Meanwhile, undefeated bantamweight prospect Josh Hill has been forced to pull-out of his match-up with WEC veteran Rafael Rebello due to an ankle injury sustained in training. The injury will prevent Hill from working-out for about four weeks with a return to the SFS cage planned for early in the new year. Two preliminary bouts have also been added to the card including a middleweight affair between Elias “The Spartan” Theodorou and Ali “The Monster” Mokdad along with a lightweight match-up between Rory McDonell and Dave Pariseau. Johnson (7-3), from Jordantown, Nova Scotia, defeated Romero via unanimous decision in the first official SFS event in June 2011.
The fight was a spirited affair with some calling it Romero’s way. More recently, both men have enjoyed success with Romero on a three-fight win streak including a brutal KO of Stephane Bernadel. Johnson also scored a high profile stoppage win over Lyndon Whitlock, but more recently suffered a TKO defeat to fast rising featherweight Rick Glenn in August. As far as Johnson is concerned, the Glenn fight is ancient history and he has his sights squarely set on Romero. He currently trains out of Fit Plus MMA under coach Scott MacLean and alongside current UFC lightweight standout T.J. Grant. MacLean’s thoughts on the upcoming tilt were very straight forward.
Theodorou (5-0) will be looking to add Mokdad to his list of victims and keep his undefeated streak alive.
The two share a common opponent in Simon Marini who “The Spartan” prevailed over via decision at the SFS August event. Mokdad (6-2) trains out of the Maximum Training Centre in Windsor, Ontario and is also coming off a decision victory over Marini in October at Bellator 76. Fans can expect “The Monster” to press the action with only one of his victories to-date going the distance (4 SUBs, 1 T/KO). The Hamilton crowd will undoubtedly be behind Rory McDonell (5-6) from nearby Oakville, Ontario as he looks to snap a two-fight losing streak versus Dave Pariseau (8-7), from Victoriaville, Quebec. The match is billed as a high level striker in Pariseau versus the masterful groundwork of McDonell.
The current card is:
• Jordan Mein vs. Forrest Petz
• Jesse Ronson vs. Ryan Healy
• Will Romero vs. Tristan Johnson
• Alex Ricci vs. Kevin Morin
• Jason Saggo vs. Iraj Hadin
• Ryan Dickson vs. Brandt Dewsbery
• Elias Theodorou vs. Ali Mokdad
• Rory McDonell vs. Dave Pariseau
• Adam Assenza vs. Tommy Cote
• Paul Jalbert vs. TBC
• Ahmad Kakar vs. TBC
• Tommy McAvoy vs. TBC
The main card at Hamilton Place Theatre will be televised live beginning at 10:00pm EST. Tickets start at $30 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster.ca.