adam Cheadle
Round 1: Ryan takes down Owen but Owen sweeps him and gets top position. Ryan is doing a great job tying up Owen and not allowing him to create any distance. Owen lands a few strikes then Ryan attempts a triangle choke. Owen easily escapes, stands up, throws a leg kick then immediately takes Ryan down. From half mount Owen is landing a lot of hard elbows to the side of Ryan’s head. He is doing a lot of damage from top position and Owen looks like he is in a lot of pain. With 10 seconds remaining Owen really goes to work finishing the round strong with a flurry of strikes from half mount. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 Owen Carr

Round 2: Owen lands a hard body kick. Ryan shoots for a takedown but Owen defends well. Ryan uses an inside leg trip to knock Owen off-balance and get the takedown. From guard Owen is landing a lot of elbows to the top of Ryan’s head. Ryan stands up and tries to pass Owen’s guard. He manages to spin into North South before Owen recovers half guard. Ryan sinks in a guillotine and attempts to pass to mount. Owen escapes and recovers full guard. Owen throws an illegal kick to Ryan’s head while a knee was down and referee Adam Cheadle stops the fight and deduct a point. Pretty harsh! Immediately after restart Owen locks in a tight triangle choke. Ryan rolls to avoid it and escapes. Owen attempts a guillotine and then starts working for an arm bar as the round closes. This was an awesome round! Very very close. Ryan had better position control but Owen striking and grappling were more effective. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 Owen Carr (9-9 with the 1 point deduction)

Round 3: Owen throws a leg kick. Ryan uses the opportunity to close the distance and pin Owen up against the cage. Ryan drops for a single leg and takes Owen down. From bottom Owen attempts an arm bar then a guillotine. He throws up his legs for a triangle choke but Ryan escapes again. Ryan passes to back mount briefly before Owen reverses him. Ryan attempts an armbar bar and it looks really tight. Owen is defending while kneeing Ryan in the back. Owen escapes the armbar and finishes the round on top smashing Ryan with elbows. Wow another close and exciting round. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 Owen Carr
Owen Carr defeats Ryan Connor by Unanimous Decision

Aaron Gallant vs. Mike O’Neill
ref. Andy Social
Round 1: Mike lands a leg kick and Aaron eats it and moves in with a combination of punches to the body and head. Mike responds by taking Aaron down. Aaron tries to sweep Mike but fails then just stands back up. Aaron pins Mike up against the cage and lands a few strikes before Mike circles away, creates some distance and takes down Aaron. Mike take’s Aaron’s back and locks in a tight body triangle then starts working for a rear naked choke. The choke looks tight but I can’t see how tight from my position cage side. Aaron is trying to escape but Mike stays with him and attempts another RNC. This time he forces the tap.
Mike O’Neill submits Aaron Gallant by Rear-Naked Choke in Round 1, 2:55

Trenton Rowell vs. Devon Smith
ref. Andy Social
Round 1: Devon lands first with a leg kick Trenton rushes in Devon’s hits some short shots but Trenton gets a slamming take down into guard. Trenton throws down some shots, moves into half then full guard but Devon reverses takes top position and starts landing hard punches and elbows from the top. Devon pushes Trenton into the cage Trenton tries to roll out but Devon takes his back and reigns down hooks to Trenton’s head. Trenton rolls again Devon rides him into mount, immediately postures up and reigns down a furry. Trenton covers up but can’t find a way out the Referee stops the action.
Devon Smith defeats Trenton Rowell by TKO (Punches) in Round 1, 2:15

Derek Folk vs. Keegan Oliver
ref: Andy Social
Round 1: Both fighters look a lot calmer at the start of the fight then the amateurs before them. Keegan opens up with a short kick to the body Derek moves in with some punches. The fighters exchanged Kegan catches a kick and gets a rushing take down. Derek pulls guard latches on a guillotine and squeezes with all his strength Keegan fights until the point of unconsciousness and the ref moves in to stop the fight.
Derek Folk defeats Keegan Oliver by (Technical Submission) Guillotine Choke in Round 1: 0:30

AMATEUR FIGHTS:

