Canadian Rumour Mill – April 9

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Gossip Queen 5 THUMBElmer “The Warrior” Waterhen does it again! Wow, hopefully we’ll get to see a video of his 6 second KO of Garett Davis! Only one MMA show coming up this weekend and that’s way up in Yellowknife, so read up on this week’s gossip and news and keep us all entertained for the week!

  • I’m hearing that the Aggression show that had been in consideration for Montreal, labeled AFC 19 has been delayed.
  • MFC Middleweight champion Elvis Mutapcic has signed with the World Series of Fighting.
  • So Xtreme Couture isn’t doing a June Ontario MMA show, but I’m hearing a different Toronto gym has stepped up and is planning to promote a June event with involvement from The Fight Network!
  • Sounds like Invicta was the highest selling UStream ppv of all time! Nice to hear for Women’s MMA as well as for Kaufman and Budd who were both were victorious on the card!
  • Tim Hague’s return to the cage versus Bobby Kalmakoff was a no go but that’s not stopping “The Trashing Machine” from returning to competition. Hague who’s called out a who’s who of MMA competitors in the last couple months, has now shifted his focus towards the giant man that is Ryan Fortin. Possibly in June or July for KOTC Canada???
  • Hmm… speaking of a possible Hague and Fortin match up, I’m hearing that Ryan “The Vanilla Gorilla” Fortin, who’s been asking to fight Hague for several years, would have been more than happy to take on Tim Hague on May 10th in Dawson Creek for Fivestar Fight League, especially now that Karl Erickson has been forced to withdraw due to injury!  Hague said ‘no’ so Craig Hudson stepped up!
  • Who loves Beaches and Babes! I do and so do Cody Rempel and “Big Win” Don Wilson.  Apparently, so does Fivestar. Some 90lbs weaklings and pregnant teens at the Penticton beach told me that Fivestar is trying to setup show there for a August at the beach! Which way to the beach?


  • Ryan “The Real Deal” Ford has unfortunately gone from G’D UP to Laid Up! Ford had surgery to repair an injured right thumb after his AFC 17 fight. But don’t worry, he’ll be “puttin on for his city” soon enough and should be back to G’D Up form for July 5th as he goes for AFC’s Welterweight strap!
  • D-Bomb vs Matrix!!! In a fight that’s been a long time coming, Two of Canada’s all time greatest Light-Heavyweights will finally do battle. One would think the two sluggers should have met in the MFC, but Victor Valimaki’s MFC run ended right around the time of when Dwayne Lewis‘ MFC run started. Now the two will finally meet at Prestige FC in Ft Mac on May 31st!
  • Victor Valimaki seems to be taking this one quite seriously and is set to go train with the boys at Tristar to help him defuse the D-Bomb!
  • Add Eric Wilson’s name to the list of TUF candidates! Wilson will be heading down to try out for the show, but in my opinion should have received his shot already, when he defeated Rolly Delorme!
  • Way to go Cody Ries (2-0), Ries picked up  quick wins in 7 days in Edmonton! (Unified & KOTC Canada)
  • Craig “War Dog” Hudson will travelling to Calgary training and helping Smealinho Rama prepare for his MFC HW title shot against Chris Barnett and his aforementioned fight with Fortin.
  • Chris Clements is recovering well from his injury and looks to be on track in his recovery for the UFC Toronto card this fall.
  • Good news for Mitch Gagnon, he’ll be on the operating table to get surgery on April 22nd.
  • Unified MMA is considering holding a Flyweight tournament later this year. Someone tell Sunny Sareen that Malcolm Gordon is from Alberta and looking for a scrap. Mike Banin, Eric Wilson, Mike Davis, and Gordon would make a great four man tourney of Albertan 125ers!
  • It seems like we have a love triangle! Michael Karkula is dropping down to 145lbs looking to fight Tyler Davis at XFFC while Davis is calling out the retired Eric Perez for the same Grande Prairie event! Ha!

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NOTE: These are just rumors and opinions of the Gossip Queen. If you have a rumour that you want to contribute, email: gossipqueen@topmmanews.com.

51 Responses to “ Canadian Rumour Mill – April 9 ”

  1. JVD says:

    Really looking forward to AFC 18 “MAYHEM” May 19 in Victoria, BC at the Bear Mountain Arena. AFC always puts together a great card and a great show !

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  2. Congrats to the Edmonton commission for suspended Reis for 14 days after the first victory and then forgetting about it 6 days later.

    How bad are these guys that they can’t even follow their own suspensions?

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  3. Jamie Locke says:

    See you there as usual JVD!

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  4. Jerobe says:

    “would have been more than happy to take on Tim Hague on May 10th in Dawson Creek for Fivestar Fight League, especially now that Karl Erickson has been forced to withdraw due to injury! Hague said ‘no’ ”

    Hague was more than willing to fight Bobby K on 2 days notice but doesn’t have the balls to fight a real fighter in Fortin. Your a joke Hague.

