Sources at Aggression MMA have confirmed that their third show, will be known as Trilogy and will mark their British Columbia debut on May, 21st in Vernon, is to be headlined by a stellar middleweight match between Vancouver Island's Nick Hinchliffe (12-5 [Pictured Left]) and Alberta-based, three-time UFC veteran Jason Day (18-9). This is an excellent style match-up featuring two consummate brawlers and represents easily the most significant MMA bout ever to take place in B.C.'s Okanagan Valley.
Nick Hinchliffe, a longtime resident of Nanaimo, has fought regularly on Vancouver Island since making his debut in October of 2006. In fact, he has averaged about two-and-a-half months between fights over that span. A former junior football player with the B.C. Champion 2003 Victoria Rebels, Hinchliffe began his MMA career with an eight-fight winning streak that included eight finishes with five (T)KO's and a win over the well-traveled Travis Galbraith (17-7). Since then, Hinchliffe has gone 4-5, but that stretch has included two losses to Galbraith in a rematch and a rubber match, as well as a loses to three other highly-respected fighters in Dan MacIver (6-1), Victor Valimaki (16-5), and Rory MacDonald (10-0), with the last fight contested at 170lbs where Hinchliffe has no other experience. In his most recent fight, at this month's Armageddon FC II in Victoria, B.C. Nick avenged his loss to MacIver and scored what was easily the knockout of the night in the process. With a few years experience now behind him and having learned some tough lessons from his difficult losses, Hinchliffe could be poised to make a run at Canada's top middleweights.
That quest will begin on May 21st in Vernon, when Hinchliffe faces Jason Day who is best known for scoring a TKO win over current UFC middleweight contender Alan Belcher (15-6) at UFC 83 in Montreal. Day then suffered defeats to Michael Bisping (18-3) and Kendal Grove (11-6), both by first round TKO, in his subsequent UFC fights and now finds himself back on the outside looking in. He is 1-1 since leaving the organization with his most recent fight being a submission loss to Jesse Taylor (14-5) at Aggression MMA II this February. Jason Day should deservedly be, and is, ranked ahead of Nick Hinchliffe among Canadian middleweights, but, in order to retain that position, Day will have to answer a tough challenge at Aggression MMA: Trilogy in Vernon this May.
B.C. MMA Fan.com will have updates regarding this event as they become available.