On June 10th, Score Fighting Series made its MMA promotional debut inside Mississauga’s Hershey Centre. This marked the first time that a regional promotion put on an MMA show within Ontario’s Greater Toronto Area. Recognizable faces of the industry were present in attendance, and included referees Yves Lavigne and Josh Rosenthal, as well as former Pride FC and Strikeforce commentator Mauro Ranallo. The fight card itself was a star-studded affair and featured former UFC veterans Joe Doerksen and Thierry Sokoudjou, and former DREAM Grand Prix winner Marius Zaromskis. The card also featured Jordan Mein, a young but fast-rising prospect who managed to defeat Zaromskis by decision in the main event. Also complementing the card was a bevy of local talent including Adrian Wooley, Jorge Britto, and Antonio Carvalho.

The quality of the production, the location of the venue, and the fact that the event was broadcast on The Score Television Network, as well as streamed online, speaks towards the increasing rise in popularity of Mixed Martial Arts within Ontario. While anyone could have guessed that the UFC would have easily sold out the Rogers Centre, regional promotions have not yet made any great inroads towards establishing a name for themselves within the province, where MMA has only recently been legalized. If its inaugural event is of any indication, then Score Fighting Series possesses all the necessary tools needed to become an entertaining and meaningful MMA promotion within Ontario. Armed with its own television network and the ability to reach out to local fighters and established veterans alike, fans will hopefully have more local shows to look forwards to in the near future. It is smaller promotions (relative to the UFC) such as Score Fighting Series that will truly help drive the MMA scene in Ontario. Now that fighters no longer need to travel out of the province to add to their resume, regional promotions will play an important role in developing local talent into potential stars.

Here are the complete results:

Mike Reilly def. Tyler Hardcastle by KO Round 2

Alex Ricci def. Mike Sledzion by KO Round 2

Tristan Johnson def. William Romero by Unanimous Decision

Kurt Southern def. Jorge Britto by Unanimous Decision

Josh Hill def. Darin Cooley by Unanimous Decision

Nick Mamalis def. Adrian Wooley by Split Decision

Antonio Carvalho def. Douglas Evans by Unanimous Decision

Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou def. Roy Boughton by Unanimous Decision

Joe Doerksen def. Luigi Fioravanti  by Unanimous Decision

Jordan Mein def. Marius Zaromskis by Unanimous Decision

 

 

 

 

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