Canadian MMA Rumour Mill – May 21, 2013
I am going to start out this column with a big shout out to TJ Grant. Anyone associated with Canadian MMA should be all a-tingle about his upcoming UFC 160 bout this weekend with Gray Maynard to determine who will fight for the UFC Lightweight title. Go TJ!
- So I guess there will be no Michael Imperato vs Tyler Davis fight at Xcessive Force Fighting Championship 2. The match up was agreed to in principle BUT the sticking point was the number of rounds. Davis wanted a five round title fight, Imperato wanted a regular three round bout. Neither would budge so NO FIGHT between the two, and now Ryan Brigham has stepped in to rematch Imperato. I think these guys have Half Wits contestants as managers!
- The first event of LAMMQ will be on September 28 and, for the first time in the Quebec province, they will run a Welterweight tournament with the best young prospects. Eight men will fight for the Quebec Cup and a grand prize of $5,000. Look for an additional seven regular fights on the card to accompany the first round of the 170 tourney.
- Ok, I don’t get the whole Jonathon Dubois situation! The guy got KO’d a week ago in Dawson Creek at Fivestar and now fights seven days later at Aggression in Victoria? I guess fighter safety isn’t a commissions responsibility. HMMM!
- Someone get Big Win a Kleenex and make sure to wish Elmer “The Warrior” Waterhen a speedy recovery. Elmer has been forced to pull out of his scheduled June 7th KOTC Title defense after being hospitalized due to a lung infection he acquired after picking up doggy doodoo. This will be the first time in 10+ years that “The Warrior” has had to pull out of a fight!
- First Super Heroes now Monsters! Georges St-Pierre will voice a character in the French version of Pixar’s Monsters University! INCROYABLE!
- The “Sylvan Lake Strangler” Ryan Machan will next appear on Xcessive Force Fighting Championship 2 in Grande Prairie on July 20th.
- Here are a couple of bouts for Hope Fighting Championships on July 6th in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Jeremy Henry will take on Matt Spisak and Ryan Connors will scrap with Dave Henry.
- BC Provincial Commission is about here and all the old guard was present for AFC at Bear Mountain Arena this weekend. Names like Bill Majlis, David Lea, Adam Ryan, Adam Zugec and Sarah Kaufman were all there. It seems everyone was anticipating the change to the provincial commission and were out in fine form to help the show go without a hitch. Great to see all these pioneers working together at keeping what they love going strong!
- Challenge MMA’s 2nd show has some good names being thrown around. Alex Garcia vs Christ Franck, Michael Imperato vs Stephane Pelletier, and Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs Jason Meisel. Nothing confirmed here though.
- Fivestar Five League will hold their 7th show in the coal mining town of Tumbler Ridge, BC. The card will be a full amateur show of MMA and Kick Boxing.
- Well I guess the pregnant teens at the Penticton Beach I talked about on April 9th were right. Fivestar has also announced their 8th show “Barefoot Beach Battle”! FFL 8 will take place in Penticton, BC on August 9th at the beautiful new Barefoot Beach Resort… and, yes, if you were wondering, you should wear your speedos… HECK YEA! The show is happening at the Beach on Skaha Lake! Some of the names of guys with beach bodies that are being thrown around for the show are Featherweight champ Shawn Albrecht, Matt Baker, Ryan Chiappe, Chad Freeman, Clay Davidson, Tim Hague, Light-Heavyweight champ Peter Nolan and Misha Cirkunov! Which way to the beach?
- Shane “Shaolin” Campbell is currently down in Sacramento, California training with the likes of Urijah Faber, Duane Ludwig, and Chad Mendes at Team Alpha Male. This is becoming a regular place for Canadians as Owen Carr and Graham Spencer also have made the trek south.
- Casino NB in Moncton will once again host an Elite 1 MMA show. This time on September 7th.
- So whatever happened to that “first round pick” pro deal that MFC and Alexi Aygriou had seemingly worked out a couple years back? I’m hearing Aygriou will be going pro and take the Cuba Gooding route of “SHOW ME THE MONEY!” and going for the best offer.
- Be careful in Mexico! MMA instructor Diego Hernandez, a Canadian, is missing after being apparently kidnapped in Puerto Vallarta. Here’s hoping everything goes well and Diego returns home safe! Read more here.
- Shane Campbell, Mukai Maromo, and Markhaile Wedderburn will all be competing at the K-1 World Qualifying Tour in Calgary on June 8th at the Century Casino. Campbell & Maromo in the K-1 Max division and Wedderburn at Heavyweight. Check out the promo video in which Campbell and Maromo are featured in.