Sept 28th, 2019
Western Fairgrounds Agriplex - London, ON
Last Saturday, Prospect Fighting Championships (PFC) put on their annual event "Knockout Kidney Disease" event AKA "Showdown in the Downtown 11" in London, ON to support a variety of charities, projects and research groups. Not only did they support a good cause but they brought a great card to the Forest City filled with a ton of Canadian talent. The card was headlined by Windsor's TJ Laramie (9-3, 6 KO's, 2 Subs), #3 ranked Canadian featherweight, against dangerous out-of-towner Paris Stanford (5-1) and the co-main event showcased the return of London standout, Jesse "The Ghost" Gross (10-4), against BJJ specialist Armando Gomes (10-3) who has cut his teeth on the Brazilian regional scene.
TJ Laramie (9-3) vs. Paris Stanford (5-1)
Stanford came out to the Agriplex donning a white BJJ gi and his black belt. TJ Laramie came out to one of the largest pops from the crowd of the night with his brother in tow.
Round 1: After a brief exchange on the feet TJ Laramie secured a clean double leg on Stanford. Laramie takes the fight to the ground early despite the black belt credentials from Stanford. TJ shrugs off submission attempts and dishes out some nasty ground and pound from guard. Laramie's arm position discipline and early recognition of submissions are evident; stifling Stanford's game before he can chain any attacks together. Stanford abandoned submission/sweep attempts early and opted to get back to his feet. He was able to get to his feet two more times in the round. Everytime he got up Laramie was quick to bring it back to the ground where he continued to inflict damage. The round ended with Laramie ahead on the scorecards and barely out of breath.
Round 2: Stanford came out aggressive in the second round and landed some hard shots into Laramie's guard early in the round. Laramie was patient and timed a huge overhand that almost floored Paris. He immediately followed it up with a shot that Paris tried to stuff but Laramie was relentless and eventually put him onto his back. Laramie mixed ground striking and passing effectively to pass to half guard. He made it to half a couple of times before being pushed back to guard by Stanford. Stanford was able to work his way to his feet and broke their clinch to start striking again. Stanford continued his barrage from the start of the round and seemed to be getting an edge until Laramie timed another double. Stanford quickly got back up and continued striking until the end of the round.
Round 3: Laramie came out strong in the third round with another huge overhand he connected to Stanford's chin. Once again TJ finished his striking with a shot that pushed Stanford to the cage and secured his 6th takedown of the fight. Stanford briefly got to his feet two more times, however, both were followed by takedowns from Laramie. This time Stanford never got back up. Laramie continued his pattern of striking and passing; Stanford couldn't keep the same pace as the first round eventually letting Laramie get to mount before the round ended. Though Laramie reigned down strikes regularly it wasn't enough to get the contest stopped before the final bell. Laramie jumped on top of the cage to the roar of the local crowd.
TJ Laramie def. Paris Stanford (Unanimous Decision)
This was another shining performance for TJ Laramie in Prospect Fighting Championships since his departure from TKO. He is still undoubtedly Canada's top featherweight outside a major promotion at this point. Will this performance be enough to push him into the big leagues? It's tough to say. Two back to back wins re-builds his stock and brings his win total to double digits. I'm sure he's ready for the likes of the UFC/Bellator but he likely needs one more great performance against a similar reputation opponent or a couple more middling opponents to push him over the edge. That's fortunate for anybody following the Canadian regional scene because you may get to see him fight again before paying the big bucks to see him elsewhere.
Jesse Gross (10-4) vs. Armando Gomes (10-3)
Fighting out of London's Adrenaline MMA Jesse "the Ghost" Gross is out of retirement. After five years on the sidelines, starting a family, he is ready to step back in the cage in the town he's spent so many years training in. Gomes also comes off a long layoff himself, having his last professional bout over seven years ago. Despite the long layoffs both men never had fighting far from their minds.
