Man to man battle in the Red Deer cage ring

Manitoba match has Stettler connection

It was a “war in the ring” all right.

Pro-MMA Fighters Grayson Wells and Dustin Joynson battled it out hard as the ultimate heavyweight title was up again for defending and for grabs a few weeks ago at HAVOC FC 12 in Red Deer.

In round one Wells opened with great offensive force before hard presses along the cage line; upper cuts, combos, kneeing. The battle bounced back and forth between both heavy-hitters, Joynson with a slight lead against titleholder Wells.

The war continued in round two when both fighters landed their shots. Wells marked a mega right uppercut to Joynson and opened his opponent’s face under his left eye. Joynson met the hit with a grazed head, as he kick dropped Wells down with an accidental head clashing. Immediately, referee Andy Social took control, pausing the match. Wells remained down for a few moments more. Given the “go” by other HAVOC officials, the two were back at their battle exchanging mega moves in the centre of the ring. Throwing down combos before Joynson dragged Wells back along the cage and sank a rear naked choke moments before the round was to end; forcing Wells to tap out and hand over his belt. “If there was anybody I’d rather hand over title to, it’s Joynson.”, Wells stated. Joynson, now 4-0, is likely on his way to the next highest level of professional fight clubs: UFC.

The win leads to an absolutely amazing UFC pro-return… with a Stettler connection too. Lee Mein, former Stettler resident, has been training a total of three fighters at UFC level, including, most recently, his son Jordan Mein, for his return to the cage last weekend. Fighting in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and aired on Fox 26, Jordan Mein dominated right from the start against opposing welterweight, Erick Silva. It was a much-needed victory for Mein, coming into this fight with zero wins and three loses. On December 16 Jordan stated with mmafighting.com reporter Dave Doyle, “It feels great, I worked hard for it. Three fights I lost in a row, so it’s nice to get back in the win column.”

“He put in the time to train hard and train full time with me for this fight,” father and coach Lee Mein says. Of course, how could he not be proud of his son, living the Mein motto “Hard work always wins.” Jordan Mein and Erick Silva went three rounds before the defeat, proving anything can happen as any athlete; pro, semipro or amateur.editor@stettlerindependent.com

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