Ecc 4 “fury” Weigh-in Report
ECC 4 "Fury" Weigh-in Report
By Peter Parsons
Halifax, NS – December 1 — The Oasis Bar & Grill once again played host to the weigh-ins for the Extreme Cage Combat promotion, which is now venturing into its fourth show. ECC 4 "Fury" is a 10-fight card that will take place tomorrow night at the Halifax Forum.
The main event of the first three ECC shows featured New Glasgow, Nova Scotia native Jason "The Athlete" MacDonald , who recently went on to fight in the UFC. Halifax’s own Roger Hollett was the semi-main event to Jason MacDonald at ECC 1 and 3 and hopes to someday follow in MacDonald’s footsteps to the UFC. Hollett (2-0) now moves up to main event status as he faces ECC 1 veteran Ray Penny in tomorrow night’s feature bout. Georgetown, Ontario native Penny (1-0) won his pro debut at the inaugural ECC show by first-round KO in a heavyweight bout. Penny is coming down to light-heavy to face local standout Hollett.
In the semi-main event, Dartmouth, NS native TJ Grant (3-0) battles BTT Canada fighter Eric Beaulieu (6-8). All three of Grant’s victories have come by way of armbar submission. Beaulieu is an experienced fighter who has fought for the big promotions in Quebec, including TKO and Apex.
In another feature bout, Picot County, NS native Jason MacKay (3-0) squares off against Sudbury, Ontario’s Dan Grandmaison (2-2). MacKay is coming off of a unanimous decision victory in the Apex promotion. MacKay’s Apex fight was featured earlier this week on cable TV on The Score, which is one of Canada’s main sports channels.
The weigh-ins, conducted by the Nova Scotia Boxing Authority, were followed by a rules meeting. Referee-in-chief Hubert Earle read over the rules to the fighters and media in attendance. Of note, elbow strikes to the head of a downed opponent will now be allowed. The first three ECC events have not allowed elbows to the head on the ground. The Nova Scotia Boxing Authority’s rules now look very similar to that of the Unified Rules of MMA used by most prominent athletic commissions in North America.
* At press time, Team Nestor fighters Marc-Andre Joly and Serge Tufegdzic were unable to weigh in because their flight had yet to arrive from Montreal.
Doors open tomorrow night at 7pm with fights starting at 8pm.