    Who else thinks that Valimaki wont make 205 lbs?

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  5. Cody R says:

    I was suspended for 14 days but because I was fortunate to take no damage and submit him in the first round I was able to take the fight, I also seen the doctor 2 days before the fight for precautionary reasons and was cleared no issues,

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  6. J. Tyler says:

    Not only will valimaki not make 205, chances are he’ll withdraw before then

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  7. But what’s the point of suspensions when they aren’t going to be followed?

    Why did they give a 14 day suspension and then allow you to compete 6 days later without removing the suspension from the database.

    Nobody else would have been able to use you.

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  8. Gossip Queen says:

    Just added that Elvis Mutapcic is headed to WSOF.

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  9. Cody Ries’ suspension was removed prior to his fight this weekend. I checked on Friday.

    What you see at MMA.TV is his suspension for this past weekend’s fight.

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  11. Cody Rempel says:

    Ries was a last minute addition to KOTC… I assume it was originally a 14 day suspension but he went to a Doctor to get cleared to have the suspension lifted before he could compete again!

    April Bedard-Smith (the current acting Executive Director) seems to be doing a great job filling in right now!

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  12. mike kent says:

    Jerobe , in Tim’s defense he had a chance to take a warm up fight as a comeback and probably make a few quick good dollars from it while fighting in his hometown . That was a fight Tim proabaly thought he could win not in shape . Then he was offered a serious fight against a legit guy and wanted to have a full camp for preparation . I don’t know why that’s something to make fun of ?

    MAD I cant see why you don’t understand the concept that I fighter was given a standard 14 day suspension like everyone else but then when an opportunity came up the commission revisited the decision and decided that since he took no damage that they could let him fight. Everything isn’t some big story with the commission blowing it. The guy took no damage in fight number one so they lifted their own suspension . Seems pretty cut and dry

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  13. Cody Rempel says:

    Also some good news for Unified MMA’s out of town fans… Starting with Unified MMA 16 they plan to broadcast their events on live internet pay-per-views!

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  14. Jerobe says:

    Mike. I don’t consider having a UFC Vet beating up on Bobby K as a comeback fight. Most untrained guys off the street would KO Bobby K (which is what Bobby K is. Oh wait he lifted some weights in jail, clearly thats enough to be a pro MMA fighter). Tim knows that he would murder Bobby K, hell the entire world knows that. Just seems really lame in my view. Just me tho.

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  15. mike kent says:

    yeah I agree with you that I wouldn’t have taken the fight either but in reality it was probally just for some quick cash and to help the card out . Fortin is a whole other story that you want to be prepared for

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  16. Mike Russell says:

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  19. Fighters says:

    Cody also went on the next day to the Aroshi Dojo tournament and entered the jits portion.

    Ya I do know its rare in Edmonton to have a fighter want to and hungry to compete but yes. It happens the rare time lol Cody has competed more in 7 days than Sheldon Golden Boy Wescott will compete in 2013.

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  20. AMLEHTC says:

    Congrats to Cody Ries but why throw Sheldon under the bus? There’s no reason to bring someone down to try and bring another person up.

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  21. mike Kent says:

    Lol everyone insults Sheldon except the guys that have trained with him or have fought him .

    I’ve seen him fight twice and training with him for a half hour and ill tell u he’s very very good and skilled . The hate is unwarranted.

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  22. mike Kent says:

    It took me all of about 30 minutes in the gym to see that he is a super nice guy and very talented .

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  23. Town says:

    Sheldon is a very good guy to your face agree. I believe he’s just a guy doing the fitness thing and enjoys grappling as far as MMA skill it’s yet to be fully seen so I could see people breaking about him as his record is good it’s time to sink or swim testing.

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  24. Robin Black says:

    Looks to me like Sheldon Wescott is very good with by all accounts a great work ethic. He’s still improving and taking gradually tougher and tougher tests.

    He looks like he’s doing all the right things these days so the hate really seems unwarranted.

    I guess its hard to please everyone so hopefully he keeps his chin up (down when fighting) and keeps doing his thing.

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  25. Jerobe says:

    Although I rip on Westcott more than anyone about the quality of his opponents, one thing is real. Sheldon Westcott is good. Really fucking good. Killer athlete with amazing talent and mad work ethic. The guy could go places. That’s the main reason why I want to see Sheldon fighting Top 5 WW fighters. Because he’s really really fucking good.

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  26. Gunner says:

    I am hoping to find a tough fight late June early July if anyone has anything they wanna pitch at me

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  27. Cam Yallits says:

    Ive known Sheldon for about 12 years, before either of us were training, or fighting and it really bothers me when people cut into him on this site.

    If you feel the need to critique his opponents, or his career, at least try to do it with some class, not attacking his character and personality. Hes a genuinely great person who cares about his teammates and students. He works very hard and loves the sport, dont hinder that with unwarranted attacks on him as a person, thats unfair, and hurts your opinion/arguement when it looks like just a personal attack anyways.

