Cooper Knocks Out UFC Veteran Doerksen at Score Fighting Series 2

By Freddie DeFreitas Oct 14, 2011
HAMILTON, Ontario -- Brett Cooper capped of an exciting night of fights for Score Fighting Series’ second event with a first-round technical knockout of UFC veteran Joe Doerksen.

Cooper set the tone early when he staggered “El Dirte” with the opening strike of the bout: a stiff left jab. Doerksen, a veteran of over 60 professional bouts, immediately shot in for the takedown but his opponent easily rose to his feet and continued right where he left off, landing a nasty uppercut to the chin.

Midway through the round, Cooper found a home for a clean, straight-right hand that put Doerksen on wobbly legs and followed it with a right hook that dropped the seasoned vet. As Cooper jumped in to finish, Doerksen offered little in the way of defense and referee Yves Lavigne had no choice but to stop the contest at the 3:55 mark.

“He caught me with some good ones,” said Cooper. “[I] kept my composure. I knew he would try to take me down sometime in the fight. I thought it would be a little later in the fight … that’s how the cookie crumbles.”

William Romero overcame a slow start against Stephane Bernadel, as the Iron Tiger Muay Thai product had difficulties finding his range and ended up on the wrong end of a left hook that deposited him on his backside.

The Bellator Fighting Championships veteran would recover in spectacular fashion with one overhand right that shook Bernadel’s senses. Smelling blood, Romero launched a salvo of head kicks that forced his prey to retreat. Romero seized the moment with a perfect right hook that sent the reeling fighter crashing to the canvas as referee Lavigne dove in to save Bernadel from taking any further damage. The official time was 3:07 of the first.

Alex Ricci ran his record to a perfect 4-0 as he systematically dismantled a game Tim Smith with a variable striking attack.

Ricci utilized a full arsenal of kicks and punches while punishing his opponent high and low throughout the first stanza before picking up the pace in round two.

Ricci landed a body kick that folded Smith early in the period, but Smith refused to back down despite the punishment he was absorbing.

Ricci connected flush with a head kick that sent Smith down to the mat in slow motion and then proceeded to punch out his opponent as referee Jerin Valel called the action at 2:41 of the second.

Tristan Johnson picked up his second win under the Score Fighting Series banner with a first-round technical knockout of Lyndon Whitlock.

Johnson worked his way back to his feet after an early Whitlock takedown and punished the hometown favorite with crisp, clean boxing, landing a sharp one-two followed by a right hook. Whitlock offered no defense other than to turtle up, prompting referee icon “Big” John McCarthy to call an end to the contest at 4:55 of the opening round.

Some say never to go to the well too many times, but for Eric Moon and his uppercut-heavy attack, it worked to near perfection throughout three rounds en route to a lopsided unanimous decision with scores of 30-27 across the board.

Rory McDonnell simply had no answer for the tactic, and when Moon wasn’t dropping the local fighter with sharp uppercuts, he found a home for his knees in the clinch.

Despite the famous phrase, Houston didn’t have a problem on this night as Cory Houston submitted Denis Puric with a triangle choke at 4:05 of the second round.

In a battle between debuting Ontario fighters, Jason Meisel narrowly walked away with a split-decision win by countering the takedown-heavy attack of Adam Assenza with clean striking. The official judges saw the bout 30-27, 28-29 and 29-28.

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