by Marco Antico – MMAWeekly.com
TKO BANTAMWEIGHT ADRIAN WOOLEY IN NO RUSH
Adrian Wooley, TKO’s new Bantamweight version of Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight titleholder Sean Sherk, says that he’s in no hurry to get a title shot.
“I’ve only got three fights under my belt. I’m happy with how my skills are progressing and I want to keep it going. But I don’t want to even think about having to compete for and defend a title right now.
“I realize that my opponents are going to keep getting tougher and tougher and so my main focus is just to keep learning and keep improving. I feel like I’ve still got a ways to go as a fighter and I’m in no rush,” explained Wooley after soundly defeating Adam Kastner to improve his record to a perfect 3-0.
TJ GRANT VERSUS JESSE BONGFELDT MOVED TO FEBRUARY
New TKO welterweight champion Jesse Bongfeldt is taking some time off to take care of his newborn baby. Number one contender TJ Grant will have to wait for TKO 32 scheduled for Feb. 22, 2008, at the Bell Centre in Montreal to get his eagerly anticipated title shot.
MFC STIRS THE POT WITH CONTROVERSIAL MAIN EVENT
Maximum Fighting Championship 14: High Rollers has a planned middleweight fight between Shonie Carter and Alberta’s own Brad Zazurak as the shows main event.
The controversy began when fellow promoter Keith Crawford sent an open letter to the commission requesting they forbid the match-up citing concerns over fighter safety in relation to the experience gap between the two fighters. Carter has 96 fights (73-16-7) per Full Contact Fighter’s website database versus only two fights (2-0) for Zazurak.
While knowledgeable MMA fans realize that Carter isn’t exactly the most likely fighter to maim someone, one must concede that Crawford does have a point. The disparity in their levels of experience is vast. It will be an important precedent in Canadian MMA whether the commission allows the match-up or not.
GOULET, OUIMET AND DESILETS HEADLINE XTREME MMA EVENT
Xtreme MMA’s second ever event, to be held on Nov. 24, will be a significant step up from the first if the following planned fight card holds up:
Jonathan Goulet vs. TBA
Donald Ouimet vs. TBA
Justin Lemke vs. Martin Désilets
Frank Lopez vs. Jacob Macdonald
Frederic Pilon vs. Derek Gauthier
Eddie Cassely vs. Harry Provost
Kris Parti vs. Nordin Tahleb
Mike Dizak vs. Michel Boissenault
Stéphane Denis vs. Tommy Pariseau
Steven Lee vs. Dimitri Waardenburg
Johnny Chavez vs. Guillaume Lavallée
ALEXIS DAVIS STILL WAITING ON VALERIE LETOURNEAU
Alexis Davis and her camp at Dayboll Jiu-Jitsu have been asking to fight Valerie Letourneau since July. It seems like a fair and logical matchup as both women have a similar record: Davis is 2-1 and Leteouneau is 1-1 with both of their losses coming by knockout to Sarah Kaufman. Both are very skilled grapplers who have been working extensively on their striking.
Davis notified Leteourneau of her desire to fight her at TKO 30: Apocalypse on Sept. 28. Leteourneau’s camp responded by saying that only if Davis sent them a tape of herself would they consider the fight.
Stephane Dube explained to CanadianMMA.com that it was her kickboxing coach, Victor Vargotsky, who was being ultra protective of Leteourneau and that he had blamed her fellow trainers for accepting the fight with Sarah Kaufman in the first place.
Kaufman, or as some call her “The Terminator”, did lay quite a beating on Kaufman back at TKO 29. Leteourneau, however, also managed to floor Kaufman with a high-kick, which had her inches away from victory.
Eventually, although reluctantly, Davis’ trainer (Dave Dayboll) went to great lengths to get a tape of his fighter sent over to Dube’s gym in mid-September. Still, the fight did not come to be.
We now stand six weeks away from the next TKO show, scheduled for Dec. 14, and Dayboll is once again asking to make Davis versus Leteourneau a reality. Davis is coming off an impressive win at ECC this past weekend while, in the meantime Leteourneau has been taking some amateur kickboxing fights.
CANADIAN MMA CALENDAR
Nov. 3 – KOTC at the Stampede Corral in Calgary Alberta
Nov. 3 – XFC at the CN Centre in Prince George, British Columbia
Nov. 10 – UGC 19 at the Pierre-Charbonneau Centre in Montreal, Quebec
Nov. 17 – King of the Cage at Nanaimo in British Columbia
Nov. 23 – MFC 14 at the River Cree Resort & Casino in Edmonton, Alberta
Nov. 24 – Legacy Fighting Championships at the Victoria Pavillion in Calgary Alberta
Nov. 24 – Xtreme MMA at the Pavillon Agri-Sports in Victoriaville, Quebec
Dec. 14 – TKO 31 at The Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec
Jan. 26 – Freedom Fight 2008 at the Robert Guertin Arena, Hull in Quebec
Feb 22 – TKO 32 at The Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec