Canadian Rumour Mill – December 17
Well Christmas is almost upon us. I hope you all have your Christmas shopping done or at least are very close. I have to say it’s been difficult with all these MMA shows on during the weekend. Havoc FC, UFC x2, Bellator, as well as my BF Andrei Arlovski taking care of business on IPPV in Moscow, it’s hard to find time to go to the mall.
Sucks that Nick Penner and Mike Ricci lost their fights this weekend. Penner was doing real well with two knock downs before he got caught and Mike Ricci did great making the finals of the Welterweight class when he’s really a Lightweight. I’m sure we’ll see success from both of these fighters despite the setbacks they faced last weekend.
- Mike Ricci’s fight in the UFC marked the very first time that an athlete has progressed from amateur to professional to UFC fighter completely under the tutelage of Firas Zahabi. Congratulations to Tristar MMA.
- The Make me a Fighter Finale is being filmed December 22nd at the Capilano Convention Centre in Edmonton, Alberta. The show will pit Team Valimaki/Newton vs. Team Campbell/Cardinal. A couple of the competitors are Mark White, Sheldon Hinton, and Chantel DeBoer. It seems like the general public is welcome and can buy tickets to this event. The gate profits from the event will be presented to the winning coaches’ charity of choice. Make sure you go out to this event and support local MMA and charity!
- Despite the UFC announcing that Patrick Cote and Alessio Sakara would get a chance to go Back to the Future and re-do their UFC 154 battle at UFC 158 in Montreal on March 16, that fight is NOT happening. Sakara is medically unable to compete at this time due to kidney issues.
- Look for Havoc FC to return with their second show on March 1st in Red Deer. Ryan Machan vs Nathan Gunn would be a great headliner!
- ECC is planning two shows in two months. ECC 15 in February and ECC 16 in March.
- Former MFC “#1 draft pick”, Alexi Argyriou will have one more ammy fight before turning pro. This Adam Zugec protege is definitely one to watch!
- Why is Jordan Mein not fighting on the final Strikeforce show on January 12th?
- Unified 15 will be on March 29th and is scheduled to have Rocky Biggs, Ryan Rother, Parwez Ghulam, Corey Lautisher and Jordan “Hellboy” McKay fighting on the show!
- Good luck to Mitch Clarke who’s finally getting surgery this week on his injured knee from way back at UFC 149.
- Look for Hard Knocks to hold at least 4 shows at the Century Casino in Calgary in 2013. Tentative dates are January 25, April 26, September 20 and November 1.
- Xcessive Force Fighting Championship 1 will take place in Grande Prairie at the end of March.
- Fivestar Fight League will also be holding a show in Grande Prairie. Their show will be on Feb 22nd and currently has Raphael Bergmann, Jon Ganshorn, Nick Campbell, Kris Miskenack, Dave McLennan, and Duncan Wilson scheduled to fight on the show. I’m hearing Bergmann is looking to move down to light heavyweight for this show.