MM-Eh! News and Notes from Canada
This week, Sherdog.com’s column devoted to the Canadian mixed
martial arts scene includes perspectives of the UFC, MFC and IFL;
news updates on Jeff Joslin
(Pictures) and Georges St. Pierre
(Pictures); seminar information and finally
a short mailbag.
Although the Toronto Dragons aren’t a part of IFL team competition
this Friday in Houston, there will still be a strong Canadian
The main event features Dragons head coach Carlos Newton (Pictures) stepping back into the ring only
a month after his split-decision loss to Renzo Gracie (Pictures). This time he’ll be pitted
against arguably the best middleweight in the world, Matt Lindland (Pictures).
There are many people who have opined that in his last fight it was
Newton who deserved the victory, not Gracie. It’s hard to believe
considering all that he’s accomplished, but at 30 years old Newton
is only now entering his physical prime. He’s recently gotten back
into the fight game after a two-year layoff, and I’m excited to see
where he’ll go next.
As you may have heard on the latest edition of “Beatdown” on the
Sherdog Radio Network, the Anacondas Chris Horodecki (Pictures) puts his undefeated status on the
line when he squares off Quad Cities Silverback Bart Palaszewski (Pictures), who is unbeaten in IFL
Hailing from the highly touted Team Tompkins in London, Ontario,
Horodecki is the youngest fighter in the IFL at 19. While his
opponents may have thought they were facing a boy, his thunderous
hands and powerful kicks quickly made them revaluate that
He’s accrued six of his seven wins by stoppage, and many industry
insiders have been claiming for a while now that as far as his
future in MMA is concerned, the sky is the limit. I’d be surprised
if there isn’t a bidding war for him once this IFL season is
Late news has it that Anacondas heavyweight Krzysztof Soszynski
(Pictures) is out due to a broken hand
he sustained against Mike
Whitehead (Pictures) at the IFL finals in
Patrick Cote (Pictures) is the lone Canadian on this
weekend’s UFC card, and he’ll be taking on fellow TUF 4 participant
Scott Smith. The pair were
on opposing sides of the win-loss column at the show’s season
finale last Nov. Although undoubtedly a very talented fighter,
Patrick is 0-4 in the UFC, so this may be a make or break fight for
This weekend the Maximum Fighting Championship comes once again to
the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta. Though the MFC may
not be that well known of a promotion, it has consistently put on
quality events since 2001.
However, with two of its main stalwarts — Jason MacDonald (Pictures) and Victor Valimaki — making it to
the UFC, the MFC has recently entered the consciousness of
Western Canada has a huge talent pool of experienced fighters to
draw from, and the MFC does a good job of bringing in tough
competition for the fans.
Mark Pavelich is the owner of both the MFC and Pro Camp Sports
Management, and with his addition of B.J. Penn (Pictures)’s heavyweight student
Scott Junk (Pictures) to his stable, look for Western
Canada to do some serious representing on the world stage in the
The main event features Valimaki defending his light heavyweight
title against Jared
Kilkenny. Valimaki is coming off his UFC Fight Night loss to
David Heath (Pictures), so he’s likely to come out with
something to prove.
This will be Kilkenny’s second bout at 205 after previously
fighting at heavyweight, and although he has physically overwhelmed
most of his opponents, Valimaki is a big step up for him.
Regardless of the outcome, this should be a terrific fight.
MFC 11’s “Gridiron” moniker comes from the fact that it will be
featuring two football players from Edmonton’s Canadian Football
League squad, the Eskimos.
Mike Maurer, a fullback who normally walks around at 225 pounds,
faces Halifax’s Roger
Hollett (Pictures) at 205. Adam Braidwood is making
his MMA debut against Ryan Jimmo, also of Halifax. A defensive end,
Braidwood has to lose about 10 pounds off of his 6’ 4” frame to
meet the 265-pound maximum for heavyweight.
(Pictures) is the son of former
Canadian middleweight boxing champion Ralph Hollett, and he brings
an unblemished 3-0 record West with him. He’s a very powerful and
well-rounded fighter who is equally comfortable on his feet or on
the mat. Jimmo is an MMA rookie but is a former Pan Am Games gold
medalist in karate. Despite being introduced to BJJ in the past few
months, his team is amazed at his quick learning curve.
