We recently had the opportunity to interview Royler Gracie while he was in Ontario teaching seminars. We caught up with Royler at Robinson’s Karate School located in Bolton, Ontario Canada. Royler reflects on his thoughts about whether his father should be in the UFC Hall Of Fame for his contributions to the sport, the importance of being skilled in more then one of the martial arts and why he chose to make the move to America from Brazil.
UFC 152 is soon upon us and I can’t help but feel a wealth of emotions in my attempt to predict the action. The reason I say this is because it seems that predicting MMA fights are no longer as simple as “fighter A over fighter B” but instead a much more complex and anxious process that could be better described as “provided the physical well-being of fighters A and B is at acceptable competition level, it is likely X will be the outcome.” However if one or more parties are unable to participate and the suitable replacement(s) is/are willing and able to perform on Saturday, I predict Jon Jones won’t walk away from two cards in two weeks if he knows what’s good for him”. The caveat “Both Must Fight For Action” has taken on a whole new meaning, as the possibility that there may be no action has become as real as any other. With Saturday’s outcome hinging on all of these conditions I’ll do my best to predict the winners of UFC 152’s currently billed card.
Jon Jones vs Vitor Belfort
Jon Jones is a very clear favorite to win this fight, and rightfully so. Given his accomplishments over the last year and a half against strikers, wrestlers and muggers, it’s hard to imagine there are any stylistic matchups left to threaten the champ. This is doubly so when considering his opponent is 10 years his senior. However, when you consider Jones’s toughest test to date has come at the lightning quick hands of Lyoto Machida, it is reasonable to think that Vitor, a boxer with a conceivably greater speed advantage, may have more of a chance than odds-makers are letting on. In addition to a certain striking advantage, Vitor Belfort probably has the best jiu-jitsu of any fighter Jones has faced since entering the UFC. That being said, I don’t think Belfort has the advantage in the grappling department and despite still being a very dangerous fighter, his chin isn’t what it used to be and he will be giving up a foot of reach and considerable mass on fight night. Despite having made a case for Vitor’s chances of success, I simply can’t envision him taking control of the fight before Jones takes his confidence away.
Prediction: Jon Jones by TKO in round 3
Joseph Benavidez vs Demetrious Johnson
Joseph Benavidez has long been touted as the uncrowned flyweight kingpin and on Saturday he’ll finally get his opportunity to live up to such accolades. This won’t be easy though and “Mighty Mouse” is no walk in the park for anyone and his ability to outwork opponents often leaves him with his hand raised, despite his original underdog status. Benavidez comes into this fight with real stopping power for flyweight, as demonstrated in his fight with Yasuhiro Urushitani and Johnson may find his chin tested in the early rounds of this fight. Ultimately, I think Johnson’s speed will keep him out of harm’s way for the first couple rounds and as the fight wears on, he will begin to pull away as he continues an unrivaled work rate.
Prediction: Demetrious Johnson by unanimous decision
Michael Bisping vs Brian Stann
Michael Bisping may very well be at the end of his rope with this fight, should he lose. He has a great record against a number of very tough opponents regardless of the outcome, he will undoubtedly fight on for years to come… but should he lose, at what cost? Bisping may find himself at the bottom of the pile if he loses to Brian Stann on Saturday and what makes this so interesting is the outcome really depends on which game plan he chooses to employ. Bisping actually has very underrated grappling skills, despite hailing from a nation that has, traditionally, poor grappling skills. Given that Brian Stann is certainly no pushover on the ground (unless your name is Chael Sonnen), it is far and away, the weakest aspect of his game. If Bisping employs the same technical boxing game plan he has used against most of his recent opponents, I feel that he is gambling with his future. Brian Stann has proven an ability to put away both brawlers and technicians in absolutely brutal fashion. Stann will fearlessly go toe-to-toe with “The Count” and employ the counter punching that has made him so successful since coming down to middleweight.