Round 1: Gross looked confident and loose at the outset of the contest despite coming off a long lay off from competition. Both fighters threw a couple of hard shots early before Gross walked Gomes back into the cage. Gomes threw an outside leg kick knocking Gross off his feet. As he attempted to recover Gomes landed a huge straight to the downed fighter. Gross instinctively grabbed a single to get back to his feet as he continued to absorb the damage from the aggressive Brazilian. Gross throws back shots and keeps his composure in an attempt to recover from the early stumble. Gomes clinches up with Gross, locks a guillotine and jumps guard to try to secure the win. Gross was able to maintain a safe position despite the locked in guillotine and throws punches to Gomes midsection forcing him to let go. Gross starts to work ground and pound from guard appearing to have fended off the early onslaught. But just then Gomes goes for a flower sweep, forcing Gross to post his hand above the BJJ specialist, then inverts into a belly-down armbar to get a quick tap from his likely still-stunned opponent.
Armando Gomes def. Jesse Gross (Round 1 - Submission via Armbar)
The room fell immediately silent when the ref broke up the action; this was clearly a hard one for the hometown fans to take. Gomes was elated with the upset victory and Gross was dejected sitting on the ground for a minute before getting up. Gomes not having fought since 2012, didn't show it, hitting Gross hard with all facets of his game in the short bout (leg kick, accurate hands, submissions). This win may open up a lot of doors for Gomes with other North American promotions as it gives the Brazilian a reputable win against a highly credentialed opponent. Though with the long layoff before the fight it's tough to say when he will fight next.
Gross looked solid considering the early turn of events, weathering the early barrage and a tight submission attempt looking unfazed until getting caught in the transitional armbar. Hopefully we get to see The Ghost back in the cage soon because he clearly still has the drive to compete and looked ready to make a run in the lightweight rankings.
Tony Laramie (3-2) vs. Darren Mima (10-8)
Being the younger brother to the former TKO featherweight champion, TJ Laramie, and amassing a quick 4-0 amateur record has continually secured the toughest matchups for Tony Laramie. Don't let Tony's 3-2 record deceive you; many still see him becoming Canada's best flyweight in the years to come. That's why taking on an 18 fight veteran is seen as an appropriate challenge for this rising talent. Though this will likely be one of the tougher opponents of his young pro career.
Round 1: Mima takes it to Laramie early in the fight with a nice striking display. In a surprising turn, Mima takes Laramie to the ground though he quickly makes space and gets back to his feet. Much like TJ would do later in the night Tony mixes his striking well with his wrestling to land some strikes and time a clean double leg takedown. Laramie stays in guard for the rest of the round and lands a lot of solid strikes to the overwhelmed Mima.
Round 2: Laramie dodges strikes early and times a level change to hit another clean double. It was short-lived though as Mima worked back to his feet and shrugged off a clinch; a promising sign after the trouble in the first round. Mima takes the fight back to the centre of the cage where he can exploit his range. He gets aggressive closing the distance as Laramie circles the cage. Mima misses a large overhand and Laramie drops to his knees to hit a knee tap in open space securing his third takedown. Mima was able to make it from the centre of mat to the cage but he would never make it to his feet. Laramie's striking was even more vicious than the first round and quickly rocked Mima. As Mima covered and turned away from the strikes Laramie stood up and reigned down unending blows until the referee mercifully stepped in.
Tony Laramie def. Darren Mima (Round 2 - TKO via Punches)
Laramie rose to the occasion and beat the more experienced man. At 4-2 there are lots of potential match-ups down the road for Tony. He's got some time to catch up to TJ's record but the pool is smaller at flyweight and you might see him jump into some big matchups sooner than later. It was nice to see Tony take on a veteran opponent this early in his career. This will be a big building block for what comes next. Expect more big match-ups for this blue chip prospect in the next couple years.
