Mongoose has sweet tooth

KEN WIEBE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:04 AM ET

Kevin (Mongoose) Manderson must have been craving chocolate because he took care of business as quickly as possible and was off to his favourite eatery to celebrate.

Manderson applied a rear naked choke hold to Lindsey Hawkes early in the first round to win the battle of university educated Winnipeggers last night in the main event of the Ultimate Cage Wars card held before a crowd of roughly 2,500 people at the Winnipeg Convention Centre last night.

"I'm off to go eat some cake at Baked Expectations," said Manderson.

"I haven't had any chocolate in months."

In the semi-main event, Dan Grandmaison, a 30-year-old from Sudbury, Ont., adapted to a new opponent and put on quite a show, earning a technical knockout at 2:10 of the second against Neil Berry of Lethbridge, Alta.

"I prepare for anything and I treat everything like a street fight, of course with rules and a referee," said Grandmaison. "I like to throw a little leather. I'm trying to fight tougher and tougher opponents because that's the only way you get better.

"There's no reason to be doing this, unless you're thinking about the big show (UFC) and the big ultimate goal. This is not a game to me and I'm not getting any younger."

Markhaile (Showtime) Wedderburn made sure a grand entrance wasn't the only thing fans remembered about him.

After captivating the audience with a show of pomp and circumstance, Wedderburn needed only 61 seconds to take care of business in the cage, knocking out Jamie MacDonald of Sudbury, Ont. with a vicious kick to the head.

Jordan Mein of Lethbridge, Alta. showcased a left hand that would have made Nashville Predators forward Jordin Tootoo proud as he came away with a first round TKO of Garret Vernoy of Toronto at 4:48.

Jaret Evans of Calgary withstood an early flurry from Dave De Lorenzi of Toronto to earn a first round tap-out at 3:29.

Evans turned the tables by applying an arm bar that appeared to pull De Lorenzi's shoulder right out of its socket.

The cracking was audible at ringside but De Lorenzi wouldn't submit until a choke hold was applied.

Rich Bondoc of Toronto won the battle of Ontario as he choked out Sheldon Grayer of Windsor, Ont. at 1:33.

Andrey Burkovsky of Hamilton, Ont. earned a first round TKO over Ryan Brigham of Lethbridge, Alta.

Brad Cardinal of Calgary took Thierry Quenneville of Montreal to the canvas and made him tap out to a submission hold at 1:35 of the opening round.

The next Ultimate Cage Wars card will be held Nov. 30 at the Winnipeg Convention Centre.


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