Arsenault Injured, Now Holst vs MacGrath
Richard Arsenault has injured his knee leading up to his Elite 1 Welterweight title defence against Matt MacGrath. Now with only 5 weeks aways from the shows January 19th date, Mark Holst steps up and will challenge Matt MacGrath in the main event. This match up was originally announced by Andy Cotterill of MM-EH.ca. In the MM-EH.ca article Cotterill spoke with Elite 1 promoter Mike Williams who said even if Holst wins, “MacGrath to still be in line for Richard” meaning we will still get to see the much-anticipated battle of the top east coast Welterweights.
Holst (11-4), a OAMA protegé, will look to build on his most recent win over Nabil Khatib. Since a disappointing two fight stint in the UFC and a brief hiatus from the sport, Holst has returned and gone 3-1 in his last 4 outings with his only loss coming at the hands of Leonardo Santos at CWFC Fight Night 7.
MacGrath (11-8), a member of Wulfrun MMA, recently rebounded after a 3 fight skid by defeating oddly enough Nabil Khatib at Elite 1’s Redemption from July 2012. It’s been a rough last 3 years for MacGrath who’s fought some of the toughest Welterweights in Canada including Nordine Taleb, Alex Garcia, Jonathan Goulet and Claude Patrick. With his lack of consistency due to high-end opponents, MacGrath looks to start rebuilding himself and it starts with a tough bout against UFC vet Holst.
Elite 1 MMA: Unstoppable goes down January 19th from Monton, New Brunswick in the Casino New Brunswick. The card also features a middleweight bout between Dan Fowler and Todd Westcott.