Okay, so it went down last Friday, but can you blame us for not giving a shit with so many great fights happening the last few days? Plus, it was the holidays, so maybe we were a little busy auld lang syne-ing. Regardless, we want to give you a quick rundown of The Fight Club promoted “TFC 1: First Blood”. It was The Canadian Boxing Federation’s first sanctioned mixed martial arts event and it’s about damn time to start giving the Canucks what they want.
-Victor Bachmann became the welterweight champion when he beat Stjepan Vujnovic via TKO. The bout was stopped at 49 seconds into the first round due to unanswered blows.
-The headliner featured former pro boxer and walking whale, Eric “Butterbean” Esch. Butterbean lost to Nick Penner in a super heavyweight fight when the ref stopped the action at 2:28 of the first round (also unanswered strikes).
-The event happened in Edmonton at the Shaw Convention Centre. 1,500 fans were in attendance. Good God, I’ve had more people in my living room at one time.
-Nick Penner def. Eric Esch by TKO at 2:28, Round 1
-Victor Bachmann def. Stjepan Vujnovic by TKO at 0:49, Round 1
-Chris Ade def. Adam Thomas by Submission (Armbar) at 4:58, Round 2
-Tim Thurston def. Curtis Demarce by KO at 0:34, Round 3
-Shawn Kryca def. Richard Menard by Submission (Strikes) at 1:30, Round 1
-Jay Jenkins def. Brad Geiger by KO at 4:18, Round 1
-Chase Holthe def. Phil Wark by Submission (Triangle Choke) at 1:05, Round 1
-Chuck Pelc def. Lee Berger by TKO at 1:05, Round 1
None of the fights went to decision, which is all you can ask for. However, we’ll see if the TFC can pull in better fighters – and certainly a real
headliner – next time around. Casting a wider net other than Canadian fighters all gunning to become the next GSP would be a nice start. And don’t take shitty wash-ups like Butterbean (even Mickey Rourke
would’ve been better), although he does make us smile when he’s sucking air after the first minute. A glance at the rest of the card gives you an idea why only 1,500 made the trek out in the cold. Lots of unproven fighters and the others are traveling mma-ers that couldn’t cut it in other organizations.
But Fight Club has been promoting boxing for years and definitely know their shit, so here’s hoping they give us something next time to warrant one of our super-duper recaps.