Riley Pequin vs. Levi Armstrong
ref. Andy Social
Round 1: Riley lands a great body kick and a couple of really powerful knees to the body from the clinch. Jordan starts throwing some huge left hands but they aren’t connecting. Levi connects with a punch that stuns Riley. Levi swarms Riley with punches looking to finish. Riley guards but is taking a lot of punishment and eventually drops to the mat. Referee Andy Social sees enough and stops the fight.
Levi Armstrong defeats Riley Pequin by TKO (Punches) in Round 1, 1:02

Justin Basra vs Jason Fournier
ref: Adam Cheadle
Round 1: Justin shoots right at the bell but Jason shrugs him off. Justin keeps the pressure on and pushes Jason up against the cage and drags him to the mat. Jason pulls guard and Justin lands some hard body shots. Justin escapes Jason’s guard but Jason regains half guard. Justin works from the top to open up some body shots. Justin goes for a head and arm triangle but Jason defends and gets back to his feet, but Justin quickly trips him back to the mat. Justin takes half guard and Jason attacks an arm from the bottom, Justin escapes and ends the round on top. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 Justin

Round 2: Justin again shoots for a single at the bell and gets the take down. Jason scrambles for half guard. But Justin rolls into side control. Jason regains guard but Justin starts throwing body shots from the top. Jason scrambles but Justing stays on him, escapes guard, and attacks with a head and arm triangle from side control. He digs the choke in deep and Jason is forced to tap.
Justin Basra submits Jason Fournier by Arm-Triangle Choke in Round 2, 1:48

Tyler Kobayashi vs. Nick Felber
ref. Adam Cheadle
Round 1: Tyler looks a lot bigger than Nick. He looks bigger and stronger. As soon as Nick moves in for a strike Tyler shoots for a double leg taking Nick down with authority. From top position Nick locks up guillotine and forces the tap.
Tyler Kobayashi submits Nick Felber by Guillotine Choke in Round 1, 0:32

Will Woo vs. Murray Hunter
ref. Andy Social
Round 1: Will lands first with a low kick and the fighters exchange. Will lands a clean right and drops Murray to his knees. Will goes for a guillotine but Murray escapes. Will lands again with some clean punches and knocks Murray down. Murray catches a kick and trips Will, but will quickly reverses and works his feet then pushes Murray against the cage ant tries to way to take his back. Murray shrugs him, off and lands a cracking right of his own. The fighters slug it out in the center of the cage each landing hard shots, the crowd goes crazy. Will ties Murray up but Murray gets the take down. Will attacks from the bottom with a triangle Murray tries to escape but is forced to tap.
Will Woo defeats Murray Hunter by Technical Submission (Triangle Choke) in Round 1, 2:43

Pat Leblanc vs. Kyle Messenger
ref. Andy Social
Round 1: Kyle starts the round by throwing a few jabs and a leg kick. Pat answers back with a few kicks of his own before Kyle takes Pat down against the cage and passes immediately to mount. With no strikes to the head allowed Kyle’s options from this position are pretty much limited to submissions. Kyle starts working for an arm bar then elects to tie Pat’s arms up behind his head instead. Soon after Kyle smoothly locks in an arm bar and forces the tap.
Kyle Messenger submits Devon Pat Leblanc by arm bar in Round 1, 1:09
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24 Responses to “ Hard Knocks 43 – Live Results and Play-by-Play ”

  1. Cody Rempel says:

    Wow…. sixth straight victory by either kneebar or heel hook for Juskevic!

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  2. Jay says:

    Owen Carr fought dirty as hell – 6 or 7 kicks to the head of a downed opponent and some to the back of the head. It’s really too bad cause he’s actually pretty talented.

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  3. mma-fan says:

    Owen Carr is a dirty fighter and is known for it and is going to hurt someone. Repeated elbows to the back of the head and illegal kicks to a downed opponent. Connor made a fan tonight

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  4. Jay says:

    One other thing, Cody’s PBP and scoring is good but illustrates why we have three judges in MMA and not just one.

    Ryan Connor won that fight and I’m stunned that the fight was scored for Carr:

    Rnd1 – Close but I gave it to Carr.

    Rnd2 – Another close one but with the point deduction it became Connor’s round (10-9 with a point deduction 10-8) for sure (worse case a draw if for some reason you were scoring illegal attacks).

    Rnd3 – Connor took this 10-9.

    A round a piece and makes the 2nd round the decisive one – it has to be scored either a draw or a win for Connor.

