Maple City Cage Fighting Crowns 2 New Champs
Another sold out crowd once again basked in the unique atmosphere of Maple City Cage Fighting during Amateur Fight Night 5 on Saturday evening at the Chatham Banquet & Conference Centre.
Two new champions were crowned in co-main events that each brought an eruption of cheers and appreciation.
Chatham’s Matt “The Pitbull” Dawson convincingly defeated Hamilton’s Noah “The Natural” Crosswell for the vacant Bantamweight Championship. Dawson submitted Crosswell with a rear naked choke 57 seconds into the first round. Dawson now represents both MCC and WRECK as their 135-pound titleholder.
In a terrific finale, two of MCC’s leading ladies showcased their skills as Natia “The Heartbreaker” Biason of Hamilton laid claim to the Women’s Flyweight Championship over Windsor’s Megan Owen. Biason was crowned the first ever MCC women’s champion (in any weight class) after a referee stoppage due to undefended strikes at 2:38 of the second round.
Fight Night 5 also went down as a memorable night for Ridgetown’s Shawn Fraser, who made his debut inside the cage, and left with ambulatory care for a reported broken arm. After a flurry of fisticuffs with his opponent Zach Junkin (Waterloo), Fraser suffered an unsightly injury while in a kimura submission with mere seconds remaining in the opening round.
- Arnprior’s Jake Woods defeated Niagara’s Adam Bocskei by referee stoppage due to undefended strikes at 2:11 of the second round in the evening’s opening contest.
- Petrolia’s Craig McDonald (2-0) defeated London’s David Fischer (0-2) at 1:27 of the first round due to undefended strikes
- Adam “The Gladiator” Gladue (4-10) won via unanimous decision with all judges scoring in his favour after three rounds with London’s Kris Archer (2-4)
- Niagara’s Hai “The Dragon” Lee (1-0) defeated Sarnia’s Dylan Lacroix (2-1) after a referee’s stoppage due to injury (hip/groin) after two rounds
- Toronto’s Luke Haines beat Chatham’s Bill Gardiner at 2:11 of the first round after undefended strikes
- Toronto’s Derek Noonan defeated Palmerston’s Jesse Lubbers due to undefended strikes at 1:45 of the first round
- Dynasty Martial Arts’ Hannah Valley (16 years old) and Gracie Barra Chatham’s Jessica Shaw showcased their ability in a Kickboxing Exhibition
- Leamington’s John Jacobs Jr and Toronto’s Seth Quiring battled to a draw in a special Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Ultimate Submission Super Fight. Neither combatant scored a submission in the six-minute contest.
Amateur Fight Night 5 was sanctioned by AMMAO.