Maurer in la-la land

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 2:54 PM ET

Roger Hollett delivered Mike Maurer's worst fighting nightmare.

With a vicious left punch to the head, Hollett knocked out the Edmonton Eskimos' fullback last night in the Maximum Fighting Championship 11 card at the Shaw Conference Centre.

In an ugly and scary scene, Maurer was unconscious for at least five seconds before coming to his senses. He stood up about 30 seconds later, with doctors hovering over him.

The scene sent shockwaves through the 2,500 fans, with Maurer ushered behind closed doors for further medical assessment.

"He was okay," said Maurer's trainer A.J. Scales, nearly 45 minutes after the scrap. "The doctor came in and did his routine.

"If there was something serious, the doctor would recommend he go directly to the hospital for a CAT scan, but he didn't."

With Maurer unavailable for comment, several different reports circulated.

A ringside judge told the Sun that Maurer had suffered a concussion. However, another MFC official claimed otherwise.

DIZZY OR UNEASY

Scales suggested if Maurer felt dizzy or uneasy in the coming days, he might need further medical attention.

On the positive side, Maurer did manage to spit out a few words to his opponent before leaving the ring, but had a rather dazed look on his face.

Hollett didn't care about the condition of his 31-year-old opponent.

"It was a great feeling," said the Halifax-based fighter of knocking Maurer face first to the canvas.

"I knew I was going to be able to knock him out."

A left foot kick to the head from Hollett - an undefeated scrapper with a 4-0 record - set up the vicious left-hand punch.

"The kick rattled him," said Hollett.

Maurer's hands dropped, allowing Hollett a clean shot to the head.

"That makes me angry," said Eskimo teammate Adam Braidwood, who was up next on the fight card.

"I love Mike."

THAT'S THE WORST

Added Eskimo linebacker A.J. Gass, who was one of several Eskimos in the crowd: "You never want to see a teammate get hurt like that.

"In mixed-martial arts, that is pretty much the worst thing that can happen."

News of the knockout quickly reached southern Florida where Eskimo head coach Danny Maciocia is scouting players, and will attend today's Super Bowl.

"Was he conscious at the end?" was one of Maciocia's first questions on his cell phone. "What is important is his family and he's OK."

Maurer had told the Sun earlier this week that he was going to retire after this fight, wishing to concentrate on football and his family.

On the same day Maurer made those comments, Hollett publicly called out Maurer, questioning why he thought he could step in the ring as a football player.

Now, Maurer's health is the main concern.


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