Michael Imperato (7-4) vs. Mike McAloon (3-1)
10 year pro MMA veteran Mike Imperato makes his first PFC appearance in 7 years. Coming off three losses in a row, his last win coming in 2014, Imperato wants to get back in the win column. Across the cage is the surging Mike McAloon. Coming into the fight McAloon is on a three-fight win streak including a first round armbar of Patrick Connors at BTC 6 in June.
Round 1: McAloon starts the fight aggressively on the feet but Imperato defends well. Imperato lands an uppercut wobbling McAloon and chases a takedown bringing the fight to the ground. Imperato looks solid from top position dominating the constantly moving battle on the ground as McAloon tries to escape. Eventually McAloon hits a nice sweep to start his own ground attack. As McAloon hunts a choke from the turtle position Imperato is able to sweep McAloon back to end the round on top. The jiu-jitsu game between these two is closely matched and entertaining to watch. This round leans in Imperato's favour due to control time.
Round 2: McAloon starts the second round aggressive again and this time it works in his favour. He throws a headkick that glances of the forearm of Imperato and follows up with a flying knee that appears to connect with the body. Imperato grabs a single leg off the hard knee and pulls a modified guard. McAloon ends up on top landing vicious strikes. After half a round of fury from McAloon including a dangerous period in mount Imperato once again turns the tide with a sweep and spends the second half of the round on top. McAloon likely edges the round after the early onslaught and control time.
Round 3: This round starts at a more moderate pace from both men. Imperato shoots early, gets stuffed but uses the occasion to pull half guard where he has hit most of his sweeps. Imperato inverts to hunt a heel hook briefly before continuing his sweep and getting on top. This soon leads to Imperato getting the mount position. The last three minutes of the fight Imperato moved between mount and back control while landing shots to the head. Imperato was nearly spent at this point and struggled to close out the fight. The positional dominance alone clearly gives Imperato the round and the fight.
Michael Imperato def. Mike McAloon (Unanimous Decision - 30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Imperato still has what it takes. Though he found himself in bad positions multiple times he dug deep and found his way to the top before the end of every round. Imperato's veteran chops showed themselves on Saturday and he should have some interesting fights in the near future. McAloon showed moments of greatness throughout this fight and had opportunities to end his fight at times but Imperato proved to be too crafty. It was a frustrating loss for McAloon especially after the 3rd round where he spent most of the round with the veteran sitting in mount. Hopefully, this loss will be a growing opportunity for the young fighter. McAloon moved up a weight class since his last bout at BTC 6 in June where he had an impressive first-round submission. At his size McAloon is an intimidating featherweight and can hold his own at lightweight. Regardless of where he ends up, it will be interesting to see what he does next.
Joel Paquette (1-2) vs. Colton Boxell (1-1)
2013 was the last time we saw Joel "Punchy" Paquette compete in MMA. For Paquette, fighting out of Sarnia, the close to home London show was enough to pull him back to training to make his long-awaited return at PFC 11. Colton Boxell comes into this matchup after a first-round heel hook victory at BTC 7 last month. His entire amateur and pro career (nine fights) has taken place in Paquette's layoff from the sport. Boxell may be more current but will it be enough to put away the heavy hitter.
Round 1: Boxell tries to shoot early but is easily stuffed by Paquette. Joel hunts Colton early with overhands and lands a handful of hard shots. Punchy clearly has a power and striking advantage and Boxell is keen to take the fight to the ground. His second takedown attempt is closer but Paquette fends off the takedown again. Paquette keeps the striking simple for the rest of the round peppering Boxell with jabs and crosses. Nearing the end of the round Paquette lands a hard lead hook to the body, Boxell shoots again but get sprawled on and denied.
Round 2: Boxell is having a hard time committing on many punches or combos despite his range advantage. Paquette begins to time and counter the early feints to land hard hooks and overhands. Boxell has been most effective landing leg kicks at the end of striking combos but they are too few to make a difference and Paquette walks through the blows. Every strike landed by Paquette has bad intentions; nearing the end of the second-round a stiff jab cuts Boxell above his eye. A close round comes to an end but the forward pressure and hard shots thrown by Paquette likely edges out the round.
