- SPOTLIGHT ON CANADA: HOMINICK, DOERKSEN, & MORE

August 2, 2007
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by Marco Antico – MMAWeekly.com
HOMINICK HOPING TO FIGHT PULVER BY YEAR END

Mark Hominick won his recent Shoot Boxing debut in impressive fashion defeating Koichi Kikuchi by unanimous decision. Shoot Boxing consists of three, five-minute rounds where permissible techniques include kicking, punching, throwing and standing submissions. Many MMA stars began their career in Shoot Boxing including Hayato Sakurai.

“It was good for me to get in there and just let my hands go again. I knocked him down in the third round with an uppercut and I had a few nice throws in the fight. They treated us all so well over there that I think we’re definitely going to do it again,” stated Hominick.

“It looks like I’ll be fighting on the next TKO card on September 28th. I’m ready to fight whoever they put in front of me, but of course Shawn (Tompkins) has got to be ok with it too. I hear a couple of names being tossed around right now, but nothing is for sure yet.

“I’m also hoping to get a fight in the WEC by the end of the year. I’d really love to fight Jens Pulver. Actually, that fight was supposed to happen some time ago, but it fell through. Now that he’s making his WEC debut, hopefully we can make it happen soon.”

DOERKSEN LOOKING TO FINISH FILHO EARLY

Many MMA fans last remember Joe Doerksen coming up a little short in an exciting fight against the UFC’s number one middleweight contender, Nathan Marquardt. But, what many don’t realize is that since that decision loss Doerksen has gone on to win seven fights in a row. Even more impressive is the fact that he finished six of those fights by submission and the most recent by strikes!

With nearly fifty professional mixed martial arts fights under his belt (39-9-0), Doerksen is Canada’s most experienced fighter. It’s no wonder he carries so much confidence with him as he’s set to face the very highly regarded Paulo Filho (14-0) on August 5th in the WEC for the vacant Middleweight Title.

Of note, it has been rumored that Rich Franklin was offered to fight Filho after his opponent Martin Kampmann pulled out due to injury. Franklin’s camp turned the fight down and chose to fight and defeat Yushin Okami instead in the main event of UFC 72.

“I know Filho is considered one of the best middleweights on the planet, that is why I’m training harder for this fight than any other fight in my life,” Doerksen said in a WEC press release. “I’m excited to prove to the world I’m still a force in MMA. Filho hasn’t fought someone as well rounded as myself and I’m going to look to finish him early in the fight.”

RICHARD NANCOO VERSUS BOBBY WHITTAKER IN MONCTON

Former TKO Lightweight Champion, Richard “Monkey” Nancoo is looking to make his return to MMA on September 29th against Bobby Whittaker who is from the 519 Fight Factory and is making his pro MMA debut. The fight will be at 126lbs and it may be the main event of Johnny Power’s new MMA promotion to be held in Moncton, New Brunswick.

MARK BOCEK VERSUS FABIO HOLANDA AT BRAVADO OPEN

Bravado Jiu-Jitsu is hosting a submission grappling tournament sanctioned by the Canadian Jiu-Jitsu Association (CJA) on September 29th, 2007. The event will be held at Martingrove Collegiate in Toronto, Ontario. Promoter, Tony Isaacs, is looking to have Mark Bocek and Fabio Holanada, two of Canada’s most decorated and renowned grapplers square off in the main event!

LEE MEIN: THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN

Lee Mein is probably the busiest man in MMA whom you’ve never heard of. He’s the owner of Rumble in the Cage (RITC) which is based in Lethbridge, Alberta and has been putting on shows almost every month for the past several years. Mein also recently partnered with Keith Crawford to host the debut of Hardcore Championship Fighting.

Along with his promotional duties, Mein trains some of the best fighters in Western Canada including: Jason Day, Dan Chambers, Jesse Bongfeldt, Jordan Mein, Jared Kilkenny, and Justin Taverini. Mein is a former fighter himself who feels that he’s still got a couple more left in him.

RITC 25 is scheduled for September 15 at the Roadhouse Pub in Lethbridge, Alberta. “We’re expecting about 800 people. The card will mostly feature my new guys with a couple of pro-fights too,” explained Mein. “RITC 26 will be a big one at the Enmax Centre in Lethbridge. We should have about 3,000 people for that show. On the card will be Dan Chambers, Jesse Bongfeldt, Jordan Mein, Jared Kilkenny, Justin Taverini and I might even jump in there for an old guy match (laughing)!”

SOSZYNSKI ANNOUNCES NEXT ULTIMATE CAGE WARS FIGHT CARD

Fighter/Promoter and current TKO Heavyweight Champion Krzysztof Soszynski presents Ultimate Cage Wars: September to Remember to be held on September 7th, 2007 at the Winnipeg Convention Centre.

Lindsey Hawks vs Kevin Manderson
Jesse Bongfeldt vs Dan Garndmaison
Steve Taylor vs Gus Doyon
Jordan Mein vs Garrett Vernoy
Aaron Basso vs Dave De Lorenzi
Ryan Brigham vs Andre Burkovsky
Marhale Wedderburn vs Jamie MacDonald
Bill Bolland vs TBA
Jeret Evans vs TBA

TKO 30: STOUT VERSUS GRANDMONT HEATS UP!

Sam Stout is set to defend his TKO World Championship for the fourth straight time at TKO 30: Apocalypse on September 28th. Most Canadian MMA followers expected his opponent to be Stephane Dube as he’s widely considered to be the TKO #1 lightweight contender. However, Stout’s camp felt that Dube hadn’t earned his shot yet and instead opted to fight Martin Grandmont, a fighter who Stout had beaten by unanimous decision a few years back in kickboxing.

“I know I can beat Grandmont,” stated a stern sounding Stout. “I think I’m a more complete fighter than him, especially after working on my wrestling with Couture.”

“He can say what he wants,” explained Grandmont. “We fought in kickboxing a long time ago and he beat me in a decision. But, he never hurt me once with anything; he doesn’t hit hard. He was always just throwing one more punch than me. He won on points, but a few months later I beat the guy that took the amateur title from him (Dave Jones). Good for Stout that he beat me in amateur kickboxing, but this is MMA. It is going to be very different in September.”

Currently training in Thailand, Stephane Dube decided to throw his two cents into the conversation, “I think Stout’s confidence has really motivated Grandmont for this fight. I think Stout is going to have his hands full come September!”

CANADIAN MMA CALENDAR

August 17 – KOTC at the Edmonton Event Centre in Edmonton, Alberta
August 24 – Maximum Fighting Championship at the River Cree Resort and Casino in Edmonton, Alberta
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 28 – TKO 30 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec
September 29 – MMA event in Moncton, New Brunswick
November 10 – UGC 19 at the Pierre-Charbonneau in Montreal, Quebec
December 14 – TKO 31 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec

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