Mixed results for Bulldogs at mixed martial arts card

HAVING SOME FUN with a photographer are Kajan Johnson

Comox Valley Bulldog Fight Team members posted mixed results at a mixed martial arts card Saturday in Nanaimo. Competing at Battlefield 7 Invasion, Mike Hackert failed to make weight and could not fight in the co-main event, Travis Peterson scored an impressive second-round TKO, and Bill Fraser dropped a unanimous decision. Hackert came in about nine pounds over the agreed 186 pound weight. “This would be the first time Hackert has never made weight,” said Comox Valley Boxing Club coach Jonny Mac. “He missed the first month of his training camp and that might be the reason he was carrying extra weight. Mike feels terrible and wants to apologize to his fans. This will never happen again,” Mac added. Petersen, fighting in only his second MMA event, was no stranger to owning the centre of the cage. A background in boxing gave Petersen the advantage right from the beginning, and he found his range before the end of the first round. “Going into the second round Petersen started to open up with some bombs. Knocking his opponent’s (Morgan Bentley) mouth guard out and putting him on his ass early in the first minute, he smelled fear and started unloading body shots, which brought Bentley’s hands down enough to land the left hook. Bentley went down, and Petersen needed only one more shot before ref John Cooper jumped in to end the fight,” Mac said. “We had the honour of having Kajan Johnson (Travis’ cousin), a former XMMA lightweight champion and MFC fighter, sit in the corner with us. He was a huge help when it came to warming Petersen up and getting him mentally prepared.” Fraser’s pro card fight with Mike Hill from Kelowna went the distance. Early in the first round it was back and forth trading punches, kicks and a great amount of clinch work against the cage. “What the average MMA fan doesn’t know is that clinching is a very huge role in MMA and can prove to be a great strategy in wearing your opponent down,” Mac explained. Going into the second round both fighters were very sweaty and chances of grabbing a submission were diminishing. Fraser landed a huge punch that sent his opponent on his heels but was not able to capitalize. Late in the round Hill attempted a takedown and got Fraser on his back. “Bill likes to work from this position so there was no sense of panic,” Mac said. “Hill smothered Fraser and was not able to pass Fraser’s guard. Fraser got back to his feet but it was too late to win the round.” In the third round Hill looked tired. Fraser was in good form but Hill managed to shoot in on a takedown where he continued to smother Fraser without trying to improve his position. Many times Fraser tried for the Kamura but because Hill was so slippery from sweat was unable to pull off any submission. The three-rounder ended with Hill winning a unanimous decision.
”Bill has joined us from Tornonto via Las Vegas to call the Comox Valley home and has represented the Valley to millions of homes,” Mac said. “Bill will be teaching every night this week at the Comox Valley Boxing Club. Come down if you would like to meet him and try one of his classes. “I am very proud of all the members of the Bulldog Fight Team and our supporters. We would like to thank all of our friends, families and sponsors because without them the sport of MMA would not exist. Battlefield has been very supportive of all our fighters and will be happy to have all three back in action in less then three months,” Mac said.
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