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Archive for March, 2012

A walk in the woods with Lyndon Whitlock

Getting to know Lyndon Whitlock….

 


Catching up with Jake Shields

MMAxposed had  the chance to catch up with Jake Shields this past weekend while he was in the GTA. We got to check him out in action during his seminar hosted by Haymaker Fightwear at BAMA BJJ in Burlington, Ontario Canada. We also got to attend an evening event with Jake and the guys at EventbanksMMA and The Warrior Fight Store. It was a great weekend with many successful events throughout the GTA.


Adam ‘MAVERICK’ Assenza talks about his first pro win at SFS4

Photo by Randi Lotsberg
MMAxposed’s Dan Sammit catches up with Pro Fighter Adam’MAVERICK’ Assenza the day after his win against John Roche, with is his first win as a pro MMA career. Adam is currently (1-1) and trains at  Bama BJJ located in Burlington Ontario.


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ALESSIO, HILL, RICCI, CAMPBELL, AND WHITLOCK ALL WIN AT THE SCORE FIGHTING SERIES 4


By Andy Cotterill (andy@mm-eh.ca)

John ‘ The Natural’ Alessio has been on a mission to get a return call to the Ultimate Fighting Championship for some time now.

In an interview with MM-eh a year ago, the Duncan, British Columbia native expressed his frustration with seeing fighters who he has beaten in the cage get the coveted UFC call, while he remains in the cold.

Last night at the Score Fighting Series 4 in Hamilton, Ontario, Alessio gritted out a unanimous decision win over Ryan Healy that must surely get him a big step closer to realizing that goal.

Alessio looked good in the early going, and clearly winning the first round, wobbling the apparently larger Healy with a stiff jab, and using his strong top game and control to help set up several guillotine choke attempts.

Healy made it an even fight by coming on strong in the second, where he connected with some hard punches then used his length to pin the shorter Alessio against the cage.  The third and deciding round looked to be even, until Alessio turned on the jets and was able to attain two takedowns, and finished the fight once again on top, grinding Healy into the cage.

In the end, all three judges saw it two rounds to one for Alessio, awarding him a 29-28 x 3 unanimous decision.

The anticipated bantamweight clash between hometown fighter Josh Hill and Saskatoon’s Eric Wilson also went the distance with Hill as the victor, but this was more of a one-sided affair.

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Predictions for SFS4

Predictions By: Randi Lotsberg

Predictions for SFS4


Craig Hudson (1-1)  VS.  John McPherson (0-1) – Craig Hudson TKO Round 2

John Roche (2-0)  VsS. Adam Assenza (0-1) – Adam Assenza by Decision

Erik Herbert (3-1) VS.  Elias Theodorou  (2-0) -Elias Theodorou Submission Round 3

Mike Sledzion (3-2) VS.  Jason Meisel (2-0)-Jason Meisel Submission (guillotine) Round 1

Corey Houston (4-1) VS. Lyndon Whitlock (6-2)-Lyndon Whitlock TKO Round 1

Derek Boyle (7-5) VS. Shane Campbell (5-1)-Shane Campbell TKO Round 3

Iraj Hadin (6-3) VS. Alex Ricci(4-0)-Iraj Hadin TKO Round 3

Forrest Petz(24-9) VS. Sergey Juskevic(11-6)-Sergey Juskevic Submission Round 3

Co-Main event:

Eric Wilson (5-1) VS. Josh Hill (7-0)- Josh Hill TKO Round 2

Main Event:

Ryan Healy (19-9) VS. John Alessio (33-14)- John Alessio Decision

Fight of the night:

Iraj Hadin VS. Alex Ricci


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Score Fighting Series Weigh-Ins Results

Check out the pics and results from today’s weigh ins at The Score Fighting Series. These pics will also appear on www.mm-eh.ca 

Duncan, British Columbia’s John ‘The Natural’ Alessio (33-14) will continue his return push to the Ultimate Fighting Championship when he takes on tough Oregonian ‘Diamond’ Ryan Healy (19-9) in a lightweight main event.

The semi main-event features a match-up between a pair of top Canadian prospects.  Hamilton’s ‘Gentleman’ Josh Hill (7-0) and Saskatoon’s Eric Wilson (5-1) will compete to see who is the top bantamweight in the Score stable of fighters.

