This Week In Canadian MMA – September 5-11
As with the rest of the MMA world, the action picks up this weekend north of the border. The Canadian cards this weekend aren’t anything that will light the world on fire, but there are a couple of intriguing points to note.
The most interesting happening on a Canadian card this week takes place at Canadian Fighting Championship 7, and is the debut fight for Sergio Pettis, who at some point may stop being known as “Anthony Pettis’ Little Brother” if he lives up to the sizable hype that’s been heaped upon him. While it’s not uncommon in MMA for training partners, friends and family to overstate a young fighter’s skills, Sergio has already experienced some success in various combative venues. He accumulated a 4-0 record on the amateur circuit, and has experience as a professional kickboxer as well – most recently winning a Unanimous Decision last month in what was termed his warm up bout for his MMA debut. His opponent will be Kyle Vivian, who has been unsuccessful in each of his first three MMA bouts, losing all three via triangle. Clearly, this is a bout meant to showcase Pettis, but it will be interesting to see what aspects of his game he shows off.
The only other fighter worthy of much notice on this card is Eric Perez, a 6-2 Bantamweight out of Winnipeg who is currently riding a 5-fight win streak.
The other notable Canadian card on Saturday comes from Sudbury, Ontario. Freedom Fight was to feature a main event with Chris Horodecki, but due to the recent passing of Shawn Tompkins he has pulled out of his fight. His intended opponent, Brad Cardinal, now takes on longtime KOTC veteran Tony Hervey, who is best known for his 5-round 2009 war with Takanori Gomi:
Moving down the card, MFC veteran Ali Mokdad looks to get back on track after picking up his first loss against Javier Torres of TUF “fame” in July. The rest of the card features even more mid-level Canadian talent (if I were a top fighter in Canada I’d probably hold out for a better location than Sudbury too), and doesn’t look to relevant even to the national scene.
Jordan Mein makes his big stage debut in MMA, as he will be featured on the Strikeforce Grand Prix undercard (being shown on HDNet). He faces no easy task in Evangelina Santos, although the ultra aggressive style of “Cyborg” plays right into Mein’s solid counter-striking game. With victories over Joe Riggs, Josh Burkman and Marius Zaromskis in 2011, Mein could go from prospect to legitimate Welterweight contender by adding another solid name to his list of conquests in this one.
Canada’s second best female MMA fighter, Alexis Davis also takes part in the Strikeforce card against the very dangerous Amanda Nunes. Davis has the submission advantage in this fight, and will need to get it to the ground quickly as Nunes has the ability to end any fight swiftly, as evidenced by her last outing against Julia Budd.
This weekend marks the beginning of a huge string of MMA events, and while only the Canadian content was featured here, be sure to catch the events from Strikeforce, Bellator, BAMMA and Shark Fights taking place as well. One of the fighters on those cards could be featured in this Friday’s Fight Bodega, so be sure to check back here to kick off your weekend with whatever exciting, semi-relevant fight I’m able to track down.