Gabel vs James for Lightweight Title at Island KOTC


King of the Cage Vancouver Island has confirmed to Top MMA News that Adam Gabel will fight Darcy James in the main event of their March 12 card.  The bout will be a KOTC Lightweight title fight to fill the vacancy created when Rory MacDonald signed with the UFC.

Gabel, who trains out of ZUMA MMA, is 1-1 on KOTC Nanaimo shows.  He last defeated Adjin Nezic at KOTC Island Pride.  Gabel will now fight the up and coming Darcy James (4-2) for the title.  James, from Impact MMA, last fought on KOTC Catalyst in Vernon, BC.  There the Trail, BC native finished Chad Bellwood in an exciting match where James escaped a tight Arm Bar and then finished Bellwood with thunderous knees from the clinch.

This will be the fourth card run on Vancouver Island by promoter John Cooper.  Tickets for the show are available at  As always, Top MMA News encourages fans to support their local promotions.

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4 Responses to “ Gabel vs James for Lightweight Title at Island KOTC ”

  1. Dean Blias says:

    OK enough is enough can we finally officially call KOTC a joke now??? If this Gabel guy does win there will be 2 KOTC so called champions with a record of 2-1 WOW what an acheivment. Not to mention Chiappe who is 5-5. Seriously how do you give a a guy who is 1-1 a title shot??? He hasn’t beat anyone and lost to Aaron Bruce who is a good fighter but not great. I don’t get it

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  2. BC is a province where MMA is not sanctioned provincially and a lot of promotions in the province run unsanctioned fights. While Gabel has a 1-1 record in sanctioned fights, he reportedly has a 6-0 record in unsanctioned fights or amateur fights.

    A current example of this is Bastien Huveneers who is fighting as an amateur this weekend in Vancouver. Huveneers has fought pro in Europe in Cage Rage and Shooto Belgium yet is fighting in a two round amateur fight this weekend.

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  3. John Cooper says:

    Thank you Keith. You are correct, Gabel is actually 7-1 in MMA with his only loss coming from Aaron Bruce (also Adams’ first fight in a cage), and Darcy James has 2 wins in unsanctioned events. As you should well know, the real test comes with the first title defense.

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  4. John Cooper says:

    PS: you can call KOTC whatever you want. This will be our 40th event in Canada and we do more shows in Canada and around the globe than any other promotion in existence. Very few MMA promotions share the same brand recognition that KOTC enjoys.

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