Clarke, Maxwell ECSC MMA Fighters of the Year

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Edmonton Combative Sports Commission LogoThe Edmonton Combative Sports Commission held it’s 34th Annual Awards Dinner last night in Edmonton, Alberta after a one year hiatus. The ECSC recognized outstanding achievement for local athletes in the combative sports of Boxing, Professional Wrestling and MMA in front of a crowd of roughly 170. ECSC Executive Director Pat Reid was quick to point out that the Awards Dinner will again become an annual event and will return in January 2012 to recognize outstanding achievement for athletes in 2011.

The recipient of the 2009 MMA Fighter of the Year award, Mitch Clarke, had a 3-0 record in 2009 with wins over Paul Grandbois, Adam Hunsperger and Travis Briere. He has racked up 3 more wins in 2010/2011 bringing his MMA record up to an undefeated 9-0 since 2007. Clarke stated that he was “humbled to be in the company of previous winners Victor Valimaki, Tim Hague and Jason MacDonald.”

When presented with the award for 2010 MMA Fighter of the Year, Chase Maxwell said that it “was a total surprise and unexpected.” In 2010, Maxwell went undefeated with a 5-0 record in 2010, finishing every opponent he faced.  His current record stands at 7-1 with his only loss coming to Travis Briere earlier this year.

A silent auction and 50/50 draw was also held with proceeds going to the MS Society which has become a major charity of choice this year in the Edmonton MMA scene. The ECSC also handed out grants of $1,000 to five local amateur boxing gyms and the recipients of the Boxer of the Year awards received a $500 bursary from the Barney O’Connor memorial fund.

The complete list of Combatant of the Year recipients is as follows:

2009 MMA Fighter of the Year – Mitch Clarke
2010 MMA Fighter of the Year – Chase Maxwell

2009 Barney O’Connor Boxer of the Year – Susan Haas
2010 Barney O’Connor Boxer of the Year – Adam ‘A-Bomb’ Trupish

2009 Pro Wrestler of the Year – Tyler Roy (as Tyler James)
2010 Pro Wrestler of the Year – (tie) Cameron Toms (as Camikaze) & Michael Blais (as Chucky Blaze)

The ECSC also added five individuals to the Honor Roll of the Edmonton Combative Sports Commission:

Milan Lubovic – for Lifetime Achievement in the sports of Professional Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts
Kurt Sorochan – for Lifetime Achievement in the sport of Professional Wrestling
Usman Ali – for Lifetime Achievement in combative sports judging and administration in the sports of Professional Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts.
Glen Carriere – for Lifetime Achievement in the sport of Professional Boxing
Jerry Derewonko – for Lifetime Achievement in the sport of Wrestling

Top MMA News would like to congratulate all the winners of their respective awards.

26 Responses to “ Clarke, Maxwell ECSC MMA Fighters of the Year ”

  1. Bobby Karimi says:

    WOW!

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  2. happydaystoday says:

    Are you kidding?
    How can these guys win. Ryan Jimmo 10000%

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  3. Mitch Clarke says:

    Jimmo wasn’t a resident of Edmonton in 2009 for long enough to qualify

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  4. Dean Panas says:

    Jimmo also fought most of his fights at River Cree. Not part of the ECSC.

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  5. BigBoi says:

    LOL at Pat. Nice to see him taking time out of his “world domination” planning to recognize the fighters.

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  6. Bobby Karimi says:

    I’m just curious, can someone please post what the criteria for this shit show is?

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  8. Bobby Karimi says:

    Criteria?

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  9. Congrats to the fighters, but why is an athletic commission honoring fighters? Aren’t they supposed to be impartial?

    Has any other athletic commission ever had an award dinner?

    Maybe I just don’t get the point, but seems really wierd.

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  10. Bobby Karimi says:

    By the way, I don’t give a shit if Jimmo won or not. I’m just curious what the criteria is, also who votes on this?

    Let’s forget my golden boy Jimmo, how bout TIM HAGUE!!! I’m sure there’s a few other guys.

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  11. Sean Quinn says:

    Heavies are boring as shit, Bobby, why would you ever want to reward them?

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  12. Bobby Karimi says:

    Even the big guys need love sometimes.

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  13. BKB, not sure – was just there taking pictures. I know the recipient has to be a resident of Edmonton, aside from that I have no clue. I’ll see if I can’t get clarification.

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  14. Sean Quinn says:

    I believe the phrase is “even big GIRLS need love”. Which i wholeheartedly agree with.
    I just dont need to be the one loving them…thank baby jeebus.

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  15. harry balls says:

    Once you go fat, you never go back homey…

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  16. Sean Quinn says:

    Maybe if youre lazy…bro.
    I am curious who else would have been nominated for consideration?

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  17. BigBoi says:

    MAD were you at any of the ‘impromptu’ meetings in Toronto during the UFC weekends? I dunno if certain people can spell impartiality let alone use it in a sentence.

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  18. haha good point. LOL @ these meetings.

    I wish some people would just learn what they are supposed to do, and stick to it.

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  19. Bobby Karimi says:

    Just curious why isn’t there an Alberta commission?

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  20. That’s the fun part BKB… the federal gov’t leaves it up to each jurisdiction. Some provinces step up, others don’t and leave it to the cities.

    I think that provincial commissions across Canada that report to a federal commission, or oversight body, is a great idea.

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  21. Jamie Locke says:

    I with J Bou on this one, a Federal Commission overseeing individule provincial commissions is a stellar idea. It has to come down from the top though.

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  22. Yeah, I’ve seen some talk here and there that the Federal Law needs to be changed – technically MMA is illegal in Canada still.

    ————

    Prize Fights

    Engaging in prize fight

    83. (1) Every one who

    (a) engages as a principal in a prize fight,

    (b) advises, encourages or promotes a prize fight, or

    (c) is present at a prize fight as an aid, second, surgeon, umpire, backer or reporter,

    is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.

    Definition of “prize fight”

    (2) In this section, “prize fight” means an encounter or fight with fists or hands between two persons who have met for that purpose by previous arrangement made by or for them, but a boxing contest between amateur sportsmen, where the contestants wear boxing gloves of not less than one hundred and forty grams each in mass, or any boxing contest held with the permission or under the authority of an athletic board or commission or similar body established by or under the authority of the legislature of a province for the control of sport within the province, shall be deemed not to be a prize fight.

    (from http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/C-46/page-38.html#h-24)

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    The “simple” fix is to replace “boxing” with “combat sports” – or even define all of them.

    Interesting though, that even when it comes to boxing, the Federal gov’t leaves it up to the provinces to regulate – I’m guessing in Alberta that the province has decided to allow municipalities to establish athletic boards/commissions?

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  23. i_love_beans says:

    Mitch how about you challenge Fickett???

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  24. Mitch Clarke says:

    Cause I’m more than 30 lbs overweight

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  25. Bobby Karimi says:

    LOL!

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  26. i_love_beans says:

    MW title is vacant!!!

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