by MMAWeekly.com Staff
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Montreal, Quebec) – Like most MMA cards, APEX: UNDISPUTED has taken a hit in terms of injuries, but APEX is proud to announce a talent filled card will be presented on September 3rd nonetheless at The Medley in Montreal (1170 St-Denis, Corner Rene-Levesque).
After a successful win in Pancrase, Ivan Menjivar was primed to fight the excellent Antonio Carvalho in the APEX main event. Carvalho, unfortunately got injured in his Shooto bout in Japan and is forced to pull out of his scheduled APEX bout. Replacing him is one of MMA’s most talked about featherweights, Joe Lauzon from Massachusetts. Lauzon brings to APEX an impressive record of 9-1-0 and like Menjivar, is undefeated at 145 pounds. Lauzon holds a submission win against UFC veteran Mike Brown and is looking to play the spoiler against Canada’s top featherweight.
Due to some unfortunate family issues, Stephan Potvin will no longer be competing on APEX: UNDISPUTED and APEX is currently in search for a replacement for Potvin against Fritz “The Animal” Paul.
Added to the event in a special kickboxing bout is Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson against “Ferocious” Freddie Espircueta. Known in the kickboxing world as the next big thing in the sport, Thompson has been in APEX’s plans since he made his Montreal debut in November 2004. Thompson won impressively by TKO in the 6th Round against an exceptionally tough Eric Boudreau. Thompson followed that up with a devastating 1st Round KO of Walter Baric last July in his next fight in Montreal. Thompson proved to the knowledgeable Quebec fight fans, that he is the real deal. Espiricueta comes from Mexico, through Houston and is coming to Montreal to show what true Mexican heart is all about.
Also added to the card is UFC Veteran Steve Berger who gave Fritz Paul his only defeat at the last APEX event. As a well traveled veteran with one of the most exciting styles in the world, Berger will be facing someone who has revenge on his mind. Nuri Shakir will now be stepping up the welterweight division and facing Berger who submitted him earlier in his career. Their first fight was one of the most exciting in Massachusetts history and the rematch is expected to cause fireworks.
Also changing opponents is Claude Patrick, who will now be facing APEX veteran Mandela Kponou, who defeated Marcus Celestin in the last APEX event. Kponou has gone on to have four more wins since his APEX debut and is considered a top prospect in the middleweight division. Patrick has also defeated Celestin in devastating fashion and is primed to show the Quebec fans what else he can bring to the ring.
Serge Lafond and Wojtek Kaszowski will still be facing eachother, but now they will be doing it under a different set of rules. Both fighters have agreed to fight under Full-Contact Kickboxing Rules which will definitely end in someone ending it with a KO. Brent Beauparlant will also still be facing his scheduled opponent in Chicago tough-guy Jason Guida. Guida is cementing a place as one of the toughest light heavyweights in the Midwest and Beauparlant wants to show the world what he is capable of.
Due to another injury, Martin Grandmont will now be rematching Eric Lacelle who he beat in his first professional MMA fight. Lacelle believes the fight was stopped too early and that he did not show his true skills and has revenge on his mind.
Added to the card is a bout between Nabil Khatib from Team Bushido and Sebastien Poirier of Wrecking Gym. Khatib has an excellent amateur kickboxing career under the tutelage of Jean-Yves Theriault and now is trying his luck in the MMA ring. Poirier is a tough all-around competitor who has been training for his MMA debut for a long time and finally feels ready to step into the ring.
Both Francois Flibotte’s and Sean Ragnitz’s opponents could not compete, so APEX put the two of them together is what is expected to be an extremely entertaining battle between a striker and a grappler.
Eric Beaulieu makes his APEX debut against Rowan Cunningham who has trained with Hamilton’s Jeff Joslin. Beaulieu has fought plenty of talented fighters from around Canada and the United States and is a huge test for the newcomer Rowan Cunningham, who is known for his BJJ prowess.
Tickets for this event are available via Ticket Pro outlets at www.ticketpro.ca or (866) 908-9090. For more information, contact APEX at firstname.lastname@example.org or (514) 448-2492. Tickets are going extremely fast so please purchase them as soon as possible!!
APEX: UNDISPUTED LINEUP – SUBJECT TO CHANGE
FEATHERWEIGHT MAIN EVENT : IVAN MENJIVAR (TRISTAR GYM) Vs. JOE LAUZON (TEAM AGGRESSION)
MIDDLEWEIGHT KICKBOXING SUPERFIGHT : STEPHEN THOMPSON (UPSTATE KARATE) Vs. FREDDIE ESPIRICUETA (MEXICAN TOP TEAM)
MIDDLEWEIGHT FEATURED BOUT : FRITZ PAUL (TEAM NESTOR) Vs. TBA
WELTERWEIGHT FEATURED BOUT : STEVE BERGER (VAGHI JIU-JITSU / JONES BOXING) Vs. NURI SHAKIR (TEAM ELITE)
LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT FEATURED BOUT : BRENT BEAUPARLANT (BTT CANADA) Vs. JASON GUIDA (GILBERT GRAPPLING)
HEAVYWEIGHT KICKBOXING SUPERFIGHT : SERGE LAFOND (TEAM BERGERON) Vs. WOJTEK KASZOWSKI (WARRIOR MMA)
MIDDLEWEIGHT FEATURED BOUT : CLAUDE PATRICK (TORONTO) Vs. MANDELA KPONOU (DRAGON’S LAIR)
WELTERWEIGHT BOUT : MARTIN GRANDMONT (TEAM BERGERON) Vs. ERIC LACELLE (HAWKESBURY)
WELTERWEIGHT BOUT : ERIC BEAULIEU (BTT CANADA) Vs. ROWAN CUNNINGHAM (ABHAYA / JOSLINS / ALLIANCE)
LIGHTWEIGHT BOUT : FRANCOIS FLIBOTTE (TEAM UNION) Vs. SEAN RAGNITZ (RONIN MMA)
MIDDLEWEIGHT BOUT : SEBASTIEN POIRIER (WRECKING GYM) Vs. NABIL KHATIB (TEAM BUSHIDO)
LIGHTWEIGHT BOUT : MIKE HONG (BURLINGTON BJJ) vs TBA