    Id love it if more people came out to our gym in St.Albert like Mike Kent did, get some great training in, and find out that all of the athletes, as well as students, are genuinely nice people here, who just want to learn a great sport.

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  28. kevin says:

    everyone’s no nice to tim hague(especially topmmanews) because he’s such a nice guy, i guess. it’s cool that you guys support him, but you talk him up like he’s a relevant ufc contender . I don’t know how many times I read on here in the last few months about tim calling out jeff monson, and frank mir LOL who the hell is Tim Hague to call out frank mir?? Did you see what matt mitrion did to tim??

    And what has he done since then? He choked out a 80 year old man, and knocked out WARPIG with 3 MMA fights at the time. Then gets beat up by Mike Hackert twice in 5 months.

    my point is, Tim shouldn’t be calling anyone out, and he should’t be trying to talk his way back into the apparent(to tim) UFC Edmonton that is supposedly taking place(in his head) in other words he should just stop talking, quit making himself look like a fool and just shut up, train, fight, win, and prove yourself that way

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  29. kevin says:

    so**

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  31. Don't Call Me Leon says:

    Rory MacDonald vs Jake Ellenberger signed for UFC on Fox 8!

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  32. TUF Fan says:

    Josh Hill & Frank Marques leave Canada for TUF tryouts……haven’t been this excited since Jersey Shore….

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  33. I agree Kevin, Tim should just worry about training and fighting.

    And no Bobby Kalmakof doesn’t count.

    LOL at calling anybody out after allegedly retiring.

    That reminds me of Demarce calling everybody out at 145 when he’s never competed as a featherweight and was out with an injury.

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  34. John Alessio says:

    HOLY FUCK I CANT WAIT TO FIGHT!!!!! being out injured since nov sucks!!but ready to scrap now

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  35. BOOBOO says:

    JOHN ALESSIO VS JESSE RONSON – WHAT A FIGHT THAT WOUULD BE !!

    BOTH I THINK ARE LOOKING TO FIGHT !!

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  36. Don't Call Me Leon says:

    @ John Alessio,

    Holy Fuck I Can’t Wait To Watch!

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  37. Shane BTP Mountney says:

    That would be an awesome fight BOO BOO!

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  38. Idolmaker says:

    HOLY FUCK meh!!!! Ronson in a walk!!!

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  39. Mash says:

    Be a great fight for us to watch sure but if ronson loses to a guy 0-5 in the ufc he will never get a chance again. I wouldnt bet on this fight happening altho it would b great to watch

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  40. Idolmaker says:

    0-5? Surprising he had more success than I thought he would have.

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  41. BOOBOO says:

    AT 155 HE WAS 0-2 BUT DID REAL GOOD IMO AND IF RONSON WINS THAT FIGHT , THERES HIS TIX . SAYS SOMETHING ABOUT A WHO ATLEAST FOUGHT IT 5 TIMES IN THE UFC. JOHNS A HUGE FIGHT FOR ANY ONE AND THE WAY RONSON IS RIGHT FIGHTING RIGHT NOW , I DONT SEE ANY ONE AT 155 OUTSIDE BELLATOR OF UFC THAT CAN HANG WITH JESSE AT HIS BEST . JOHN WOULD MAKE DAMN SURE JESSE WOULD HAVE THE FIGHT OF HIS CAREAR BECAUSE HE WOULDNT MIND A 6 TH FIGHT IN THE UFC .

    IN MY POINION BOTH FIGHTER SHOULD BE BELLATOR AND UFC BOUND ALREADY

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  42. John Alessio says:

    ROnson and i have same manager

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  43. Idolmaker says:

    Same coaches?

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  44. Shane BTP Mountney says:

    I think the logical fight is Ronson vs Campbell for tge AFC lightweight title….just my thoughts!

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  45. BOOBOO says:

    MAKES IT MORE EASIER TO SET IT UP THEN , HELL DIDNT MIKE KENT AND TIM CHEMMELI HAVE THE SAME MANAGER ALSO.

    YOUR NOT TEAMATES OR KINN , YOUR FIGHTERS !!

    SHANE THAT FIGHT KICKS ASS TOO , LOVE CAMPBELL , BUT IF RONSON WINS EITHER FIGHT , HE IS GONNA GET HIS SHOT , THAT KIDS RECKING GUYS !!

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  46. alandale says:

    M.A.D you are 100% on this. It’s a disgrace, and worse yet no one inside the city seems to care. That is until someone gets seriously hurt and the lawsuits fly. Reid will be quick to slither away

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  47. AMLEHTC says:

    Alandale, why is there no more River Cree Commission?

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  48. They were running their little cash cow for years, and then once they tried to take it on the road is when they exposed themselves and brought their game to an end.

    Alandale, what was your involvement with the River Cree Commission?

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  49. Bdc says:

    Same manager….really the only thing shitty thats for is the manager. One of his guys looses one wins, it aint about the manager its about the fighters and the fans. I hate that fuckin resason!

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