Canadian promotion Score Fighting Series returned on Friday, Nov. 23 to put on their seventh event in front of fans at the Hamilton Place Theatre in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
In the main event of the evening, 23-year-old Canadian Jordan Mein fought in his home country against former UFC fighter Forrest Petz, who looked to extend his winning streak to five. The co-main event featured veteran Ryan Healy taking on Jesse Ronson, along with a rematch between Tristan Johnson and Will Romero, Alex Ricci taking on Kevin Morin, Jason Saggo vs. Iraj Hadin, and Ryan Dickson battling Brandt Dewsberry to open up the main card.
Another four bouts took place on the undercard, with the main card beginning at 10 p.m. ET on AXS TV.
In the main event of the evening, veteran Forrest Petz traveled north of the border to his opponent’s home country to take on Jordan Mein.
Petz came out very quickly looking to land a big blow, but Mein stayed smart and went to work on his own. Mein hurt Petz, then used a barrage of elbows and knees along the fence to force the referee to stop the bout.
Mein picked up his seventh win in eight fights, and also put an end to Petz’s win streak.
In a “Fight of the Night” worthy bout, Ryan Healy showed a ton of heart, but was on the wrong end of a unanimous decision that was won by Jesse Ronson.
The two men traded momentum early on, with Ronson connecting with punches and Healy trying to take the fight to the ground. Ronson’s striking was very sharp, but the wrestling of Healy kept the round competitive.
Round two was all Ronson. The former kickboxer rocked Healy with a combination of punches, headkicks, and knees, but could not put away the tough veteran. A dominant round for Ronson, but credit Healy for surviving the onslaught.
Ronson wobbled Healy again to begin the final frame, and kept his constant striking pace going. But Healy wasn’t going to quit, and even landed a takedown midway through the final round. The fresher fighter Ronson was able to escape however, and continued to pressure. As the final seconds approached, Ronson landed multiple headkicks, but Healy took every one of them and tried to counter.
Ronson won the fight by a landslide, but Healy showed a ton of heart in the loss.
In a rematch between two featherweights, Tristan Johnson and Will Romero continued their battle on Friday.
Round number four between the two men began, and they picked up where they left off. Johnson dropped Romero with a punch, but Romero took it and was able to get back to his feet. But Johnson’s striking was on point tonight, and used it to take round one.
Romero landed some nice punches early in round two, but Johnson had an answer for every shot as he continued to work his striking. Towards the end, Romero opened up more, making round two a close one to score.
The final round was, like round two, a boxing match as both men worked their hands to try and win the fight. After another five minutes of constant action, the winner would come down to the judges’ scorecards.
The verdict was a split decision, with Johnson receiving the nod over Romero.
Two tough Canadian lightweights squared off, with Alex Ricci getting his hand raised over Kevin Morin by unanimous decision.
Morin came out quickly by landing some shots, then put his opponent Ricci to the mat with a takedown. Morin worked while on top, but Ricci was able to return to his feet. Morin put pressure on Ricci, then landed another double leg takedown, only to be countered as Ricci worked the cage to get back up. The two men toe-to-toe in the final seconds of the round, with Morin walking away with a cut over his eye.
After picking up where they left off in the first round, Morin and Ricci back to work on the feet by trading strikes. As Morin was against the cage, Ricci landed many elbows hoping to open up the cut over Morin’s eye even more.
With no clear-cut winner after two rounds, the final round would decide the winner. Ricci looked to take control by pressing Morin against the cage once again, looking to a land elbow and knee strikes. Morin stayed strong in the end, but Ricci took over in the final stages to earn the victory.
All three judges scored the bout 29-28 for Alex Ricci, who picked up his sixth win.
In a lightweight bout, Jason Saggo picked up a win with a second-round finish over Iraj Hadin.
After battling for position for half the round, Saggo took control by dragging Hadin to the ground. Saggo got his hooks in against the cage to take his opponent’s back, and after losing the position, regained it in the final seconds until the round came to an end.
Hadin tried to turn the tables in the second, but was once again taken down by Saggo. Similar to the first round, Saggo easily transitioned to take the back of Hadin. But this time, Saggo was able to get the submission as he locked up a rear-naked choke.
Saggo improved to 8-1 with the win over Hadin.
In the opening bout on AXS TV, undefeated Ryan Dickson improved his record to 6-0 with a submission win over fellow Canadian Brandt Dewsberry.
Dickson started the fight aggressively by landing a takedown in the early seconds. He then went on to stay on top the entire round, transitioning to many dominant positions until the horn sounded.
Dewsberry looked to have a better showing in round two, but after a mistake, found himself on his back with Dickson on top. Dewsberry escaped, but Dickson found a seam and took the back of his opponent. Dickson capitalized, worked his arm under the neck of Dewsberry, and forced a tap.
Jordan Mein def. Forrest Petz by TKO (punches). Round 1, 1:29
Jesse Ronson def. Ryan Healy by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-25, 30-27)
Tristan Johnson def. Will Romero by split decision (28-29, 30-27, 30-27)
Alex Ricci def. Kevin Morin by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Jason Saggo def. Iraj Hadin by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 2, 3:41
Ryan Dickson def. Brandt Dewsberry by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 2, 4:39
Elias Theodorou def. Ali Mokdad by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Desmond Green def. Roy McDonell by submission (armbar). Round 1, 4:41
Adam Assenza def. Tommy Cote by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Paul Jalbert def. Oliver Vadnais by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Photo: Jordan Mein (Phil Lamber/The MMA Corner)
Photo: Jordan Mein (Phil Lamber/The MMA Corner)