    Also, the restart was BS and shows why we need to look at either replays or consultation for the ref. The restart put Carr out of the stacked position he was in when he threw the upkick and put him into a spider guard position which allowed him to start attacking right away.

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  5. Fitnessplus says:

    There’s only one solution. Rematch!!

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  6. delta says:

    Have to think Juskevic and Cirkunov get calls to the UFC or Bellator this year.

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  7. Jay says:

    I think Connor’s team should file an appeal with CCSC to have the results over turned. Connor shouldn’t have a loss like this on his resume.

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  8. jets says:

    Harsh? Not harsh enough. One illegal up kick? No look harder the prick was kneeing connors spine repeatedly even put stiches in the back or connors head. Stop letting this poor excuse of a athlete fight anymore!

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  9. plat says:

    Jets true I heard. But u also like to talk alot..so stfu for awhile

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  10. SomeoneWhoKnows says:

    Though I agree there was some questionable behavior from a owen Carr, I don’t think that’s why Ryan Connor lost the fight. Owen car was much busier than he was in the second round. In the third round it was very close but could’ve gone either way. I am definitely not a fan of all of the questionable activity.

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  11. D-X says:

    Somebody should up kick that dirt bag Ari right in his stupid looking face

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  12. ClinchCraig says:

    Connor vs Carr rematch at ECC or Elite1? I’d love to see this fight live!

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  13. jets says:

    No rematch owen doesn’t deserve the opportunity to fight any “pro” athletes in a mma cage. He cant fight by the rules, he had no class and care for the rules. This is not the first shit show fight he has had. He was at a all time high for bull shit behavior against oneill his antics were defenetly on against connor low blower Brent fryia then took a guillotine when brent grabbed himself, heard he fish hooked tyler Davis to top this rant off

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  14. CanMAN says:

    I agree Carr doesn’t deserve a rematch, Connors got robbed and is to bad he has that L on is record the kids got heart and showed hes one of the best 35ers in Canada I’m sure hes going to have a ton of opportunity and great match ups in the that division

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  15. Team Alpha Fail says:

    The majority of Owen’s wins are always with controversy due to repeated illigal blows. Unsure why he is such a dirty fighter, but he is the most dirty regional Alberta MMA fighter in recent history based on all his illigal blows which tend to happen in 90% of his fights.

    That being said big ups to Connor. He didnt pull a Mciness and play dead. He took way harder illigal shots that the little headbutt Mciness took.Connor is a tough kid, a real fighter.

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  16. Batman. says:

    Carr has repeatedly broken rules to win fights, most of his fights are very controversial wins usually involving a low blow or other illegal shots landing. When will the commission take a stand and show this behaviour in the sport is not welcome? Disgraceful.

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  17. team Carr says:

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  18. Top Rank says:

    Team Carr aka Owens fat brother.

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  19. Jay says:

    Anyone know if Connor’s team has filed an objection?

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  20. team Carr says:

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  21. Batman. says:

    So cheat? Cheat to win? Intentionally break the rules every fight? With that attitude it’s up to the commission to grow a set of balls and actually do what they are supposed to do, protect the safety of the fighters. If that means punishing/fining/removing a guy who has had this many illegal techniques preformed in a cage matches so be it.

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  22. poop says:

    team carr, are you stupid or just rifding on carrs team alpha fails dick?

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  23. Cody Bargholz says:

    Jay,

    Owen Carr vs. Ryan Connor was a very close fight. If I was watching on the big screen or on the other side of the cage I may have scored it differently. I agree, three judges are a must.

    Cody

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  24. Graphics says:

    On Owen Carr Fight
    Why can’t anyone just accept the fact they lost these days isn’t Mma supposed to be a mans sport ? So what’s with all the crying over losing? The fight had judges and referee who called it from a better angle than any of you people in the stands, it needs to stop so you don’t like a fighter that’s cool no one is asking you too but constantly crying over the fact he wins is pathetic especially since your in the stands and not even in the ring with him , every ufc match has illegal blows and when they are of significance the ref deducts a point just like the up kick carr threw he got deducted, maybe you guys are just jealous he trains at team alpha male or maybe you’ve met him and don’t like him as person who knows and who cares he trains and fights hard for his wins give him some credit

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