Canadian Rumour Mill – Thanksgiving Edition
Crazy MMA weekend. UFC, MFC, Instinct, Bellator, and Thanksgiving all on the same long weekend. This girl had a busy weekend!!!
- After early 2011 was filled with protests over the lack of Ontario officials on Ontario events, there has been a slow trickling of Ontario born/based referees in the second half of 2011. Congrats go to Todd Anderson who was the first Ontario referee to work an Ontario MMA event – July 16th in Windsor, Graham Bettes was next at the Hamilton event on August 13th, and Ivan Svec was the most recent Ontario ref working the Sudbury event on September 10th. Good stuff!
- Ryan Ford’s next fight will be back under the Aggression banner at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton. The show looks to be once again packed with Canadian talent, as UFC vets Tim Hague and Ryan McGillivray are also rumoured to be on the card.
- Look for Guillaume De Lorenzi to make his return in mid 2012. Guillaume just finished up his second surgery and now that everything is done, all that’s left is the road to recovery.
- Sheldon Westcott’s obviously improved his stand up. He picked up a first round finish in his boxing debut in Edmonton. Same night as the MFC, October 7th.
- Armageddon is going rushin’ to fill their card. Sorry… typo…I meant to say that AFC is going Russian to fill their card. 6-0 Andrey Koreshkov will face Hinchliffe in the semi-main event in November.
- The next 2 rounds of Elite1’s Lightweight tourney will be in January and April.
- The little birdies are telling me that Steve Bossé unfortunately broke his hand in his impressive KO victory over Houston Alexander. Bossé will need some time to recover and most likely will not be on the 2nd Instinct MMA show.
- So Waardenburg was to face Jens Pulver at the next Instinct event, but Chris Kelades ruined those plans. I’m hearing Pulver will not be fighting Gauthier as they announced on the PPV telecast. Why not have Kelades face Pulver?
- Rumours are swirling about that with another couple wins or so we may see Martin Grandmont picked up by one of the two Zuffa promotions.
- Sounds like Meltdown in the Valley could be a Score Fighting Series Event. Also early fight card info is two rematches from XCC… Ryan Dickson vs Josh Taveirne 2 (check out rd 1 and rd 2 from their FOTN first fight) and Blake Nash vs Craig Hudson 2 (check out their XCC fight).
- Apex rematch alert! Global Warriors will have Jordan Jewell and Rowan Cunningham get reacquinted five years after their initial scrap.
- Look for the D-Bomb to return in January. Dwayne Lewis is set to detonate on the returning Wilson Gouveia at MFC 32.