Hard Knocks is back and bigger than ever with its second event of the 2017 season. The undisputed bantamweight king Jesse Arnett returns, as he looks to push his win streak to nine straight and claim a spot on the UFC roster. In other exciting action we have three fighters training out of Conor McGregor’s Straight Blast Gym Ireland (SBG), who look to match up against some of Canada’s best in a war of countries. It’s going to epic, and it all goes down on Ireland’s favourite saints day, St. Patrick’s. Wear your colours, show your pride, and come represent and show the world why Hard Knocks Fighting has some of the best fans in the world. Let’s show them how Canada gets down! Hard Knocks 54 is waiting for you.
Hard Knocks Fighting Championship 53 was an EPIC night of MMA with Noah Ali defeating Corey Gower by Unanimous Decision in the Main Event, and the highlight of the night going to Dustin Joynson with a viscous head kick knockout of Chris Catala. CLICK HERE TO WATCH NOW
Result via Tapaology:
Hard Knocks Fighting: #HK51 features some of the best up-and-coming MMA athletes in the world! Otto Rodrigues and Andres Quintana fight for the Featherweight title! Mac Laursen faces off against Bryce Gougeon for the HK Welterweight Title and Noah Ali faces Michael Imperato in the Main Event at Bantamweight! CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE.
The Bout Card:
Watch Svetislav Nikolajev take on Peter Grajcar at Hard Knocks Fighting Championship’s HK50 – Live on GFL.Tv
Svetislav Nikolajev has no desire to strive for the UFC, get famous, or any other goals that typical fighters have. Svetislav Nikolajev works, trains, sweats and bleeds just because he wants to fight. Nikolajev began martial arts when he was a young child, before most people knew what martial arts were. At the age of six, he started learning Japanese Jiu Jitsu, later moving on to kick boxing and Muay Thai. From there, he began his fighting career.
Svetislav competed in more than 30 kick boxing fights. He only started fighting in mixed martial arts because he saw a commercial for a reality show called Ring of Fire, similar to The Ultimate Fighter. He applied for the show, made it and made it all the way to the final. He lost only in the final fight to Bojan “Serbian Steel” Velickovic who is now fighting in the UFC.
Svetislav’s professional MMA record is 3-3. He is 32 years old and has been a professional fighter for more than ten years. The age of 32 would seem old compared to many of the new fighters rising in MMA, but he is just as dangerous.
Svetislav has knocked out half of his opponents because of his incredible striking skill and power, and years of professional kick boxing experience. One of his MMA losses was a decision and the other two were submissions, which the Serbian attributes to the scarcity of training available to him in his home country.
Svetislav puts hours of blood, sweat and tears into MMA because he wants to fight. Not because he wants to make a career, become famous or any other typical goal of today’s MMA fighters; his desire to challenge himself is enough to motivate him through all of his hours of training and hard work.
The Co-main event fights are:
Hard Knocks Fighting 49 on April 22nd Features Alexi “Sexy” Argyriou v Nate “Get Money” Oses in Lightweight Title Fight
Alexi “Sexy” Argyriou is a 3-0 professional mixed martial artist, a six foot lightweight who has finished all of his opponents. Argyriou also won all of his amateur matches, finishing all but one. He will face his toughest opponent yet in Nate “Get Money” Oses, a 2-1 professional fighter with just as many fights in amateur and pro cages.
Oses has only been defeated twice; once in a split decision loss as an amateur and another decision loss in 2012 in his pro debut. Oses has been “sharpening his tools” at Tristar in Montreal since his last fight and is ready to take on Hard Knocks’ hardest.
Rodney Wallace is 4-1 in the Hard Knocks cage and holds the light heavyweight title. Dan Spohn has zero fights in the Hard Knocks arena and will make his debut challenging the champion. Wallace has more than twice as many fights on his recordthan Spohn, but Spohn is a whopping seven inches taller. On January 29 at MacPhail Centre Olympic Park, watch the co-main event action at Hard Knocks Fighting Championship HK48!
Rodney “Sho Nuff The Master” Wallace is currently 4-1 in the Hard Knocks cage and has fought for both Bellator Fighting Championships and multiple times in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Wallace has 24 professional MMA victories, with more than half of his bouts going the distance. He is a resilient, lethal brawler who will stop at nothing to defend his light heavyweight title belt!
Dan “Dragon” Spohn is a 12-4 professional mixed martial artist out of Zanesville, Ohio, U.S.A. Spohn has never fought in the Hard Knocks cage but is no stranger to big scale professional MMA bouts; he has fought in both Bellator and the UFC less than two years ago. Spohn stands six-foot-four, and is an incredibly well rounded fighter; with an even number of his victories coming from submissions, decisions, and KO/TKOs.
“Dragon” has only been finished by one of his opponents, and that was almost four years ago. He is currently on a four fight win streak and has a seven inch height advantage over Wallace. Wallace holds the light heavyweight title and has more than twice as many professional fights than Spohn. Spohn will make a big statement in the HK cage, stepping in to a title match in his first fight for Hard Knocks Fighting Championship. Watch Hard Knocks Fighting Championship HK48 on Friday, January 29 at 6:30 PM MST!
Central Canada’s top MMA promotion returns as Hard Knocks Fighting Championship presents School of Hard Knocks 32: Calgary, on April 26 at the Century Casino. The action packed pro/am card features many of the top up and coming superstars of the Great White North highlighted by a HKFC Amateur Title Fight in the Middleweight Division. HKFC is the top proving ground for rising prospects in Western Canada and the 32nd installment promises to deliver great fights once again.
In a hotly anticipated championship fight, Mike Goehr (3-1) battles Shane Ryan (2-0) for the 185 lb title. Goehr, the reigning champion, is on a 3-fight win streak and won the title back in 2012 and will be making his first title defense against Ryan. Goehr brings heavy hands and a never stop mentality as he has been known to grind away at his opponents for 3 rounds, breaking their wills in the process. Goehr is a fighter that always comes forward and looks to control the flow of action in the fight. Ryan has never had a fight go to decision as he has stopped both of his opponents, one by KO and the other by submission, both in the first round, so this will be Ryan’s toughest test to date. Look for Ryan to shoot takedowns early as he will want to get Goehr on the mat and use his grappling strength against the hard hitting Goehr.
In the professional ranks, Ryan Machan (17-8) battles Jarod Milko (6-2) in a welterweight clash. Machan is a veteran to the Canadian MMA scene having fought since 2006. Machan is coming back from a tough loss in his last fight and looks to get back to his old form which saw Machan reel off 3 wins in a row, all by stoppage in 2012. Milko comes into the bout another seasoned veteran who has had his share of scraps. Milko is a finisher with 5 of his 6 wins coming before the final bell. A well-rounded athlete, Milko is comfortable with wherever the fight goes. Look for this bout to vie for fight of the night as both of these men are hungry to take that next step in their careers.
Don’t miss this electrifying event featuring Western Canada’s finest MMA athletes as Hark Knocks Fighting Championship presents School of Hard Knocks 32: Calgary on April 26 in front of a packed house. Hard Knocks Fighting Championship always produces great fights and this event will be no different. Order this event now at GFL.tv.