Round 3: Paquette lands some hard combos early to rock Boxell. Boxell takes a reactionary shot and is easily stuffed. When they get back to the feet Paquette lands his best combo of the night starting high and ending with another lead hook to the body dropping Boxell to the ground. Referee Brian Beauchamp steps in for a closer look getting in Paquette's way, crosses between the fighters and then encourages Paquette to continue to fight; a bizarre exchange. Both fighters are perplexed, Paquette feints at Boxell, who covers up and then dives for a takedown from his knees. Paquette dodges the takedown and confronts the referee for not stopping the fight as the crowd boos. Boxell is back up and has multiple lacerations on his face. Despite the near finish, Boxell is still game, he trades with Paquette for the rest of the round landing his best strikes of the fight but it's not enough to take the round from Paquette.
Joel Paquette def. Colton Boxell (Unanimous Decision - 30-27, 30-26, 30-27)
Whether this is the last appearance or the start of a new run in the sport for "Punchy" Paquette it was an entertaining and the crowd loved it; his work in camp certainly paid off. Despite the awkward moments with the referee in the penultimate round, Punchy was just happy to get through the match, pick up a W and seemed to really enjoy his time in the cage. As for the Alberta transplant, Colton Boxell, this was another tough lesson early in his pro career. Boxell was never able to get the fight to the ground where he has won many of his previous fights and needs some polishing on his feet. Fortunately, he now trains at New Era Combat Sports under Jeff Harrison and Peter Fazekas. If he can find more ways to get fights to the ground and tighten up the striking he will be a tough test for many going forward.
Matt Dawson (0-0) vs. Nathan Ledger (0-1)
Fighting out of London's Munda Jiu-Jitsu Nate Ledger has a large crowd in attendance. He looks to get his first W at home. Chatham's Matt Dawson is also looking for his first pro win. Making his debut coming off an impressive 4-1 amateur career (1 KO, 3 Subs) he looks to keep the momentum going into the pro scene.
Round 1: Ledger starts the fight fast landing some hard shots to the retreating Dawson. After taking some solid shots Dawson changes levels and hits a clean double leg. Dawson lands in half guard, Ledger gives up his back in an effort to get to his feet/escape. Dawson never gets both hooks and Ledger eventually escapes the back control and reverses the position to take Dawson's back. After a wild exchange Ledger falls over the top and lands in a triangle choke. Dawson punches out and Ledger attacks with an armbar then bails to re-guard. Dawson stays in guard for a moment before being flower swept by Ledger who takes mount. Ledger dishes out a beating in mount and forces Dawson to expose his back. Nate retains back control for the last couple minutes of the round but is unable to secure submission before the round's end.
Round 2: Ledger lands hard shots at the start of the round wobbling Dawson and drawing him into a striking exchange. After a brief clinch on the cage Dawson defends a takedown and keeps the fight on the feet. Dawson times jab hook combo that knocks Ledger across the cage to the ground. Ledger returns to his feet and tries to trade in the pocket with Dawson. Dawson lands an uppercut and two hooks dropping Ledger again. He continues with strikes standing above the downed Ledger who covers up from the strikes. The referee steps in shortly after ending the fight.
Matt Dawson def. Nathan Ledger (Round 2 - TKO via Punches)
This fight showed a lot of promise for both men. Ledger took the first round with some solid striking, ground control and several close submission attempts. He seemed to have the edge everywhere until Dawson landed his left hook in the second. Dawson showed great durability and submission defence early. When he finally got his opportunity his finishing instincts were above average. He was patient looking for openings and accurate when he saw them. Dawson rises to 1-0 and Ledger, unfortunately, falls to 0-2.
nicolas Kambasis (0-0) vs. Gino Ghalehpardaz (0-0)
London's own Adrenaline MMA product Gino Ghalehpardaz makes his pro debut in his hometown to a lot of fanfare. He's the taller man and has the range advantage on the feet. His opponent fighting out of Oshawa is Kalsamrit product Nic Kambasis. They both sport amateur records of 2-1.
