Sooner rather than later, Edmonton heavyweight Victork Valimaki is going to have to decide between boxing and MMA.
Valimaki improved to 2-0 with a workmanlike decision over debuting Elston Brown of Vancouver last night, but with a probable return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in his future, the Edmontonian is facing some tough choices.
"At this point in my career, boxing and MMA complement each other, and I enjoy them both equally," Valimaki said. "I was really happy with my punching tonight, because that's something we've worked on in the gym. I thought my defence was a little better, too.
"For now, I'm keeping my options open. Boxing is helping me in MMA, and vice-versa, so I don't want to mess with a good thing."
- Flashy Calgary lightweight Steve Claggett improved to 3-0 with a lopsided four-round decision over Hamilton's Harrison King-McBain (2-1-1).
Claggett was in command from the opening bell, pumping a non-stop jab in McBain's face and punishing him on the inside with short, precise uppercuts. McBain gamely fought back on the few occasions he was able to pin Claggett on the ropes, but for the most part he had no answer for the Calgarian's speed.
- In the curtain-raiser, Edmonton lightweight Ayanna Pelletier showed no rust from a 10-month layoff in stopping Hamilton's Monique Duval at 1:23 of the fourth round.
After Duval was wobbled by a double left hook in the first 30 seconds, Pelletier (4-1) showed a lot of patience, mixing up her punches and using good lateral movement to keep her more experienced opponent off balance.
Pelletier opened the fourth with an impressive flurry, landing 14 unanswered punches that left Duval (0-6) hanging over the middle rope. (0-6) Duval, who showed a lot of heart, landed her only meaningful shot a few seconds later, but then Pelletier responded with three big hooks to the head that caused referee Dave Braak to wave it off.