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Live Play by Play for the Score Fighting Series 5 in Hamilton, Ontario

By: Matt Marcone

Published via MMAxposed and mm-eh.ca

Robert Thomas (168.8) vs Jeff Sharkey (170)

R1 – Sharkey lands a right hand and presses him against the cage. Thomas reverses and has Sharkey on the wall. They trade position a few times clinching against the cage. Thomas throws a string of high kicks and a couple get through. Sharkey lands a hard body kick of his own and follows with a take down. Sharkey has him in trouble after a flurry on the feet. Thomas finds his way back up and both guys continue to swing for the fences. Sharkey lands a huge right hand and drops him in the exchange. Very exciting round to kick off the card. 10-9 Sharkey

R2 – Both guys come out tentative. They trade strikes on the feet for the first half of the round with nothing too significant landing. Thomas connects with a right high kick, Sharkey counters with a left hand. Thomas seems to be landing the crisper strikes and is doing a good job utilizing his reach advantage. Sharkey lands a huge counter right hand, drops him and gains the mount! That last strike steals the round. 10-9 Sharkey

R3 – Chants of “Sharkey” fill the stadium before the round starts. He lands a few hard shots in the clinch, Thomas counters with a solid body kick. Thomas lands a high right kick and Sharkey counters with a taunt. Sharky then lands a solid take down nearly carrying him on his shoulders! Thomas gets back to his feet and lands an excellent body shot and then a flying knee. The round ends with Sharkey in trouble against the cage. 10-9 Thomas

Matt Marcone scores it 29-28 for Jeff Sharkey, judges call it 29-28, 28-29 and 29-28 for Jeff Sharkey by split decision.

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The Score Fighting Series is back!!!

Written By Randi Lotsberg

HILL Vs FRASER

Ontario MMA fans and fighters got some great news today! The Score Fighting Series is back at the Hamilton Place Theatre on Saturday, August 25th for its fifth event since the province legalized the sport. Action has been lacking on the local MMA scene in 2012, but every show the Score Fighting Series puts on just keeps getting better. They are doing an excellent job giving fans of the sport an opportunity to be able to watch great up and coming fighters in an intimate environment.

I have had the chance to speak with many fighters over the past few months and these guys are hungry, eager and ready to get into the cage. With such a long wait between fights for some of these guys, I am certain it’s going to make for an extra burst of highly intensified action. These men are ready for battle!!

The main event on the card will be a bantamweight showdown between John “Haggis Basher” Fraser and Josh “Gentlemen” Hill. This bout has been highly anticipated for some time now. Fraser, 34, is a Sarnia, Ontario native with a record of 10-3 and is riding a seven fight win streak. The 25-year-old Hill resides in Binbrook, Ontario and is currently 8-0. Both of these skilled athletes have a lot on the line in this one, with a win likely propelling either of these men to the next level in their professional MMA careers. With that being said it is a great opportunity to be able to see them live in action before they make it to the UFC.

Other amazing Canadian talent on the card includes: Tristan Johnson (7-2),  Will Romero (9-3), Lyndon Whitlock (7-2), Alex Ricci (5-0), Ryan Dickson (2-0), Jason Meisel (3-0), Jason Saggo (6-1), Elias Theodorou (4-0), Adam Assenza (1-1), Rory Mcdonell (5-6) and Robert Thomas (0-0). Their opponents are still to be decided.

Tickets start at $30 and go on sale on Monday, July 23 at ticketmaster.ca, Copps Coliseum box office and from local fighters on the card. The entire show will be streamed live on thescore.com and for the first time ever, the main card fights will be carried live on The Score television network starting at 9 p.m. EST.


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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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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.


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.