London loses MMA event to Windsor

MORRIS DALLA COSTA, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:38 AM ET

LONDON, ONT. - Mixed Martial Arts fans in London and area will get a chance to see some top local talent fight on July 16, but they'll have to go to Windsor to see it.

Local promoter Brian Mortimer and partner, former fighter Jason Harkes, announced they’d be holding a card in London on July 23 but have now changed the location to the WFCU Centre in Windsor, home of the OHL’s Spitfires, and moved the date to the 16th.

The event is called Border Wars Round 1.

Two of the headliners will be Adrenaline Training Centre’s Chris (The Polish Hammer) Horodecki and gymmate Chris (The Menace) Clements, the 170-pound champion of Quebec.

Harkes’ organization is called the Professional Fighting Championship.

“We just thought the WFCU Centre was the perfect venue,” he said, indicating the sightlines are right for viewing MMA.

Harkes initially investigated holding the card at the John Labatt Centre.

“But the facility was just too big,” he said. “And our card would be coming too close after the card just held.”

That card was last Thursday by MMALIVE 1 and it attracted more than 3,200 to the JLC.

The card at the WFCU Centre will feature a number of Windsor-area fighters including Chucky (The Energiza’ Bunny) Mady, who was a winner on the London card.

Also on the Windsor card is former Spitfire enforcer Jeff Kugel, who defeated Butterbean in his professional MMA debut.

In 1998, Kugel left the bench to join a brawl, sucker-punched an opponent and held his arms over his head while standing over him.

He then chased away another player already involved in a fight waving his arms over his head.

Kugel was handed a 25-game suspension and a lifetime ban from the OHL. The lifetime ban was later rescinded by commissioner David Branch.

Professional Fighting Championship is holding a media conference at the WFCU Centre on Wednesday to announce details of the event.

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