- SPOTLIGHT ON CANADA

July 18, 2007
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by Marco Antico – MMAWeekly.com
STOUT SAYS TO EXPECT RUBBER MATCH AGAINST FISHER

“Right after my second fight with Spenser Fisher, Dana White told me there would be a rubber match. As far as losses go, my loss to Fisher was pretty much as good as it gets. I watched the tape and realized there’s a few things I’ll need to do differently for the third fight. I’ll make those adjustments and I’m confident that I’ll take the best of three series,” explained a positive sounding Sam Stout.

Stout fought Spenser Fisher in the main event of the most recent Ultimate Fight Night, live on SPIKE TV. Similar to their first encounter, it was a non-stop, action packed fight with outstanding striking displayed by both fighters. Stout versus Fisher is quickly becoming one of MMA’s great rivalries. It would be hard to imagine one hardcore MMA fan that wouldn’t love to see a third installment.

CLEMENTS TALKS ABOUT THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER 6 AND 7

Rising Canadian superstar, Chris Clements was among the 500 applicants who applied for The Ultimate Figther reality show, part 6. “I was one of the final 50 applicants before getting cut. I think they were very happy with me, but it came down to a weight issue. I’m 196lbs right now and the show is a Welterweight (170lbs) tournament. I didn’t realize those guys have to fight twice a week sometimes! The weight would have been an issue for me because it would have been really tough on me to walk around close to fighting weight and ready to go on two days notice,” stated Clements.

“That’s alright though because they told me to apply for the next Ultimate Fighter which will be middleweights (185lbs). Hopefully, I’ll be able to get in there,” elaborated Clements.

Next up for Clements is the biggest fight of his career as he will face Sean Pierson at TKO 30: Apocalypse for the vacant TKO Welterweight Championship.

GOULET WAITING ON SWICK

The UFC contacted Jonathan Goulet earlier this week to propose a fight against Mike Swick at Ultimate Fight Night 11, on September 19th, 2007. Goulet has two fights remaining in his UFC contract and jumped at the idea of getting back in the octagon. Swick had not yet heard of the fight and was asking the UFC for a top level welterweight opponent. Hoping to motivate Swick to step in the octagon with him, Goulet made the following post on MMAWeekly’s soundoff forum:

“Wanted to fight Mike Swick to replace Leben at 170 for the UFC fight night in September but he refused. Is he scared to go as sleep against me? I will beat his ass out. I want him.”

As of yet, nothing has signed.

SEAN PIERSON VERSUS JESSE BONGFELDT AT HCF THIS SATURDAY!

Hardcore Championship Fighting has signed a terrific last minute addition to their already impressive fight card for Saturday, July 21, 2007. Sean Pierson (who is also scheduled to face Chris Clements for the TKO Welterweight Title in September) will take on Jesse Bongfeldt in the co-main event. Bongfeldt is an explosive and very strong fighter who loves to strike and to ground and pound his opponents. Pierson is an outstanding wrestler who has been working hard on his striking fighting lately in Amateur Thai Boxing events in Ontario.

KEITH CRAWFORD TALKS ABOUT HIS PLANS FOR HARDCORE CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHTING

Keith Crawford and his partner, Lee Mein are hosting the first Hardcore Championship Fighting (HCF) event this weekend in Edmonton, Alberta. Although this is HCF’s first event, Crawford and Mein have a wealth of promoting experience with King of the Cage and Rumble in the Cage, respectively.

“This will be my 63rd event as a promoter,” explained Crawford. “But, to be completely honest, my preference is in producing. I got out of co-promoting King of the Cage events and started doing producing Hardcore Championship Fighting with the Score, working with events like King of the Cage, Rumble in the Cage and APEX. But, the Score have come back to me lately and told me that I needed to start improving the talent level in these fights. I passed that feedback along to those promotions I was working with, but it wasn’t feasible for them to start paying top dollar to bring in the kind of talent that the Score needed.”

“I knew we needed someone else on board and fortunately we found Paragon Gaming. We share costs with them which allows us to bring in top MMA talent. I think many of our undercard matches for Saturday’s card could be main events in most other Canadian promotions!” elaborated Crawford.

“It’s not my intention to invade other people’s territories. Our plan is to do shows where Paragon Gaming has casinos such as Edmonton, Vancouver and on an Indian reserve in Whitecourt, British Columbia. Our next show was supposed to be in Vancouver in August but thanks to a citywide work-to-rule strike I’m guessing that we’ll have to move that back to September.”

“There is still an outside chance that Ricco Rodriguez versus Ron Waterman will back on the card as the main event. Ricco’s in the Los Angeles airport as we speak trying to get through immigration. If not, the following will be the line-up for HCF “Unfinished Business”:

Main Event:

Dan Chambers (Canada) vs Joe “Diesel” Riggs (USA)

Co Semi-Main Event:

Nabil Khatib (Canada) vs Solomon Hutcherson (USA)

Co-Semi main Event:

Jesse Bongfeldt (Ont.) vs Sean Pierson (Ont.)

Marcus Vinicios (Vancouver) vs Mike Yackulic (Edmonton)

Ryan Machan (Red Deer) vs. Dave Scholtan (BC)

INTERMISSION

Chester Post (Ontario) vs Danny Valimaki (Edmonton)

Tim Tamaki (Lethbridge)) vs. Len Tam (Vancouver)

Brad Cardinal (Calgary) vs. Ryan Polutnik (Vancouver)

Jaret Evans (Calgary) vs. Brad Zaznluk (Fort McMurray)

Chris Varano (Ontario) vs. Andrew Buckland (Calgary)

Adam Farr (Red Deer) vs. Vedran Ristic (Calgary)

CANADIAN MMA CALENDAR

July 21 – Hardcore Championship Fighting at the River Cree Resort & Casino in Edmonton, Alberta

August 17 – KOTC at the Edmonton Event Centre in Edmonton, Alberta

August 24 – Maximum Fighting Championship in Edmonton, Alberta

September 7 – Ultimate Cage Wars 9 in Winnipeg

September 28 – TKO 30 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec

September 29 – MMA event in Moncton, New Brunswick
December 14 – TKO 31 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec

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