Canadian MMA Rumour Mill – Christmas 2013
Merry Christmas MMA fans! Hope most of you are not in training camps dieting for fights and instead get to spend some quality time with family and friends and a juicy turkey!
Thanks to Never Tap who sent this week’s Gossip Queen pic! On to the rumours:
- Josh Machan will make his World Series of Fighting debut as he fights for WSOF Canada on February 21 in Edmonton! Remember, Josh was scheduled to take on Shawn Albrecht at WSOF 7 but pulled out due to injury. Also, Owen Carr will be on the card. No opponents yet.
- I am hearing early rumblings that there could be a WSOF show in Hamilton in late March/early April. Put this rumour at 25% right now though… If we don’t see Josh Hill on the Edmonton card, take it as a good sign that there will be a Hamilton or Southern Ontario WSOF show coming up in the near future! Who knows? Maybe Jason Saggo vs Alex Ricci would end up on this card. It’s not on ECC, as I rumoured last week.
- Here’s some Provincial FC 2 news for you guys. Jesse Gross will be fighting on the show and we will finally see the MMA debut of Dave Hale. Also look for Randa Markos to take on Lynell House and possibly Ryan Dickson and Alex Ricci to appear on the show in London!
- After having trouble getting fights, Randa Markos sure seems like she’ll be busy for a girl in 2014. First, she’s set to fight Justine Kish on January 24 on an RFA card, then House in March, and she will try out for the The Ultimate Fighter Strawweight Women’s tourney in March-April.
- Canada’s Amanda Charlene, Christian Olson, and Devon Smith are all scheduled to head down to the US Virgin Islands on March 22 to fight on the MMA in Paradise 3 card.
- I love two big boys going at it and I am hearing rumbling that Lenard “LT” Terrance might bang it out with Blake Nash in a rematch of their Ringside bout in 2011 at the March 8th Hybrid Pro debut show in Gatineau, Quebec! Stephane Pelletier is another rumoured name I’m hearing for this card!
- ICYMI in our Comment Section: Tim Hague will take on Lee Mein at WSOF. This will be on the undercard.
- Two undefeated studs will face each other at Hybrid Pro as Mandel Nallo will take on Jonathan Roblin. Also, Tariq Ismael will battle it out with Samuel Desruisseaux, as well as Dan Lariviere will scrap with Trevor Leroux at Hybrid Combat in Gatineau on March 8th.
- Unfortunately, Nabil “The Thrill” Khatib will not appear on the Hybrid Pro card.
- Ari Taub has joined the cast of CNMMAF. Taub confirmed that the national championship will be held in Calgary. Ashida Funikoshi, from CNMMAF Manitoba, says champions from provinces without amateur MMA will be selected by committee. Then the same committee would decide who are the two best in each division in Canada and then they would fight in Calgary. I would still proceed with caution until this firms up. Still sounds goofy to me.
- “Bazooka” Joe Valtellini won his first bout at Glory 13 by high kick KO but was TKO’d in the final. Head up Joe. Great performance!
- Former MMA fighter Steve Skinner (3-2) is sought on an international murder warrant for the death of Stacey Adam in Lake Echo, Nova Scotia in April of 2011. It is believed Skinner may be in Mexico.