Canadians are famously polite, not sure if Team Australia would agree though. After watching the season premier of TUF Nations Canada vs Australia it’s safe to say that things are getting heated quickly in the great white north as tension brews between the Aussie’s and Canucks. Are the Aussies on hostile territory? Or will they be bringing the hostility from down under?
Sportsnet opened its doors last night to TUF cast members friends, family and media for the TUF Nations premier presentedby XBOX ONE. It was a very intimate affair with the presence of Team Canada cast members Chad Laprise (7-0) and Elias Theodorou (8-0) who I may add are both UNDEFEATED As well as UFC lightweight Sam Stout, TUF China cast member Albert Cheng and local Ontario MMA talents Alex Ricci and Adam Assenza.
It was a change of scenery watching The Ultimate Fighter surrounded by people so heavily involved in the sport in a studio environment with live taping during and after for UFC Central. The energy from guests reactions while watching our Canadians in action speaks for itself that this is going to be a season on The Ultimate Fighter that will keep fight fans entertained with patriotic fight action, hostility, witty humor and good old Canadian charm.
O’Reilly starts the first round in a dominant fashion and taking Johnson to the ground in the first 25 seconds and a second takedown in under a minute things quickly turn around for Johnson as he get hold of O’Reillys ankle but O’Reilly managed to get out of the dangerous situation. About halfway through the first round there is an exchanging of punches then Johnson pulls O’Reilly in towards the cage towards the ground takes his back and finishes with a rear naked choke. Taking the first victory for Team Canada and sending Johnson to the next round.
Dana White said “If guys thought fighting in the toughest tournament on television was hard, imagine how they feel doing it with a whole country on their shoulders,” Could this country vs country style tournament help build a new breed and bigger fan base for the sport of MMA? Could this help push MMA to becoming more mainstream and an Olympic sport in the years to come?
Australian female fighter ‘Rowdy’ Bec Rawlings @RowdyBec Aka Bec Hyatt until recently returning to her maiden name, posted this to twitter during the show “Watching TUF Nations & I literally know TWO guys on the Aussie team.. what the frig who are these guys?”
Even Johnson questioned in the first episode whether any of these guys had over 10 fights, which didn’t seem to go over well with the Aussies. Team Canada has a total of 84 fights between all 8 cast members and Team Australia has a total of 54 between them ( keep in mind Johnson has 30 of those just on his record) I’m not saying the match ups are a huge difference but looking at the numbers I have to say this season is looking mighty good for Canadian domination.
PREDICTION TIME: So who do we think is going to win this season of The Ultimate Fighter TUF Nations Canada vs Australia? Without sounding bias being a Canadian writer. I think Canada will be winning in both weight classes with my top four picks on team Canada being Kajan Johnson and Chad Laprise in the welterweight division and Elias Theodorou and Nordine Taleb in the middleweight division but there can only be two I think we will be seeing Laprise and Theodorou representing Canada come time for the finale and Kajan Johnson possibly being signed with the UFC regardless.
Written by Carlin Bardsley
UFC welterweight champion and future Hall of Famer Georges St Pierre has made the decision to vacate the title he has help since 2008. GSP announced the decision on a conference call with the media on Friday afternoon.
St. Pierre made the decision to step away from the sport due to what he described as a lot of pressure and a lot of “criticism” in his professional life and unspecified issues in his personal life that require his attention.
“It’s like every fight I’m carrying weight on my shoulders. With every fight you add weight and add weight and add weight, eventually it gets too heavy.” the French-Canadian superstar told reporters.
St. Pierre carefully avoided the word retirement, instead preferring to keep the talk about an extended break. But he felt that he needed to vacate his title “for the respect of the other competitors” and added “I can not put myself through a training camp right now and I don’t want anyone to wait”. Read the rest of this page »
Written by: Ryan Manahan
Every great Mixed Martial Artist that enters the octagon, gets their name announced by Bruce Buffer, and wears UFC gold around their waist, all make the same decision at one point in their life – to become a Professional Mixed Martial Artist.
