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TUF Nations Canada vs Australia Season Premier Brings Hostile Territory

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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

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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


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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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

 


Wanderlei Silva seminar at grand opening of Evolucao Thai MMA School in Toronto

Wanderlei Silva and Mauricio Veio

99 Sudbury  in Toronto has hosted many events for the arts but now they are home to a different kind of art, Mixed Martial Arts. Evolucao Thai MMA School celebrated their grand opening this past Saturday with a seminar hosted by UFC Light Heavyweight Wanderlei Silva along side close longtime friend, head instructor and co-owner Mauricio Veio. Both Silva and Veio are from the original Chute boxe Acadamy in Brazil which is how they met at the young ages of 13 and 16. Mauricio refelcts on their friendship “Wanderlei my hero, hero for personal, for fighter.” says Veio “Today I am so proud to have Wanderlei in my school.”

The new Evolucao Thai MMA School offers much more then other MMA gyms in the greater Toronto area, included in your monthly membership is full access to The Gym @ 99 Sudbury which offers exceptional facilities to add quality workouts to your MMA training you also get access to all classes provided through Evolucau unlimited MMA School classes, Muay Thai Classes, Brazlian Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling, No-Gi, Boxing plus yoga and fitness classes. You can check out Evolucao and The Gym @ 99 Sudbury at http://www.evolucaothai.com

 

 

 

 

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UFC on FOX 6 Recap

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UFC on FOX 6 Recap:

By Dustin Perie.

Odd start to the show, first with the panel not realizing the camera was on, then slight audio issues, commentary was in and out, and when it did come back it was Goldberg speaking to presumably his producers, asking if he needs to apologize for the audio issues, great stuff that boarder lined awkward.  But enough about technical issues, let’s get to the violence.

Featherweight Division:

Ricardo Lamas 12-2 (+160) vs. Erik Koch 13-1 (-175)

Hats off to Koch for the bad ass entrance music: Scooter – Fire, it’s very dated, but if you are interested in a trip back to the mid 90s, it’s a funky way to do it.

Round 1:

First round started off slow, both men showing off their great head kicks with not much being landed clean.  Lamas went for a single leg mid-way through the round, but somehow Koch found a way to stay vertical.  Lamas received a warning from John McCarthy about open hand strikes to the face.  Right near the end of the round Lamas scored a sloppy takedown which will likely score him the round.

According to me: 10-9 Lamas.

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