Canadian MMA Rumour Mill – January 2, 2018


MFC 34 Ring GirlHope all you Canadian MMA fans had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Now that we’ve crossed over into 2018 it’s time to get back at it and look forward to all the great fight cards we’ve got coming up!

…and now for the rumours!

  • Nordine Taleb‘s huge head kick KO at UFC on FOX 26 in Winnipeg completed his current UFC contract. Taleb has stated that not only is his wish to re-sign with the UFC, he’s considering making the jump to Middleweight in the near future.
  • TKO 42 is set for February 23 in Montreal and the first two bouts have been announced. TJ Laramie will defend his newly won Featherweight Title against Joao Luiz Nogueria.
  • Also on TKO 42 Jo Vallee will face Strahinja Gavrilovic in a rematch from their controversial TKO 37 bout. Gavrilovic scored what appeared to be a quick TKO victory, however Gavrilovic continued to strike while the referee was trying to pull him off of Vallee. Gavrilovic finally had to be restrained via Rear-Naked Choke by the referee and the win was given to Vallee by DQ.
  • 1 week later Lee Mein’s long running promotion Rumble in the Cage will hold their 57th event also in Lethbridge and we can expect to see Derek Boyle on the card in a special combat jiu-jitsu match.



  • Some good news for MMA fans in Fort McMurray as Prestige FC will return for their 9th event on March 2.
  • The Maritimes are getting a new promotion of their own as Fight Series Pro will hold their first event next summer. The event will feature pro and amateur bouts.
  • Xavier Alaoui will return to Russia on January 20th when he takes on the 8-1 Shamil Shakhbulatov at ACB 79.
  • Toronto’s Xi Lau will challenge Jacobo Apito for the Cage Wars Amateur Flyweight title January 27 at Cage Wars 35 in Albany, New York.
  • Sadly Gabe Sagman‘s win streak was halted at 4 as he dropped a Unanimous Decision to Ciprian Maris at RXF 29 last weekend.k
  • BC’s Elysse Stevenson will look to snap her 3 fight skid when she meets Shelby Miller in an amateur Flyweight affair at Dominate FC February 24th in Olympia, Washington

2 Responses to “ Canadian MMA Rumour Mill – January 2, 2018 ”

  1. EPerez says:

    ‘Combat jiu jitsu’? Sweet. They should add a ‘super boxing’ match on the card too.

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  2. EPerez says:

    TKO has to make Alaoui vs Arnett happen.

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