265 – Craig Hudson (260.0) vs. John MacPhearson (260.4)

155 – Adam Assenza (155.6) vs. John Roche (153.6)

185 – Elias Theodorou (185) vs. Erik Herbert (185.6)

155 – Jason Meisel (156.8) vs. Mike Sledzion (156) ”

170 - Ryan Dickson vs. Brandon Johnson Fight cancelled after Johnson did not pass MRI

145 - Lyndon Whitlock (145.4) vs. Cory Houston (145.2)

155 - Shane Campbell (155.4) vs. Derek Boyle (155.4)

155 - Alex Ricci (155.4) vs. Iraj Hadin (155.6)

170 – Forrest Petz (169) vs. Sergej Juskevic (168.8)

135 – Josh Hill (134.8) vs. Eric Wilson (134.8)

155 - John Alessio (155.6) vs. Ryan Healy (155)

Jason Meisel was given one hour to cut 0.8 pounds but was unable to do so.  He will forfeit 20% or his purse to Mike Sledzion.


A few words from one training partner about another – Lyndon Whitlock

I have known Lyndon since 2001. We used to train together and when he first started training, I spent alot of time helping him out. The one thing I noticed right away was how fast he picked up grappling. Within a couple of months training he went to compete and do an amazing job at a very tough local competition. Since that time, he took many years off of training focusing on work and other things.
We recently began training together about a year ago and the exact same thing is happening. He is picking up and absorbing technique so well and keeps getting better each and every time we roll. It is an honor to know him as a student, friend and representative of my store. Not just because of his abilities, but for his hardworking, honest and humble attitude on and off the mats. Just dont tick him off in the cage…or he will break something of yours….literally!

Written By Riccardo Ammendolia


Josh “Gentleman” Hill Continues His Seamless Transition From the Ice to the Cage

Written by: Dwight Wakabayashi
Photo by: Randi Lotsberg
Video Produced by: David Charles & Randi Lotsberg
There are beings on this earth who are blessed with natural looks and talent and Stoney Creek Ontario athlete Josh Hill is one of those beings. Like many kids growing up in the hockey hotbed of Southern Ontario, Hill started his athletic journey on the ice at the early age of two or three-years old. It was in the cold, damp rink and the tough, aggressive sport where he developed an incredible physical work ethic and a fierce will to win. Hill used his natural ability, physique and competitveness to land a walk on spot on his local Junior hockey club where he completed a three year junior career.
When his time on the ice was over in 2008, Hill dedicated himself full-time to his mixed martial arts training at Iron Tiger Muay Thai in Caledonia and Pura BJJ in Hamilton. Hill trianed and worked with many experienced mixed martial artists who were quickly floored by his power and natural ability. In late 2009 Hill proved just how much of a natural talent he is as he stepped into a fight on 2-weeks notice, with no amateur experience and made his pro MMA debut with W1 on The Score. hill scored a second round TKO victory and has not stopped since.
The 25-year old phenom is currently undefeated at 7-0 including his 2009 debut and is coming off a unanimous decision win over Federico Lopez under the  Global Warriors FC card in Hamilton in August of last year. Hill is a beast at 135-pounds and trains with larger, high level fighters on a regular basis. Hill is a powerful and explosive fighter who has the ability to dictate the fight to his liking and capitalize on any mistake his opponent makes.
Next up for the rising star is a fight with Eric Wilson on The Score Fighting Series on March 16th in Hamilton. Hill will be in very familiar territory at home in Hamilton and under the lights of The Score promotion as five of his seven fights have had major national exposure. Hill faces submission and leg lock wizard Eric Wilson of Saskatoon, who is coming off a tough submisson loss to top Canadian bantamweight John Fraser last May.
The Score Fighting Series (SFS) is returning to Hamilton, Ontario for another night of incredible MMA action on Friday, March 16th at the Hamilton Place Theatre.

Tickets start at $30 and are on sale now at the Copps Coliseum Box Office and at Ticketmaster.ca. Tickets are also available from local fighters on the card and at the door.  Doors open at 6:30pm with the first fight at 7:30pm.


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