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Kyle Nelson Victory via Guillotine at SCC 2.0

Kyle Nelson spoke to MMAxposed after his dominant victory over Ainsley Robinson at Substance Cage Combat 2.0. Nelson discussed feeling underrated by his opponent as well as his goals for the future.

Adrian Woolley battles it out at SCC 2.0

Adrian Woolley caught up with MMAXposed after his victory over Jeimeson Saudino at Substance Cage Combat 2. Woolley discussed the fight, coming back after two years, ring rust and difficulties getting fights in Ontario.

Alex Ricci Victorious at SCC 2.0

Alex Ricci talked to MMAxposed after his victory over Bellator veteran EJ Brooks at Substance Cage Combat 2. Ricci discussed his performance in the fight, the possibility of signing with RFA and the rumoured second Canadian season of The Ultimate Fighter.

 

SCC 2.0 Recap: Ricci victorious, Woolley makes return

Substance Cage Combat held their sophomore event Friday night at the Herbert Carnegie Arena in Toronto, Ontario capped off by local favourite Alex Ricci earning a hard-fought decision victory over Bellator veteran EJ Brooks. 

Ricci was stifled in the opening round but was able to open things up in the second and third rounds with his precision striking attack. His takedown defence seemed to get better as the fight went on and Brooks had no answer for him on the feet. In the end, all three judges saw the bout 29-28 for the Woodbridge native.
“I had to really pick my shots,” Ricci told MMAXposed after the fight. “If I started to over-commit, that’s when I was vulnerable to the takedown. I had to pick my shots carefully, I felt my kicks were very effective in this fight. It all changes with every opponent, for me it’s like finding the key to unlock the secret code to defeat my opponent.”
In the post-fight interview, announcer Robin Black told the crowd that Ricci had been offered a contract with US-based organization RFA, which has sent several fighters to the big show and views itself as something of a “feeder league” for Zuffa. Ricci remained non-committal on the offer.
“I want to be part of the UFC, that’s my main goal. I’ll do whatever it takes to get there and if that’s the route, then I’ll go there. I’ll fight whoever it is and that’s who I am.”
When asked about the rumours that Canada would be getting a second season of “The Ultimate Fighter”, Ricci was more definitive. “I’ll definitely be there. I was disappointed that I didn’t make the last show, but I’ll definitely be back if they do come around again.”
Adrian “The Bully” Woolley made his return to MMA after a two year absence and was able to celebrate with a spirited unanimous decision victory over Jeimeson Saudino. Woolley looked rusty in the first round and was tagged with some vicious shots, but found his groove in the second with some punishing body shots. Woolley rode out the third in top position to secure the victory in what many in attendance considered the fight of the night.
“It’s been a long, long detoured road,” Woolley said of his return to the sport. “It took me a lot longer on the way out to get back to where I wanted to be. Unfortunately, it was a little bit my fault with injuries and mishaps, a little bit of bad luck. But I’m glad that I got back in the cage, glad that Saudino came out and put on one hell of a fight and put it on me in the first round. I’m glad that I got a good opponent and I’m just glad I’m fighting.”
Kyle “The Monster” Nelson needed just 42 seconds to put Ainsley Robinson to sleep with a guillotine choke. The House of Champions product was flawless in improving his record to an undefeated 6-0 and let the MMA world know he’s hungry for more.
“I’d like to fight for a belt,” a victorious Nelson said after the fight. “Even in a smaller organization, I want to fight for a belt. I’m good to go, I could fight again tomorrow.”
Dirty tricks were no match for a lack of ground game as Todd Stoute found out against Jeremy Osheim. Stoute began the fight by swinging at Osheim as the Team Wildman product went to touch gloves and decided to go full Mike Tyson on Osheim later in the fight.
“I was on top in his guard, started elbowing and kind of slipped past him. Then he bit my ear.” Osheim relayed to Sportsnet.ca’s Adam Martin. “He held on to it for a bit and I was like ‘Hey man, what’s up? The ref saw it and he said ‘hey, none of that!’ but no point deduction, he let go.”
The chicanery proved to be all for naught as Osheim used a vastly superior wrestling attack to neutralize Stoute and take a 29-28 decision victory on all judges’ scorecards. Score one for MMA karma.
In other notable action on the card, Mike Malott landed a massive knee and followed up with punches to stop Allan Wilson in the first round. After the fight, Malott praised Wilson for stepping up on short notice and called out his original opponent Michael Karkula. Team Headrush’s  Abdula Teymouri also had a vicious first round stoppage over Para Bellum MMA’s Julian Villanova that had everyone in the crowd take notice.
All in all, a fun night of fights and an all too rare occasion to see homegrown Ontario fighters get a chance to ply their trade in their home province.
Full results:
 
Alex Ricci defeated E.J. Brooks via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Kyle Nelson defeated Ainsley Robinson via submission (guillotine choke) at 0:42 R1
Jeremy Osheim defeated Todd Stoute via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Adrian Woolley defeated Jeimeson Saudino via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Mike Malott defeated Allan Wilson via KO (knee & punches) at 1:29 R1
Abdula Teymouri defeated Julian Villanova via TKO (strikes) at 3:26 R1
Max Li defeated Rob Santos via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Ahmed Kakar defeated Omar Karami via unanimous decision (no scores given)

 

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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