Clarke, Maxwell ECSC MMA Fighters of the Year
The 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.