Canada Heads South To Global Proving Ground 22
With Ontario’s MMA scene being a barren waste land, fighters from Canada’s most populated province have had to look elsewhere to maintain an active status. Luckily, not everyone has forgotten Ontario’s elite talent. When New Jersey based promotion Global Proving Ground was looking for athletes, they found a treasure trove in southern Ontario calling on five of the province’s best to come and compete at their 22nd event fittingly called “Legends & Rising Stars” with Ontario kicking in a mass amount of the rising stars portion.
Joslin’s MMA & Tapout Burlington’s Ryan Dickson (10-4) will be squaring off with UFC, Strikeforce and Bellator veteran Nah-Shon Burrell (11-6). This is an extremely crucial bout for both men as they have both hit a bumpy patch in their respective careers. Dickson enters the bout on the heels of two straight defeats while “The Rock-N-Rolla” most recently lost to Lyman Good and has gone 2-4 in his last six outings. The extra pressure added to this bout should make it extra exciting for the fans.
Welland, Ontario’s Andrew Cseh (6-4) will be looking to bring some gold back with him as he will be challenging the undefeated Desmond Moore (4-0) for the promotion Flyweight title. Known as the “Animal”, Cseh recently had his four fight win streak halted this past January and will look to get back in the win column while wrapping some newly minted gold around his waist. Moore, a product of American Top Team, has earned TKO stoppages in all four of his professional wins and will look to continue that trend while facing his stiffest test to date.
Another Jeff Joslin protégé Dave Hale (2-2) will also make the trip down to New Jersey. Hale has had more bouts cancelled than he has had fights and recently got his record back to .500 when he submitted Thomas Sumantri this past May. Across the cage will be Anthony “Parmesan” Facchini (4-2), who also got back in the win column in his last bout albeit in September 2014. Hale will be entering enemy territory as Facchini is a Marlboro, New Jersey native.
Wiarton, Ontario’s own Don “The Diamond” Wonch (2-0) will look to make it three in a row in 2015 as he drops down from Heavyweight to his more natural weight of 205 lbs. Another New Jersey native Alec Hooben (2-2) will look to play spoiler to Wonch’s terrific debut year and look to get back in the win column as he dropped his most recent bout this past June.
Fresh off his professional debut win this past October, Vladimir Kazbekov (1-0), a Team Ascension Fatherweight, will look to get right back at it and add another “W” to his record less than 30 days out from his first. While Woodland Park, New Jersey’s Gabriel Ruiz (0-1) will look to garner his first career after dropping his pro debut this past September.
Global Proving Ground 22: Legends & Rising Stars goes down November 21st from the brand new GPG Sports Complex in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey. The card features 3 title bouts along with the aforementioned Cseh versus Moore, Jesus Martinez takes on Tony Parker for the Middleweight strap while Bellator veteran Lorenzo Hood challenges Shelton Graves for the promotions Heavyweight title. The card can be viewed live on Go Fight Live.