by Marco Antico – MMAWeekly.com
LOISEAU WANTS TO RETURN TO THE UFC
“I’ve spoken with Dana White two times recently about coming back to the UFC so I’m hoping we can make it happen. Up next though, I’ve got a fight lined up in Washington, D.C. for August”, explained Loiseau who is currently sporting a cast on his right arm. “I broke my hand in my last fight in Art of War”, a fight in which he won by Triangle Choke.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN FOR THE ROAD WARRIOR, JONTHAN GOULET
The “Road Warrior”, Jonathan Goulet, is certainly staying true to his name. He’s fighting next as usual for the TKO organization tonight against the undefeated, Travis Axworthy. But, with his UFC status still uncertain and wanting to stay active, he’s chosen to hit the road again. He’ll fight on July 14th for King of the Cage, in Halifax, Nova Scotia against Cory MacDonald. Following that, he’s eyeing a possible fight in August at Ultimate Cage Wars, in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
BILL MAHOOD IS HOPING TO FIGHT A LEGEND, ERIK PAULSON
Bill Mahood is still undefeated in Bodog and he’s hoping to have the opportunity to step in the ring with Erik Paulson. “The man is a legend, a legend! I’m hoping we can get the contracts signed so we can do this thing,” stated Mahood as he referred to a possible encounter with Paulson in July at Bodog Fight. Paulson is currently doing commenting duties for the Bodog organization and hasn’t fought in over 7 years. A black belt in jiu-jitsu, Paulson is also one of the most well respected coaches in MMA. If he is to fight again, he’ll have to find a way to squeeze it into his extremely busy, world-wide seminar schedule.
ADRIAN WOOLEY IS LOOKING TO DUMP GUILLAUME LAMARCHE
Adrian Wooley is a highly touted wrestler from Toronto, Ontario. On Friday, June 1st he’ll take on a well respected Quebecois kickboxer, Guillaume Lamarche. It’s a classic matchup of wrestler versus striker between two fighters with a 1-0 professional record.
“I plan on picking him up and dumping him on his head!” explained Wooley. “I’m 5’2″ and he’s at least 5″10 and I hear he’s got a good high kick. So I’m not going to stand in front of him and get jabbed to death. I’ll keep him down and work my ground and pound.”
QAC SAYS NO TO SEAN PIERSON VERSUS JESSE BONGFELDT
Sean Pierson versus Jesse Bongsfeldt would have been a tremendous last minute addition to an already good fight card for TKO 29: REPRECUSSION. Unfortunately, the Quebec Athletic Commission wouldn’t allow there to be any more rounds added to the eleven fight, fight card. “I’m more than a little bummed out, I’d say”, stated a disappointed Sean Pierson. “I came here ready to go and I just want to fight anyone.” Unfortunately, TKO had already made commitments to the other fighters on the card so there simply was no room to add Pierson or Bongfeldt.
TYLER “TNT” JACKSON IS LOOKING TO EXPLODE ON MARTIN GRANDMONT
Coming off a draw against a very tough, Sambo Champion, Dmitry Samoilov, Jackson is looking to start a new winning streak when he takes on Martin Grandmont at TKO 29, on June 1st. Jackson explained, “I was going to fight in July on Bodog Fight again, but the fight fell three days before my wedding. There’s a chance for me to fight in my home of Vancouver which would be sweet, but that’s in the fall and I don’t want to go that long without a fight. I was told about this fight three weeks ago and the timing of it worked out perfectly.”
THAI BOXING CHAMPION, SYD BARNIER, MAKING TRANSITION TO MMA
Syd Barnier is the Canadian Junior Welterweight, World Muay Thai Federation Champion and a 2007 medalist at the World Muay Thai Federation Championships in Bangkok. He’s also got three Ontario Thai Boxing Championships in three different weight classes. On June 1st, he’ll make his MMA debut at TKO 29 against a well rounded fighter, Eric Leclerc. Leclerc has a kick-boxing background, but he’s won two of his three fights by submission.
“I’m excited to make the transition to MMA. I was training Thai Boxing in Bangkok for three months. Since I got back at the end of April, I’ve focused all my attention on the ground game and I feel I’m ready to go!” stated Barnier.
MIXED MARTIAL ARTS IS EXPLODING IN ALBERTA
Alberta is quickly becoming a hotbed for Mixed Martial Arts. With Rumble in the Cage and Maximum Fighting Championships beginning to hold successful events every month there seems to be very positive signs of growth for the sport in Alberta.
The province’s most populous city, Calgary, may soon jump on board the MMA express train. Similar to British Columbia and New Brunswick, Alberta has municipal athletic commissions. An athletic commission’s attitude toward safety, rules and regulations can make all the difference to local promoters. In the past, Calgary’s athletic commission have proven challenging to work with, requiring annual licensing fees per fighter and a percentage of door sales, unlike other Albertan commissions.
Lee Mein, owner of Rumble in the Cage, explains, “They’ve got a new commission now in Calgary. Chris Horton (owner of Glory Fights) is putting on an event this weekend and I hope his show does well. There’s a few more events already lined up for the summer and fall and I’ll be meeting with the commission soon as well to explore the possibility of Rumble in the Cage coming to Calgary soon.”
CANADIAN MMA CALENDAR
June 1 – TKO 29: Repercussion at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec
June 2 – Glory Fight: Nowhere to Run at the Deerfoot Casino in Calgary, Alberta
June 9 – Rumble in the Cage 24 at the Roadhouse in Lethbridge, Alberta
June 22 – MFC 12: High Stakes at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta
June 23 – Rage in the Ring 8 at the Exhibition Pavilion in Lethbridge, Alberta
June 23 – UCW 23: Natural Invasion at the Convention Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba
July 14 – KOTC: Halifax, in the Halifax Forum, in Halifax, Nova Scotia
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