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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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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”. (more…)


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. (more…)


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.  (more…)


Elias Theodorou: Training Camp

Training camp at Empire MMA Barrie

Photo by Randi Lotsberg

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.

Photo by Randi Lotsberg

Photo by Randi Lotsberg

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”

Photo by Randi Lotsberg

Photo by Randi Lotsberg

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.


The Tapout Dream

Entrepreneurial legends in the sport of MMA

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

Be inspired like we are here at MMAxposed and check out SKRAPE & PunkASS in our video interview below with Matt Marcone:


Mitch Gagnon predicts his hand being raised at UFC 165

Mitch GagnonSeven 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

 

 

 

 


Patrick Cote on coaching TUF Canada vs Australia

Written by: Ryan Manahan

Montreal, Quebec. “They’re not welcome here,” Patrick ‘The Predator’ Cote joked with us earlier.  Cote is coaching the next season of TUF Nations: Canada Vs. Australia which will be filmed in Canada later this year.
Cote showed his excitement about being chosen as a coach on the reality show.  While he understands that it’s a big opportunity for him to get noticed and create exposure, he views the coaching slot as a way to help future talent and represent Canada.
Cote spoke to us earlier today and also discussed the fans, his drop to the Welterweight Division and his other job as the UFC’s French speaking Play by Play man.
“I’m going there to help all those guys and I really want to win all the fights over there,” Cote said, his body language intense and sincere.  “We’re going to do everything that’s possible to win everything.”
Even mentioning the name of his rival coach – Kyle Noke who will be coaching the Australian team – didn’t detract from his focus of being a mentor and coach to the Canadian fighters on his team.  While he respects Noke’s skills and abilities, he made it clear what his intentions were in regards to TUF Nations.
“For me right now, I’m just focusing about TUF and going on this show  and sweeping this the season,” Cote said clearly getting his intentions across.  “And after that I’ll take care of Kyle Noke.”
Cote and Noke will shoot TUF Nations: Canada vs Australia later this.  The show will feature two teams of welterweights and is expected to debut in early 2014.

GSP: UFC World Tour visits Montreal

The UFC continued their ‘World Tour” of press conferences on Thursday, this time hitting up the hometown of UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre in scenic Montreal, Quebec. GSP and challenger Johny Hendricks attended the conference, as well as UFC Director of Canadian Operations Tom Wright, and several other Canadian MMA luminaries were in the audience. MMAxposed had the opportunity to catch up with  GSP  and get his thoughts on a variety of subjects

“Talking is not important,” George St. Pierre said with his usual mix of focus and polite Canadian charm.  After fighting notorious trash talkers including Nick Diaz, Josh Koscheck, and Dan Hardy, one would think that GSP would look forward to going up against someone who isn’t going to be throwing verbal jabs at him going into his next fight.On November 16, GSP will be defending his UFC Welterweight Championship against Johny Hendricks – a man known more for throwing his powerful left hand than throwing out insults.  Hendricks is a 4 time All-American wrestler and has 8 knockout victories on his records and many see the Welterweight Number One Contender as the biggest challenge in St. Pierre’s career.

Regardless of what is said before the match or who is standing across from St. Pierre in the octagon, for GSP, it all comes down to the fight.

“He’s a very unique guy and he’s going to be a unique opponent.  I’ve never fought a guy like him.  He’s never fought a guy like me.  We’ll find out November 16.”

George St. Pierre shared his thoughts on his upcoming fight with Hendricks, fighting outside of Canada for the first time since 2010, acting in the Captain America sequel, Aliens, and the upcoming rematch between Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva.
Written by Carlin Bardsley and Ryan Manahan

“Grappling is not just an ego fulfilling prophecy; it can be a life enhancing experience”

UnknownIf you ever have the opportunity to speak to Brian Cimins, President and CEO of Grappler’s Quest at one of his events, do it. Brian is one of the most approachable, engaging, humble, exciting, and inspirational people you will ever find.

We had an opportunity to speak to Brian at the recent Grappler’s Quest 2013 US National Championships on July 20, 2013 in Morristown, NJ about how Grappler’s Quest started, his own personal journey in martial arts, and where he sees the sport and his brand going in the future.

Brian started Grappler’s Quest as a senior project in college in 1998 when he saw there was a need to have a local grappling tournament. In 1999, Grappler’s Quest held the first amateur exclusively nogi tournament in the world. Grappler’s Quest was also the first organization to run a US national event (since 2000).

