Marius Zaromskis (above) meets Jordan Mein in Canada on June 10. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Dream welterweight champion Marius Zaromskis will add another stamp to his passport next month.
Canadian cable sports channel Score Television Network announced Wednesday that Zaromskis will headline the June 10 installment of its Score Fighting Series at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Standing across from the hard-hitting Lithuanian will be up-and-coming Canadian prospect Jordan Mein.
Also added to the card was a lightweight matchup between Toronto-based Brazilian Jorge Britto and Saskatoon’s Kurt Southern, who comes fresh off a March 11 win over regarded Canadian lightweight Brad Cardinal. Other notables expected to compete include Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, Joe Doerksen, Luigi Fiorvanti and Antonio Carvalho.
Zaromskis, 30, rose to prominence with a vicious run through Dream’s 2009 welterweight grand prix. The “Whitemare” scored head-kick knockouts of both Hayato “Mach” Sakurai and Jason High on a single night in July 2009 to become the Japanese promotion’s inaugural 170-pound ace.
In 2010, Zaromskis suffered back-to-back first-round knockouts in the Strikeforce cage, falling to both Nick Diaz and Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos. The London Shootfighters representative returned to Japan on Dec. 31 to defend his belt against aging legend Kazushi Sakuraba, who he defeated by doctor stoppage in just over two minutes.
A native of Lethbridge, Alberta, Mein began his fighting career at just 16 years of age. Now 21, “Young Guns” has racked up a record of 21-7, including 12 knockouts and seven submission wins. Mein has won eight of his last nine starts, falling only to current Strikeforce signee High in an August unanimous decision. The Canadian Martial Arts Centre fighter has fought and won thrice in 2011, besting UFC veterans Joe Riggs and Josh Burkman, as well as Canadian finisher Keto Allen.
“I pride myself on being entertaining and putting on a good show for the crowd,” Mein stated in a Wednesday release. “I know Marius will give me a great fight and test my abilities.”