by Marco Antico – MMAWeekly.com
CHRIS HORODECKI TALKS TAKANORI GOMI
“My management is talking to (Dream) along with some other organizations. To my knowledge nothing is finalized yet, so it’s just talk for now,” explained Chris Horodecki about possibly fighting Takanori Gomi. “I don’t think the IFL is officially done yet, so that and TKO’s card in October are two other options we’re looking at.
“Of course, it would be an amazing honor to fight Takanori Gomi. He’s one of the best in the world. He’s got really heavy hands so I’d have to watch out for that. I’d definitely have to sit down and study his tapes and come up with a good game plan. It’s hard to comment anymore than that because I haven’t studied Gomi enough to say. I’m sort of in limbo right now, just enjoying my summer and training hard in London and at Xtreme Couture Toronto.”
HOMINICK SAYS IT’S AN HONOR TO BE A PART OF AFFLICTION
“I’m a part of history being on this show. It’s an amazing show and I’m just lucky to be on it. Six of the Top 10 heavyweights in the world are on this card! If I can get that first win on the first show I think it automatically moves me into title contention. At least that’s the way I look at it,” stated Mark Hominick when talking about his fight on Saturday night’s Affliction “Banned” in Anaheim, Calif.
“I think it’s going to be an exciting fight with Savant Young. He’ll stand and bang with me until I hurt him and then he’ll try to take me down. I’ve been working a lot at Xtreme Couture Toronto with (Georges) St. Pierre’s old wrestling coach. My wrestling has really improved. In fact, don’t be surprised if you see me go for a takedown in this fight.
“But, I always like to stand and bang and look for the first round knockout if I can do it. I think the biggest danger he presents to me is his size and strength. He’s a power puncher who likes to throw big hooks, but I think my speed and technique will prevail. He’s also a huge 145-pounder and he’s ranked in the Top 10. That’s where I see myself too, so I got to take him out!”
NICK JOHNSON & DAVE MAIR ON XTREME COUTURE TORONTO
Tuesdays and Thursdays between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Nick Johnson and Dave Mair run pro training at Xtreme Couture Toronto. Johnson has won multiple championships in Greco-Roman wrestling and trained Georges St-Pierre for several years while previously living in Montreal. Mair is a three-time Canadian wrestling champion and the current National Team coach for the 2008 Olympic games.
“We’ve got the top fighters in the area. Anyone who is anybody is coming here for these workouts,” said Mair. “We’ve been doing this for two months now with guys like Mark Hominick, Chris Horodecki, Mark Bocek, Rob Di Censo, and the Powell twins. For those thinking of joining us, make sure you get in shape before you come. We’ve got someone who will humble you in each discipline. We want these pro guys to continue to achieve and to reach that next level.”
“When I look at pro MMA fighters these days, I think they are all still very raw. They lack technical skills and I think that’s what myself and Dave Mair bring to these training session,” explained Johnson. “It’s been great being a part of Xtreme Couture Toronto. We’ve got a great bunch of guys who like to work hard.”
COURTS MAY DECIDE FATE OF MMA IN ONTARIO AND PERHAPS CANADA
The Association of Boxing Commissioners (ABC) conference took place in Montreal in early July with commissioners from all over North America in attendance. MMA was a hot item on the agenda as the ABC adopted new, unified rules for the sport. Ontario’s Athletic Commissioner, Ken Hayashi, was in attendance, acting primarily as an observer as he has adopted the position that MMA is illegal, asserting that it violates s83 of Canada’s Criminal Code.
Six Nations police charged a group of promoters who organized an MMA event called Rumble on the Rez back in November 2007. Police say it was Hayashi who initiated the official complaint that ended with the charges being laid. The case will be tried in a provincial court although the date has yet to be determined.
“I’m not a lawyer so I have no idea what’s going to happen in court,” said Hayashi. “If they deem that the promoters did not do anything criminal then it will force the federal lawmakers to take a look at section 83. But, if they do find that there was something illegal then it would only make sense that there could be repercussions across the country as it is a federal law.”
Meanwhile, the Ontario government continues to insist on seeing Amateur MMA before Professional. The Canadian Mixed Martial Arts Association (CMMAA) submitted their application in October 2007 to become the officially recognized provincial sport organization (PSO) for MMA in Ontario. Sports consultant Faye Blackwood has been assigned to review the application.
“Unfortunately, I have no news to report at this time as the application is still under review. This has absolutely nothing to do with any bias against MMA, as it’s simply just a matter of getting through the application,” said Blackwood. “There is no timetable or deadline for us. We’ll let CMMAA know as soon as we’ve finished our review.”
CANADIAN MMA CALENDAR
July 19 – King of the Cage: Ex-Calibur at the Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta
July 25 – MFC 17: Hostile Territory at the River Cree Resort & Casino in Enoch, Alberta
July 26 – Freedom Fight: Title Quest at the Robert Guertin Arena in Gatineau, Quebec