The Northern Touch:news And Notes From Canadian Mma
The Northern Touch:
News and Notes from Canadian MMA
By Kelsey Mowatt
Nick Ring Continues March to PRIDE Debut
PRIDE U.S. auditions finalist Nick Ring managed to pull out yet another crucial victory Saturday night by defeating Eastsidaz fighter Mike Malone by TKO at the ICON Sport card in Honolulu, Hawaii. With PRIDE Fighting Championships now closely monitoring Ring’s career, another win puts the Calgary middleweight fighter one step closer to making his debut for the Japanese event and brings his combined amateur and professional MMA record to 6-0.
Ring, by all accounts, looked rather impressive in taking out Malone, moving the fight to the ground and ending it via strikes from full mount at 3:04 of the first round.
"It was a pretty quick fight and Malone did not hurt me," Ring explained. "In the fight we got to the clinch fairly early and I took him down a couple times from the
Ring was also quick to give Malone due credit and wished him all the best.
"I want to take a moment to give respect to Malone and thank him for taking the fight, I have heard some good things about him and I want to wish him luck for his next competition."
Fighting in Hawaii has been an interesting experience for Ring, whose last fight in July also took place in the same venue. That night at Super Brawl 41, Ring defeated Hawaiian fighter Kimo Wolfel by rear naked choke, much to the chagrin of the Honolulu crowd who, according to Ring, let the Canadian "mainlander" know he was not the evening’s fan favorite. Although this past Saturday’s fight saw a rather similar reaction from the Honolulu crowd, Ring understands it’s all in good fun.
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