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MFC welterweight title challenger Ryan McGillivray was named co-winner of the Edmonton Combat Sports Commission’s MMA Fighter of the Year award at the organization’s annual gala on March 20.

“The Kid” was most gracious in accepting the award, in particular thanking his family for their continual support. McGillivray’s father Kevin is his main trainer, and the duo own Legends Training Centre in Edmonton, Alberta.

McGillivray (12-5-1) will take on Nathan “Soul Force” Coy (10-4) for the MFC’s 170-pound division championship on Friday, May 4 at the Mayfield Conference Centre in Edmonton. The main event highlights an action-packed card that will air live on HDNet Fights beginning at 10 p.m. ET/8 p.m. MT/7 p.m. PT (check local listings for channel designation).

McGillivray jumped into the spotlight in 2011, appearing on Season 13 of the TUF reality series and advancing to the quarter-finals of the tournament while representing Team Dos Santos. The 25-year-old returned to the Maximum Fighting Championship for MFC 32: Bitter Rivals, and scored a stunning third-round submission victory over Diego Bautista to earn his shot at the title.

Edmonton’s MMA Fighter of the Year award was originally handed out in 2006 to former MFC talent Jason “The Athlete” MacDonald.
  • TORONTO, March 15th, 2012 – The weigh-ins and talking are over and now it’s time for the real action. The Score Fighting Series (SFS) weigh-ins is finalized ahead of Friday night’s event at the Hamilton Place Theatre in Hamilton, ON.
  • Every fighter made weight except lightweight Jason Meisel, who came in more than 12 ounces over the 156lb allowance. Meisel will now surrender 20 per cent of his fight purse to opponent Mike Sledzion.

    In related news, the scheduled bout between welterweights Ryan Dickson vs. Brandon Johnson has had to be removed from the card after Johnson failed to pass his pre-fight medicals.

    All 10 fights will stream live and free online around the world Friday starting at 7:30 p.m. ET on

    The Score Fighting Series Weigh-In Results

    Main Card:

    • John Alessio (155.6) vs. Ryan Healy (155)
    • Josh Hill (135.4) vs. Eric Wilson (134.8)
    • Forrest Petz (169) vs. Sergey Juskevic (168.8)
    • Alex Ricci (155.8) vs. Iraj Hadin (155.6)
    • Shane Campbell (155.4) vs. Derek Boyle (155.4)
    • Lyndon Whitlock (145.4) vs. Corey Houston (145.2)



    • Jason Meisel (156.8) vs. Mike Sledzion (156)
    • Elias Theodorou (185) vs. Erik Herbert (185.6)
    • Adam Assenza (155.6) vs. John Roche (153.6)
    • Craig Hudson (260.6) vs. John McPherson (250.4)

    About Score Media Inc.
    Score Media is a media company committed to delivering interactive and authentic sports entertainment. Score Media’s primary asset, theScore Television Network (“theScore”), is a national specialty television service providing sports news, information, highlights and live event programming in more than 6.8 million homes across Canada. The Company’s digital media assets include and the industry leading mobile sports applications ScoreMobile, ScoreMobile FC and SportsTap which reach over three million unique users per month. Growing from a team of 60 in 1997 to over 290 employees in 2012, Score Media is a revolutionizing interactive media company.

    About The Score Fighting Series
    The Score Fighting Series is a mixed martial arts promotion operated by Score Fighting Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Score Media Inc. The Score Fighting Series (SFS) features fighters from North America and beyond with the focus on showcasing both established veterans and the sport’s best young athletes. The Series can currently be seen across Canada on theScore on Thursdays at 4pm ET and Saturdays at 1pm ET. Individual fights are also available in the MMA section on

    TORONTO, February 23nd, 2012 – The Score Fighting Series has announced three additional bouts for its Friday, March 16th event at Hamilton Place Theatre in Hamilton, Ontario. Hard-hitting featherweight (145 pounds) Will “Leon” Romero of Brampton will take on Muay Thai striker Jeff Harrison of Ottawa and undefeated lightweight (155 pounds) prospect Alex Ricci of Woodbridge will square off with rugged ground and pound specialist  Iraj “Cold Blooded” Hadin of London.

    In preliminary card action, former “Fight of the Night” winner Adam Assenza of Burlington will battle John Roche of Toronto at lightweight.

    Both the 29-year-old Romero (7-3), a member of the Iron Tiger Muay Thai stable, and the 30-year-old Harrison (5-4) will put winning streaks on the line when they meet in the cage.   Harrison, who fights out of Ottawa Academy of Martial Arts (OAMA) and was a multi-time amateur Muay Thai champion before turning professional as a mixed martial artist, has won his last three contests and will be looking for vengeance in the matchup with Romero, a winner of his last two fights, after Romero battered and defeated Harrison’s teammate, Stephane Bernadel, in The Score Fighting Series’ last event in Hamilton on Oct. 14, 2011. (CLICK HERE to watch the bout between Romero and Bernadel)

    With four victories, all by way of KO or TKO, in his first four professional starts, the 29-year-old Ricci (4-0) will face his toughest test to date in Hadin (6-3), a 30-year-old product of Adrenaline Training Center, which also serves as home to UFC stars Mark Hominick, Sam Stout and Chris Clements.

    Press release:

    TORONTO, February 14th, 2012 – The Score Fighting Series has announced another main card match-up for its Friday March 16th event at Hamilton Place Theatre in Hamilton, Ontario.  In a welterweight (170 pounds) affair, UFC veteran Forrest "The Meat Cleaver" Petz (24-9) of Cleveland, Ohio will take on kickboxing champion Sergej Juskevic (11-6-2) of Toronto via Lithuania.