Weigh-ins will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday in front of the HMV
music store inside the world famous West Edmonton Mall.
I’ll be attending this event for Sherdog.com, so keep your eyes
peeled next week for my usual detailed report and also pictures and
As first reported by Sherdog.com’s Jordan Breen, Hamilton,
Ontario’s Jeff Joslin
(Pictures) will make his second UFC
appearance April 5 live on SpikeTV.
Joslin’s first foray into the Octagon last Dec. was a decision loss
to Josh Koscheck
(Pictures), so look for “The Inferno”
to make his mark when he squares off against Kuniyoshi Hironaka
It’s very interesting to note that both fighters have decision
losses to Jon Fitch
(Pictures) on their résumés. Joslin’s
was a very controversial one in 2005 that I’ve recounted to you
before, and Kuniyoshi’s was at UFC 64 last Oct. Fans have been
craving a Joslin-Fitch rematch, so I’m willing to bet that if
Joslin is victorious in this match the UFC will make it happen.
According to a recent article by Neil Davidson of the Canadian
Press, Georges St.
Pierre (Pictures)’s manager Stephane Patry
confirmed that “Rush” has signed a new six-fight contract with the
The article confirmed that this deal would make the UFC
welterweight champion one of the top-five UFC earners, undoubtedly
a hefty amount considering it doesn’t include any bonus or
I received so much positive feedback the last time I provided
seminar information to Sherdog readers that I thought I’d do it
On Saturday, Feb. 10 in Lethbridge, Alberta, Lee Mein (Pictures)’s Canadian Martial Arts Centre is
bringing in one of the UFC’s most exciting welterweights, Karo Parisyan (Pictures), for a five-hour seminar.
Times are from 12 noon until 5 p.m. and the cost will be $75 with
pre-registration, or $100 the day of the seminar. Karo has
incredible judo technique, so this is a fantastic opportunity to
learn first hand how he ties it into an effective MMA fighting
To register you can call the CMAC at (403) 320–5569, or e-mail
Lee Mein (Pictures) (email@example.com) or
“The Alaskan Assassin” Sam
Hoger (Pictures) will visit the Miletich Fighting
Systems affiliate in Edmonton, Alberta for a two-day seminar Feb.
The focus will be on top position and ground-and-pound. This
seminar will include a meet and greet at a local pub, and the
pre-registration cost is $135 for both days. To register, call MFS
Edmonton (780) 444-5999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following this seminar, MFS Edmonton will be bringing in the man
himself, Pat Miletich
(Pictures), in May.
Winnipeg MMA fans will be disappointed to hear that PRIDE superstar
(Pictures)’s planned seminar in March
had to be canceled due to other contractual obligations. “The Axe
Murderer” is one of the top light heavyweights in the world and
it’s hoped that he’ll be able to come at a later date.
Andy, I am from the U.S. and my favorite fighter is Canadian
Joe Doerksen (Pictures). He has a ton of fights. Do you
know if he's fighting in the UFC anytime soon? I think he's in
PRIDE also; do you know who he'll be fighting next? Where does he
live and train? I am in Boston. – Darren Rivers
Hi Darren, thanks for your question. I talked to Joe and he was
more than happy to answer your question himself:
“I currently have a three-fight deal with PRIDE for the year. It is
not an exclusive contract, so I will likely fight elsewhere in
between PRIDE fights. I will not be fighting for the UFC as long as
I am under contract with PRIDE.
I live and train mostly in Winnipeg, Manitoba. I train Muay Thai
DeNatale at CKMTC, and do some grappling at the Winnipeg
Academy of Mixed Martial Arts. Several times a year I travel to
Salt Lake City and spend time training there with Jeremy Horn (Pictures).”
Darren, you’re not alone when it comes to having Joe as your
favorite fighter; he has many fans both in Canada and around the
world. Joe is a very humble guy, and in his answer to you he
doesn’t give himself enough credit.
If you watched Jeremy Horn
(Pictures)’s post-fight video
interview here on Sherdog after his recent IFL win over Falaniko Vitale (Pictures), you saw that he attributed a
large part of his success to the efforts of Joe.
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