Sarnia’s in for a good ol’ fashioned throwdown this weekend when The Score Fighting Series MMA returns to the RBC Centre October 19 for what promises to be a gritty evening that’s slated to include an epic main event collision between two top featherweights.
At the top of the card, Lyndon Whitlock (7-2) will go one-on-one in the steel cage with Rick “The Gladiator” Glenn (11-2) who is currently relishing a career-record nine-fight unbeaten streak. Hamilton fighter Whitlock is anxious to get back into the pinfold after a scheduled fight at an event in his hometown last month was cancelled at the last minute when opponent Fernando Vieira failed to complete all his medicals.
“It was a minor setback for me and I can’t let my emotions get in the way of my preparation for this next fight,” said 27-year-old Whitlock in a recent press release. “If it’s given me any advantage at all, it’s that I’ve been able to see Rick fight and he’s not been able to watch me. He’s a very well rounded fighter and I’m expecting it to be a really tough fight.”
Wisconsin native Glenn, whose impressive winning streak has caught the attention of many in the sport, wanted to continue his winning record by calling out top ranked Canadian featherweight Chris Horodecki, but conceded he’s just as happy to throwdown with Whitlock.
“I’m glad he stepped-up but he’s like a wall in my way,” said 23-year-old Glenn whose professional career is now mirroring his impressive 15-1 amateur record following his second round TKO victory over Tristan Johnson at the SFS last month. “I’m going to blast through him.”
In what could easily be a double-header at the top of the card, Hometown hero John “Haggis Basher” Fraser (10-4) will go toe-to-toe in a highly-charged battle with Tyler Toner (13-4).
Local aspiring MMA student Blake Loxton feels that Fraser, who he wholeheartedly cites as a personal inspiration in both life and sport, will pull out the victory against Toner.
“He’s my trainer but he’s also a role model with solid values and there’s no doubt in my mind that John could easily become one of the best fighters in the world,” said Loxton.
Also confirmed for this weekend’s series of battles is a lightweight high-octane bout between SFS veterans Jason Meisel (3-1) and Eric Attard (4-3). Moreover, Jesse “The Ghost” Gross will battle Seiji Sugiman-Marangos in a main card featherweight tilt while Joel Paquette will take on Ronnie Phillips in a preliminary melee.
“As founder and longtime instructor of St. Clair Tae-kwon-do it was only natural to embrace the MMA sport. Having organized Provincial team trials and participating as an official in Olympic Team trials I find the opportunity of bringing live MMA to Sarnia for fans to enjoy just as exciting,“ said President of Avant-Guard Promotions Al Duffy.
Duffy added, “Partnering with Woodrow James, whose expertise and knowledge of the sport and enthusiasm that seems to know no bounds, inspires me to make this event one that will not be soon forgotten by the Sarnia fans.”
The main card of the event will be televised live in Canada on theScore Television Network and in the US on AXS TV beginning 10:00pm EST. Tickets are on sale now starting at $29.95 and can be purchased through the RBC Centre box office and www,rbccentresarnia.com.