- SPOTLIGHT ON CANADA: CARLOS NEWTON TO K-1

October 19, 2007
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by Marco Antico – MMAWeekly.com
CARLOS NEWTON TO FACE DONG SIK YOON IN K-1 HERO’S

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight champion Carlos Newton will return to action against Dong Sik Yoon at the “Olympia Hero’s 2007 in Korea” event on Oct. 28.

Newton was suppose to fight Melvin Manhoef in June, but withdrew due to injury. Dong Sik Yoon stepped in and pulled off a spectacular upset defeating the dangerous striker by armbar in a back and forth war.

BRENT BEAUPARLANT EYEING UPSET IN IFL’S GRAND PRIX

Montreal’s own Brent Beauparlant will face heavy favorite Benji Radach on Nov. 3 as part of the opening round of the International Fight League’s Grand Prix.

“We know he’s going in as the heavy underdog in this fight,” remarked Dragon’s coach Terry Riggs. “But, I like the way Brent’s style matches up with Benji. I think we’re in store for the upset of the tournament.”

TJ GRANT WISHING A SPEEDY RECOVERY FOR BONGFELDT

TJ Grant defeated Stephane Dube by heel hook at TKO 30 to earn a shot at the new welterweight champion Jesse Bongfeldt.

“I was very happy with my performance against Dube. He’s no slouch on the ground either. But I actually told my cornerman, Scott, right before the fight, I’m going to catch him with a heel hook and I did!” explained an exuberant Grant. “I’m crossing my fingers that Jesse heels his wounds and enjoys the birth of his kid and is ready to go for Dec. 14.”

STEPHANE DUBE VERSUS CHRIS CLEMENTS AT TKO 31

After succumbing to an early submission against TJ Grant, Dube stated, “everyone gets caught. He’s a good fighter and he beat me. I’m 42 years old, but don’t worry because I will be back.”

Chris Clements was looking good in his title fight against Jesse Bongfeldt at TKO 30 until he got caught in a rear naked choke. Now, Clements and Dube will try to bounce back when they will meet each other at TKO 31 on Dec. 14.

HOMINICK IN TALKS TO FACE JUSTIN TAVERNINI AT TKO 31

Coming off an impressive victory over top Canadian featherweight Ben Greer, Mark Hominick is looking to keep the ball rolling when he returns to TKO on Dec. 14. Lethbridge native Justin Tavernini is in talks to face Hominick next.

Tavernini is coming off six straight victories, five of which were by submission. Hominick is also looking forward to his return to World Extreme Cagefighting next February.

STEVE BOSSE WILL BE IN THE MAIN EVENT OF TKO 31

Massively popular hockey goon turned MMA fighter Steve Bosse will headline TKO 31. The ovation he’s received from the Montreal crowd in the past two TKO shows has been nothing short of overwhelming. At 2-0 with two knockouts, the promotion is looking to bring in a big name that fans will all recognize to square off against Bosse in the main event.

HCF TITLE WAVE SET FOR FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19

Featuring a slew of international fighters from all over the world, Hardcore Championship Fighting (HCF) has gone after the biggest names in MMA and has landed such superstars as Aleksander Emelianenko, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Renato “Babalu” Sobral.

HCF “Title Wave” features Emelianenko in the main event against Dan Bobish at the Stampede Corral on Friday, Oct. 19. All eyes will be on HCF Friday as they put on by far the most expensive fight card ever held in Canada and perhaps even the world aside from the UFC.

HCF can be seen nationally in Canada on prime time television on The Score television network.

HCF Title Wave Fight Card:

Dan Bobish vs. Aleksander Emelianenko
Damir Mirenic vs. Gegard Mousasi
Ariel Sexton vs. Thomas Schulte
Sarah Kaufman vs. Ginele Marquez
Marcus Vinicios vs. Sean Salmon
Toby Johnson vs. GarettDavis
Gerald Lovato vs. Len Tam
Myles Merola vs. Juan Barrantes
Tim Smith vs. Mike Rowbotham
Brad Cardinal vs. Ryan Machan
Larry Lyttle vs. Steven Hackey
Lucas Rota vs. Andrew Buckland

MORE MMA EVENTS HAPPENING ON ONTARIO INDIAN RESERVES

On Nov. 3, the Iroquois Mixed Martial Arts Championships will be the third MMA event to happen in Ontario on an Indian reserve in the last year. The fight card pits students of Dan Severn against native Iroquois fighters.

Medical requirements, however, reportedly won’t meet normal professional standards in Canada; which require recent blood work (Hep B, Hep C, HIV), an EEG, and a CT scan for each competitor. The experience level of the native athletes has also come into question.

Still, some people believe this will ultimately put pressure on government officials to legalize professional MMA in Ontario.

In the past, Ontario’s Athletic Commissioner, Ken Hayashi, has warned and even successfully charged people under section 83 of Canada’s Criminal Code for conducting such events. With no authority over events happening on Indian Reserves, however, he has only notified local authorities, which appear to be disinterested in intervening.

Thus, it seems that these events will continue to occur in Ontario. Whether or not this will open the doors to professional MMA throughout the province (as it did in Quebec) remains to be seen.

CANADIAN MMA CALENDAR

Oct. 19 – HCF at the Stampede Corral in Calgary, Alberta
Oct. 27 – RITC 26 at the ENMAX in Lethbridge, Alberta
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 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

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