Live Results and Play-by-Play From The Score Fighting Series
Evening folks, I’m currently sitting cageside at the Hershey Centre as the crowd is beginning to file in preparing for tonight’s Score Fighting Series card. On the docket tonight are plenty of fights featuring both top Canadian and Global talent. As previously discussed on tazmma, the main event features rising Welterweight prospect Jordan Mein against DREAM Welterweight Champion and former top 10 fighter in the division, Marius Zaromskis. Below them, familiar names like Sokoudjou, Doerksen, Fioravanti, Carvalho and Wooley populate the card. Continue on for as much thought and analysis as I’ll be able to offer from my iPhone while enjoying the event.
Tyler Hardcastle vs. Mike Reilly
Round 1 – Hardcastle controlling the striking from distance early, landing numerous solid shots. As soon as they close the distance Reilly takes control and does heavy work to the body, hurting his opponent. Reilly owns the second half of the round and comes close to finishing at one point. 10-9 Reilly.
Round 2 – Reilly closes the distance much quicker, but Hardcastle scores a takedown. Hardcastle goes for a slam and Reilly stands as he’s lifted into the air. We pause as Reilly loses his mouthpiece, and upon the restart, Reilly scores a slam from the body lock that knocks Hardcastle out. Because of their positioning, it was difficult to tell and Reilly proceeded to land numerous shots on a helpless Hardcastle.
Mike Reilly wins via R2 KO (Slam and Punches) – 2:02
Great fight to start the night, and Hardcastle is fine.
Alex Ricci vs. Mike Sledzion
Big crowd reaction for Ricci.
Round 1 – Trading some kicks and mostly ineffective punches through the first two minutes. Ricci lands the first meaningful strike with a knee from the clinch but Sledzion quickly escapes. Sledzion backs Ricci straight up with a big combination. Ricci goes to the body with kicks, but Sledzion stuns him with a counter and backs his opponent off. 10-10.
Round 2 – Ricci controls the centre of the cage, but does little with it until he lands a HUGE right hand that puts Sledzion down, and follows up with a couple more shots to finish things off.
Alex Ricci wins via R2 KO (Punches) – 1:24
William Romero vs. Tristan Johnson
Romero looks to right the ship after suffering the first two losses of his career in succession, the first coming to Patricio “Pitbull” Freire in Bellator.
Round 1 – Lots of circling by Romero early until Johnson grabs a low kick and takes him down. Romero attacking legs while Johnson tries to get off some offense. Romero works back to his feet after almost catching a leg lock. Romero rocks Johnson with a left head kick and follows with a flying knee, but Johnson manages to survive and regain his wits. Fighters go to the mat in the final 10 seconds, but nothing of note occurs. 10-9 Romero.
Round 2 – Romero with the early takedown into Johnson’s guard. Johnson searching for offense from his back, but can’t find anything. Romero stands and Johnson follows. Johnson getting the better of these exchanges, and Romero looks a bit sluggish. Stiff right by Johnson as Romero swings wildly around him. 10-10.
Round 3 – Neither fighter with the advantage on the feet in the first half of the round. Both are standing in the pocket and trading though. Romero catches his opponent off balance with a left, but it was only that. Neither fighter seems to want to take this fight, which was up for grabs. 10-10. My scorecard: 30-29 Romero. Let’s see what those who don’t believe in 10-10 rounds say.
Tristan Johnson wins via Unanimous Decision (29-28 x3)
Round 1 – Britto ends up on his back quickly, but is comfortable there and looks for Southern’s left arm for the next couple minutes. Southern escapes and gets back to his feet. Britto almost takes Southern down and then almost takes his back standing, but Southern scrambles well. Southern with a lateral throw and ends up in side control. Britto quickly regains guard and the rounds ends in butt scoot. Southern had the takedowns, but Britto was more effective from his back. 10-9 Britto.
