Chris Horodecki made the most of his first MMA appearance on Canadian soil in nearly four years.
The London, Ont. lightweight improved his record to 14-2, outskilling Dan Downes (6-1) in a main card fight on the WEC event at Rexall Place Sunday night.
"I'm happy to be here," said Horodecki. "My first five fights were on Canadian soil and I've had 10 fights away from Canada. You get that rush, that tingle. I loved it here."
Horodecki lived up to his nickname, The Polish Hammer, laying the hammer down with a rear naked choke-hold against his desperate opponent at 1:09 of the third round.
Sensing his predicament, Downes came out swinging in the third, but Horodecki started to put on the finishing touches with a knee to the chest, then wrestled Downes down for the submission.
Horodecki maintained the upper hand right from the opening bell, maintaining superiority when the combatants went to the mat in the first round.
He the second, scoring on a series of reverse spin kicks that wore his opponent down.
"I finally got him," said Horodecki. "I thought I had him at the beginning. My coach gave me (grief). He said 'you can knock this kid out.' I've worked really hard on my submissions."
Downes was a replacement when Horodecki's original dance partner, Ed Ratcliff, came up with an injury.
"It was frustrating, my opponent changed at the last minute," said Horodecki. "The good thing is he was a similar opponent and I got the fight."
Horodecki has a toughness that belies his somewhat baby-faced look.
"The secret's out now, I've been fighting for more than four years now," he said. "I may look young, but I'm dangerous."