Canadian Rumour Mill – February 10, 2014
Let’s start this week off with a big shout out to Paul Pisko! Paul used to cover the odd Lethbridge MMA event for us here at TMN. He has had some problems with his leg and eventually the decision was made to amputate it. Since the procedure, Paul plays hockey (he is going to try out for a Canadian National team), BJJ and still teaches at the PFA gym in Lethbridge. Paul is quite the inspiration! Keep givener, Paul!
- Havoc FC 5 will once again stream live and free on HavocFC.com. Some fight rumours I’m hearing:
- Malcolm Gordon will most likely be back and defend his 125lbs belt,
- Jeff Larkin will give Jason Gorny a rematch (Gorny injured his knee in their first encounter),
- Curtis Duchene will fight at Featherweight, and
- Stephanie Essensa would like to take on Lynell House if House agrees to a bout at 115lbs!
- Great start to a card for Red Deer, now let’s get at least a Machan, a Davis and a few others and it’ll be a good card!
- Remy Bussieres will take his undefeated record (3-0) back to Bellator and compete on their May 9th Ontario card! No word yet on whom “The Titan” will face.
- Big congrats to Coach Frenchy (Rene Grenon) from Independent MMA on the birth of his twin boys last Tuesday!
- Darn, Hard Knocks is adding big fights to their shows … this time we got Roger Hollett vs Rodney Wallace at Hard Knocks 35 on April 25th in Calgary!
- Gagan Gill (7-1 amateur) defended his Cage Games MMA Amateur Featherweight Title by defeating Armando Best via 1st round armbar (1 minute) at “Battle at the Bay 6” at Swinomish Casino & Lodge in Anacortes, WA in the US on February 8th! “The Black Mamba” Kultar Gill must be proud of his Mamba MMA student.
- And now a not so big fight at Hard Knocks rumour. It sounds like MMA embarrassment Bobby Kalmakoff (3-14) is fighting on the Hard Knocks show in Fort St. John. Oh, Logan Jarrell (0-4) is also on the card, could they go at it? I’ve see Jarrell fight a few times and he’s much better than Kalmakoff. My issue with this possible fight is not Jarrell, but Kalmakoff!
- Those boys at WSOF Canada aren’t just hunky stud muffins, their smart young men as well. What would you do: accept a substantial offer from NBC Sports who want to show your card on one week tape delay because they have no room on their Feb 21 TV lineup or post your event live on the internet and forget about NBC? I’d say that WSOF Canada made the correct call and took NBC’s offer!
- The TV schedule in the States is packed full of MMA goodness! Bellator, Titan FC and WSOF Canada (tape delay) are all on February 28th. Gimme gimme!
- This guy called “The Hard-Hitting Hillbilly” Kevin Croom (13-4) is fighting Anthony Birchak at MFC 40 for Birchak’s 135lbs belt. Here’s hoping the Hillbilly from Missouri wins his fight against Bryan Goldsby (17-15) on February 28th at Titan FC 27, cuz it sure wouldn’t be good for Croom and the MFC to have a guy off a loss for Birchak for the belt. The title match would probably be scrapped and some new guy would have to step in. Oh, and by the way, this Goldsby guy isn’t that bad. He holds a win over Jeff Curran in Bellator and most of his losses are to guys that are more accomplished than Kevin Croom. #possibledisasterwaitingtohappen
- Ok so Victor Valimaki and the MFC both say he’s fighting on MFC 40. I say I’ll believe that when he actually walks into the MFC ring, ready to go with an opponent and has his name announced, and starts to throw down. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me, fool me a whole shitload of times, shame on who?
- From the someone will probably get knocked out files, Aaron Gallant will step up in competition and take on Marcus Edwards in a Lightweight slugfest at MFC 40!
- I’m hearing two big fights have been added to the Provincial FC 2 show on March 8th! Misha Cirkunov now has an opponent in Martin Desilets and Lyndon Whitlock’s new opponent is Bo Harris! Good fights for the fans attending at Agriplex in London, Ontario.
- Cheryl “Kid Chaos” Chan was defeated at Cage Sport 29 in Tacoma, WA, USA on February 8th by Reagen Benedetti via arm triangle choke at 2:32 of the 2nd round. Chan drops to 0-3 as a pro after going an impressive 6-2 (6 finishes) as an amateur competitor.
- Former WEC Featherweight Title contender, Jeff Curran and his team are training at Adrenaline Training Center in London, Ontario!
- I see Steve Bosse is training with Kru Ash and Patrick Cote. Could this be a hint that we may see “The Boss” finally make his UFC debut and appear on the TUF Nations Finale show? Here’s hoping he gets his well deserved shot!
- Rumble in the Cage will hold a show on April 4th in Lethbridge, sounds like former CIS wrestler Paul Grebinski (1-1) will compete on the card! Derek Boyle also wants to get on this one.
- I was a big Nancy Drew fan growing up so follow my train of thought here: Chad Laprise won his first bout on TUF Nations to get to the semi-finals. There is a very good chance that all four semi-finalists fight on the TUF Nations Finale card. In the past, Chad Laprise has been going to Tristar for fight camps. This year, Laprise has stayed at Adrenaline. The educated guess says that Laprise will be facing Tristar’s Kajan Johnson or Olivier Aubin-Mercier on the TUF Nations Finale card in either the Welterweight Final or on an undercard! Otherwise, Laprise would have gone to Tristar by now.
- Jeff Black (2-11 MMA & 0-3 Boxing) is taking on Chris Muise (0-0) in a boxing match up on March 8th at the Lions Arena in Spryfield, Nova Scotia. Black has not won a professional bout in either boxing or mma since November of 2008 and has lost 12 fights in those 2 disciplines since then.
- It has come to light that Tyler Manawaroa of Team Australia on TUF Nations has been recently exposed of posting a racist picture on Instagram about 18 months ago. To view the picture click on this link (http://cdn3.sbnation.com/assets/3978783/manawaroapic_medium.jpg) Totally unacceptable, hopefully the UFC will take the correct measures and release the fighter.
- OK enough is enough, WHERE IS TOP MMA RADIO? I’ve met both “Big Win” Don Wilson and Keith “The Machine” Grienke and have to say there is no way these two guys have something better to do than record Top MMA radio. Like come on guys get it together!
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