Posted on August 30th, 2011 in CFC 7 | No Comments »
Who is the best 170 lb Mixed Martial Artist from Manitoba? That question will be answered on Saturday, September 10th at CFC 7 when Chris Stranger faces Lindsey Hawkes.
Many feel that this will be a bout that pits the more technical fighter in Hawkes against Stranger’s strength and incredible heart.
Hawkes is coming off a big win at CFC 6 where he impressively beat the previously undefeated Jesse Ronson to improve his record to 2-1 in the Canadian Fighting Championship. A relative newcomer to the Welterweight division, Hawkes trains out of the Winnipeg Academy of Mixed Martial Arts. Many argue that Hawkes’ striking technique and ability on the mat will be his advantage on September 10th.
“Its going to be an all out war,” states Hawkes, whose only CFC loss is to current UFC fighter John Makdessi. “This fight is going to hurt a lot for the both of us. It is going to be fifteen minutes of pure hell.”
Stranger, a native of Peguis who now resides in Winnipeg, is no stranger to wars. Few will forget his grueling three round battle with Chase Degenhardt at CFC 4. Bloodied and broken after the first round with Degenhardt, Stranger showed incredible toughness and rebounded to win the second round of his fight with Degenhardt before losing a decision.
“Fans will get their money’s worth,” says Stranger, who is also 2-1 in the Canadian Fighting Championship. “The fight will go the distance. I will not give up. I have gone to hell and back with Chase Degenhardt and not given up. I am going to be in (Hawkes’) face all night. What can he do to me? I have fought with a broken hand, broken ribs so pain does not bother me. I am not scared of anyone. I am going to turn it into a brawl.”
Stranger, who has also fought at Middleweight in the CFC, should have the size and strength advantage. Hawkes, who has been a CFC Lightweight in the past, should have quickness on his side.
Both fighters maintain they are stronger than ever:
“This has been my best camp in a long time,” states Hawkes. “I am bigger, stronger, and injury free!”
“Hawkes can’t match my strength,” claims Stranger. “Elbows are allowed now so that is better for me with my ground and pound.”
Fans can witness this highly anticipated matchup between Chris Stranger and Lindsey Hawkes by purchasing tickets at http://canadianfighting.com/tickets. It has Fight of the Night written all over it. Who will win? Neither fighter would even predict victory.
“I will give it my best shot. I am not going to make any excuses and I hope he doesn’t,” says Stranger. “I will bring my best for him and I hope he brings his best. I want the best Lindsey.”
The best is what fans can expect!
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