Steve "Gimme half a Sandwich" Taylor of Winnipeg needed more than a snack after his Ultimate Cage Wars bout last night at the Winnipeg Convention Centre.
Taylor needed medical attention after he was knocked cold at 3:07 of the first round of a scheduled three-round bout with John Laing, of Lethbridge, Alta.
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Taylor lay prone on the mat for almost a minute after the referee stopped the fight. The action was delayed while the ring doctor examined Taylor in the dressing room.
"I'll be fine. I'm just having trouble swallowing. We went into a clinch, broke up and he caught me with a couple of good ones to the throat," said Taylor. "You win some. You lose some. Nobody went to the hospital. We'll be back again to have some fun."
Taylor's Munduruca clubmate Jeff "Pizza" Sutherland also had a bad night.
Sutherland was no match for Calgary's Chad Hamzeh. Hamzeh, fighting his first bout in 14 months, stunned Sutherland with a fast flurry of punches and had the 'Pegger backed to the steel cage.
The ref ended the match at 2:00 minutes of the first round following another Hamzeh flurry of punches and a knee to the stomach of Sutherland, a member of the Munduruca and CKMTC club in the city.
Darcy Spence chalked one in the win column for Munduruca and evened his record at 1-1 when he choked out Brandon's Nathan Spence at 2:33 of the first round. The non-affiliated Brandon fighter took the bout on 24 hours notice.
Jason "Dooms" Day of Lethbridge lived up to his nicknamed when pounded out a main-event victory over hometown favourite Chris "First Nation Sensation" Fontaine. The match was stopped at 4:37 of the first round with Fontaine on the mat against the cage and being pounded.
Dominick Blais and Aaron "Double Barrel" Tregear had the crowd of 2,500 on their feet when they went punch-for-punch and kick-for-kick during the five-minute first round. Tregear of London, Ont., evened his record at 4-4 scoring a TKO 17 seconds into the second round.
In an entertaining semi-main event, Ivan "Pride of Salvador" Menjivar of Montreal ran his record to 19-5 by using the triangle choke to defeat Justin "Houdini" Tavernini of Lethbridge with just 10 seconds left in the first round.
Jason Tatlow of Saskatoon ran his record to 6-2-1 with a first- round TKO over Grant Tennant, of Portage la Prairie. Tennant, an independent fighter, saw his record drop to 11-8.
Jesse Bongfeldt of Lethbridge shrugged off a nine-month layoff to pummel Keith Sogla, of Thief River Falls, Minn. into submission.
Calgary's Graydon Tannis evened his record at 3-3 with TKO over Curt "Muscle Beach" McKinnon of Winnipeg. The end came at 4:30 of the first round.
At press time, the feature match between Chris "First Nation Sensation" Fontaine of Winnipeg and Jason "Dooms" Day of Lethbridge had not started.