Doerksen vs. Cooper and Grove vs. Silva at theScore Fighting Series in Hamilton

Score Media Inc. (TSX: SCR) announced that the main event is now set for theScore Fighting Series (SFS) October 14th card at the Hamilton Place Theatre. Canada’s most experienced mixed martial artist Joe “El Dirte” Doerksen will take on hard-hitting Bellator veteran Brett Cooper in a middleweight showdown. Former ZUFFA middleweights Kendall Grove and Jay Silva have been tapped, MMA veteran Wagnney Fabiano confirmed and also approved Adam Assenza vs. Jason Meisel, Lyndon Whitlock set to take on Tristan Johnson and Eric Moon facing Rory McDonell.

Doerksen (47-15) has competed in many of the world’s biggest MMA organizations and is a nine-time UFC veteran. He is coming off a win over Luigi Fioravanti in a slugfest at the June 10th SFS event in Mississauga. Cooper (14-7) is one of the middleweight division’s most exciting young fighters and is the definition of a knockout artist with his last nine wins coming via KO or TKO. He trains out of California’s Reign Training Center alongside Mark Munoz, Jake Ellenberger, Emanuel Newton, Jason “Mayhem” Miller and Krzysztof Soszynski. Fresh off a victory over Valdir Araujo on Saturday’s Bellator 50 event, Cooper knows he will be in tough against Doerksen but will look to press the action. “Joe is a really experienced veteran with good skills,” says Cooper. “But I am still going to go in there and look for the finish like I always do.”

Grove (13-9) was able to snap a two-fight losing streak that earned him a UFC pink slip, by strangling Joe Riggs at the ProElite event held in Hawaii just last month. The Ultimate Fighter 3 champion has been inconsistent since becoming a part of the UFC ranks. After back-to-back decision losses to Chris Leben and C.B. Dollaway, Silva (7-4) was also bounced from the UFC roster and immediately signed by Bellator, where he was promptly taken out by middleweight champion, Hector Lombard. He since has got back on track, stringing together consecutive wins for Tachi Palace Fights and Bellator, respectively.

Fabiano (14-3) is an icon on the Canadian MMA scene having competed five times in the WEC and six times in the IFL. Now based in Toronto, Fabiano was born and raised in Brazil where he has trained extensively with Jose Aldo and other members of the prestigious Nova Uniao team. His opponent is pending approval by the Ontario Athletics Commission and will be announced shortly.

Also added to the card is a lightweight bout between the Burlington Academy of Martial Arts’ Adam Assenza and Cutting Edge Gym’s Jason Meisel from Caledonia. Both fighters are making their professional debuts but it is not the first time they’ve stepped into the cage together. An amateur bout between the two ended in controversy and both fighters are looking to set the record straight.

The Whitlock-Johnson match-up has many buzzing about a potential “Fight of the Night” candidate. Johnson fights out of Halifax and is renowned for his slick boxing skills. He is coming off a hard fought victory over Whitlock’s Iron Tiger teammate Will Romero at the last Score Fighting Series event. Whitlock (5-1) is on a three fight win streak where none of his opponents have made it out of the first round. His last victory came via TKO over Jason McKay by virtue of a series of brutal leg kicks. A Hamilton native, Whitlock has competed on the city’s two previous MMA cards and is looking to keep his perfect home turf record intact.

One fighter will go above .500 and one will go below when Eric “The Monster” Moon (6-6) meets Rory McDonell (5-5). Moon fights out of Detroit’s Mash Fight Team and has won his last two fights. McDonell fights out of Pura BJJ in Hamilton and Mississauga’s Evolution MMA. All five of his victories have come via submission.

Tickets for the October 14th event at Hamilton Place Theatre will range from $30 to $65 and are on sale now through ticketmaster.ca and the Copps Coliseum box office. The event will be shown live on theScore.com and air on theScore Television Network via tape delay.

All match-ups are subject to the approval of the Ontario Athletics Commission pending. Fighters scheduled to appear include:

Joe Doerksen vs. Brett Cooper
Kendall Grove vs. Jay Silva
Wagnney Fabiano vs. TBA
Will Romero vs. Stephane Bernadel
Lyndon Whitlock vs. Tristan Johnson
Misha Cirkunov vs. Ali Mokdad
Alex Ricci vs. TBA
Denis Puric vs. TBA
Rory McDonell vs. Eric Moon
Adam Assenza vs Jason Meisel

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