John Sanguinetti has made that decision. After a three year run floating around the amateur circuit, Sanguinetti is going to try and make a career out of fighting.
“I think I’ve done everything I think there is to do in amateur and I want to see how much further I can take it as a pro,” John tells me over the phone on a cold November morning. It’s a busy morning for John. He’s getting ready to visit his parents who he doesn’t see as much as he used to as a result of his training. “I’ve invested a lot of time into this and I’ve sacrificed a lot so I’d like to see it pay off one day.”
Sanguinetti doesn’t look like the stereotype of a Mixed Martial Artist. He doesn’t have a mohawk and head tattoo like Chuck Lidell or the bleach blond hair of a Tito Ortiz. He would more likely be mistaken for a soccer player or a server at a local restaurant than a fighter. “A lot of people are surprised when they hear that I’m a fighter because I’m a pretty laid back person,” he says with a slight sense of amusement in his tone. “I’m not really a meathead jock or anything like that.”
He doesn’t look like a stereotypical fighter, and it’s maybe because he didn’t get into the sport in a typical way. He was the chubby kid growing up. The now 170 pound welterweight once topped the scales at 260 pounds and turned to martial arts to shed the weight.
“I was overweight when I was younger and I just needed a way to get in shape. Boxing seemed like the most fun way to do it… I was doing it more to get in shape than to compete.” The activity he turned to in an effort to slim down quickly turned from a hobby to a passion. He was boxing to lose weight and, soon after, his brother started training in Brazilian Ju Jitsu, which he joined him in. “I started out as a fan of MMA,” he tells me thinking back to his beginnings in the sport, “So it all just came together.” He started training in a wide range of martial arts to become well-rounded in all aspects of the game. With his skills accumulating and his passion growing stronger, he decided to test himself an actual bout.
“When I got my first fight, I wasn’t planning on going professional. I just wanted to get an MMA fight just to see how my skills would match against someone,” John speaks of his decision to take his first Amatuer MMA fight in Michigan. While his matches in Michigan were labeled “Amateur” they weren’t very different from what you’d see on a UFC Pay-Per-View in terms of safety and rules. Read the rest of this page »
Written By Carlin Bardsley
Grassroots mixed martial arts made a triumphant return to Ontario on Saturday night as the Provincial Fighting Championships made their debut card before a raucous crowd at the Western fairgrounds in London.
The venue was packed to near capacity to see hometown hero Chris “The Polish Hammer” Horodecki win a unanimous decision victory against Bellator veteran Frank Caraballo in the main event, as well as to support London-based fighters like Jesse ‘The Ghost” Gross, Shannon “The Cannon” Ludlow and others.
Horodecki not only carried the pressure of main eventing in his hometown into the fight, but with a December fight in World Series of Fighting in the offing it was important to him to come out of the fight injury-free. Caraballo didn’t make it easy on him, causing some nasty swelling underneath Horodecki’s eye and showing a cast-iron chin, but the veteran Horodecki utilized positional control and some nasty ground and pound in the third to seal the win on the judges’ scorecards.
While the crowd may have came to see Horodecki, they left talking about the co-main event clash between Gross and Xtreme Couture product Michael Karkula. The two combatants waged war, with Karkula’s superior ground game giving him the edge in the first round. Gross worked his way back into the fight in the second round which saw him tenderize Karkula with repeated body shots. Gross looked to continue the attack in the final stanza with a vicious knee to the body, but Karkula was able to gain back control and land punches to ride out the fight and take a split decision victory.
