MMAxposed had the opportunity to sit in on one of the final days of filming “The Fight Exchange” produced by Aaron Avruskin and directed by Mark Johnston. Some of the filming took place at Evolucao Thai in Toronto and included appearances by Canadian fighters Sam Stout and Chris Horodecki from the Adrenaline Training Centre, and also Brazilian fighters Claudia Gadelha, Daniel ‘Jacare’ Almeida and Felipe Olivieri.
The Canadians trained out of Nova Uniao in Brazil whose members consist of UFC greats B.J. Penn, Jose Aldo and Bellator’s Marlon Sandro. “The Fight Exchange” series follows six fighters, three Canadians and three Brazilians living and training in each others’ country to prepare for battle. Stay tuned for the release of this series in October 2012 on the Superchannel in Canada.
Today’s podcast we talk about Hector Lombard signing with UFC, Alistair Overeem being suspended for testosterone use and recap UFC 145. We also speak with our guest Ryan ‘The Real Deal’ Ford about his Bellator debut at Bellator 67 in Orillia May 4th.
By: Matt Marcone
Canadian fighters are climbing the MMA food chain faster than ever before.
Veteran UFC referee “Big Dan” Miragliotta says Ontario’s influence in the sport is becoming far more apparent. The province has only been regulating MMA for 16 months, long enough to notice a radical change.
“I see fighters coming down to New Jersey and a lot of these east coast larger events that are out of Canada, where before you would never hear of these guys,” Miragliotta explains. “The exposure they’re getting is great, Ken Hayashi [the Ontario Athletics Commissioner] is doing an excellent job with the commission there. The guys they have that are working with him know the sport and have learned by doing it.”
Provincial or state athletics commissions sanction all professional MMA bouts. Many have come under fire from fans for failing to provide adequate judges and referees.
Miragliotta, an employee of the commissions says many people have no idea how difficult MMA regulation is and sees little room for development.
“Honestly they’re doing a great job, I wouldn’t even say they have to improve,” says Miragliotta about the Ontario Athletics Commission. “I like what they’re doing. They’re bringing people in that know it [MMA], that have been around for a long time and are used enough to help people who are there to learn and become more proficient.”
Miragliotta has officiated some of the biggest fights in the sport but often enjoys local bouts just as much as main event headliners.
“It’s like college football,” says Miragliotta. “I enjoy watching college football more than pros because these are young guys that are trying to get to that level and are giving you 100% all the time. They’re really trying their hardest because they want to get to where these other guys are; making the big bucks, making the recognition, getting endorsements, commercials…”
Miragliotta also gave his thoughts about the likelihood of Paul Daley returning to the octagon. UFC President Dana White fired him for striking Josh Koscheck well after the final bell at UFC 113 in Montreal.
“Had he maybe said to Dana that he was frustrated, he was upset and that he screwed up, I think Dana would’ve suspended him and maybe fined him and that would’ve been it,” says Miragliotta. “But him telling Dana that he didn’t hear the bell, that he didn’t care, that’s what got him fired. It was a very bad mistake on his part.”
White has repeatedly said Daley will never return to the UFC because of the incident but has used similar rhetoric with fighters like Tito Ortiz, Nate Marquardt and Karo Parisyan, only to change his mind later.
“I think Dana’s like everyone else, you forgive and forget a little bit, as long as the circumstances are right,” says Miragliotta. “I don’t see why he wouldn’t. If they picked him up, that would be great but if they didn’t it would be a sad thing because Daley’s a good fighter. I mean you go to jail for murder and you get out in 20 years on probation, just for sucker punching somebody to be fired for life is a major penalty, but that’s up to him [Dana].”
Miragliotta says he is happy to be a part of the growth of MMA by being a referee but eventually plans to retire and train fighters.
You can listen to the entire interview on episode three of the MMAxposed podcast. He talks about life on the road away from his family, unified rules and standups.
It took all five rounds but Jonny “Bones” Jones dominated “Suga” Rashad Evans to retain the light heavyweight championship and end a bitter rivalry. Judges scored the bout 50-45, 49-46 and 49-46.
Jones utilized his reach, size and superior standup to keep himself outside, landing several standing left elbows while making it difficult for Evans to find his rhythm.
Both fighters were tentative out of the gate but it was Jones who controlled the centre of the octagon. He admits that Evans may have been in his head.
