Canadian MMA Rumour Mill – March 14, 2018


Some sad news to report as Max Marin passed away over the weekend. Marin was a Canadian MMA pioneer and the owner of Canuckles MMA in Calgary. Marin is survived by his wife and four boys. Top MMA News would like to offer our deepest condolences to all of Max’s family and friends, training partners and students.

And now for the rumours…

  • A scary situation for amateur standout Saeid Mirzaei who got lost on a hike near Vancouver and was missing overnight Sunday. Mirzaei eventually found his way down to the road cold but uninjured and was picked up by a park ranger Monday morning. Mirzaei is scheduled to make his pro debut March 17, no word as of now if that fight will continue as planned.
  • Olivier Aubin-Mercier has stepped in on short notice to replace Mairbek Taisumov against Evan Dunham. “The Quebec Kid” has a chance to vault himself into the Lightweight rankings if he can earn his fourth straight win and take out the #14 ranked Dunham.
  • Bibiano Fernandes will look to defend his ONE Championship Bantamweight title for a record 8th time against Martin Nguyen. Nguyen looks to make some history of his own as he already holds the Lightweight and Featherweight titles and hopes to hold titles in three weight classes simultaneously.



  • The Unified 33 card continues to fill up with the addition of Derek Boyle to take on Mike Scarcello. We’re also hearing Teddy Ash could be on the card and CEO Sunny Sareen has also teased a “Massive headlining fight” featuring at 17 time UFC veteran.
  • Gary Mangat rebounded from his second career loss in a big way picking up TKO victories in three consecutive weekends under the Super Fight League banner in India. SFL is running a team based tournament and Mangat’s team, the U.P. Nawabs is set to compete in the League Finals on March 17.
  • Unfortunately, an injury forced Yoni Sherbatov out of ACB 81.  However, it looks like he might be back in action at ACB 85.
  • Melissa Karagianis is set to face Kanna Asakura at 108lbs on the RIZIN 10 card in Japan on May 6.
  • Big congrats to Travis Galbraith who was promoted to BJJ black belt by his coach Kyle Cardinal this weekend.
  • Tim Chemelli takes on Kristian Prenga in a Heavyweight boxing match in Toronto on March 24.

One Response to “ Canadian MMA Rumour Mill – March 14, 2018 ”

  1. LBoutin says:

    Sorry to hear about Max Marin’s passing. Fought on a couple MFC cards with him in the early 2000’s, He brought an intensity that was unmatched. Definitely a pioneer in Canadian MMA. RIP Little Sumo.

    Well-loved! Thumb up 26 Thumb down 1

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