With only a few short days left before the biggest event in UCC History was to take place, The UCC suffered a crippling string of injuries that robbed it of some of the biggest names on the card and left it without three of it's main events. John Alessio injured his hand and would be unable to compete in an anticipated match between another up and coming future star in the sport, Jason Black. Steve Vigneault then injured one of his fingers and would be unable to lace them up against two time UFC veteran Anthony "The Freak" Fryklund.
With only a few short days left before the biggest event in UCC History was to take place, The UCC suffered a crippling string of injuries that robbed it of some of the biggest names on the card and left it without three of its main events. John Alessio injured his hand and would be unable to compete in an anticipated match between another up and coming future star in the sport, Jason Black. Steve Vigneault then injured one of his fingers and would be unable to lace them up against two time UFC veteran Anthony "The Freak" Fryklund. The injuries would be enough to postpone the debut of the first ever Canadian Live PPV event in MMA history until UCC 12, and the anticipated match-up between the best Lightweight fighter in the world Jens Pulver and one of the best stand up fighters in all of MMA Duane "Bang" Ludwig. The initial disappointment of a change in three of the main events is undeniable. The only question would be whether the UCC would still be able to deliver a great show despite its string of bad luck and bad timing. It was clear that injuries or no injuries, nothing would step in their way, the UCC quickly went to work securing former UFC fighter and current Pride fighter Jeremy Horn. Rounding out the card with only a few days notice is no easy task but it came to be and this card will give UCC 12 a run for its money names or no names.
Dennis Kang Vs Joe Doerkson
In a tough Back and forth affair that would set the tone for the rest of the evening Joe Doerkson and Dennis Kang went to battle in a great opening bout with both fighters dropping the other with punches early in the bout. Joe Doerkson would do what he does best and worked well from his back working the Kimura hammerlock early, although Kang would be able to escape, it would not be enough as a visibly tired Kang eventually found himself in the waiting legs of Doerkson and into a tight triangle choke. Doerkson wins via tapout at 4:49 of round one.
Scott Clay Vs David Goulet
A lengthy Clinch to start the fight was interrupted by a takedown right to mount for Goulet. Goulet would rain punches down on Clay and Clay would have no recourse but the tapout. Goulet wins via Tapout at 3:21 of round one.
Shane Rice Vs Ivan Menjivar
As a last minute replacement for Richard Nancoo, Ivan Menjivar was able to control where the fight took place, and nullified the futile takedown attempts by the Rickson Grace Purple belt Shane Rice. Menjivar used his experience to take Rice out of his element, forcing him to stand when it was clear he was outmatched, and fight from bad positions on his back. His defense was not up to task as Menjivar rained down blows that found the mark early and often. At 1:58 of round Rice had had enough and the ref stepped in and stopped the contest. Menjivar wins via TKO at 1:58 of round 1.
Justin Bruckman Vs Frederic Poirier
Three time Golden Gloves boxing champion, Poirier would not be able to use his ample boxing skills as Justin Bruckman strung together a bevy of strong takedowns nullifying any potentially dangerous Poirier combinations. Poirier was game and fought valiantly even absorbing a powerful illegal knee to the back of the head, but the steadfast ground and pound assault of elbows forearms and punches would be the bane of the boxer and after two round rounds Bruckman was able to sink the rear naked choke. Bruckman takes Poirier down goes to side mount, to knee on stomach, to mount and eventually takes his back where he finds what he is looking for. After securing Poiriers back he works the choke and the fight was over. Bruckman wins via Submission at 3:18 of the second round.
