Wreck MMA 2.0 Planning March Return to Ottawa/Gatineau
Rumours had been swirling around for weeks throughout the Canadian MMA scene that the November 9, 2012 Wreck MMA event would possibly be the final show ever for Wreck. Following the conclusion of the show, fittingly titled “Last Stand”, while everyone was celebrating Ottawa’s Randy Turner’s Bantamweight title victory, Wreck promoter Nick Castiglia, was confirming what some had feared and telling everyone that this tenth installment of Wreck was the final event.
Nick Castiglia had done everything to try to make Wreck popular: from running the event, to fighting on a show, from supporting his community with charitable endeavors, to putting on events in Afghanistan for Canadian soldiers. He had put in long hours over four years and was critical of the results, so when his OAMA teammate Randy Turner won the WRECK Bantamweight title on November 9, 2012, it was a great finale for his promotion.
“I was burnt out, I was jaded, and I was fed up,” says Castiglia. “I shut her down, because I had enough of running the show at a loss with a lack of support from the community.”
A funny thing happened as soon as Wreck MMA closed for business, “There were so many offers of help from everywhere. I was cynical at first, but offers of financial and other support kept flooding in so I had to address it. I had to look at running Wreck again just to see if I can make it successful with all this help.”
“I feel I owe it to myself and my organization that I helped to build. I owe it to the fighters, and the city, and the sport that I love with all my heart and the local fans that enjoy coming to all the shows. I can’t have all this support and not put on a show. With all these reasons, I had to look at holding another show.”
Castiglia is relaunching a new version of Wreck at the Casino du Lac-Lemay on March 28, 2013. He is dubbing it Wreck 2.0 although he remains coy on what the changes will be. “You’ll see,” he says.
As for who will appear on the March 28th event, Castiglia challenges his city’s fighters, “I would love to see one fighter minimum from every single gym in the Ottawa area that apparently teaches MMA.