right hand, then resets and blasts Mulhern with a left hook to the body and a hard low kick. Mulhern lands a left of his own now; Story keeps walking forward, lands a leg kick and eats another counter hook. Left hook to the body from Story is followed by a scorching left hook to the right eye of Mulhern, who circles away holding his eye. Story is all over him, chasing with more punches until Mulhern falls to the ground. Mulhern is fetal on the ground and absorbs a shot to the body before referee Marc-Andre Cote can step in. Rick Story takes the win via TKO at 3:05 of the first round.
John Makdessi vs. Daron Cruickshank
The strikers feint and twitch as they bounce around the center of the cage for the first 30 seconds of the bout. Makdessi lands first with a tapping inside leg kick, answered in kind by Cruickshank. The Montreal crowd is restless and starts booing after a minute of inactivity. Cruickshank whiffs on a round kick and Makdessi fakes a shot. Now it’s Cruickshank looking to pump his jab, still not landing though. Cruickshank blocks a hook kick from Makdessi and tries to counter with punches, but nothing really gets through. Makdessi is starting to string together some hard leg kicks; it’s still not enough for the fans, who are letting the lightweights hear it now three minutes into the bout. Makdessi sticks his jab in Cruickshank’s face and lands an inside leg kick which strays low. Referee Marc Goddard calls time to allow Cruickshank to recover, and he does so quickly. They resume with 1:20 left and the round still up for grabs. A snapping left hand lands for Makdessi. Cruickshank grazes with a spinning kick to the body before being denied on a takedown attempt. Makdessi slaps Cruickshank with an outside leg kick before the end of the round.
Makdessi paws at Cruickshank with his left hand, and Cruickshank answers with a grazing lead round kick. Both men switch stances as Cruickshank looks to back Makdessi off with a side kick. Makdessi lands a hard low kick and Cruickshank answers with a chop to Makdessi’s lead leg. Cruickshank comes inside with an uppercut and dips out before Makdessi can retaliate. Cruickshank misses with a spinning backfist and eats a nice counter right from Makdessi. More boos from the crowd midway through the bout, though they’re looking more active than in the first. Cruickshank gets stung and dives on a takedown which Makdessi sprawls on easily. Makdessi backs off the “Detroit Superstar” with a right hand, resets and doubles up on his jab. An overhand right from Cruickshank has Makdessi’s nose bleeding. Outside thigh kick from Makdessi lands as the round enters its final minute. Makdessi scores with a left hand but takes a side kick to the face in return. A punching combo from Makdessi stings Cruickshank, who charges forward with a wild flying knee and falls to the ground. He hops back up and both lightweights finish the round swinging.
Makdessi opens the round with a looping left hook, then gets backed off by front kicks from the taller Cruickshank. More pawing jabs come from Makdessi as Cruickshank switches to the southpaw stance. Cruickshank connects with a right straight, countered by a left hand up top from Makdessi, then one to the body. Makdessi catches a kick, knocks Cruickshank to the ground and waves him back up. Makdessi goes to the body with a left, then up top with a right cross. A wheel kick from Cruickshank comes up short, and Makdessi defends a long double-leg attempt afterward. Another nice pair of left jabs light up Cruickshank, who shoots again from a mile out. Cruickshank pulls guard and Makdessi kicks at him for a moment this time before letting him back up. Two minutes left in the fight now and Makdessi is taking control, courtesy of his left hand. He grazes the body of Cruickshank with a spinning back kick and dodges a high kick from the American. Makdessi spins into range with a backfist and catches a finger in his left eye as he turns around. Ref Goddard doesn’t deduct a point but warns Cruickshank to keep his hands closed. They resume with a minute left and “The Bull” comes charging forward. Cruickshank tries to clinch but Makdessi won’t stay put. Makdessi scores with a jab-uppercut combo, then doubles up on a right hand to close out the bout.
Official result: All three judges score the bout 29-28 for the winner by unanimous decision, John Makdessi.
Jordan Mein vs. Dan Miller
Mein rushes out to meet Miller and gets backed off by a combination. Mein is inching Miller toward the fence while Miller looks to keep him away with jabs. Miller ducks a hook and plows Mein to the ground, where Mein quickly starts trying to push the New Jerseyan away with butterfly hooks. Miller catches Mein in a deep, deep armbar, but the Canadian youngster flips over the top and stacks up to relieve the pressure. Mein pops to his feet and lets Miller back up. Miller comes forward and staggers Mein with a quick right hand. Mein catches a hard body kick and swipes Miller with a right-hand counter. Miller comes underneath a Mein combo to counter with a left hook. A cracking left hook from Mein puts Miller on his posterior, and Mein lets him back to his feet with just over a minute left. Now it’s a right hand from Mein finding its mark on Miller’s chin, but Miller stays standing this time. Popping jabs from Mein, then another, and Miller’s nose is bleeding. Mein senses that Miller is in trouble and swarms all over him with punches against the fence, including some nasty uppercuts to the body. The bloodied Miller hits the deck; Mein shucks his legs to the side, gets in position and blasts away with left hands until referee Marc-Andre Cote intervenes. With a TKO at 4:42 of round one, Jordan Mein becomes the first man to stop Dan Miller.
Antonio Carvalho vs. Darren Elkins
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