'Farmer' Brown headlines MMA Gatineau event

CHRIS STEVENSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 2:01 PM ET

Unplugged wouldn't be a term you would usually associate with the usually electric atmosphere of an MMA event.

Don't let the name W1: Unplugged fool you.

W1 MMA, coming off a successful debut event at the Bob Guertin Centre, is only calling tonight's event Unplugged because of the move to Baribeau Arena while Le Bob undergoes renovations.

"The reason why we're calling it unplugged is because every seat is a good seat," said Jack Bateman, the president of Premier Entertainment and W1 MMA, referring to the intimate surroundings of the 1,300-seat arena.

The featured event of the night will be Ottawa's Craig "Farmer" Brown's pursuit of the first W1 championship title as he takes on the unbeaten Dana Dickeson (5-0) in the light-heavyweight category.

Brown (5-1) is coming off a submission victory over Dean Martins at W1: Inception. He won with a rear naked choke hold at 4:04 of the first round of their bout.

Dickeson, from Fredericton, N.B., kept his record unblemished with a unanimous decision over Toronto's Jason "Lethal" Cecil in April.

"Our first belt is on the line and this is a really even-looking fight," said Bateman.

The other highlights of the 10-fight card:

- The co-main event of the night will see Barrie's Chris Vorano against Ottawa's Mark "Boots" Holst in the 155-lb. division. "This should be a war between two up-and-coming lightweights," said Bateman.

Holst, 4-1 and fighting out of OAMA/Renzo Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, is anxious to get back into the cage to avenge a first-round KO at the hands and feet of Martin Grandmont at W1: Inception. Varano is 3-1.

- Team Bushido MMA's Andre "Major" Desrochers (2-0) and Hosier "Le Commando" Bruno will put their unbeaten heavyweight records on the line. Bruno made his debut at W1: Inception with a first-round KO of former Rough Rider and Team 1200 host Glenn Kulka.

- An interesting bout will see the return of Sean "Pimp Daddy" Pierson, who has been signed by W1. Once one of Canada's top welterweight prospects, he's been out of the cage for six months and will be making his return tonight. "This is my pick for the darkhorse fight of the night," said Bateman. He will be in the cage with Iraj "Cold Blooded" Hadin.

CHRIS.STEVENSON@SUNMEDIA.CA


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