Prediction: Brian Stann by TKO in round 2
Matt Hamill vs Roger Hollett
Matt “The Hammer” Hamill makes his return after a brief 17-month retirement and it will be interesting to see what shape he returns in to the octagon. If Matt aims to head-hunt as he has done in the past he may find himself getting beaten to the punch (no pun intended). Hamill, after re-evaluating his career will likely come back using the game plan that brought him success in his early days, take them down and pound them out.
Prediction: Matt Hamill by TKO in round 3
Cub Swanson vs Charles Oliveira
Cub Swanson has been a modest tear, cutting down George Roop and bringing the fight to a much larger Ross Pearson. Swanson may be small but he is scrappy and when he hits his stride he packs a hell of a wallop. I feel though he may find it harder to impose his game on Oliveira as Do Bronx has a rangy style that can be just as sporadic and unpredictable as Swanson’s. Furthermore, Cub’s commendable bottom game that served him so well against Pearson will likely count for nothing if he finds himself under Oliveira. With that in mind, I don’t foresee many areas that Oliveira will not be comfortable taking the fight.
Prediction: Oliveira by submission in round 2
Predictions by Farrell Tremblay
Written by: Matt Marcone
With just two days to go before the Score Fighting Series’ fifth event in Ontario, we present episode seven of the MMAxposed podcast. We get a real heart to heart interview with Hector Lombard, who dropped a split decision to Tim Boetch in his UFC debut.
It was Lombard’s first loss in 25 fights and he opens up about the haters, his injury during training camp, and Dana White’s post-fight comments saying he should fight at welterweight. He also gives his thoughts on a new possible training destination, making it to the big show, and who he wants to fight next.
In what many are predicting could be fight of the night, Canadian striking sensations Jesse Ronson and Alex Ricci also join the podcast. They will be fighting each other at SFS5 in Hamilton on Saturday, August 25th and both sound desperate to get inside the octagon.
Ronson talks about his mentality going into his fight on July 28 knowing he couldn’t afford to get hurt, the intensity of his sparring sessions and the origins of his nickname. He also thinks a victory could possibly send him to the UFC’s stacked lightweight division.
Ricci talks about the fight with Ronson, competing on four of the five Score Fighting Series cards, and a UFC dream of his own.
Let us know what you think!
(8:00) Jesse Ronson
(18:45) Alex Ricci
(27:30) Hector Lombard
Written by Randi Lotsberg
Ontario pro fighters Jason Saggo and Eric Attard will be stepping into the cage this Saturday, August 25th at the Score Fighting Series to test their minds, strength and skills. MMAxposed could see this bout being the fight of the night between these two skilled lightweights. Saggo is a brown belt training under Paul Abel out of P.E.I. and Attard trains out of Modern Vision MMA in Welland, Ontario under coach Chris Bonfoco. Both of these guys bring a different element into the cage; Saggo being known for his strong ground game and Attard for his Muay Thai background and powerful leg kicks. They are both at a comparable level when it comes to fitness and strength. This fight could go either way but it is bound to be the epitome of what a MMA fight should be!
Have a look behind the scenes in their training leading up to this event. Hear what they have to say about each other and how they think this fight will end.
Get your tickets at www.ticketmaster.ca for this event The Score Fighting Series: Hill Vs. Fraser Saturday August 25 2012
READY FOR WAR!!
Summer has just begun but fall is right around the corner and so is UFC 152 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada. Today we were at the ACC for the UFC 152 Media day with Rory MacDonald. By the sounds of things MacDonald Vs. Penn may be replacing the Dos Santos Vs. Velasquez rematch and become the headliner on this card, which could be a bittersweet main event for UFC fans.
With Rory still in the early stages of his career in comparison to BJ Penn the former UFC Lightweight Champion and UFC Welterweight Champion, this is going to be just the challenge MacDonald needs to face in order to catapult his UFC career to a new high.
Only time will tell who will be bringing home the win on September 22nd at UFC 152 but needless to say this match will be a true test for the young prodigy and will unfold his destiny as a fighter.