    The 5-foot-9 Juskevic, who is riding a four-fight win streak, is known for his powerful kicks and fearsome body attacks.   He has been living in Toronto for the past few years and fights out of Grant Brothers Boxing and MMA.

    In his last fight against Gideon Ray Juskevic, who complements his kickboxing skills with several years of sambo training that he did in Latvia, served notice that he's more than just dangerous on his feet by tapping the UFC veteran with a heel hook just 90 seconds into the first round.

    The 36-year-old Petz (24-9), who also stands 5-foot-9, enters the match-up on a three fight win streak and represents a serious step-up in competition for the Lithuanian.  The Meat Cleaver competed seven times inside The Octagon and trains out of the Strong Style Fight Team in Cleveland.  Nearly 50 percent of his finishes have come via KO or TKO and he has notable career victories over Dan Hardy, Luigi Fioravanti and Charles "Krazy Horse" Bennett.

    In his last effort, Petz scored a monstrous TKO (punches) on Rudy Bears in the first round (2:55) of their matchup in Newkirk, Ok.

    Tickets for The Score Fighting Series start at $30 and are on sale now at the Copps Colesium box office and online at

    In the main event, UFC and PRIDE veteran and Xtreme Couture team member John “The Natural” Alessio (33-14) will square off with Strikeforce and WEC veteran and Team Quest member “Diamond” Ryan Healy (19-9-1).

    Undefeated Stoney Creek sensation Josh Hill (7-0) will take on rising star Eric Wilson (5-1) from Saskatoon at bantamweight (135 pounds).

    Unbeaten Jason Meisel (2-0) of Caledonia will battle Mike Sledzion (3-2) of Barrie at lightweight (155 pounds).  Lyndon Whitlock (5-2) of Hamilton will face Cory Houston (4-1) of Winnipeg at featherweight (145 pounds).  John Macphearson (1-1) of Hamilton will lock horns with Craig “War Dog” Hudson (1-1) of Brantford at heavyweight (max 265 pounds).

    Additional fights will be announced soon.

    (Josh Hill)

    Press release:

    ORONTO, February 9th, 2012 – A showdown between two of Canada’s top bantamweights (135 pounds) – undefeated Stoney Creek sensation Josh Hill (7-0) and rising star Eric Wilson (5-1) from Saskatoon - has been added to The Score Fighting Series (SFS) event at the Hamilton Place Theatre on Friday, March 16th.

    Additionally, a lightweight (155 pounds) matchup between unbeaten Jason Meisel (2-0) of Caledonia and Mike Sledzion (3-2) of Barrie; a featherweight (145 pounds) battle between Lyndon Whitlock (5-2) of Hamilton and Cory Houston (4-1) of Winnipeg; and a heavyweight (max 265 pounds) clash between John Macphearson (1-1) of Hamilton and Craig “War Dog” Hudson (1-1) of Brantford, have all been confirmed for the event lineup.

    A marquee lightweight matchup between UFC and PRIDE veteran and Xtreme Couture team member John “The Natural” Alessio (33-14) and Strikeforce and WEC veteran and Team Quest member “Diamond” Ryan Healy (19-9-1) was the first fight confirmed for the event.

    The 25-year-old Hill is part of a growing, new breed of MMA fighters who begin their careers without a concentration in any single combat discipline, but rather with a multitude of weapons in all areas of the hybrid fighting sport.  Training primarily out of Iron Tiger Muay Thai, Pura BJJ and Bruckmann Martial Arts, Hill showcased a prolific striking arsenal at the start of his career, but has recently relied more heavily on his wrestling skills to secure wins.

    Taking the fight to the mat, however, will be a dangerous strategy against Wilson who possesses a dangerous ground game, including brutal leg locks capable of finishing fights in abrupt fashion.  Also 25 years of age, Wilson trains out of Outlaw MMA and holds a victory over current UFC fighter Roland Delorme.

    Wilson suffered his first professional loss last May against another top bantamweight in John “The Haggis Basher” Fraser.  Many MMA insiders believe that neither Hill nor Wilson will look to go to the ground, and that this fight will be settled on the feet.

    “Eric is a very tough opponent and is coming off his first loss so I’m sure he will come out hungry, looking to get back in the win column and hand me my first loss in the cage,”  says Hill.  “I’m excited to fight at home in Hamilton for the second time and I’m ready for a war with Wilson.”

    Tickets for The Score Fighting Series event start at $30 and are on sale now at the Copps Colesium box office and online at

    TORONTO, February 1st, 2012 – Score Media Inc. (TSX: SCR) today announces that it has extended its programming partnership with Bellator Fighting Championships through its upcoming sixth season which begins March 9th.  theScore will also broadcast Bellator’s Summer Season as well as its seventh season later this year. The extension gives Canadian mixed martial arts fans access to another year of Bellator fights across theScore’s multiplatform assets including theScore Television Network, and its industry-leading application, ScoreMobile.

    “We are extremely pleased to announce the continuation of our partnership with Bellator,” says Benjie Levy, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Score Media Inc.  “Bellator has developed a reputation for being one of the world’s elite MMA promotions and its programming is a perfect fit for our young audience.”

    “theScore is Bellator’s longest running TV partner worldwide, having broadcast each of our first five seasons,” says Bjorn Rebney, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Bellator. “As the place where Canadian fans go for MMA programming, news and information, theScore is the perfect partner to help us connect with Canadian MMA fans.”

    Season six kicks off on Friday, March 9th headlined by the Bellator World Featherweight title fight between Joe Warren and Pat Curran.  In addition, Bellator is planning multiple Canadian event dates in 2012.

    theScore’s Bellator programming will be streamed live on on Fridays at 8pm ET followed by repeat airings on theScore Television Network on Saturdays at 9pm ET, Sundays at 8pm ET and Wednesdays at 4pm ET.

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