Canadian Rumour Mill – February 13
Tons of news and rumours today! Enough chit chat. Let’s get straight to it!
- OK, this is a biggie… Colin Daynes, an undefeated MMA fighter and 1996 Canadian Olympic wrestler, who had just won the Canadian Greco Olympic trials a couple months ago in Winnipeg in his attempt to make a comeback in the 2012 London Olympic games has been busted for multiple banned substances, including boldenone and drostanolone as well as two other banned substances. Canada Wrestling is already looking for another wrestler to replace Daynes for the team. Daynes acknowledged the infraction, waived his right to a hearing, and received a two year suspension, effectively ending his wrestling career.
- Is MMA in Manitoba pretty close to dead? No CFC talk whatsoever, only 1 CFM show being thrown around… the most active show is Rumble on the Rez with their first show being last weekend and them throwing around a second show in the latter half of this year.
- Former MFC and TFC LHW Champ Victor Valimaki will be trying to add the Aggression MMA LHW belt to his collection.
- Rumours are swirling that Pride and EliteXC vet Travis “The Gladiator” Galbraith is looking to return to MMA this year. Maybe finally in 2012 we’ll get to see the long awaited Galbraith vs Valimaki at Aggression MMA.
- Despite a brief dip into amateur competition last November by popular TKO-era Quebec Heavyweight Bob Landry, the 36 year-old says he’s 99 per cent certain he won’t be back. Between a full time job and two young daughters, there aren’t enough hours in the day for the Train to train at a level he feels is sufficient.
- Bully Fight Night 3 will be on March 30
- Lenny Wheeler vs Jeremy Henry is being thrown around for Indestructible MMA 1.
- Eric Barrack is fighting on a boxing show in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, just two weeks before he will be co-headlining Ringside 13. Let’s hope for Ringside’s sake that Barrack comes through unscathed.
- If you’re wondering why Alex Garcia isn’t headlining Ringside 13, word is the Dominican Nightmare has suffered a serious knee injury while in wrestling practice and won’t be back in action for the foreseeable future. For now, he’s stuck training with a knee brace on.
- At least here’s some good news for Ringside MMA, as 9-1 Lightweight Guillaume Delorenzi was finally back training MMA at Tristar for the first time Saturday after getting the OK from his doctor. Out of action since June 2010 due to injury, we should see ‘Il Toro’ back by late summer/early autumn if all goes well, though there’s an outside chance he’ll be ready in time for Ringside 14 on May 25.
- Prestige FC 4 will return on May 18th.
- The Unified/KOTC Canada Super Show will be held at the Crystal Centre in Grande Prairie and most likely be on April 28th. Look for the Machan brothers (Ryan and Josh) as well as Layne McTaggert to be on the Grande Prairie combo show (along with the already mentioned Briere).
- I’m hearing Remi Morvan will face Michael Imperato at 125 lbs Apr 21 at Freedom Fights.
- Martin ‘Stress’ Desilets’ return to competition was temporarily put on hold after he had his front teeth broken in an accident at his job as an swimming pool installer. Now back in training, Desilets is looking to be back in the not too distant future.
- Both Andrew Buckland and Graham Spencer will be defending their BFL straps on April 27 in Nanaimo. Also look for Tyler Jackson vs Nick Hinchliffe.
- If all goes smoothly for Martin Grandmont in his Instinct 3 bout against Brandon Thatch in late March, he could finally get his fight with the ‘New York Badass’ Phil Baroni on May 5 at Instinct 4 (first reported by MMANouvelles.com). Either way, it will be a semi-voiceless Grandmont who shows up. A late first round punch to the throat against Pete Spratt has left the ‘Hammer’ with a paralyzed vocal cord. No word yet on whether the damage is permanent, Dave Manson style.
- Almost two years out from his last fight, a disappointing loss to John Fraser, the desire to compete seems to be returning for Thierry Quenneville. As he’s never stopped training, the Surgeon could be ready to go at any time if the right offer came along. Due to his French PPV commentating for Instinct MMA, it’s likely that’s where he’d end up if he returns.
- Also, is the new rule in Edmonton that you’re allowed to show up between 45 minutes to an hour late for weigh ins?