UFC 152: Toronto, Canada
Tickets will go on sale July 27th 2012 to the general public
Photo and Article by Randi Lotsberg
Correspondant for MM-eh.ca
The 2012 Ontario Open International Jiu-Jitsu Championship was held last weekend at Seneca College in Toronto, ON.
The two-day event had close to 1,500 participants from all across North America take part in the high level BJJ competition.
All ages and skill levels participated in both GI and No-GI competition, while the event also featured an vendor expo and prizes.
The competition was sanctioned by the Ontario Jiu-Jitsu Association and followed International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation rules. It was a successful and entertaining weekend for all Jiu-Jitsu enthusiasts.
Here are some photos of the event taken by Randi Lotsberg.
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.
MMAxposed had the chance to catch up with Jake Shields this past weekend while he was in the GTA. We got to check him out in action during his seminar hosted by Haymaker Fightwear at BAMA BJJ in Burlington, Ontario Canada. We also got to attend an evening event with Jake and the guys at EventbanksMMA and The Warrior Fight Store. It was a great weekend with many successful events throughout the GTA.
MMAxposed’s Dan Sammit catches up with Pro Fighter Adam’MAVERICK’ Assenza the day after his win against John Roche, with is his first win as a pro MMA career. Adam is currently (1-1) and trains at Bama BJJ located in Burlington Ontario.
Tickets start at $30 and are on sale now at the Copps Coliseum Box Office and at Ticketmaster.ca. Tickets are also available from local fighters on the card and at the door. Doors open at 6:30pm with the first fight at 7:30pm.
Budding mixed martial artist Ryan Dickson is a young man with all the tools necessary to evolve and succeed in the sport of MMA. The Hamilton native is a skilled wrestling and jiu-jitsu competitor by his roots and competes in BJJ competitions all over the world. He is getting set to compete in the Abu Dhabi World Pro BJJ Championships later this month. “Abu Dhabi” is one of the most prestigious grappling competitions in the world and Dickson will be competing against the best of the best in BJJ.
The Jeff Joslin MMA student made his MMA debut in 2011 and went 2-0 in his first two fights. Dickson grabbed a first round, arm bar victory over Brett Biederman in a Global Warriors Fighting Championship event in August, followed by an absolute mauling of Josh Tavierne in The Score Fighting Series’ Meltdown in The Valley in December. He tapped Tavierne out via rear-naked choke in the second round.
Dickson is well aware of his prowess in submissions but he is extremely humble and grounded, two traits paramount for success in this sport. Dickson has the reputation of being a sponge in his training with teacher, local MMA pioneer and former UFC fighter Jeff Joslin. His various training methods show he is the perfect student of the game who knows he needs to learn and train everything to get to where he wants to go.
“I train alot in BJJ but I also enjoy Boxing and Muay Thai which I try to train most days of the week. I also started my training in wrestling in high school and I train with Brock University Wrestling 2 times a week as well as at Joslin’s.” Dickson said. “I also spend a lot of time watching and studying pure boxing, wrestling, Muay Thai as well because a lot can be learned from all of them.
In his victory over Josh Tavierne last December, Dickson’s technical ground game dominated, frustrated and embarrassed his opponent, and it is clear he trains to do exactly that.
“I like to emulate the technical fighters in MMA. Edson Barbosa, Benson Henderson, Rousimar Palhares and my coach Jeff Joslin as well.”
Dickson’s next MMA fight is in his hometown of Hamilton on March 16th for The Score Fighting Series where he will take on Team OAMA fighter Chris St. Jean.
“He’s experienced and well rounded and I’m looking forward to the fight.” Dickson’s goals for this year are clearly set.
“At the end of 2012, I want to still be undefeated and still have all my wins by submission or knockout. I don’t really care who I fight I just want to keep active, doing a fight every month or two months.”
The MMA future is bright for Ryan Dickson.