MMA Live’s Debut Undergoes Some Major Changes
Sometimes, someone else’s misfortune is someone else’s opportunity. That’s just how Halifax’s own Matt MacGrath must feel. MacGrath, who has been vocally searching out a fight, finally gets what he’s been looking for as he is now set to take on UFC and Pride veteran Marcus Aurelio. The Titan MMA trained fighter replaces a disappointed Cory MacDonald, who steps aside due to undisclosed personal reasons. Cagepotato.com were the first to report the change in opponent.
That’s not all. MMA Live had the distinguished honor of promoting the first ever sanctioned female fight in Ontario but unfortunately Julia Budd has been called back into the Strikeforce fold. Attempts by MMA Live to find a suitable opponent for Anna Barone were unsuccessful. Now Barone is scheduled to make her promotional debut on the July 2 card where she will meet BJJ specialist Sheila Bird.
Lastly, the rumored bout between rising star Louis-Philippe Carle and TUF 9 cast member Frank Lester has hit the scrap heap as well. Carle, who suffered a rotator injury prior to his fight with Dean Amasinger this past April, still hasn’t fully recovered from the damage. Interestingly enough, Carle was also replaced by MacGrath in April against Amasinger. MacGrath used pressure and wrestling to repeatedly take down the Englishman to earn a unanimous decision victory.
Now it ain’t all bad. MMA Live will still make their debut May 19 at the John Labatt Centre with a stellar main event as number eight ranked Welterweight Ryan Ford meets former UFC title contender Karo Parisyan. Also, number one ranked Bantamweight Nick Denis takes on WEC veteran Kyle Dietz.