Updated: Apr 22, 2018
Two of the best 165lbs fighters in country who were slated to fight a number of times but for one reason or another, something would always come up… One of these gentlemen is a fighter who holds multiple titles that including the IKF Amateur FMT MW World Champion, and the other is a consummate athlete who was a member of 2017 team Canada Muay Thai, so we managed to line this fight up as the co-main event for ECL2, it’s safe to say we were elated.
Cody Jerome had made the mode down to a lower weight class, 160 lbs, and Scott Mackenzie was eager to make the match up happen so he made a temporary transition to the 160 lbs weight class for a showdown that would end up being the fight of the night. In the first round MacKenzie was able to score a knock-down via a well placed knee to the body in the clinch and it looked to be an early night for Jerome. In true championship fashion Jerome was able to beat the 10 count and put up a very impressive fight to ward off MacKenzie’s onslaught and make it to the end of the 1st round, and back into the fight.
The second and third round were all Mackenzie as he mounted a savage assault on Jerome in search of the stoppage. Even though MacKenzie was leading the dance thus far, Jerome was not too far behind as he fought back every step of the way in spectacular fashion. The fourth and fifth round told a different story as the effects of making the journey down to the 160 lbs mark were starting to take a toll on MacKenzie, and his pace slowed down noticeably. The shift in the tide was noticeable, but the two warriors soldiered on to give the fans much more than their money’s worth.
MacKenzie was able to comfortably take the decision, but make no mistake, this was a closely contested affair!