Canadian Rumour Mill – September 23, 2013
BIG TIME CONGRATS to Sheila Bird who gave birth to handsome little Kaden Bird on September 17th!
- Rough night for the Canadian boys at UFC 165 in general, but it sure wasn’t rough for Mitch Gagnon! The Sudbury boy pocketed a cool $50,000 for his super tight guillotine choke victory over Dustin Kimura, way to go Mitch!!!
- Also TUF Nations tryouts were this weekend with roughly 70 fighters showing up (about 2/3 WW) and representing all provinces (no Territories though), I’ll have a list of some of the fellas that tried out to add to the ones mentioned in previous columns.
- Today was the day to register if you’re running for civic council in Edmonton, AFC partner Harvey Panesar did that and here’s the video he’s launched to let you know a bit about him and the issues he cares about. http://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=qUBHRta6tnk&sns=tw (Some of you might recognize a couple people in there).
- WSOF Canada show in December looks like it’s off with WSOF going to Chicago instead that month!
- If you want to fight amateur MMA in Saskatchewan then you’ll have to work with Honor Fights (Dave Mah), Alpha Fights (Troy Scheer), and Saturday Night Fights (AJ Scales), as they are the only legal amateur events in the province at this time. Every other show is illegal! Fight for any other Saskatchewan promotions, no matter what they tell you, and be prepared to be suspended indefinitely! Under Section 83, fighters and corners could also face legal charges, although it is highly unlikely that police will arrest individuals.
- By the way, BC’s commission will explain their amateur combat regulations in an online meeting on September 25 at 11am Pacific time. Here is the link: http://www.viasport.ca/live-stream-briefing-presentation-new-combat-sport-event-regulations-bc. Great idea, BC!
- Layne McTaggart is out of his MFC bout with Garret Nybakken and has been replaced by Adam Wayne. Also Curtis Demarce vs Alex Garcia has been cancelled due to Garcia having visa difficulties.
- Chris Prickett, who was the Canadian Senior National Champ in wrestling in 2008 & 2012 at 74kg, 2007 Pan Am Games Bronze Medalist, 2010 Commonwealth Games Bronze Medalist, as well as a 2012 Olympic Alternate, will be transitioning to MMA and competing at 145lbs.
- Matt Spisak will be fighting on the KOTC Canada show on October 25th in Edmonton.
- Vaughn Anderson was choked unconscious by War Machine in his Bellator debut last weekend.
- Teddy Ash could put his undefeated record back on the line this month at ECC on October 25th.
- Agostino DeNatale suffered a broken right foot, bone chips and ligament damage (both feet) in his defeat to Jimmy Zidek at CFC 8. This all happened near the end of the first round and he toughed it out until about 30 seconds left in the 3rd round. That’s one tough guy!
- I’ve mentioned a ton of guys the last few weeks so I won’t repeat any names (sorry if I do) but here’s a whole bunch more guys that attended TUF Nations tryouts this past weekend: Kajan Johnson, Alex Ricci, Jake MacDonald, Andrew McInnes, Merrick Duggan, Peter Neufeld, Mike Scarcello, Derek Parker, Sheldon Westcott, Brad Stewart, Matt Baker, Jared Milko, Micah Brakefield, Matt Dwyer, Sabah Fadai, Martin Grandmont, and Garrett Davis (I guess he’s not retired).
- So both Jesse Ronson and Roland Delorme lost their UFC 165 bouts via Split Decision. Curious who sided on their side of the decision? Brian Beauchamp was the minority judge on both occasions. (I have to say I unfortunately sided with the two other judges both times on my unofficial home scorecard). Chris Lee was the judge who came up with a 49-46 decision for Jon Jones in the main event.
- Matt Veal lost a 5 round war to Nick Compton at Driller Promotions “Caged Chaos III” in Minnesota.
- Marcus Soares promoted Denis Kang to a 3rd Degree BJJ black belt at MMAFA / ATT Canada this past weekend.
- One of Canada’s top Heavyweights, Light-Heavyweights, and Middleweights, Kalib Starnes is looking for fights! The guy is on a tear and is willing to take on anyone!
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.