Derek Gauthier Knocks Out Chris Horodecki in 35 Seconds.
That was the headline on FightNetwork.com last night as TKO MMA made it’s historic return with TKO 36: Resurrection, in Montreal. Six of the eight main-card fights saw stoppages via TKO/KO, with the main event ending in just over half-a-minute.
Gauthier (the lesser known War Machine) stopped a three-fight losing streak with a quick KO of Horodecki. This is certainly a step in the wrong direction for the ‘Polish Hammer’, who has now lost three of four, dropping his record to 21-7. The former Bellator, IFL, and WSOF fighter who last fought in TKO back in ’06, lost to the much less experienced fighter out of Tristar gym (therein lies your answer). Still, a surprising result considering Gauthier’s losing streak and considering he hasn’t fought in almost two years.
Our main focus however was Lindsay Garbatt vs Maguy Berchel, it was Garbatt’s chance to make a statement and stepping stone out of Berchel, that is of course if she could pull off the victory.
Not only was Garbatt able to finish Berchel with a third round TKO, she also took home Fight of the Night honours.
Garbatt was in control of the fight right away; surprisingly, Berchel – who has most of her victories from submission – decided to stand up with Lindsay, which turned out to be an obvious mistake. Perhaps she had something to prove, perhaps she wanted it to be a surprise, but it didn’t work out.
Garbatt controlled with boxing, movement and accuracy. Pinning her opponent against the cage and even completing a few takedowns, she dominated and could have finished the fight in the first round:
“I sort of thought ‘damn, I could have finished her’, but I was focused on keeping control after that and fighting my fight,” Lindsay explained.
At the risk of tooting my own horn, this is what I expected. A more experienced boxer to use her stand-up and stamina to coast to an eventual TKO. I predicted second round, but it could have happened at any point.
I asked what her corner told her going into the third round, as you’d expect her team said to stick with the game plan, as she was without a doubt winning, and she smoothly finished Berchel off on the ground.
In terms of the event, TKO 36 had good production and a decent crowd, no section was louder than Lindsay’s though, she mentioned herself how much the cheering section helped.
“It definitely made me feel at home, and to have all my friends, family and those I care about supporting me every step of the way feels amazing.”
In this writer’s opinion, this was indeed the stepping stone Garbatt needed, she looked a little out of her opponent’s league to be honest. Here’s hoping things go up from here.
We’ll follow-up with Lindsay soon to see what’s next for her, until then, UFC Mexico City is on tap.