Hornbuckle and Zaromskis to Battle at Score Fighting Series Hamilton Show

Oct 1, 2011
(PRESS RELEASE) -- A showdown between two high octane welterweights has been added as the co-main event to the Score Fighting Series October card in Hamilton, Ontario. Seasoned veteran Dan “The Handler” Hornbuckle will face off against current DREAM welterweight champion Marius Zaromskis. In a previously announced match-up, Canadian MMA icon Joe “El Dirte” Doerksen takes on Bellator veteran Brett Cooper in the other half of the co- main event.

Hornbuckle (22-5) is making his debut in the Score Fighting Series but has appeared multiple times on theScore TV network in various MMA promotions including Hardcore Championship Fighting, Bodog Fight and Bellator. Known for his trademark “Warhawk” hairstyle and highlight reel finishes, Hornbuckle rose to international prominence in 2009 with wins over Akihiro Gono and Nick Thompson in Sengoku. His headkick KO over Gono has been a staple of MMA highlight reels for the past two years. Hornbuckle also made the finals of Bellator’s Season Two Welterweight Tournament before succumbing to current champion Ben Askren.

Ironically, Zaromskis’ (15-6) breakthrough performance also came in Japan with 2009's KO of the Year against Jason High in the finals of DREAM's Welterweight Grand Prix. This will be Zaromskis’ second appearance in the Score Fighting Series after a close decision loss to Jordan Mein in June. Since then Zaromskis returned to Japan and successfully defeated welterweight challenger Eiji Ishikawa in DREAM. He is still considered one of the sport's most exciting and dangerous fighters and holds notable victories over Hayato Sakurai, Ross Pointon and Kazushi Sakuraba.

One match-up was also lost from the card. A proposed bout between Wagnney Fabiano and PRIDE veteran Luiz “Buscape” Firmino was scrapped when Fabiano suffered an injury during training. Fabiano has asked for the match to be moved to the next Score Fighting Series event.

Tickets for the October 14th event at Hamilton Place Theatre will range from $30 to $65 and are on sale now through ticketmaster.ca and the Copps Coliseum box office. The event will be shown live on theScore.com and air on theScore Television Network via tape delay.

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