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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Hard Knocks Fighting Championship - "School of Hard Knocks 22" Review

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Western Canada's top MMA promotion returned as Hard Knocks Fighting Championship presented “School of Hard Knocks 22 – Calgary”, at the Century Casino. The action packed 13-bout pro/am card had 6 fights end via KO or submission and every bout was hotly contested by many of the top up and coming superstars of the Great White North. HKFC is the top proving ground for rising prospects in Western Canada and the 22th installment once again delivered a great night of fights.

In the main event, Steve Simms (4-0), from Xtreme Couture in Toronto, defeated James Haddad (4-3), from Gracie Barra in Calgary, by unanimous decision in a professional lightweight tilt.  It was a back and forth match, as representatives from Couture and Gracie showed off their styles, but in the end, Simms had more tools and got the nod from the judges via decision.  Simms stays undefeated and notches his most important victory in his career as Haddad is a true warrior and gave Simms everything he could handle.  But Simms prevailed in part because of superior wrestling and conditioning.  Simms took the fight where he wanted and controlled the pace.

The co-main event and also a pro fight, Michael Karkula (3-0), out of Xtreme Couture in Toronto, defeated Dia Grant (3-6), from Dynamic MMA in Calgary, via rear naked choke in round one in a featherweight battle. Even with an opponent who had three times the experience, Karkula remained unbeaten as he finished his third opponent (just like his previous two) in short order. Karkula was very strong on the ground and it showed that he is a deadly grappler as the fight ending choke came out of nowhere as Karkula moved to a dominant spot on the ground with ease and secured the submission. 

Don't miss this electrifying event now on video on demand, iPPV, featuring Western Canada's finest MMA athletes as Hark Knocks Fighting Championship presents “School of Hard Knocks 22 – Calgary” in front of a packed house at the Century Casino.  Watch a who’s who of Canada’s up and coming prospects.  Order now.

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