The women also provided a highlight as Adrenaline Training Center‘s Ludlow took on Alberta’s Lynelle House. Ludlow was throwing everything she had behind her punches, but House was able to avoid her attack and repeatedly counter. Ludlow was taking more and more damage until referee Brian Beauchamp thought he had seen enough and awarded the “House of Pain” the TKO victory. Read the rest of this page »
Written by Randi Lotsberg
Being a pro fighter and trying to make it to the big show isn’t just about being good at your game, to be successful there are many elements to making it. Obviously you need to have a good fight record and the more exciting the fights you have the better but then there is the whole entertainment aspect that comes with being successful in one of the worlds fastest growing sports.
Elias ‘The Spartan’ Theodorou is currently undefeated (8-0) in his pro MMA career, not only does he dominate and injure his opponents while keeping his record squeaky clean he is also, as his coach Lachlan Cheng puts it “A social media whore”. When Elias isn’t updating his Facebook and Twitter feed he is also branching out and making himself extremely marketable by pursuing a career in acting and modelling. He recently had a role in CTV’s original series The Listener where he portrays an MMA fighter, modelled in his briefs for the HiM 2014 Rethink Breast Cancer Charity Calendar and has an upcoming role in the movie Number One Contender. On September 22, 2013 Theodorou auditioned for The Ultimate Fighter which could be huge for his professional career, he has a lot to offer a reality TV show with his undefeated record, charismatic personality, his ridiculous outbursts and of course, his hair. When we asked Theodorou what making it onto the series would mean to him he said ”Being on TUF would be a dream come true. I want to be a UFC fighter more than anything else in the world, and TUF would be the vehicle to living my dream wide awake”
MMAxposed had the opportunity to follow and film Elias during his training camp while he prepared for his most recent win against Travis Clark (7-2) at NAAFS in Ohio this past August. We give you the opportunity to see Elias in action with this behind the scenes look into his life and training. Behind every great fighter is a great team of people who help put together all the pieces leading up to victory, in Elias Theodorou: Training Camp we meet with Elias’ coaches Sergio Cunha who is one of the original Chute Boxe members from Brazil who trains many high caliber fighters in the UFC such as The Nogueira Brothers, Anderson Silva, and Mauricio Rua just to name a few. His other coach and close friend Lachlan Cheng who is much like a father figure to Elias by keeping him on track, focused and out of trouble shares his story about being coach to ‘The Spartan’. Training Camp shows the struggles, sacrifice and laughs associated with being a professional MMA fighter and a look into what it’s like to be Elias Theodorou.
As the sport of MMA has grown over the last 20 years so has one of the sports largest and most successful brands TapouT, A fan of the sport or not you are probably familiar with the name. What many would say is an over night success story in reality was many years of hard work spent selling T-shirts out of the trunk of their car and following a dream motivated by nothing more then a passion for a sport that was not even legal in the state they lived.
TapouT was founded in 1997 in San Bernardino, California USA by PunkASS (Dan Caldwell), the late Mask (Charles Lewis Jr) and later joined by SKRAPE (Tim Katz). In 1998 the company brought in about $30,000 and in ten years they managed to make the $100 million dollar mark. Tapout is the perfect example of a success story but what did they do that was different then other companies out there? Personally I think it has a lot to do with their personalities, ability to network and their dedication to BELIEVE!! The laws of attraction and power of positivity can go a long way and these guys are living prove of what one is truly capable of achieving. After the years of work and success they still seem like the cool and humble dudes I am only guessing they were when they started from nothing.
“Follow your own dreams and don’t listen to other people because people are going to tell you otherwise cause it’s not their dream” – SKRAPE
“If you love what you’re doing and it doesn’t feel like work you just keep doing it because you love it and you would do it whether you got paid for it or not.” – PunkASS
Seven weeks out from Mitch Gagnon’s fight at UFC 165 he is confident to finish his opponent Dustin Kimura and have his hand raised inside the UFC octagon on Saturday September 21. The Sudbury, Ontario native is set to make his third appearance inside the octagon and is looking for his second win during his UFC career which would make him 10-3 in his pro MMA career. Kimura is currently undefeated in his pro career. You can watch their bout on the UFC prelims on Sportsnet 8PM/5PM ETPT