by Marco Antico – MMAWeekly.com
HARDCORE CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHTING GOING FOR BROKE IN CALGARY
HCF’s next show will be a pivotal event in its very young history. The promotion is spending an unprecedented amount of money on fighter salaries and has chosen to hold its next show on Oct. 19 at the Stampede Corral in Calgary, Alberta.
It is speculated by industry insiders that they’ll need to sell over 7,000 tickets (a near sellout) to break even, which seems like a daunting task considering how underdeveloped the sport is in Calgary. In addition, there are no local headliners on the fight card, which has been the cardinal sin of many overly ambitious startup promotions.
HCF recently made big news in the industry by signing international superstars Aleksander Emelianenko and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira to exclusive contracts, something no Canadian promotion has fathomed doing before.
STEVE BOSSE’S TKO OPPONENT SWITCHED LAST MINUTE TO JODY BURKE
Lance Evans (Rashad Evans’ brother from Buffalo, N.Y.) was scheduled to be Steve Bosse’s opponent for the co-main event of TKO 30: Apocalypse. However, he had trouble getting into the country and, therefore, was replace by Jody Burke from Brockville, Ontario.
Asked his thoughts on Bosse, Burke sarcastically responded, “Who the hell is Bosse? I’ll stand and trade with anyone and I’m not worried about his wrestling or ground game. I hope they bring a pillow to the ring so he can have a nice snooze after I’m done with him.”
STEPHANE DUBE EYEING 170-POUND TITLE
“I don’t know if I want to make 155 pounds anymore. It’s very hard on me as I’m getting older (he is 42 years old). Besides, I get in a real bad mood when I’m dieting and its not good when I deal with my customers,” explained Dube.
The winner of TJ Grant versus Stephane Dube will fight the winner of Chris Clements and Jesse Bongfeldt for the TKO welterweight title.
JEFF HARRISON VS. MAURICIO VEIO IS RUMORED FOR FREEDOM FIGHT 2008
Jeff Harrison, coach of the 519 Fight Factory in Stratford, Ontario, is rumored to face Mauricio Veio from Chute Boxe at Freedom Fight in January 2008. Harrison is itching to begin his MMA career after many years of accumulating many Muay Thai championships.
“This will be a tough fight for me as Veio has a lot of experience. But, I’m confident that I can outstrike him and I think a win over a member of the famous Chute Boxe academy would be very good for my new MMA career.”
Veio is currently the lead striking instructor at Toronto BJJ.
The main event of Freedom Fight will feature the return of Craig “the farmer” Brown against an opponent to be determined.
SYD BARNIER: FIGHTING AND ROUNDING FOR A LIVING
When Syd Barnier’s not fighting, you can probably find him at a nearby Casino’s Texas Hold ‘Em table. Barnier is what card players call a “rounder,” a term used to describe someone who makes their living from playing cards.
“I love fighting and I want to become a MMA champion one day. But right now, when I need to pay the mortgage, I go looking for poker games. I usually play Texas Hold ‘Em at Casinos on the weekend.
“You can find a lot of tourists who play for fun and they are the ones that usually end up losing the most. This attracts the card sharks (i.e. rounders) like me who come to feed off these casual players. Last weekend, I bought in for $500 and walked away with $3,100. If I wasn’t fighting I’d probably be playing poker all the time!”
Barnier also used to own his own business pouring concrete and still does so for friends on the side. Barnier is only 25years old, but he’s got serious responsibilities as he is the proud new owner of a one acre home outside of Stratford, Ontario.
Barnier will look to get one step closer to the TKO Lightweight title on Friday night when he faces a tough veteran, Justin Tavernini, from Lethbridge, Alberta.
RUMBLE IN THE CAGE’S BIG SHOW SET FOR OCTOBER 27
RITC 26 will be one of the organization’s biggest shows to date. It will be held at the Enmax Centre in Lethbridge, Alberta. 3,000 people are expected for the event, which features Jason Day (opponent TBD), Jared Kilkenny versus Dwayne Lewis, Jordan Mein, Justin Tavernini, Dan Chambers, and the return of Lee Mein as he takes on Chris Peak.
XTREME MMA LOOKING TO HOLD BACK-TO-BACK SHOWS
After their debut show on September 7, Steve Claveau and David Loiseau’s new Quebec-based promotion are talking about hold back to back events on November 17th and 23rd.
WARRIOR SPIRIT CHALLENGE POSTPONED
Former WWE wrestler Johnny Power’s new MMA promotion has decided to postpone its debut show after its local headliner pulled out due to injury. The new date has yet to be determined. Richard Nancoo is still expected to fight Bobby Whitaker for the 125-pound title as one of the night’s featured fights.
CANADIAN MMA CALENDAR
September 28 – TKO 30 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec
October 19 – HCF at the Stampede Corral in Calgary, Alberta
October 19 – KOTC at the West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton, Alberta
October 20 – ECC 6 at the Halifax Forum in Halifax, Nova Scotia
October 27 – Rumble in the Cage at the Enmax Centre in Lethbridge, Alberta
November 3 – XFC at the CN Centre in Prince George, BC
November 3 – King of the Cage at the Stampede Corral in Calgary, Alberta
November 10 – UGC 19 at the Pierre-Charbonneau in Montreal, Quebec
November 17 & 23 – Xtreme MMA in Quebec
December 14 – TKO 31 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec