Canadian Rumour Mill – March 11
This Saturday we’ll FINALLY we get to see the culmination of Georges St-Pierre and Nick Diaz’s feud! It’s been about one and a half years since the two were first scheduled to at UFC 137 on October 29th 2011, and by the sounds of their teleconference their dislike for one another has only grown. We will also see Jordan Mein’s UFC debut, Nick Ring, Mike Ricci, Antonio Carvalho, John Makdessi and the 170lbs debut of Patrick Cote! This is a stacked card full of Canadians with three of the Canadians ranked #1 in their weight category by Top MMA News (GSP, Ring, Carvalho)!
Also… a big congrats goes out to Mike Kent on getting married this month! For a honeymoon, I think a bottle of champagne while watching UFC 158 is in order!
- Unsanctioned MMA is creeping into Manitoba. XCWFC 54 ‘Northern Knockouts’ will be in OCN/The Pas this weekend. The Manitoba Combative Sports Commission is not sanctioning this event and have informed the RCMP.
- Joel Powell continues to have a hard time getting opponents to fight him, as it looks like his AFC 15 fight seems to be off. A few sources told me that at least 4-5 possible opponents were contacted but all turned the fight down.
- Gary Chartrand is bringing Challenge MMA, but it looks like Stephan Patry has some plans of his own. Seems to me like fighters signed to Instinct, like Steve Bossé, are stuck in the middle, at least until March 18th when Patry says he’s going to make a “positive” announcement.
- As I hinted at on the January 15th Rumour Mill, Chad Freeman has unretired! His first fight back is fight back will be on March 10th when he takes on Zach Gait for Fivestar’s Lightweight belt!
- Like Freeman, I guess Tim Hague has also unretired. Hague has called out Jeff Monson via both Twitter, Facebook and video. Canada’s HW division is quite thin, so it’s always good to see a former Canadian champ and UFC vet who’s willing to mix it up back in there! Hague is really going through his Rolodex in search of the right comeback opponent. First there was James Thompson, then there was Jared Kilkenny (boxing), then Jeff Monson, and now even Frank Mir.
- Does Hague know something that UFC Canada head Tom Wright doesn’t? Hague keeps asking to fight on the UFC Edmonton card in November 2013, while Wright keeps saying that the only UFC Canadian dates in 2013 will be Montreal, Winnipeg, and Toronto. Victor Valimaki says he wants to be on the future UFC Edmonton card as well.
- Havoc’s June 7th Red Deer show will have Wolfgang Janssen taking on Mark Maruzs (145lbs), Trevor Wright fighting Rene Grenon (160lbs), Elvis Vukaj versus Jeff Larkin (170lbs), Jesse Arnett battling it out with Brent Harvie (150lbs), also Kellen Falt will scrap Brett Alberts (160lbs) in amateur action. The bouts are scheduled to be held at the Sheraton Hotel.
- Denny Houle will take on Johnny Grant at Unified 16 on June 21st in Edmonton.
- Battlefield Fight League’s next professional MMA card will be in Penticton on June 8, 2013. Stu Deleurme and Jeremy Kennedy will make their pro debuts on the card.
- Merrick Duggan is taking his Unified Lightweight Title fight against Tim “Shady” Smith more serious than he has any other fight. Duggan spent some time at the MMA Lab with the likes of Benson Henderson, Brian Cobb, and Efrain Escudero.
- MMA fans all over the world will now be able to view the MFC’s prelims online. Maximum Fighting Championship will be streaming their prelims live on Facebook going forward. MFC 37 on May 10th will be the first show that will allow fans to view the prelim fights on Facebook.
- Pride Gym’s River Jones has had to pull out of her Invicta 5 fight due to injury. Get better, River! We can’t wait for your pro debut!
- Legends MMA Series is a partnership between Legends Training Centre and Mark Pavelich (Pavelich Sports). The first show is April 19th, and they claim that Amateur MMA is now legal in Edmonton.
- Like scoring fights? Play along with AXS TV fights by downloading their app and giving your opinion (https://itunes.apple.com/hk/app/axs-tv-fights/id513941346?mt=8). Bellator has one as well. (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bellator-mma/id592751332?SPID=104296&DB_OEM_ID=23600&mt=8).
NOTE: These are just rumors and opinions of the Gossip Queen. If you have a rumour that you want to contribute, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.