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McComber back in the cage tonight


Zander “Triple X” McComber will look to keep the fight upright as he takes on Joey Morency at Hybrid Pro Series 5 tonight in Montreal though he knows what to do if things go to the ground. (Daniel J. Rowe, The Eastern Door)


After a year-and-a-half out of the cage, Kahnawake’s Zander “Triple X” McComber is back on the card in the Hybrid Pro Series 5 mixed martial arts event at the Pierre Charbonneau Centre in east Montreal tonight.

The 170-pound Welterweight fighter McComber (2-3-0), bred to fight in the Fightquest cages of Kahnawake, will face Joey Morency (0-1-0) in a three five-minute round fight that sits first on the fight card.

“I’m feeling great,” said McComber. “It’s been a while since I stepped into the cage, but I’m ready, as always.”

McComber’s last fight, at Rivals MMA in March 2015, was a frustrating three-round unanimous decision in favour of Virgile Beaulieu, who held McComber on the mat for the majority of the contest to secure the win.

The loss came after two armlock submission wins in 2014 that brought McComber’s record to .500.

He knows now what to do if a similar situation arises tomorrow night to ensure he goes back to an even three wins and three losses.

“Just got to keep moving on the ground and wait for openings to get back up on my feet,” he said.

That’s the game plan: stay upright. Morency has a wrestling background and McComber would like to keep the fight a strike contest.

“We have a new striking coach, Levis Labrie, and we’ve been practicing keeping distance and avoiding the takedowns,” said McComber. “Make him miss and then counter on him.”

What if things don’t go his way? What if Morency gets McComber down?

McComber is ready.

“I’m not worried on the ground,” he said. “Just try and be on top or go for submission.”

Doors open at 6 p.m.

Zander McComber's last pro fight was a frustrating three rounds that saw him pinned to the mat with few chances to grapple. (Daniel J. Rowe, The Eastern Door)
Zander McComber’s last pro fight was a frustrating three rounds that saw him pinned to the mat with few chances to grapple. (Daniel J. Rowe, The Eastern Door)


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Daniel J. Rowe is an award-winning reporter and photographer originally from BC. In addition to journalism, he produces and edits a Shakespeare-inspired blog and podcast called the Bard Brawl. His writing has also appeared in the Montreal Gazette, Canadian Press, U.S. Lacrosse magazine and elsewhere. His facial hair rotates with the season, and he’s recently discovered the genius of wearing a cowboy hat. He wrote for The Eastern Door from 2011 to 2019.