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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’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


GSP Clears Way for a New Welterweight Champion



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…)

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





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.

UFC 165 Tickets are on sale to the general public today through Ticketmaster


UFC on Fox 4 Recap: Shogun wins but Machida impresses

By: Matt Marcone

The UFC finally delivered to the network audience by putting on four excellent fights and an all around great show. The judges were not needed on the main card and a future light heavyweight title shot was awarded.

UFC President Dana White said that whoever put on the most impressive performance in the two main event fights would earn a shot at the light heavyweight championship.

Both Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Lyoto Machida were victorious, earning fourth and second round finishes respectively.

“The answer is I think Lyoto Machida was the most impressive tonight,” says White. The boss has spoken, enough said.

Machida proved once again that he only needs his opponent to make one mistake to finish a fight. After frustrating Ryan Bader on the feet in the first round, he waited for him to charge in and landed a straight right hand. That was all it took at 1:32 of round two.

The main event saw Brandon Vera nearly pull off a huge upset with a tight guillotine in the opening round, but Shogun defended it perfectly.


2012 Ontario Open International Jiu-Jitsu Championship

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.

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The Fight Exchange

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.

“Big Dan” Miragliotta interview

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.

Podcast Ep.3 with Ryan Jimmo and Dan Miragliotta

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

UFC 144 – The Breakdown

The UFC returns to Japan this weekend for the first time since Dec ‘00 with an action packed card!  Here’s the breakdown of the main card:

Main Card (On Pay Per View):

Anthony Pettis (12-2) vs Joe Lauzon (20-6)

“Showtime” Pettis has only one loss in his last 6 fights – a decision loss to Clay Guida.  Since that loss he won a split decision against the always touch Jeremy Stephens, and will look to build on that win with an impressive showing against Lauzon.  Pettis has an excellent standup game and will want to establish himself as the superior striker.  Lauzon has won 3 of his last 4, and there’s no secret he’ll want to get this to the ground as quickly as he can.  Lauzon’s won post fight bonuses in his last 5 fights – and 6 of his last 7 fights overall.  Pettis’ should have the ground skills to hang with Lauzon, but I expect these fighters to definitely start the PPV with a bang!

Pettis via TKO, Rd2

Hatsu Hioki (25-4-2) vs Bart Palaszewski (34-13)

Hioki is on a 5 fight win streak and has won 10 of his last 11.  After grinding out a decision win against George Roop in his UFC debut, Hioki will be looking to take the fight to ground, where 12 of his wins have come by submission.   With wins in 4 of his last 5 fights, including a 1st round KO win over Tyson Griffin, Palaszewski will be looking to dominate on the feet early and have another impressive performance to continue his climb up the ranks.

Palaszewski via 1st Rd TKO

Yushin Okami (27-6) vs Tim Boetsch (14-4)

Okami will look to rebound from his loss to Anderson Silva.  “Thunder” Okami won’t have the typical strength advantage that he’s accustomed to, so he’ll have to be a little more technical to get Boetsch to the ground to deliver his GnP tactics.  On a 2 fight win streak since dropping to the middleweight division, Boetsch will look to use his wrestling to stifle Okami’s takedown attempts.  Look for Boetsch to use his striking to get the advantage over Okami.

Boetsch via Decision

Yoshihiro Akiyama (13-4) vs Jake Shields (26-6-1)

This is a battle of 2 fighters who desperately need a win.  Sexiyama sports an impressive 13-4 record, however he’s lost 3 in a row and a 4th may spell the end of his UFC stint.  He has a balanced attack and poses a threat both on the feet and on the ground.  Before his recent skid began with a loss to Chris Leben, Akiyama was unbeaten since 2005 – a span of 14 fights (incl 2 no contests).  Shields himself is on a 2 fight skid after winning 15 in a row that saw him climb to the top of the Strikeforce ladder.  He’ll need to get this fight to the ground where he’s at his best and play to his strengths.  Shields will need to pull out an impressive win if he hopes to keep job, never mind any relevance in the welterweight division.