Round 1: Both men are light on their feet and moving around well as they feel each other out. The striking exchanges are brief and fairly even throughout the round. Gino starts the grappling exchange but is stopped by Nic. Kambasis reverses position, lands elbows and hits his own takedown landing in side control. Gino is able to turtle and worked his way to his feet quickly. After escaping a nasty looking kimura attempt from Gino, Nic end up in top control again but opts to stand up. As Gino attempts to get back to his feet Nic lands an illegal knee to the head of his grounded opponent. This is not the type of situation you often leave unpunished however the ref declines taking a point away from Kambasis. About a minute after the fight resumed Kambasis swings Gino with a Thai clinch and forces him to take a knee. Astoundingly Nic knees his grounded opponent for a second time and the referee misses it. He could easily be down two points or be DQ'd at this point. Gino is seemingly unbothered by the situation continues on with his wrestling and gets Nic to the ground. Somehow at the end of this close round, it's likely Kambasis is ahead on the scorecards.
Round 2: Kambasis unleashes some brutal kicks and elbows early in the round. After a long clinch exchange Gino seems desperate to get the fight to the ground. He shoots, misses and opts to sit guard. Kambasis punishes him with strikes and a submission attempt. Gino escapes to turtle once again but this time gives up his back. Kambasis misses a rear naked choke (RNC) and takes mount but loses position falling over the top. Gino continues to sit and Kambasis takes the opportunity to land more shots from above. Gino attempts a takedown but it only leads to more clinching against the cage. From clinch Kambasis lands elbows and hits a body lock outside trip before the bell rings.
Round 3: Nic uses his glove touch with the unsuspecting Gino to step in with a hard cross; snapping his head back. Ghalehpardaz got caught flat-footed coming into the round and wasn't expecting the early blow, a stark reminder to defend your self at all time, especially with an overeager opponent. Kambasis gets the better of the striking once again, soon finding his way to the body lock, and once again hits the outside trip. Gino exposes his back to get back to his feet and pays the price on the way up. Kambasis hits low blow knee and the action is temporarily stopped. When the action starts Gino refuses the glove touch and fires an overhand into Kambasis' guard. Nic continues to get the better of the brawl until Gino hits his stride midway through the round and lands some nice combos of his own. Gino gets too close in the striking exchange leading to another outside trip from Kambasis. Gino turtles to escape once again but Nic capitalizes in a big way taking the back and sinking in a fully locked RNC with a body lock to boot. This leads to a quick tap from Gino and the end of the fight.
Nicolas Kambasis submits Gino Ghalehpardaz (Round 3 - Submission via Rear-Naked Choke)
Kambasis showed a ton of skill in his pro debut and it will be exciting to see where he throws down next. The grounded knees left a bad taste in everyone's mouth and he appropriately got plenty of boos from the crowd. Generally, you can't make the same mistake twice in MMA and he's lucky to have gotten away from this fight with a clean record. Perhaps he was caught up in the moment of his pro debut, as I doubt he is a dirty fighter, but Kambasis really needs to think more before he strikes in his future fights. Gino looked solid all around. Any man could have won this contest with number of back and forth exchanges these men had. Gino could not keep the pace with opponent this time around but I know his London fanbase looks forward to where he goes next. Hopefully with fewer surprise knees next time.
Ryan O’Shea (0-0) vs. Seth Connor (0-0)
Ryan O'Shea is the head BJJ/kickboxing coach at Stratford BJJ in Stratford, ON. Though he has been a lifetime martial artist, a BJJ black belt, training partner/coach to MMA fighters and regular jiu-jitsu competitor he has never stepped into the MMA world himself until now. On the other hand his opponent Seth Connors, also making his debut, has had 13 amateur fights leading up to this bout. He has solid wins, a wealth of experience and is a true competitor. Anywhere this fight goes, it's going to be good.
