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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

 


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.

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…)


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…)


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:


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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