by Marco Antico – MMAWeekly.com
GSP SAYS HE’S READY FOR JOSH KOSCHECK
“I have fought all the top guys in the UFC and beaten them. But, when I am a 12 to 1 favorite I go and lose. Koscheck is one of the best guys in the UFC and I am going to be 100% ready for him!” said a resolute Georges St. Pierre. St. Pierre is looking to rebound from a shocking loss to Matt Serra and put himself back into title contention when he faces Josh Koscheck at UFC 74 on August 25th, 2007.
This past week, Brazilian Top Team Canada announced that GSP has rejoined their team in Montreal, Quebec based out of the GAMMA gym. Black Belt Fabio Holanda will once again guide his Jiu-Jitsu training as he did when GSP began his career in MMA.
FABIO HOLANDA SPEAKS ABOUT HIS OPPONENT, SHAUN KRYSA
Fabio Holanda may be the best fighter in the world with a sub-.500 record. Most of his losses were to 170 lbs. fighters such as UFC veterans Rich Clementi, Drew Fickett, and Thiago Alves. Holanda holds impressive victories over Alvin Robinson, Blake Fredrickson and Kultar Gill.
On June 22nd, Holanda take on the very well respected Shaun Krysa at MFC 12: High Stakes in Edmonton, Alberta. “I think he’s a very well rounded fighter. I don’t see any one thing that he’s exceptional at though. It should be a good fight and I’m feeling good and ready to go!”
THREE FIGHTS IN LESS THAN TWO MONTHS FOR JONATHAN GOULET
“I know some people aren’t happy about it, but this is my decision and I need the money so I have to fight,” explained a somber Goulet. Goulet has two fights remaining on his UFC contract and would love nothing more than to return in front of the Las Vegas crowd. But, he’s not going sit around and wait for that phone call.
On June 1st at TKO 29 Goulet landed a jaw-dropping, high kick only eight seconds into the fight against Travis Axworthy which looked like something out of a Matrix movie. He’ll fight Jason “Dooms” Day next at Ultimate Cage Wars on June 23 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Following that, he will square off against Corey MacDonald on July 14 at King of the Cage’s first show in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
TKO TO INTRODUCE THE 135 LBS. DIVISION ON SEPTEMBER 28TH
Recognizing the talent rich, lighter-weight athletes in Canada and internationally, TKO has decided to introduce the 135 lbs. division on September 28th at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. Depending on which fighters shine in September, TKO is considering introducing a 135 lbs. world championship fight on its following event, scheduled for December 14th, also at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
A front-runner for the 135 lbs. title is 18-year-old Adam Kastner who made an impressive debut at the TKO Tourney in March, defeating a very game Tommy Pariseau by guillotine choke. Kastner is also one of Ontario’s best Thai Boxers, with an impressive 16-1 record in the Canadian Amateur Muay Thai Association of Ontario (CAMTAO).
RULES & REGULATIONS FINALIZED FOR AMATEUR MMA IN CANADA
The Canadian Mixed Martial Arts Association (CMMAA) is the National Sports Organization for the sport of MMA in Canada. CMMAA’s technical committee recently met to finalize the amateur rules and regulations that will be submitted firstly to the government of Ontario and subsequently to other provinces as they come on board. The Ontario Mixed Martial Arts Association (OMMAA) have approved and fully accepted CMMAA’s rules and regulations.
CANADIAN MMA CALENDAR
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