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Elias Theodorou still undefeated and moving forward to TUF finale

MMAxposed spoke with Elias Theodorou last night right after his TUF Viewing party and win against Tyler Manawaroa at Buffalo Wild Wings in Mississauga hosted by GDCmma. Elias talks about his win, his recent trip to Thailand and ladyboys

 

Markos wins title, Healy edges Ricci at PFC 2

Photo credit Randi Lotsberg

Photo Credit Randi Lotsberg

Written by Carlin Bardsley

Provincial Fighting Championships staged their sophomore event at the Western Fairgrounds in London, Ontario last night but it was the city of Windsor that walked away with the night’s biggest prize.

Randa Markos, training out of Windsor’s Maximum Training Centre, steamrolled Alberta’s Lynell House for a first-round submission victory and the PFC’s women’s strawweight championship. 

Markos went on the attack from the opening bell, mounting House early and pummelling her with elbows before locking in an armbar for the tapout at just 1:57 into the first round.

“[This] feels amazing,” an excited Markos said at the post-fight press conference. “I’ve been waiting for this for a while so I’m really happy right now.”

Markos’s thought process during the fight clearly showed a gameplan in action,“Right away I thought ‘I’ve got to take this girl to the ground. Once I take her to the ground, I know she can’t stop me.”’ 

Photo Credit Randi Lotsberg

Photo Credit Randi Lotsberg

“She’s number one in Canada. Let’s solidify it, let’s let it be known. No one can touch her, she proved that tonight.” PFC President Jamie Champion declared. “Whatever she hits, she destroys!” Champion added with a laugh, quoting Rocky IV. 

The co-main event saw an all-out war as Oregon’s Ryan Healy, brother of UFC’s Pat Healy, took a tightly-contested split decision victory over Woodbridge Ontario’s Alex Ricci.

Healy’s relentless forward pressure seemed to be the difference in the fight. Healy stalked Ricci down and was able to land heavy shots in addition to wearing Ricci down against the fence which was able to disrupt Ricci’s stick and move strategy. 

Photo Credit Randi Lotsberg

Photo Credit Randi Lotsberg

 

“Ricci’s tough, man. I can’t take anything away from him” Healy said. “I was shocked at the split decision. I know it’s his backyard. I know he knew I won that fight. I felt like I won clearly two rounds and I kind of felt like I won every round. I came out there, I pushed the pace, I landed the harder shots and he fought really defensive. The only thing that really hurt me was a headbutt in the third round.”

The fight was Healy’s fourth trip north of the 49th parallel, having competed previously for the Score Fighting Series and Maximum Fighting Championships. A grinning Healy seemed eager to make a return. “I like fighting in Canada. The crowd is supportive and cheers. Even though I was coming from the States, I think I kind of won them over and it seems like they just want to see a good fight. I love coming to Canada and hope to come back.”

Challenging Healy and Ricci for most entertaining scrap of the evening were Kyle Prepolec and Kevin Morin. The two fought a spirited affair with Morin taking an early advantage but Prepolec finishing strong. Prepolec’s shorter, tighter punches prevailed over Morin’s winging hooks as Markos’ MTC Windsor teammate picked up a unanimous decision victory. 

The night was not without incident however, as heavyweight Jeff Fuchs had to be taken to hospital after his fight with Bryan Jordan. Fuchs suffered a serious injury after throwing a leg kick in the fight’s opening moments, was helped from the cage and transported directly to hospital for surgery. No further update on his condition was available at press time.

Photo Credit Randi Lotsberg

Photo Credit Randi Lotsberg

All in all, a successful second event for PFC and an entertaining night of fights for anyone who is a fan of grassroots MMA. Champion wasn’t confirming a date or location for PFC 3, but mused that it could take place in Montreal. While that would be an understandable decision to relocate the show so that it would no longer be under the auspices of the Ontario Athletic Commission, we can only hope for the sake of Ontario MMA fans that PFC remains within the province’s borders.

