NHL enforcer Brashear wins first MMA fight

Quebec City hosted an MMA fight card this weekend that included former Montreal Canadians tough guy Donald Brashear.

Brashear who made a living mixing it up on NHL ice got off to a quick start in his MMA debut and immediately dropped opponent Mathieu Bergeron; winning the bout in 21 seconds.

Like some of his fights on the ice, this one was no contest. Brashear stormed across the ring and dropped the outmatched Bergeron with a right hook then completed the merciless beating with “hammer fists” ending it all in less than a minute.

Brashear, a feared enforcer on the ice, registered 2,634 penalty minutes in 1,025 NHL games with Montreal, Philadelphia, Vancouver, Washington and the New York Rangers.

The victory was Brashear’s first in the cage as a mixed martial arts fighter.

According to the Canadian Press, Brashear arrived at the former arena of the NHL Nordiques carrying a Flyers hockey bag. He described climbing into the cage as nerve-racking but later said he plans to fight again. Brashear is said to have a three fight agreement with promoters.

Brashear’s fight was a great tune-up before the main event due to hockey being so popular in Quebec and a majority of the fight fans being familiar with him being an ex-NHL player.

In the main event on the card, Patrick Cote improved his record to 15-7 with a unanimous decision over Todd Brown who dropped to 15-4.

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Jay Donetelli is a Tampa-based freelance sportswriter and contributor to Sports Climax. With an opinion sharper than an Ovechkin skate blade with the sting of an Ali jab, Donetelli has a loyal cult of readers who have found a way to love him.

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