Round 2 – Southern drops Britto early and looks to finish. Britto regains his senses and attacks with knees and then rolls for a leg. Southern landing from the top and doesn’t seem troubled by the leg attack. Southern stands and Britto follows. Britto is all kinds of bloody on the right side of his face. Southern having his way on the feet now. Britto looks tired out there, and with how this is going down, that’s not a good sign for him. Southern with a double leg straight into a guillotine, but Britto is too tired to finish it. Britto almost hits a triangle at the end of the round as well, but this one is Southern’s round 10-9.
Round 3 – Anybody’s fight as we head into the third and Britto gets his cut checked. To the mat hard early, and Britto takes the back in a scramble. He locks in the body triangle ad searches for the choke. Southern doing well to survive, but he’s losing the round until he finally reverses. Still, he’s got ground to make up. Southern stands and Britto attacks the legs again. Southern ends up on top at the end, but he did very little all round. 10-9 Britto, for a 29-28 win, but I smell a top position decision coming.
Kurt Southern wins via Unanimous Decision (29-28 x2, 30-26)
Josh Hill vs. Darin Cooley
Cooley comes out to Born in the USA, and the crowd shifts further to Hill. Sadly Hill comes out to a dance version of Don’t Stop Believing.
Round 1 – Hill has his own section of the crowd chanting for him. He takes Cooley down but both fighters are back to their feet. Hill with a takedown and Cooley immediately begins searching out submissions. Hill lands a nice shot, but Cooley almost catches and arm off it. Hill landing in close and hits another takedown. Rubber guard by Cooley, bit doesn’t last long. Hill landing from top, but needs to stay aware as Cooley is dangerous. 10-9 Hill.
Round 2 – Cooley pulls guard and attacks the legs to sweep. Hill uses the cage to stand and lands a nice knee. Cooley pulls guard again after a failed single leg. Hill dives in and almost gets caught by an upkick. Stalemate on the ground as Cooley’s defensive game is solid. Hill dives in again and this time lands with a right. Hill smothering, but doing little effectively on top. 10-10, but the judges will undoubtedly give it Hill.
Round 3 – Cooley tries to roll for a leg lock, looking desperate at this point. Hill the faster fighter on the feet and Cooley attempts pulling guard twice more. Hill has had enough of the ground game and gets back to his feet quickly each time. Break in the action to check a cut. We’re back, and more of the same Thales Leites strategy from Cooley. Hill hits a takedown for good measure, because that’s still about all he’s comfortable doing in the cage at this point. Hill on top, working the body to the finish. 10-9 Hill, 30-28.
Josh Hill wins via Unanimous Decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
Mamalis’ trunks are Saku approved orange. Wooley might actually be twice as thick as Mamalis. These are now the fights I care about, so the PBP may suffer.
Round 1 – Mamalis catches Wooley with punches and knees at the 1:30 mark and hurts him badly. Wooley recovers and pulls off his trademark double leg slam. Mamalis back to the feet and another double. Wooley not able to mount any offence from the top though. 10-9 Mamalis, even though Wooley controlled position in the latter half of the round.
Round 2 – Mamalis just misses with a pair of head kicks, and Wooley lands a couple rights in tight. Wooley is bleeding from the top of his head, so I guess those kicks sort of landed. Wooley doing good work in close, and not getting tagged as much this round. Solid left down the pipe from Wooley. Low blow and the fighters are going back and forth on the restart. Another double, and Wooley looks like he might be wearing on Mamalis as the second closes out. 10-9 Wooley.
Round 3 – Wooley doing better work on the feet again in the third. Low blow from Wooley this time. Big slam and Wooley pouring it on now. Another big slam. Wooley has the back standing and the crowd wants a suplex but it doesn’t come. Wooley catches a leg and sweeps the other beautifully. Looks like he may ride out the round on top. Mamalis stands late, but has nothing to fire back with at this point. 10-9 Wooley. 29-28 Wooley on my card.
Nick Mamalis wins via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Antonio Carvalho vs. Doug Evans
Round 1 – Carvalho controlling early with kicks, mostly to the legs. Evans lands a takedown with over a minute but does nothing with it. Carvalho stands and resumes the kick attack. 10-9 Carvalho.
Round 2 – Carvalho resumes his kick attack, starting to break Evans down now, and land hand combinations as well. Late in the round Evans attempts a takedown but Carvalho sprawls, takes his back and lands punches on top until the end of the round. 10-9 Carvalho.
