|By Big Jeff Pearce|
If you think that the UFC is the only game in town, you’re wrong; the Score Fighting Series throws down this Friday, November 23rd, 2012 in Hamilton, Ontario at the Hamilton Place Theatre. The promotion is looking to sell out Hamilton Place for the third time in a row. It shouldn’t be a problem considering many of the fighters in these events have something to prove and they show it. The Score consistently has fast-paced, quality fights. Strong-Athlete.com will be present at the fight, providing coverage. So, watch for further coverage as the event draws closer. Let’s break down the main card.
Jordan “Young Gun” Mein (25-8) vs. Forrest “The Meat Clever” Petz (25-9)
Headlining this weekend’s action is a welterweight bout between two veteran finishers Jordan “Young Gun” Mein (25-8) v. Forrest “The Meat Clever” Petz (25-9). The seven time UFC Veteran, Petz, is on the heels of a 4-fight winning streak; having last fought against Sergej Juskevic in a true display of the sweetest science, MMA. The Meat Clever stopped Sergej in the second round by TKO after weathering a barrage of punches and knees from Sergej.
If you haven’t heard of Mein in the past, you probably should have. He currently fights in Strikeforce; recording wins over fighters such as Joe Riggs, Josh Burkman, Marius Zaromskis and Evagelista “Cyborg” Santos. He is on a 3 fight win streak at this point and has taken a brief respite from Strikeforce to fight in SFS.
Here is the breakdown, Mein and Petz are both veterans and known for their abilities to finish fights and keep it out of the hands of the judges. Their last fights were all exciting and featured technical striking and other abilities. Both have fought in the upper echelons of the sport and have fought higher level talent. Look for this fight to be exciting, fast paced and filled with on the feet, striking action. I doubt that we are going to see this fight turn into a BJJ seminar.
Jesse “The Body Snatcher” Ronson (11-2) vs. Ryan “Diamond” Healy (23-11-1)
In the co-main event, Jesse “The Body Snatcher” Ronson (11-2) will be staring down a pair of 4oz leather gloves at Ryan “Diamond” Healy (23-11-1). Healy, a Strikeforce and WEC veteran, is coming off a unanimous decision win in the Super Fight League against Paul Kelly. Previous to that bout, he lost a unanimous decision to John Alessio at SFS 4. He has won 12 of his 23 wins by KO/TKO, 6 by submission and 5 by decision. Healy is a finisher and has demonstrated the ability to take a punch; having only lost 3 bouts to KO/TKO and 8 to decision.
Jesse “The Body Snatcher” Ronson trains out of Adrenaline Training Centre in London, Ontario. Ronson is on fire right now, trying to extend a 6 fight win streak. His last win was in August at SFS 5 against Alex Ricci, who is slated to fight Kevin Morin on this card. Ronson’s most recent loss comes by way of TKO by punches at the hands of The Ultimate Fighter contestant, Mike Ricci back in August 2011. Ronson has finished 6 of his fights by KO/TKO, 3 by submission and 2 by decision; only losing once (Mike Ricci) by KO/TKO and once by submission.
Will “Leon” Romero (9-3) vs. Tristan Johnson (7-3)
This will be the second time these two gladiators are meeting up in the cage. In the first bout, Johnson beat Romero by unanimous decision. “We never thought Romero deserved a rematch”, were the words of Johnson’s coach, Scott MacLean. Going into this fight, it is clear that Romero wants to even up their record and avenge that loss. It is also clear that Johnson thinks that he is on another level. These two have history.
Romero is 2-0 in Bellator and won his last SFS fight. He is on a 3 fight win streak and is looking to both avenge his loss and continue his win streak. Johnson is 2-1 in his last 3 fights, one of those wins coming over Romero.
Alex Ricci (5-1) vs. Kevin Morin (6-4)
Alex Ricci has done nothing but finish fights in his short, yet remarkable career. This being only his seventh fight, Ricci has stopped all 5 of his wins by KO/TKO; only losing once to Jesse Ronson by decision. Ricci is looking to continue his fight finishing ways against his opponent Kevin Morin. Kevin Morin, is looking to build off of his last win and start a 2 fight win streak; but to do that, he will have to get through Ricci’s remarkable stand up game.
Jason Saggo (7-1) vs. Iraj “Cold Blooded” Hadin (6-4)
Jason Saggo has a history of making his opponents tap. He’ll be in the cage with Iraj Hadin, a man who has racked up 50% of his wins by submission. I expect this fight to find its way to the ground rather quickly and we’ll see a BJJ/grappling clinic take place. This is one of those fights where the technical fans will love it and someone is going to snap or tap. I’m looking forward to this bout.
Ryan Dickson (4-0) vs. Brandt Dewsbery (10-1-1)
Ryan Dickson, a Burlington, Ontario native, has won 3 of his last 4 fights by submission; the other win coming by TKO. Ryan is an up and coming MMA fighter and he is looking to exert his will over Dewsbery, extending his win streak to 5. Dewsbery has won 50% of his fights by submission, 40% by KO/TKO and 10% by decision. Dewsbery is a well-rounded fighter. If Dickson is looking to prove that he has more than just a ground game, we can look to this fight staying standing up; giving Dewsbery an advantage that I extrapolate from comparing their records. We haven’t seen enough of Dickson’s stand up to really make a call. However, on the ground, it could go either way with a tap or a pound out.
The current card according to the Score.com is:
- Jordan Mein vs. Forrest Petz
- Jesse Ronson vs. Ryan Healy
- Will Romero vs. Tristan Johnson
- Alex Ricci vs. Kevin Morin
- Jason Saggo vs. Iraj Hadin
- Ryan Dickson vs. Brandt Dewsbery
- Elias Theodorou vs. Ali Mokdad
- Adam Assenza vs. Tommy Cote
- Rory McDonell vs. Desmond Green
- Paul Jalbert vs. Oliver Vadnais
- Ahmad Kakar vs. Tommy McAvoy
The main card at Hamilton Place Theatre will be televised live beginning at 10:00pm EST. Tickets start at $30 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster.ca.
Written with files from theScore.com