Shields via Decision

Mark Hunt (7-7) vs Cheick Kongo (17-6-2)

After losing 6 fights in a row that saw him face some top tiered competition (incl Fedor, Overeem, Barnett, and Mousasi), Hunt has reeled off back to back wins and will be looking to prove he’s not just a one dimensional fighter against another power puncher in Kongo.  Looking to extend his own 2 fight win streak, Kongo will want to display his evolution of skills and show that he is the more versitle fighter and the one that’s more deserving of the win.  Although it would make for a hugely exciting fight, Kongo should look to avoid an exchange of firepower if he hopes to establish himself amongst the upper echelon of the heavyweight division, or risk remaining amongst the card fillers of UFC.

Kongo via TKO (GnP) Rd2

Quinton Jackson (32-9) vs Ryan Bader (13-2)

Rampage has seen a tremendous amount of success in Japan in the past, sporting a 14-5 record in the land of the rising sun.  He’ll be looking to use his experience to his advantage to overcome Bader arsenal of weapons, which match if not exceed Rampage in power punching, wrestling, and overall strength.  Rampage needs to show that he’s evolved compete with this new breed of fighters or face the possibility of being relegated to a role of gate keeper.  Bader will want to regain the momentum that saw him rise up the light heavyweight ranks before suffering his first defeat at the hands of current champ Jon Jones.  He’ll need to use his footwork to avoid Rampage’s attack and show that the time is now for “Darth” Bader to establish himself as one of the top fighters in the UFC’s light heavyweight division.

Bader via Decision

Frankie Edgar (14-1-1) vs Benson Henderson (15-2)

Edgar has had “The Answer” for every opponent to date, including the man responsible for the lone defeat on his record, Gray Maynard.  His “never say quit” mentality and the heart of a true warrior make him dangerous no matter how much trouble you think you have him in.  His gas tank seems to never run dry, so he can keep up a relentless pace that’s almost impossible for most to keep up with….unless your name is Benson Henderson.  Henderson is a big 155’er, has cardio for days, and is probably the most well rounded fighter and toughest challenge that Edgar has ever faced.  He’s won 3 in a row since dropping the WEC belt to Anthony Pettis, and the former champ is looking to establish himself as THE top lightweight in world.  I’m a huge Edgar fan, but I have to say Henderson will be too much and may have the question that Edgar can’t answer.

Henderson via Decision

JP (MMAFreak) Castillo

Ryan Dickson Humble, Grounded and Undefeated

Dwight Wakabayashi

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.

Condit-Diaz, Controversial Decision? THE REMATCH IS ON!

Jordan Maskell

Freelance Writer

One of the most anticipated UFC fights in recent months took place this past Saturday night when Nick Diaz took on “The Natural Born Killer” Carlos Condit.

The bout was contested as a five-round interim welterweight title fight, showcasing some world-class mixed martial arts action. But the fight wasn’t without controversy, so now the rematch is on!

Nick Diaz, a former Strikeforce, WEC, and IFC champion was on an 11-fight win streak coming into this fight, six by TKO and three by submission. Carlos Condit, the final WEC champion, won his last three fights via TKO, with two “knockout of the night” and one “fight of the night” honors. The matchup seemed perfect between the two welterweights to determine the interim champion for the injured Georges St-Pierre.

Late Tuesday, UFC President Dana White confirmed via Twitter that Condit had agreed to a rematch, with details being worked out this coming Friday. Recent reports indicate GSP would not be ready to compete against Condit until later this year, leaving plenty of time to schedule the rematch. He is slated to finish rehabilitation on a torn ACL in June, and could potentially return in the later part of 2012.

During their first contest, Condit landed 151 significant strikes, with a total 159 strikes. Diaz on the other hand was more aggressive throughout, while landing only 105 significant strikes, with a total of 117 strikes, and one successful takedown. In his previous appearance at UFC 137, Diaz landed over 200 significant strikes on BJ Penn.

When the results were announced, the judges had it scored 49-46, 49-46, and 48-47 in favour of Condit by unanimous decision. Diaz was obviously not impressed, much like a large portion of the Vegas crowd who booed the newly crowned champ. In the post fight interview Condit mentioned he found his flow in the later rounds and that movement was a key to the victory. Diaz said he was not going to take this as a loss, indicating his views on who dictated the pace of the fight.

“I landed the harder shots. He ran the whole time and kicked me in my leg with little baby leg kicks the whole fight,” stated Diaz. “That’s the way they understand to win in here, I don’t want to play this game no more.” Following this, the Stockton native announced his “retirement” from competition, saying he would still help out his teammates like brother Nate Diaz.