“A lot of it came from slight insecurity fighting Rashad,” said Jones on his performance. “He did big brother me a few times when we used to work out together so having that in my head, it made me more hesitant and so I really had to fight myself in this fight…”
Jones’ professional record improves to 16-1 while Evans drops to 17-2-1. UFC President Dana White confirmed that Dan Henderson is Jones’ next challenger.
By: Matt Marcone
Canadian light heavyweight standout Ryan “The Real Deal” Jimmo has won 16 straight and is primed to make his UFC debut. Jimmo’s impressive string of wins includes decisions over Wilson Gouveia and Marvin Eastman.
Oddly enough, he thinks his insecurity might be his greatest asset.
“When I’m walking to the ring, I try to talk myself into not thinking I’m going to lose,” laughs Jimmo. “By nature I’m a very insecure person and so I’m like that in training. I never think I’m good enough. Even when I win, I always think it’s a horrible performance.”
Jimmo was scheduled to take on Karlos Vemola January 20 at UFC on FX 1, but withdrew a week out due to an ankle injury. It only took a couple weeks until he was training again.
“We’re looking at probably July 21 in Calgary,” says Jimmo on his UFC debut. “I haven’t been given an opponent but that’s the tentative date we’re shooting for.“
Jimmo is coming off a close decision win over highly regarded veteran Thierry Sokoudjou. It was also the first fight where judges used a modified half-point scoring system.
“I think the half point system can make things a little more accurate,” Jimmo explains. “If it’s a really close round but you have to give it to someone, you still have to give them a 10-9 round, so I think the half point system is an improvement.”
Jimmo has taken the next step in his own career by moving to South Florida, currently training with the world-class Blackzilians.
“I’m doing very well training down here,” says Jimmo. “When I first came down, training with Rashad Evans I thought it was going to take a while to get up to their level, but that’s not the case at all. I came here and I’m surprising myself at how well I’m doing.”
Jimmo also excels at studying physics and playing chess. The latter has definitely affected his approach to fighting.
“Absolutely, I beat my opponents with technique, but also by out-thinking them,” says Jimmo. “They’re just a large chess piece that I manipulate as I please.”
Fans can listen to the full interview on episode three the MMAxposed podcast. Jimmo explains what it was like wanting to turn pro while not being able to afford groceries, and gives an epic explanation about the origins of his nickname “the real deal.”
Todays podcast is BIGGER then ever with Canadian fighter Ryan “Big Deal” Jimmo and UFC ref “Big” Dan Miragliotta. We also tshare our predictions for UFC 145
23 year old Female Brazilian fighter Claudia Gadelha has made her first trek to Canada recently and is preparing to fight for the first time on North American soil this Friday April, 20th in Gatineau, Quebec for Wreck MMA against Valerie Letourneau(Tristar, Montreal). Claudia trains out of Nova Uniao in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is a Jiu-Jitsu black belt and is currently 6-0 in her pro career. We got a chance to catch up with Claudia at Evolucao Thai Gym in Toronto this week during filming of the Canadian documentary The Fight Exchange produced by Aaron Avruskin, The Fight Exchange is exactly as it sounds an exchange of Canadian and Brazilian fighters each training in the others countries, more details to come soon where and when you will be able to check out the final product.
Watch our interview with Claudia below:
After our interview Claudia said ” Learning English is harder then fighting” After that comment we definitely can’t wait to see how natural this lady is in the cage.
Marcus Brimage Vs. Maximo Blanco – Blanco 2nd round TKO
Keith Wisniewski Vs. Chris Clements – Clements 1st round KO
Mac Danzig Vs. Efrain Escudero – Danzig 2nd round Submission
John Makdessi Vs. Anthony Njokuani – Makdessi 1st round KO
Matt Brown Vs. Stephen Thompson – Brown Decision
Travis Browne Vs. Chad Griggs – Browne 2nd round TKO
Mark Bocek Vs. John Allesio – Bocek Decision
Mark Hominick Vs. Eddie yagin – Hominick Decision
Miguel Torres Vs. Michael McDonald – Torres Decision
Brendan Schaub Vs. Ben Rothwell – Rothwell Decision
Rory MacDonald Vs. Che Mills – MacDonald 2nd round Submission
Jon Jones Vs. Rashad Evans – Jones 3rd round TKO
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