Round 3 – Carvalho scores a takedown but Evans scrambles up. Evans attempts a takedown but is instantly threatened with a sweep. Back to the feet. Evans just has nothing to threaten with on the feet. Carvalho pushes forward, and the only defense Evans offers is pushing him into the cage while eating small shots on the inside. 10-9 Carvalho, for a 30-27 scorecard.
Antonio Carvalho wins via Unanimous Decision (30-27 x3)
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Roy Boughton
Sokoudjou comes in to Kung Fu Fighting, and is still a big, big man. Also note that he doesn’t have his bionic legs taped up tonight. Potentially a good sign.
Round 1 – First round can be characterized with Sokoudjou leg kicks, Boughton’s failed takedowns and some nice throws from Sokoudjou. Boughton needs to come out with something different in the second or this isn’t going to change. 10-9 Sokoudjou.
Round 2 – The second is more of the same, minus Judo throws. Sokoudjou landing harder shots, Boughton trying to pin him to the cage. 10-10.
Round 3 – Boughton keeps working the takedown and gets it finally at the 3 minute mark. He does very little from the top, even though Sokoudjou doesn’t even bother to close his guard. Finally with 1:30 left he mounts, shifts to side and ends up on Sokoudjou’s back. Sokoudjou explodes up with 30 seconds left, but the story of his career, bad cardio has been his undoing in this round. 10-9 Boughton. My card sees a 29-29 Draw, and neither fighter really deserves that bout.
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou wins via Unanimous Decision (29-28 x3)
Joe Doerksen vs. Luigi Fioravanti
Luigi comes out with Mark Bocek which is all kinds of treacherous on Bocek’s behalf. Where’s the nationalistic unity?!
Round 1 – Even on the feet through the first three minutes. Doerksen secures a takedown, Fioravanti scrambles up and Doerksen puts him right back down, this time into half guard. The round closes with Doerksen trying to work on top, but Fioravanti not giving him much. 10-9 Doerksen.
Round 2 – Fioravanti getting the better of the striking at the start of round 2, doing good work to the body. Doerksen attempts a takedown bit doesn’t get anywhere with it. Fioravanti landing with more regularity at this point. Goes back to the body a few more times. Doerksen begins to fire back, and they trade shots for a time, but Fioravanti gets the upper hand again. Fioravanti throws Doerksen down but eats an upkick that dazed him on the way in. Doerksen follows up with a takedown, but the round ends. 10-9 Fioravanti.
Round 3 – All square on my card heading to the final round. I’ll be honest, I missed a good chunk of the third round talking to Carvalho and Wooley, but it looked competitive until Doerksen scored a takedown with 2 minutes left. There wasn’t much action on the ground, but that was likely enough to seal the decision. The fighters are stood up and trade wild shots with about 30 seconds left. The fight ends with a whimper as the two fighters don’t engage in the final 10. 10-9 Doerksen, for a 29-28 Doerksen card in my books. Very competitive fight.
Joe Doerksen wins via Unanimous Decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
Jordan Mein vs. Marius Žaromskis
Round 1 – Zaromskis opens with a rolling wheel kick. From that point on, these guys are trading heavy shots. Mein is the aggressor, and seems to be landing the better shots, although every kick from Zaromskis means business. 10-9 Mein.
Round 2 – More tentative to begin the second round. Although they start to open up with three minutes left. Neither fighter has any intentions of taking this to the ground. Zaromskis is a whirling dervish, he seems to spin on every strike he’s throwing. The problem is Mein is still landing more. Combined with his aggression, he takes the second as well. 10-9 Mein.
Round 3 – Zaromskis still only looking to land his left head kick and spinning strikes. His predictability is handing Mein this fight, along with his backpeddaling without effectively countering. The drunks are out in full force at this point. The last minute of the fight has the two trading back and forth and Zaromskis hitting a takedown right at the end of the fight. Once again, more and better volume from Mein. 10-9 Mein, for a 30-27 card.
Jordan Mein wins via Unanimous Decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)