Round 1: Connors starts fast throwing a myriad of strikes at O'Shea. O'Shea keeps it simple opting to jab and get used to the cage. Connors initiates a grappling exchange that leads to O'Shea landing some nice knees to the midsection. Ryan opens up more after the break landing some clean strikes. Connors clinches again only to eat more knees from O'Shea. Eventually O'Shea lands a clean knee to the head and wobbles Connors. Seth attempts a guillotine but falls to the ground giving O'Shea top control. O'Shea moves to mount quickly and starts hunting submissions while landing blows. Connors exposes an arm trying to recover position and O'Shea hits the same swim move armbar as CLB earlier in the night. O'Shea gets the arm completely straight but Connors toughs out the position and uses hitchhiker escape to get on top. The round ends with Connors on top. O'Shea is smiling on his way back to his corner with the round secured.
Round 2: O'Shea takes an early lead in the round with the striking. Connors attempts to pull guard and switch off to a single leg but O'Shea lands hammerfists and freezes Connors. After a couple sweeps back and forth O'Shea lands on top in mount again showing off his strong jiu-jitsu acumen. Connors tries a variety of submissions from his back but O'Shea stifles every attempt. O'Shea glides around in top control for the majority of the round raining down hard shots on Connors. The round ends and Connors sits on the ground to catch his breath.
Round 3: Striking continues much the same way as the last round with O'Shea getting the advantage. After clinching and landing more knees O'Shea get pushed into the cage and gets single-legged to the ground. O'Shea locks a triangle choke but Connors escapes quickly and lands in side control. Connors attempts an americana but O'Shea defends well. O'Shea escapes side and attacks his own single leg, Connors tries to guillotine again and misses it. O'Shea gets to mount and attempts a switch armbar but loses the hand while falling back for the submission. Connors takes top position again but Ryan traps an arm and locks a triangle choke. Seth punches his way through the triangle attempt until O'Shea switches to an armbar for the third time. Connors hits the hitchhiker again and escapes for top control. O'Shea retains control of an arm in the melee and sweeps Connors again. O'Shea takes back control to end the fight.
Ryan O’Shea def. Seth Connor (Unanimous Decision - 30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
O'Shea looked comfortable everywhere in this fight, had cardio for days and didn't appear to take much damage. He must have brought his entire gym from Stratford because he got one of the biggest roars from the crowd the entire night. This was a coming-out party for O'Shea. He could climb the ranks quickly with his varied skillset and the pace he puts on his opponents. Hopefully we get to see Ryan O'Shea in the cage again because that fight was fantastic. Seth Connors rolled the dice against an unknown quantity and this time it didn't work in his favour. However, he showed great heart in this fight and defended everything the BJJ black belt threw at him. He took the fight to him everywhere and had his moments throughout the match. Based on how much he competes in MMA/BJJ I'm sure we'll get to see Seth Connors throwing down again soon and it will no doubt be entertaining.
Chris Lee Byrne (2-1) vs. Scott Lamont (0-0)
Red corner for this fight is the owner and head instructor of London's "Munda Jiu-Jitsu" Chris Lee Byrne (CLB). This is CLB's first time fighting in the "heavyweight" category (officially a 220 lbs catchweight bout); weighing in just inside the light heavyweight limit at 205.7 lbs. His opponent Lamont came in at 213 lbs; sporting a 3-3 amateur record including two KO's. CLB will likely look to bring the fight to the ground and Lamont will look to strike.