Grappler’s Quest is a labour of love for Brian. He talks passionately about how every sport needs amazing, independent organizations that are free from the control of a governing body, and he believes that Grappler’s Quest fills that spot in the grappling world. To Brian, Grappler’s Quest belongs to the people that support it – the competitors. It is the human support that drives Brian. As he says, “Grappler’s Quest is yours”

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UFC 165: Tom Wright ‘ It’s a great day for MMA in Canada’

UFC 165: press conferenceUFC Director of Canadian Operations Tom Wright talks with MMAxposed about the upcoming card here in Toronto at the Air Canada Centre on September 21 2013.

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UFC 165: Jon Jones Media Scrum

IMG_4216-27UFC Canada hosted the UFC 165 press conference with Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson at Real Sports in Toronto Ontario this past Tuesday.

Watch the media scrum with the current Light heavyweight Champion Jon Jones below:


Gustafsson will be bringing fireworks to Toronto at UFC 165

Alexander GustafssonTuesday July 9,2013 UFC held their UFC 165 press conference at Real Sports in Toronto, Ontario with the headliners, Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson. MMAxposed correspondent Ryan Manahan sits down with Gustafsson: Watch the interview below


UFC 165 Press Conference Toronto

UFC 165 Press Conference
IMG_4191-2 IMG_4193-4 IMG_4196-7 IMG_4206-17 Jones vs Gustafsson Faceoff IMG_4216-27UFC Light-Heavweight Champion, Jon Jones, and the number one contender for his title, Alex Gustafsson, stared each other down earlier today in downtown Toronto. Along with Tom Wright, the UFC Director of Canadian Operations,  they greeted the media and fans for the UFC 165 Press Conference.

The two fighters addressed the crowd with two different types of positive demeanours.  Gustafsson sat to the right of the podium looking refreshed and excited to talk about his upcoming opportunity.  Tom Wright told the crowd that Gustafsson had spent yesterday relaxing at a local amusement park in the area.  Jones sat to the right of the podium with his Light Heavyweight championship title to his left and a cup of coffee to his right admitting to feeling a little tired.  Though he felt tired, he spoke to the crowd with enthusiasm, a sense of humour, and a smile.  While the two fighters had opposing energies, there was a great level of respect shared between the two of them.

“Alexander Gustafsson is a guy who really wanted a shot at the title.  And he’s a guy that I asked for.  He asked for me, I asked for him,”  Jones said before complimenting Gustafsson’s boxing and saying he was the the perfect opponent to face when attempting to surpass Tito Ortiz for the most consecutive title defenses at Light Heavyweight.  Gustafsson showed Jones a similar level of respect saying,  “I see the greatest test in my career. He’s the champion for a reason.”

While this press conference was designed to promote Jones vs Gustafsson at UFC 165, Jones was asked just as much about former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva’s loss to Chris Weidman last Saturday night.   After the fight, Jones tweeted out, “This sucks,” and further said at the press conference, “To see a great champion go down always sucks.”  As result of the loss, Jones went up to top the pound for pound rankings, but Jones did not think too much of it saying, “To become number one because of Anderson’s lost doesn’t make me feel like I accomplished anything,”  Jones looked at Silva’s loss more as a form of inspiration, telling the crowd,  “It motivates me a lot to see someone like that lose.”

Jones dissected the Silva loss even further, saying the loss didn’t change his perception of the man many regard as the greatest mixed martial artist of all time and that Silva just made a mistake – “Anderson Silva is a magnificent fighter.  I think he has an extraordinary gift.  He’s comfortable with his gift.  And he abused his gift.  He disrespected the gift by disrespecting his opponent… He got disrespectful and the war gods made him pay for it.”  He concluded his praise the former Middleweight Champion by saying, “He’s still that great Anderson Silva in my book.”

While Jones answered questions about Anderson Silva, Gustafsson talked about his road to becoming the number one contender for the Light Heavyweight championship.  It was only three months ago that he felt his opportunity slipping through his fingers when he had to pullout of the main event of UFC on Fuel TV 9 in his home country of Sweden  after suffering a cut just days before the fight.  He explained the contrast of pulling out of one main event in his home country to competing for the Light Heavyweight Championship saying, “It was one of the worst experiences of my life.  Now I just left it behind me now with my dream fight coming up.”

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