Canadian Rumour Mill – February 18
Let’s start this week off with positive energy and a speedy recovery wish. Eric O’Keefe spent time last week in ICU at the hospital after suffering a massive double embolism in his lung. The Tristar coach is at home now and recovering. Top MMA News wishes him a full recovery and good health! Get well Eric!
- Adrian Wooley is willing to donate his entire purse to charity to fight Randy Turner at Wreck MMA. Someone has to be willing to fight Wooley at 125lbs and Turner would make sense in my opinion!
- More Wreck MMA news… Anna Barone vs. Sarah Moras at 145lbs, Randa Markos-Thomas vs. Ashley Nichols at 115lbs, also look for Wreck mainstay and ex-UFC fighter Mark Holst to appear on the card at 155lbs. As well, remember last week how we mentioned Dave Hale was looking for a fight, Hale was offered to a fighter on this card as an injury replacement but was turned down.
- Gary Chartrand appears to be going forward with his show, Challenge MMA for May 11, with Steve Bossé vs Martin Desilets as main event. Let’s see if the show happens this time, I sure hope so, Quebec MMA needs resurrecting!
- Thierry Quenneville vs Dave Pariseau is also scheduled for the card. Other rumoured Challenge MMA fighters include Aiemann Zahabi, Martin Grandmont, Alex Garcia, and more.
- If I was a betting girl, I would put some cash on Tyler Jackson being named Ryan Ford‘s opponent for AFC 17. That was the fight that Bellator approved last year for Aggression but TNT was injured in training.
- Chester Post retired after losing his bout this weekend at ECC in Halifax. Chester was a nine year veteran of the sport and all around good guy, good luck!
- I’m going to give everyone two pieces of advice 1) The Zombie Apocalypse is coming 2) Nick “The Ninja of Love” Denis is the only one that can save us. Please help Nick Denis get the chance to stop the invading Space Zombie force that is coming by voting him into space through this link. https://www2.axeapollo.com/en_
CA/47610/nick-denis. He will not negotiate with the undead!
- ECC 16 is shaping up for March. Ricky Goodall vs Iraj Hadin was moved from 15 to the main event spot on this card a while back. Also on the card could be Mike Malott vs Jon Williams and Pat Carroll vs Matt Heim.
- ECC is really planning a bunch of shows in 2013 and they are considering a May card as well. Very tentative bouts that have been pencilled in for ECC 17 are Gavin Tucker vs William Romero and Tristan Johnson vs Jesse Gross. Peter Martell and crew are really putting together some well-matched fights!
- Matt Veal’s upcoming US fight has been cancelled.
- Make sure you check out Krzysztof Soszynski in the movie Tapped coming out this year. Also appearing in the movie are Lyoto Machida and Anderson Silva. Tapped is about a teenager who enters an MMA tournament to face the man who killed his parents. The movie also stars Michael Biehn who played Kyle Reese in Terminator.
- I’m hearing Stephane Patry is looking for investors for Instinct. The big drop in attendance after the first show has made money tight. MMA just ain’t what it used to be in Quebec.
- But that that little tidbit about Instinct hasn’t kept Stephane Patry out of the MMA game. He’s back managing fighters again, signing his first prospect Remy Bussieres to Bellator deal.
- I thought Havoc’s 2nd show was supposed to be in March, well it’s now set for June 7th.
- Update: Sometimes you have to admit when you are incorrect. Despite my sources claims, the Calgary Combative Sports Commission has no contract with the Penhold Commission nor is Shirley Stunzi the acting head of that commission. Running one commission (CCSC) is more than enough work!