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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…)


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

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


Calm Before the Storm: Alex Ricci takes home the W at SCC 1.0

 

 

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Alex Ricci (7-1) takes home the win against Luis Felix (9-7) via unanimous decision  at  Substance Cage Combat 1.0 this past weekend at the George Bell Arena in Toronto. Carlin Bardsley (In The Cage With Bards) catches up with Alex after the fight. Check out the video below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Johny Hendricks talks about UFC 167, punching GSP in the face, being a new father and Olympic Wrestling

MMAxposed was fortunate enough to partake in this past weekend’s fundraiser and charity event at ‘Woodbridge Heroes’ collectibles store in scenic Woodbridge, Ontario. The event was held in support of the Canadian Diabetes Association, the city of Vaughan food bank and SOS Children’s Villages.

The event, sponsored in part by Haymaker Fightwear, was a rousing success, raising much-needed funds for worthy charities and providing entertainment for children of all ages including super hero costumes and an exotic petting zoo.

Also featured were appearances from real-life superheroes in the form of some of the top names in MMA, including UFC #1 welterweight contender Johny “Bigg Rigg” Hendricks. Hendricks gave this exclusive interview to MMAxposed where he discusses the clash with GSP, becoming a father the day before, whether wrestling will be back in the Olympics and more. Watch as “Bigg Rigg” pulls no punches on any subject!

By Carlin Bardsley

 


MMAxposed Podcast Episode 7 with Hector Lombard, Jesse Ronson and Alex Ricci

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!

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(8:00) Jesse Ronson

(18:45) Alex Ricci

(27:30) Hector Lombard


MMAxposed PODCAST with Phil Baroni, Eric Attard and Jason Saggo

This week’s podcast with Matt Marcone and Randi Lotsberg featuring:

Phil Baroni is getting ready for his fight against Rodrigo Ribeiro at ONE FC in the Philippines on August 31th, 2012. He tells us about a new reality series called Fight Factory TV, which is set to premier August 15, 2012 on Nuvo TV.

Also on the show are lightweights Eric Attard and Jason Saggo, who will be squaring off August 25th in Hamilton, Ontario at the Score Fighting Series 4.

Attard talks about the step up in competition, the “sketchy” Discipline MMA show in Belleville and his preparation for Saggo. Saggo talks about training with legends all over the world, his passions, and fight mentality.

Download MMAxposed podcast Episode 6 HERE