- SPOTLIGHT ON CANADA: ALESSIO WINS AT WEC

September 6, 2007
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by Marco Antico – MMAWeekly.com
JOHN ALESSIO CONTINUES TO WIN IN THE WEC

John Alessio improved his record to 4-1 in the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) as he earned a unanimous decision victory over Marcelo Brito this past Wednesday at the WEC. However, the fight left something to be desired as neither fighter ever let their hands go and received a chorus of boos from the crowd for their efforts. Nonetheless, with this victory Alessio got himself one tiny step closer to another title shot.

BEN GREER: THE NEXT GREAT CANADIAN FEATHERWEIGHT?

Ben Greer will face his toughest challenge to date when he steps into the cage at TKO 30: Apocalypse against former champion, Mark Hominick.

At only 22 years old, Greer already possesses an impressive MMA record of 10-2 including nine straight victories. He’s considered a ground wizard and he has managed to choke out five of his last six opponents. He’s coming off perhaps his most impressive win as he moved up a weight class to defeat the much larger, Thierry Quenneville, at King of the Cage on Aug. 17, 2007. He is ranked in some circles as the second best featherweight in Canada, coincidently behind his next opponent, Hominick.

“I don’t think that I’ve earned the right to be considered the second best featherweight in Canada as I haven’t fought the big names yet. With a win over Hominick, then maybe I can see myself being in the top two,” explained a modest sounding Greer. “I respect Hominick a great deal and I think he’s really a great fighter. But, I am confident in my skills and I know that I can beat him.”

“It’s no secret as to what our game plans are going to be,” elaborate Greer. “He’s going to want to keep it standing and I’ll try to take it down to the ground. To date, no one has been able to stop my takedowns. I know he’s got great takedown defense, but I’m confident that I’ll be able to bring him into my world.”

STEPHANE VIGNEAULT HAS HIS SIGHTS SET ON HATSU HIOKI

Stephane Vigneault has his sights set high as he will return to the ring on Sept. 28 at TKO 30: Apocalypse after more than a year and a half layoff. His opponent will be Justin Tavernini who is coming off five straight wins.

Vigneault is the former TKO Interim Champion who lost a unification match against Mark Hominick back in April 2005. He’s always been considered one of TKO’s best featherweight fighters and he’s still only 25 years old.

“I’m not looking past Tavernini at all, but my goal is to fight Hatsu Hioki for the TKO Featherweight Championship. I think this guy is in the top three of the world and I think my style matches up really well against him. I have dreamed about going to Japan to fight, but having Hioki come here to fight me would be just as good! I really liked Hioki when I met him and it would truly be an honor for me to fight him. All I want is one chance at him!”

FINAL LINEUP FOR ULTIMATE CAGE WARS: SEPTEMBER TO REMEBER

Krzysztof Soszynski’s Ultimate Cage Wars promotion has finalized their line-up for their “September to Remember” fight card, set to take place tonight, Friday, Sept. 7.

Kevin Manderson (Bison wrestling) vs Lindsey Hawkes (Winnipeg Academy of MMA)
Dan Grandmaison (Team Shredder) vs Neil Berry (CMC Lethbridge)
Thierry Quenneville (Tristar) vs Brad Cardinal (BDB)
Garret Vernoy (Bruckmann MMA) vs Jordan Mein (CMC Letbridge)
Jamie MacDonald (Team Shredder) vs Markhaile Wedderburn
Rich Bondoc (Bruckmann MMA) vs Sheldon Grayer (Central Combat Sports)
Dave De Lorenzi (Grandmaster Cho School) vs Jaret Evans (BDB)
Andre Burkovsky (Team Joslin) vs Ryan Brigham (CMC Letbridge)

RAGE IN THE RING 9 IS SET FOR SEPTEMBER 22nd

Not to be confused with the other MMA promotion in Lethbridge, Alberta run by Lee Mein, called “Rage in the Cage,” “Rage in the Ring” is a separate company run by Brad Wall which features both Amateur and Professional Muay Thai and MMA. Their card for Rage in the Ring 9, set for Sept. 22, is as follows:

Muay Thai: Lorenzo Gianocola (Team Tompkins) vs. Brad Wall (PFA)
MMA: Jase Nibourg (Team Denarius) vs. Victor Day Chief (PFA)
MMA: Jay Percival (Windwarriors) vs. Dan Ferguson (Pride gym)
Muay Thai: Nathan Lenet (National) vs. Craig Nugent (PFA)
Muay Thai: Dan Slobodin (Dam City gym) vs. Sean McKinnon (National)
MMA: Clint Desert (Arashido) vs. Derek Parker (Melville)
MMA: Bill Chase (Arashido) vs. Jarrod Shaw (PFA)
Muay Thai: Torey Paul (National)vs. Mark Deboer (PFA)
Muay Thai: George Abdallah (Team Tompkins) vs. Adrian Sutherland (PFA)
MMA: Dirk Sullivan (Dragon MMA) vs. Spencer Berry (PFA)
Dylan Ferguson (Arashido) vs. Brad Causey (Pride gym)

CANADIAN MMA CALENDAR

September 7 – Ring Extreme at the Convention Centre in Quebec City, Quebec
September 7 – Ultimate Cage Wars 9 at the Convention Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba
September 15 – Rumble in the Cage 25 at the Roadhouse in Lethbridge, Alberta
September 15 – Ultimate Martial Arts Championship 7 in Regina, Saskatchewan
September 22 – Rage in the Ring 9 at the Exhibition Pavilion in Lethbridge, Alberta
September 28 – TKO 30 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec
November 10 – UGC 19 at the Pierre-Charbonneau in Montreal, Quebec
December 14 – TKO 31 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec

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