Mein gets win in first Ontario MMA event

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:30 PM ET

RAMA, Ont. -- Lethbridge welterweight Jordan (Young Guns) Mein earned a unanimous decision against American Josh (The People's Warrior) Burkman in the first professional MMA card ever held in Ontario.

Mein (15-5) got the better of Burkman (21-9) in the third round with some vicious strikes to the body and head to win the main event of MMA: The Reckoning Saturday at Casino Rama. The official judges' decision was 30-27, 29-28, 29-28 for Mein.

There was definitely a buzz in the air for MMA: The Reckoning, an event put on by Casino Rama and British promoter Robert Waterman, though it seemed much of the almost sold out crowd of more than 5,000 was there for the historic significance of the card rather than for the actual bouts. There were not a lot of big-name fighters on the bill, although Burkman went 5-5 in the UFC and lightweight Chris (The Polish Hammer) Horodecki of London, Ont., once plied his trade in the WEC.

Joel Powell of Guelph, a former top-level Canadian amateur wrestler, made history by becoming the first fighter to win a professional MMA fight in Ontario, when he defeated Brandt Dewsberry (5-1) of Lethbridge, Alta., by submission in the opening bout of the evening.

Powell (2-2) controlled the fight, wrestling Dewsberry to the mat in the first and second rounds, eventually forcing his younger opponent to tap out at 4:54 of the second when he applied a rear naked choke.

Horodecki scored a submission win over American David Castillo in the co-main event, the result of a rear naked choke, improving his record to 17-3. Castillo (10-3) tapped out at 4:24 of the first round.

The best fight of the night featured Toronto-based lightweight Jorge Britto against Jason Young of London, England.

Britto sent Young to the canvas in the first round with a vicious spinning back fist, opening a cut over the Brit's left eye. In the second, Young replied with two damaging kicks to the leg, followed by another to the head, which sent Britto down.

In the end, Young, 8-3, earned a unanimous decision.

Matt McGrath (6-5) of Charlottetown got a unanimous decision win over British welterweight Dean Amasinger (6-4), who appeared on The Ultimate Fighter Season 9; Jason Saggo (2-0) of Bolton, Ont., submitted Tyler (The King) Solomon of Port Dover, Ont., by armbar at 3:35 of the second round in their lightweight bout; Toronto light-heavyweight Misha Cirkunov (4-1) beat Ion Cherdivara of Montreal by decision; and Spencer Rohovie of Lethbridge was submitted by Rob Hill (8-4) of Australia in their catchweight fight.


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