Written by Carlin Bardsley
Provincial Fighting Championships staged their sophomore event at the Western Fairgrounds in London, Ontario last night but it was the city of Windsor that walked away with the night’s biggest prize.
Randa Markos, training out of Windsor’s Maximum Training Centre, steamrolled Alberta’s Lynell House for a first-round submission victory and the PFC’s women’s strawweight championship.
Markos went on the attack from the opening bell, mounting House early and pummelling her with elbows before locking in an armbar for the tapout at just 1:57 into the first round.
“[This] feels amazing,” an excited Markos said at the post-fight press conference. “I’ve been waiting for this for a while so I’m really happy right now.”
Markos’s thought process during the fight clearly showed a gameplan in action,“Right away I thought ‘I’ve got to take this girl to the ground. Once I take her to the ground, I know she can’t stop me.”’
“She’s number one in Canada. Let’s solidify it, let’s let it be known. No one can touch her, she proved that tonight.” PFC President Jamie Champion declared. “Whatever she hits, she destroys!” Champion added with a laugh, quoting Rocky IV.
The co-main event saw an all-out war as Oregon’s Ryan Healy, brother of UFC’s Pat Healy, took a tightly-contested split decision victory over Woodbridge Ontario’s Alex Ricci.
Healy’s relentless forward pressure seemed to be the difference in the fight. Healy stalked Ricci down and was able to land heavy shots in addition to wearing Ricci down against the fence which was able to disrupt Ricci’s stick and move strategy.
“Ricci’s tough, man. I can’t take anything away from him” Healy said. “I was shocked at the split decision. I know it’s his backyard. I know he knew I won that fight. I felt like I won clearly two rounds and I kind of felt like I won every round. I came out there, I pushed the pace, I landed the harder shots and he fought really defensive. The only thing that really hurt me was a headbutt in the third round.”
The fight was Healy’s fourth trip north of the 49th parallel, having competed previously for the Score Fighting Series and Maximum Fighting Championships. A grinning Healy seemed eager to make a return. “I like fighting in Canada. The crowd is supportive and cheers. Even though I was coming from the States, I think I kind of won them over and it seems like they just want to see a good fight. I love coming to Canada and hope to come back.”
Challenging Healy and Ricci for most entertaining scrap of the evening were Kyle Prepolec and Kevin Morin. The two fought a spirited affair with Morin taking an early advantage but Prepolec finishing strong. Prepolec’s shorter, tighter punches prevailed over Morin’s winging hooks as Markos’ MTC Windsor teammate picked up a unanimous decision victory.
The night was not without incident however, as heavyweight Jeff Fuchs had to be taken to hospital after his fight with Bryan Jordan. Fuchs suffered a serious injury after throwing a leg kick in the fight’s opening moments, was helped from the cage and transported directly to hospital for surgery. No further update on his condition was available at press time.
All in all, a successful second event for PFC and an entertaining night of fights for anyone who is a fan of grassroots MMA. Champion wasn’t confirming a date or location for PFC 3, but mused that it could take place in Montreal. While that would be an understandable decision to relocate the show so that it would no longer be under the auspices of the Ontario Athletic Commission, we can only hope for the sake of Ontario MMA fans that PFC remains within the province’s borders.
PFC 2 full results:
Randa Markos defeats Lynell House by submission (armbar) 1:57 R1
Ryan Healy defeats Alex Ricci by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Misha Cirkunov defeats Martin Desilets by submission (triangle choke) 2:36 R1
Bryan Jordan defeats Jeffrey Fuchs by TKO (injury) 0:36 R1
Kyle Prepolec defeats Kevin Morin by Unanimous Decision (29-28×3)
Devin Murray defeats David Hale by submission (rear naked choke) 2:59 R2
Kyle Nelson defeats Alex Halkias by Unanimous Decision (30-27×2, 29-28)
Scott Hudson defeats Joel Corbett by TKO (Punches) 3:13 R1
Rafael Palomeque defeats Ryan Waterman by TKO (referee stoppage) 5:00 R1
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