 

PFC 2 full results:

 

Randa Markos defeats Lynell House by submission (armbar) 1:57 R1

Ryan Healy defeats Alex Ricci by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

Misha Cirkunov defeats Martin Desilets by submission (triangle choke) 2:36 R1

Bryan Jordan defeats Jeffrey Fuchs by TKO (injury) 0:36 R1

Kyle Prepolec defeats Kevin Morin by Unanimous Decision (29-28×3)

Devin Murray defeats David Hale by submission (rear naked choke) 2:59 R2

Kyle Nelson defeats Alex Halkias by Unanimous Decision (30-27×2, 29-28)

Scott Hudson defeats Joel Corbett by TKO (Punches) 3:13 R1

Rafael Palomeque defeats Ryan Waterman by TKO (referee stoppage) 5:00 R1

 

You can see all the pics from PFC 2 on our Facebook page HERE

 

Murray gets comeback win over Hale

Fear the Fighter’s Devin Murray returned to the cage after nearly a four year absence and dominated in a submission win over Dave Hale. MMAxposed caught up with Murray after the fight and got his thoughts on his return.

PFC 2 Post-fight press conference

After a successful second event, the  new PFC Women’s Strawweight champion Randa Markos and other winners of the evening including Ryan Healy, Kyle Prepolec and Devin Murray.

Prepolec talks PFC 2 win over Morin

MTC Windsor’s Kyle Prepolec defeated a very game Kevin Morin in one of the most exciting fights of the night at PFC 2. MMAXposed caught up with Prepolec after the fight to discuss his performance, future plans and more.

GSP drinks Bacardi, talks drug testing

Photo credit Bacardi Canada

Photo credit Bacardi Canada

Written By Carlin Bardsley 

UFC superstar Georges St. Pierre may have decided to take an extended break from the rigors of the octagon, but that doesn’t mean that he’s staying out of the public eye.

Hot on the heels of the release of his documentary “Takedown: The DNA of GSP”, St. Pierre dropped in to a The Fifth Social Club Toronto to meet and greet fans as well as give a few words to the media.

St. Pierre left the UFC under a cloud of controversy. Some, including UFC President Dana White, felt that GSP came up short in his last title defence against Johny Hendricks, where St. Pierre eked out a split decision victory.

UFC brass were also taken aback when St. Pierre announced after the fight that he was taking an indefinite hiatus. But the toll of ruling over the welterweight division for the past seven years had been a heavy one. Not only physically but mentally as well. GSP alluded to issues in his personal life that he wanted to address and also revealed to CBC that he suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder.

But rumours persisted that one of the lesser talked about reasons for GSP leaving was UFC’s reaction to St. Pierre’s insistence on using enhanced drug testing in the Hendricks fight. Hendricks wound up declining the option, and the UFC was not supportive of GSP’s efforts. White called GSP’s concerns “ridiculous” and added that “everything GSP says [lately] is a little kooky.”

Photo credit Bacardi Canada

Photo credit Bacardi Canada

St. Pierre spoke to MMAxposed exclusively on the subject, insisting that he harbours no grudge against White or the UFC, but adding:  “I want to attack the system. If we change the system, we take care of the problem. If we change one individual or one organization, it might be a problem somewhere else. I wanted to attack the system because there’s a big problem in the system. Unfortunately, I tried to make things happen and they didn’t. I think [stricter drug testing] is the next step for the sport to become more legit, more mainstream.”

Only time will tell if GSP’s crusade against performance enhancing drugs and desire for enhanced testing will be adopted by the major MMA organizations. In the meantime, the world waits to see if GSP will return to the sport to claim the welterweight title he vacated with his absence. In the interim, the best chance fans may have to see “Rush” is to grab a Bacardi and coke at an event like this one.

Event hosted by Bacardi CanadaThe Fifth Social Club 225 Richmond Street W Toronto

Photos courtesy of Bacardi Canada

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TUF Nations Canada vs Australia Season Premier Brings Hostile Territory

TUF-Nations

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.

The first episode was focused around Team Canada’s Kajan Johnson (19-10-1) who trains out of Tristar gym in Montreal and Team Australia’s Brendan O’Reilly (5-0)

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.

You can watch a preview of next weeks TUF Nations Here where Canadian Elias Theodorou goes up against Zein Saliba  and watch it Wednesdays at 10pm/et on Sportsnet 360 and FoxSports1

GSP Clears Way for a New Welterweight Champion

GSP-Source: www.ufc.com

GSP-Source: http://www.ufc.com

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 »

AMMACS: Paving The Way For Amateur Mixed Martial Artists In Ontario

John SanguinettiWritten 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 »

MMA Returns to Ontario at Provincial Fighting Championship

Chris Horodecki Vs Frank Caraballo

Chris Horodecki Vs Frank Caraballo

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.

Michael Karkula Vs Jesse Gross

Michael Karkula Vs Jesse Gross

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.

Shannon Ludlow Vs Lynelle House

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 »

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