With 10 of the 13 bouts on the card ending in finishes, the judges had a relaxing evening at Rumble in the Cage 59.
The event took place at the Servus Sports Centre in Lethbridge, Alta., and featured seven amateur bouts, followed by six professional fights.
“I pushed for the TKO; I was hitting him with shots behind the ear,” said Doll in an interview.
“I thought he was close to being out, and I didn’t want to waste the energy, so I revised it and finished with the choke.”
The victory marks Doll’s fifth in a row, and all first round stoppages.
Doll is currently finishing up his last year of post secondary at the University of Lethbridge, while training part-time on the side. He said he’s looking forward to getting to train full-time when he graduates and to see just how far he can go with the sport.
“I’m already breaking into the top ten, and these other guys all train full-time,” said Doll.
“If I’m doing this now, just wait till I have the opportunity to train full-time.”
Basra Makes it Five Straight
In the co-main event, Justin Basra (now 5-0) came out on top of a gritty, three-round battle with Joaquin Calderon (now 8-5), leaving with the unanimous decision and another valuable win on his resume.
Basra said although he’s upset his finish streak came to an end, he said he’s proud with the way he handled adversity for the first time in his career, after taking a nasty elbow to the nose early in the first round.
“He’s tough. He’s weathered. He’s been in those situations before and I knew he was going to be hard to finish,” said Basra in an interview.
“I’m happy my win streak is still alive. I think I showed a lot of character in that fight when I know a lot of guys would’ve quit.”
In the final minute of the fight, Basra was in full mount working his ground and pound when Calderon began talking to him, telling him to stand up and give the fans a show.
Basra said he knew he was in full control of the fight at that point, and wasn’t willing to give up a guaranteed decision victory for a small chance of scoring a finish.
“I’m a smart athlete. I’m not going to give him a chance to win,” said Basra.
“At that point, I had won the fight. It was over. The only chance he had was throwing a hail mary, and I didn’t give it to him.”
Hammo Takes a Wild One
In what was arguably the fight of the night, Maged Hammo (now 9-5-1) battled through a rough first couple rounds with Fred Stonehouse (now 3-2) to lock in a tight guillotine choke from his back, to come away with the victory late in the second round.
Hammo said Stonehouse was one of the toughest tests he’s had to date, but also enjoyed every minute of it.
“We were smiling in there as we were punching each other. You have to make it fun,” said Hammo in an interview.
“He was a super humble guy, and I love him to death. He was awesome.”
With both Hammo and Stonehouse possessing similar styles, the fight was destined to be a crowd-pleaser. And it was.
Hammo said there was a little bit of everything in this fight, from spinning strikes to slick grappling, and he believes they did their job of entertaining everyone.
“That was one of my best fights ever. We went everywhere, and that’s the way to do it,” said Hammo.
“We put it all together and entertained everybody. They all loved it.”
In other action, Joel Odorski, Neil Berry, John Nguyen, Jeremy Grieve, Andrew Mavridis, Austin Kuchinka, Phil Lauzon, Luc Bernard, John Moore, and Cartner Wozney were all victorious.
Rumble in the Cage 60 is set to take place Nov. 24.