A highly-anticipated mixed martial arts event this weekend will give Windsor many opportunities to prove its reputation as a fighting city — with more than a dozen local MMA competitors on the card.
“Windsor is a fight mecca,” declared Jamie Champion, president of London-based Prospect Fighting Championships, which will hold its first Windsor event at the St. Denis Centre on Saturday night.
“It was a no-brainer to do this in Windsor,” Champion explained. “This is an absolutely stacked card. Everyone is super excited to fight in their hometown.”
PFC 10’s action-packed lineup features a total of 13 bouts, with only one match-up not involving a Windsor fighter.
The event’s tickets were already nearly sold out at the beginning of the week — with the venue having a maximum capacity of 2,600, Champion said.
Eight of the fighters on the card are coming from Windsor’s Maximum Training Centre. The gym boasts the most active competitors out of any MMA gym in the city.
“I think we’ve definitely established ourselves the premier facility in the area, if not one of the top clubs in the country,” said MTC owner and manager Rino Belcastro.
The Fight Card
T.J. “The Truth” Laramie (Windsor) vs. Josh Rohler (Ohio) — 145 lbs.
PFC 10’s featherweight main event features young MTC prospect T.J. Laramie, looking to rebound after a disappointing first-round TKO loss in Montreal last year. But redemption might not come easy for the 21-year-old local prodigy: His opponent — Ohio’s Josh Rohler (5-2-0) — is known for wrestling prowess, and won his most recent fight by first-round knockout.
“I lost my way for a while … My head wasn’t in the right place, I wasn’t mentally ready for that next level,” Laramie posted on Facebook. “This week, I get to show who I am, and I can’t think of a better place to do so than my hometown.”
Manny Alfaro (Windsor) vs. Adam MacDougall (Fredericton) — 135 lbs.
With his strong Windsor boxing background, 35-year-old Manny Alfaro hopes to have an advantage on his feet against Maritimes-born Adam MacDougall (5-2-0). But MacDougall is no pushover: The bantamweight from Eastern Canada is on a four-fight win streak, including a KO victory in just 27 seconds last December.
“This is a great fight. Manny’s got dynamite in his hands,” Champion said. “He’s fast. And he’s more well-rounded than he’s ever been.”
Lance Snow (Windsor) vs. Jamie Flick (London) — 165 lbs.
MTC’s Lance Snow, a veteran MMA competitor, will be continuing Windsor’s rivalry with London: His opponent, Jamie Flick, is coming out of London’s renowned Adrenaline Training Center, home of former UFC fighter Mark Hominick.
Kris Allard (Stratford) vs. Adam “Clooney” De Freitas (Oakville) — 155 lbs.
The only bout on the card not to involve any Windsor fighters promises to be a clash of styles: Allard trains out of grappling-oriented Stratford BJJ, while De Freitas hails from Para Bellum MMA, who focus on Muay Thai and boxing.
Justin Taveirne (Windsor) vs. Justin Condie (Lindsay) — 155 lbs.
Another MTC product, Justin Taveirne takes on Justin Condie — who will travel to Windsor from Big Country MMA & Fitness in small town Lindsay, a community just west of Peterborough.
Tony Laramie (Windsor) vs. Sam Debalke (Montreal) — 125 lbs.
At 20 years old, MTC flyweight Tony Laramie — brother of T. J. Laramie — is the youngest fighter on the card. Like his older sibling, Tony wants redemption: He’s looking to turn around a two-fight losing streak. Standing in his way is 28-year-old Sam Debalke, who trains at Montreal’s Tristar Gym, world-famous home of the legendary Georges St-Pierre.
Chucky Mady (Windsor) vs. Reyes “Junior” Cortez (Phoenix) — 145 lbs.
The son of Windsor karate practitioner Albert Mady, Chucky Mady is one of the city’s most experienced MMA fighters, having made his pro debut more than a decade ago. But with just one win in his last seven fights, Mady will need to mind his P’s and Q’s against boxer Reyes “Junior” Cortez.
“Ruthless” Randi Field (Windsor) vs. Amanda Borg (Albuquerque) — 115 lbs.
The only female match-up on the card features Windsor strawweight Randi Field against Amanda Borg — wife of UFC flyweight veteran Ray Borg. “Randi always delivers,” enthused Jamie Champion. “Really all-around exciting.”
Jo Petahtegoose (Windsor) vs. Theo Toney (Windsor) — 155 lbs.
It’s Windsor versus Windsor in this lightweight bout: MTC tough guy Jo Petahtegoose will be looking to maintain the momentum of his most recent win, which happened in March, while Theo Toney of FL3X Fitness is coming back from a five-year hiatus. Toney’s last MMA win was in 2010.
Shane “The Irish Hitman” Monaghan (Windsor) vs. Craig Powers (London) — 145 lbs.
Another fight to add to the Windsor-London rivalry pits MTC featherweight Shane Monaghan against Craig Powers of Team Fuchs.
Eric “Nice Guy” Montgomery (Windsor) vs. Cody “Killshot” Kent (St. Catharines) — 140 lbs.
It’s been six years since MTC’s Eric Montgomery had a pro MMA fight. But no one who has trained with him doubts the sharpness of his skills: Evolve MMA’s Cody Kent will need everything he’s got against Windsor’s Nice Guy. “Eric is a definite, definite veteran,” Jamie Champion said. “Cody’s a high level striker. This is a really good fight.”
Matt Haskell (Lakeshore) vs. Mattia Hovorka (London) — 145 lbs.
The fight between Matt Haskell, representing Hybrid Training Academy Lakeshore, and Mattia Hovorka, representing Adrenaline Training Center, promises to be a stand-up war. “Both of these guys are bangers. I anticipate somebody is going to sleep,” Jamie Champion said. “I can’t see it going to the ground.”
Nick Niforos (Windsor) vs. Dean “The Machine” Martins (Hamilton) — 195 lbs.
MTC’s Nick Niforos — son of Penalty Box owner Van Niforos — will make his pro debut in the heaviest weight category on the card.
Prospect Fighting Championships 10 happens Saturday at the St. Denis Athletic and Community Centre (2555 College Ave.).
Doors open 5 p.m., bouts begin 6:30 p.m.
General admission tickets cost $50.
Visit prospecfights.com for more information and ticket-buying details.