Pain Peters Vs Donald Ouimet
This fight pitted two friends and fan favorites in the ring against each other, but their friendship would be put on hold for a tough two round contest. Both fighter were coming off of loses three weeks earlier in Hawaii, and wanted this fight badly, friends or no friends. Peters seemed to gas out early in the fight and his takedown attempts were not enough as Ouimet took the half guard, then mount, and spent much of the fight in the mount position against Peters. He would drop solid shots from the top and chipped away methodically punishing at the man they call "Pain" to close round one. Round two was more of the same as he was again able to get position, pass the guard of Peters, and go right back to the promised land, taking the mount again and again and punching systematically, but never serious enough to close the deal. But after two round the judges gave a unanimous decision to Donald Ouimet. Ouimet wins via unanimous decision after two rounds. A Video interview with Pain Peters after his fight with Ouimet will be up soon.
Steve "The Snake" Claveau Vs Mark Hominick
In what looked to be a grudge match, Hominick and Claveau both looked like to be on each others nerves from the get go. It would prove to be a good recipe for a fight as both did everything in their power to snatch the Victory from their respective opponent. Round one was a fairly close round with both fighters getting opportunities to get position and mount offence as the Jiu Jitsu man Claveau had Hominick on the mat, and the Kickboxer Hominick getting time on his feet. Claveaus takedowns were telegraphed and Hominick had little trouble staying away from his shoots giving Hominick the edge to close the first round. In the second round Claveau would find himself in a bad position and Hominick was able to capitalize. He stunned Claveau with punches and after taking his back unleashing a flurry of solid punches to the side of the head that stung Claveau and put the snake into trouble. Trouble would not agree with Claveau and he tapped to the punishment at 3:25 of round two.
David "The Crow" Loiseau Vs Jesse Jones
In a three round war David the Crow Loiseau and Jesse Jones put everything they had on the line leaving every ounce of their being in the ring. The first round was close but Jesse Jones sneaked out the round by putting together a very solid combination to back Loiseau into the corner and put him on the defensive to end the round. Rounds two and three went to Loiseau who struck early and often coming out strong to start and maintaining a steady offence, mixing up boxing and wrestling, two games that he seemed adept at performing. The Crow takes the Victory via Unanimous decision after three very tough rounds.
Travis Galbraith Vs Georges St Pierre
St Pierre would again show the fans of Montreal why he is a fan favorite, as he showed off impressive strikes from the top position dropping Galbraiths head into the mat in succession bouncing his head off the mat, stunning him. After a mixed bag of forearms and punches he found the combination that would be successful for him and dropped Galbraiths head into the mat several more times consecutively until he was barely conscious. The Ref would have to step in and stop the onslaught as he was clearly in no position to defend himself. Galbraith would let his Pride get in his way and pushed the ref aside forcing the ref to subdue him, and still he went at St Pierre trying to continue the fight, but they would be separated and the fight was over. St Pierre wins via TKO at 2:03 or the first round.
Christophe Midoux Vs Jeremy Horn
As a last minute replacement Horn would rely on his vast experience to put the game French Hurricane on ice. His single leg takedown was his technique of choice and right off the bat he would go to it again and again taking him down, working the position, eventually going to mount. Time would not be on his side in the first round as the bell sounded before he could mount his offence, but in the second round he would not let time be a factor. Horn retakes the mount and also takes all Midouxs air away, squeezing a tight side choke and finishing him at 1:02 or the second round. Horn Wins via submission 1:02 of round two.
A Look Back
The UCC would not be deterred on this night and had much to be proud of considering the string of bad luck that had cut deep into the potential card. Even last ditch replacement Tim Sylvia who had been rumored to fight on the card would not be able to fight as his potential opponent would not take the fight on such short notice. With the strength of a loud and rambunctious crowd of four thousand behind them the fighters that fought took the fate of the card into their own hands and won the fans over with their "All go and no slow" attitude. Only two fights went to decision and most fights did not even go to the second round as the winners found ways to end the fights early with their aggressive fighting styles. The change in card would be a disappointment but one that was quickly remedied by a good night of exciting fights. With the rest of the card to be filled in November or December with promises of the first Canadian Live PPV and a headliner of the Jens Pulver and Duane Ludwig fight the future looks bright for the UCC 12 and the Fans should be in for a treat.
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