by Marco Antico – MMAWeekly.com
ST-PIERRE & COTE READY FOR THE WAR OF ’07
It’s hard to believe that UFC 50: The War of ’04 was three years ago. Patrick Cote made his UFC debut on that event, losing a decision to Tito Ortiz. Georges St-Pierre also came up a little short in the co-main event against Matt Hughes.
This Saturday, these two great Canadian MMA athletes are back on the same card. St-Pierre will face Josh Koscheck in a number one contender match-up while Cote will look to get back in Dana White’s good books with a victory over rising star, Kendall Grove.
Cote and St-Pierre remain good friends and train together occasionally when they’re not away from home. St-Pierre has been training more and more in Albuquerque, New Mexico with Greg Jackson’s camp, which includes such fighters as Rashad Evans, Keith Jardine, Nathan Marquardt and Damacio Page.
Cote has found tutelage under Mark Kru DellaGrotte whom he formed a close friendship with while on The Ultimate Fighter reality show. Cote now travels to Boston before all of his fights to train at Sityodtong with such fighters as Kenny Florian, Stephan Bonnar, Jorge Rivera, Marcus Davis, and Travis Lutter.
VICTOR VALIMAKI VS. ROGER HOLLETT FOR MFC LHW TITLE
Maximum Fighting Championship: Lucky 13 will take place at the River Cree Casino & Resort in Edmonton, Alberta. The main event will feature a highly anticipated match-up between two of Canada’s best light heavyweight fighters, Victor “The Matrix” Valimaki and Roger “The Hulk” Hollett.
Hollett brings an impressive record of 6-0, having stopped all of his opponents in less than four minutes by either strikes or submission. Valimaki, despite having had disappointing performances in the UFC, still owns impressive victories over Jason Day, Vernon White and Jared Kilkenny.
This could be Hollett’s ticket to the UFC while Valimaki is looking for a return trip to the big show.
SEAN PIERSON SPEAKS ABOUT BONGFELDT & CLEMENTS
Sean Pierson is coming off a loss against Jesse Bongfeldt and is set to fight Chris Clements next for the vacant TKO Welterweight Title on September 28th.
“Jesse is a great fighter and he was definitely better than I thought he’d be. However, I think the fight should have been declared a no contest. I was being hit with strikes to the back of the head when the referee decided to prematurely stop it will only seconds left in the round,” explained Pierson.
“Still, I respect Jesse and give him credit for fighting well. I actually hope that if I can get by Clements that I will make my first title defense against Jesse on December 14th at TKO 31.”
In a recent interview with TKO, Clements remarked that he felt Pierson was an easier fight for him as compared to Jonathan Goulet. Pierson responded, “Well, I think Clements is an easier fight for me too compared to Goulet! My game plan with Clements is no secret. He’s going to have to force me to stand with him because I plan on taking it to the ground and pounding on him. I don’t think he’ll be able to do that.”
UGC PLANNING ITS BIGGEST SHOW TO DATE
On November 10th, UGC Promotions will hold their first event in the Pierre Charbonneau Centre with a seating capacity of 2,500. They intend on having over 12 bouts on the card including such names as: Fritz Paul, Shawn Marchand, Cory MacDonald, Dan Grandmaison, Yves Jabouin, Ali Nestor, Scott Arnold, Aaron Tregear and many more.
UGC is also reporting that UFC veteran Pat Smith will defend his heavyweight championship against Lance Evans. Evans, however, has signed a two-fight deal with TKO. His TKO contract states that he is to fight on their September and December fight cards, which raises doubts as to whether he will be able to compete in the UGC as well.
KANG VS. SAKURABA CONFIRMED BY KOREAN WEBSITE
A Korean website called “joynews.inews24.com” is reporting that Denis Kang has been signed by K-1’s Heroes to a lucrative 2-year contract.
Apparently, Kang’s management is citing the ability to continue to compete in Spirit MC, a Korean MMA promotion in which Kang is one of the biggest draws and holds a title, as the deciding factor in signing the contract with K-1 Heroes.
Korean news is also reporting that Kang’s debut is scheduled for September 17 against Kazushi Sakuraba. Neither Kang nor K-1 has yet confirmed this, however, and there is some speculation that Sakuraba may be injured.
XTREME MMA PRESENTS QUEBEC VERSUS CANADA
Co-promoters Steve Claveau and David Loiseau are putting on a Quebec versus Canada themed fight card. Jonathan Goulet was set to headline the event until he got his much awaited phone call from the UFC to fight Mike Swick.
The current Ring Extreme fight card is:
Dave Pariseau vs James Martinez
Danny Laflamme vs Aaron Treagear
Stéphane Pinet vs Jacob Macdonald
Jacques Dubé vs Jon Mirasty
Sylvain Cloutier vs Mathieu Boncoeur
Tommy Pariseau vs Andy Ross
Derek Gauthier vs Joseph Paquet
Yoan Gariépy vs Mike Dizak
David Savard vs Tim Wadsworth
Yan Pellerin is also expected to be on the card.
ADRIAN WOOLEY VS. ADAM KASTNER AT TKO 30: APOCALYPSE
TKO’s first bantamweight fight (135lbs) will feature two rising stars with very different skill sets. Adrian Wooley is a very accomplished wrestler from Toronto and is well known and somewhat feared by local fighters. He’s 31 years old and he resembles and fights very much like Sean Sherk. On the other hand, Adam Kastner is only 18 years old and is a very accomplished Muay Thai fighter from Stratford, Ontario.
Both are undefeated in their young MMA careers and are coming off of impressive wins in their most recent TKO fights. The winner of this bout may be in line for a chance at the new TKO Bantamweight Championship to be unveiled, possibly, at TKO 31 in December.
“I really like the kid, but I don’t think he wants to fight me as it’s a bad matchup for him,” explained Adrian Wooley.
“I was willing to fight Wooley back in March when I didn’t have a clue who he was. I’ve seen him fight a couple of times now and I think he’s got some holes in his standup that I can expose,” Kastner responded.
TKO STILL LOOKING FOR A SUITABLE OPPONENT FOR HOMINICK
TKO is continuing to try and find a suitable opponent for Mark Hominick at TKO 30. Syd Barnier was a name that was tossed around, along with Damacio Page. Although it doesn’t look like either fight will happen for September 28th, those are two match-ups that are very likely in the near future.
“It really doesn’t matter who is across the octagon from me,” explained Hominick. “If TKO introduces a bantamweight title, I may even be inclined to drop to 135lbs to compete for that.”
CANADIAN MMA CALENDAR
August 24 – Maximum Fighting Championship at the River Cree Resort and Casino in Edmonton, Alberta
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 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