Last night (March 16, 2012), Score Fighting Series staged their fourth ever night of mixed martial arts (MMA) goodness as Score Fighting Series 4: "Alessio vs. Healy" went down at Hamilton Place Theatre in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
The main event featured a lightweight showdown between World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) veteran John Alessio and Ryan Healy, whose brother, Pat Healy, currently fights for the Strikeforce organization.
The fight started off with Alessio's takedowns and submission attempts, transitioned to Healy having the edge in the striking category and then back to Alessio's wrestling again in the final frame.
Ultimately, Alessio fought a smart fight and was able to control Healy long enough to earn himself a unanimous decision victory in front of hometown friends and family.
After the jump, we'll take a look at the rest of the action from Score Fighting Series 4: "Alessio vs. Healey:"
The co-main event featured a fight between Iron Tiger Muay Thai product Josh Hill, who was looking to extend his perfect record to 8-0, and fellow Canadian Eric Wilson.
The story of this fight was the use of the takedown and the superior wrestling of Hill, who kept his opponent on his heels, when he wasn't keeping him on his back.
For three rounds, Wilson was largely unable to defend the double leg takedown, and found himself on the bottom, unable to escape.
While Hill was unable to get the finish, he certainly notched a very dominant decision win for his eighth consecutive victory.
Sergej Juskevic came into the night's action riding a four-fight win streak during his campaign fighting in various organizations overseas. His opponent, Forrest Petz, held a nice three-fight win streak of his own, getting his most recent win with a nice first-round, TKO victory over the veteran Rudy Bears at C3 Fights: "Great Plains Sizzling Slamfest" on Jul. 30, 2011 in Newkirk, Oklahoma.
Something had to give.
After appearing to have been outstruck in the first round, Petz came out more aggressive in the second round, throwing multiple combinations and haymakers. It was only a matter of time before one of them landed and finished Juskevic's night prematurely.
That time came at 3:25 of the second round, when referee Dan Miragliotta finally had seen enough of Juskevic taking huge, overhand rights to the chin and stepped in to call a stop to the action.
Very nice comeback win for Petz.
Thai Boxing aficionado Alex Ricci was one of several prospects coming into the night undefeated. He would be facing Iraj Hadin, a veteran of the sport who has competed versus some fairly big names and seen his fair share of highs and lows.
File tonight's action under "lows" for Hadin, who was simply overwhelmed by Ricci from the opening horn. After a brief moment of being clinched up against the cage, Ricci finally was able to land a brutal left hook that had Hadin seeing stars.
Goodnight, Iraj! (See what I did there?)
In what may have been the closest fight of the night, lightweights Shane Campbell and Derek Boyle went to war for three furious rounds of action that ended up having to be decided by the judges onhand.
It wasn't pretty. There was a lot of sloppy striking and flailing around in an attempt by both fighters to finish the other, saving them the trouble of having to endure any more cage time.
It really could have gone either way, but the judges ruled in favor of Campbell, who now finds himself with his second MMA victory in a row.
The first fight of the main card was a real thriller, as fans were treated to a featherweight fight full of flying fists.
Corey Houston came out early, clearly looking to push the pace and impose his will on Lyndon Whitlock. It was a good show for most of the first round, until Houston got careless and Whitlock found his opening.
As Houston went to throw a leg kick, he was countered with a beautiful right hook that landed squarely on the button, sending Houston crumbling to the canvas.
Whitlock pounced on him immediately and landed another hammerfist, before referee Jerin Valel finally jumped in and saved Houston from taking further damage.
SCORE FIGHTING SERIES QUICK RESULTS:
155 lbs.: John Alessio def. Ryan Healy via unanimous decision
135 lbs.: Josh Hill def. Eric Wilson via unanimous decision
170 lbs.: Forrest Petz def. Sergej Juskevic via TKO at 3:25 of round two
155 lbs.: Alex Ricci def. Iraj Hadin via KO (Left Hook) at 3:17 of round one
155 lbs.: Shane Campbell def. Derek Boyle via unanimous decision
145 lbs.: Lyndon Whitlock def. Corey Houston via KO at 4:28 of round one
(Catchweight) 157 lbs.:Jason Meisel def. Mike Sledzion via unanimous decision
185 lbs.: Elias Theodorou def. Erik Hebert via unanimous decision
155 lbs.: Adam Assenza def. John Roche via submission (strikes) at 4:17 of round one
265 lbs.: Craig Hudson def. John Macphearson via TKO at 0:57 of round one