by Marco Antico, MMAWeekly.com
JASON DAY TO TAKE ON PATRICK COTE FOR TKO MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE
Crafton Wallace was recently forced to pull out of his June 1st fight against Patrick Cote as a result of an undisclosed injury sustained in training. Stepping in will be highly regarded Jason “Dooms” Day from Lethbridge, Alberta. This will be Day’s debut at 185 lbs. after having amassed an impressive 11-4 record fighting at Light Heavyweight.
“I think Cote is a tough match-up for me and our styles are very similar, but I believe that I have the strength advantage and I think I also hit harder. Off the top of my head, I think that my game plan is to stand in front of him and bang!” stated Day. “I’m at the stage of my career where I need a couple of big wins against recognizable names. No disrespect to Cote, but he fits that bill perfectly. I couldn’t ask for more!”
NO TITLE SHOT AND INJURED, BUT THE FIGHT GOES ON FOR GOULET
Jonathan Goulet will have to continue to wait for his opportunity at the welterweight title since he’ll be fighting at middleweight on June 1st at TKO 29. His opponent will be Travis Axworthy, a Muay Thai expert from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.
Despite recently sustaining an injury while training which required multiple stitches, Goulet remains undeterred. He explains, “I got hit during the sparring and I have to take care of that before my fight. I’m doing something else for my cardio now, but I’m not worried about that. For my fight, I feel great on fighting at 185 because right now I’m walking at 205! Mentally I’m ready and if you want to see action, the Bell Center in Montreal is the place!”
SHAUN KRYSA TAKES ON FABIO HOLANDA AT MFC 12
A highly anticipated fight between two of Canada’s best, but internationally still unknown, fighters will take place at MFC 12: High Stakes on June 22nd in Edmonton, Alberta. Shaun Krysa’s only loss was shrouded in controversy against a very tough, Jason MacKay, at ECC 5. Fabio Holanda is undoubtedly the best fighter with a losing record. But, most of his losses were to 170 lbs. fighters currently in the UFC. Holanda holds impressive victories over Alvin Robinson, Blake Fredrickson and Kultar Gill.
“It is great to finally get the opportunity to fight Holanda. We were supposed to fight last December, but unfortunately it didn’t work out. Now at MFC 12, we can get it done!” said an excited Krysa.
MMA RETURNS TO NEW BRUNSWICK ON SEPTEMBER 29TH
Jerry Doiron, Commissioner of Moncton’s Municipal Boxing & Wrestling Commission, confirmed that MMA will finally be heading back to Moncton, New Brunswick on September 29th, 2007. The promoter is legendary professional wrestler Johnny Powers (real name, Dennis Waters). Powers, a Hamilton, Ontario native, once wrestled Bruno Sammartino (aka “The Italian Strongman”) for the WWWF Heavyweight Championship, but lost which was no disgrace considering Sammartino was the longest champion in WWWF history – over 12 years!
Commissioner Doiron is a self-proclaimed supporter of MMA, despite the admitted pressures he receives from governmental authorities. He acknowledges the challenges that promoters face in holding a viable event in the city of Moncton, with a population of just 140,000. And unlike some other Canadian Commissioners, he prefers to work with the promoters as opposed to working against them to ensure a safe and successful event.
CALGARY WELCOMES “GLORY FIGHT” ON JUNE 2ND
The province of Alberta has overtaken Quebec as the most frequent host to MMA events in Canada. With MFC operating in Edmonton and Rumble in the Cage and Rage in the Cage promoting events in Lethbridge, there is no shortage of opportunities for Albertan athletes and fans.
However, despite being the most populous city in the province with approximately one million residents, Calgary has not shared in the MMA prosperity. This is mainly because of Calgary’s heightened medical and city requirements that make it less attractive to potential promoters.
A new promotion company called Glory Fight hopes to change all that. This will be Calgary’s first and perhaps only MMA event of 2007. Owner Chris Horton explains, “I’m trying to bring the sport to Calgary as much as possible, as I feel we don’t get as many shows as we should for a city of 1 million. I’m not in it for the money; in fact I will probably lose money on my first show. But I won’t give up! We are on Ticketmaster as of today!”
CANADIAN MMA CALENDAR
May 18 – UGC 18 Extreme Victory at the Medley in Montreal, Quebec
June 1 – TKO 29: Repercussion at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec
June 2 – Glory Fight: Nowhere to Run at the Deerfoot Casino in Calgary, Alberta
June 9 – Rumble in the Cage 24 at the Roadhouse in Lethbridge, Alberta
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