Canadian MMA Rumour Mill – May 27, 2013
Two words to kick off this rumour mill: TJ GRANT!
Big congratulations to TJ Grant on his fantastic victory over Gray Maynard and earning a title shot against Benson Henderson. I’m sure there wasn’t a single MMA fan in Canada that wasn’t jumping out of their seat when TJ finished off his opponent. Way to go TJ!
- Speaking of TJ Grant, his fight with Benson Henderson could be the main event of the Boston card which will be free on FOX! TJ wants to get the title fight out of the way before he gets married. He wants a belt to match the ring he is giving his wife!
- Want to watch Bibiano Fernandes at One FC 9 but weren’t sure how? Well, Fight Network will carry the show LIVE on May 31! Great job FN!
- Stephane Pelletier vs Mike Imperato is not happening at Challenge 2. Instead Pelletier will fight on the debut show of LAMMQ! Pelletier’s opponent will be Dimitri Waardenburg.
- We mentioned Valimaki vs Bosse last week on the site, now I have another Challenge MMA fight to talk about. Jared Robb will take on Bruno Lurette.
- In a major prospect battle of undefeated 3-0 prospects, Kyle Nelson will fight Neelan Hordat-Reece in a Featherweight bout at Substance!
- Guilleaume de Lorenzi will be back fighting for Bellator this fall!
- Tyler Davis finally gets his title shot. Eric Wilson will defend his Fivestar Fight League belt against Lil Demon on the FFL Yellowknife card. Andrew McInnes vs Danny Doig and Tang Thongpheng vs Rick Pfeifer are also scheduled for the event.
- There is rumblings about a Provincial Fighting Championships event scheduled for October in London, Ontario.
- Have you been watching Fight Xchange? It is great Canadian MMA content! Hope to see a second season! Canada vs Russia or Canada vs Japan would be cool to see.
- Brad Duguay is finally returning to MMA. He will be rematching Justin Bourgeois for the Elite 1 MMA Featherweight title on September 7. Duguay won the title in their first fight.
- Alderic Keith and Chris Currie will fight over the Elite 1 Middleweight title on the Casino New Brunswick card as well.
- AFC in Vancouver on August 10th, with Kajan Johnson finally making his “Ragin” long-anticipated comeback? Sounding more and more like it… how about Kajan Johnson vs Tim Jenson?
- Also speaking of fighters who’ve been sitting on the sidelines for far too long… remember the wrecking ball that was Derek Medler? Well Medler is also possibly coming back on the August 10th AFC show in Van City! Can I suggest we finally get the Derek Medler vs Advin Omic we were all promised at AFC 10 “Rise” in Cowtown in mid 2012.
- More AFC! With a bevy of Aggression cards and no Josh Hill or Louis Fisette on them, one has to put 2 and 2 together and get 2 Canadians on The Ultimate Fighter. Why else aren’t these stud Canadian Bantamweights on any cards?
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.