Round 1: Both men feel out the striking at the beginning and Lamont lands a couple leg kicks. Then the feeling out process ends abruptly as both men enter a wild exchange. CLB comes out on top with hard overhand and a double under clinch. Lamont avoids the first trip and struggles to create space and release the body lock but CLB doubles down and lands a takedown to half guard. CLB quickly transitions to mount and patiently lands hard shots from a high posture as Lamont tries to buck him off. This is exactly where CLB wants to be. Lamont turns away to expose his back but Byrne catches an arm. CLB hits a perfect Ronda Rousey-esque swim move to armbar and ends the fight in short order.
Chris Lee Byrne def. Scott Lamont (Round 1 - Submission via Armbar)
Lamont's kicks were landing solidly early and his hands looked heavy in the early exchanges but he never got to connect in a big way. Regardless of outcome major props for Lamont making his pro debut at 44 years old. Not many people can say that. CLB took the fight exactly where he wanted within the first minute and put his BJJ pedigree to good use against the bigger man. Back from a series of injuries CLB was better on the feet and ground than in any recent contests. Look for CLB to go on a tear at his regular weight class, middleweight, soon; as long as his body cooperates with him.
Teshay Gouthro (1-0) vs. Hasmat Sarwary (0-0)
The night kicks off with a banger of a match up. Two of Canada's hottest bantamweight prospects meeting early in their careers. Gouthro comes into the fight with a doctor stoppage at BTC 6 in June 2019. Though it’s been a five year layoff from MMA competition for Sarwary he’s never stopped training/competing and has been waiting for this moment for a long time.
Round 1: Both men touch gloves and this card is underway. Teshay catches a kick early and puts Hashmat on his back. Hashmat uses butterfly guard to make space and get back to his feet. Both guys trade but Teshay lands hard leg kicks. Hashmat clinches to throw knees and gets pushed against the cage but soon breaks off. Hashmat times a level change on an overhand from Teshay and takes the fight to the ground. Hashmat quickly moves to the back but soon get reversed and ends up in guard. Teshay gets the back but falls off the top and Hashmat get back control for a second time. This time he secures both hooks and hunts a rear naked choke. The round ends with Teshay in Hashmat’s body triangle. Round to Hashmat.
Round 2: After brief striking exchange Hashmat shoots a single and brings Teshay to a knee against the cage. Teshay opts to hunt a kimura but gets shutdown. Hashmat looks for back control as Teshay works his way to his feet but is unsuccessful. Hashmat times another level change to get a second takedown. Teshay doesn't hit the ground for long and gets back to the feet soon after. Teshay starts to anticipate the shot coming throwing knees and uppercuts up the middle at range. Hashmat works his way in again to a takedown position against the cage and eats some elbows for his cause. Teshay reverse position against the cage, lands some shots and shoots a double against the cage. Teshay secures a takedown and reigns down blows until the round ends possibly stealing the round.
Round 3: Teshay starts the round aggressively and Hashmat looks noticeably deflated compared to the previous two rounds. Hashmat attempts a takedown but gets thrown off by Gouthro. Teshay starts landing heavy combos and Hashmat doesn't have any answers. Teshay shoots a double against the cage and takes the fight to the ground. Teshay keeps a relentless pace with his ground and pound to the head and body. Hashmat kills his posture a couple of times looking for a submission but Teshay doesn't let up. The onslaught of strikes from Teshay continues. After about 20 unanswered strikes the ref steps in and stop the fight. Hashmat was cognizant and clearly frustrated with the ref's decision.
Teshay Gouthro def. Hasmat Sarwary (Round 3 - TKO via Punches)
Teshay Gouthro remains undefeated at 2-0. He faced some true adversity this time around, losing the first round, but made a strong comeback in the second and third round. His game looks good everywhere and he has no quit. Keep an eye on Teshay as he climbs the Canadian rankings. Hashmat was on a roll this fight but hit a wall in the third round. He clearly has the skills to hang with tough competition. If Sarwary figures out why that happened this fight whoever he fights next is in trouble.
All photos courtesy of Patrick Duffy