MM-Eh! News and Notes from Canada
In the latest look at Canadian mixed martial arts we delve into a
busy weekend for fighters and promoters. A recap of Friday's TKO
card is followed by a look at the IFL's Los Angeles Anacondas with
its impressive Canadian contingent. Other news and notes
As I'm sure you recently read on Sherdog.com, our very own Freddie
DeFreitas was in Victoriaville, Quebec last weekend to cover TKO's
new event brand titled, "TKOMMA Tourney."
This is a new concept by TKO that is similar to the "Unplugged"
cards held by the MFC in Edmonton, and is also being considered by
ECC this summer. The idea is to have a smaller card that can be
held in a smaller venue. In addition, there will usually be a main
event or two, with the rest of the fights comprised of newer
fighters, probably local, who are looking to start their climb up
The underrated Jonathan
Goulet (Pictures), who stopped tough Lethbridge,
Alberta fighter Jesse
Bongfeldt at just under four minutes of the first round,
headlined TKOMMA's main event.
Bongfeldt is no tomato can, far from it. I've only met him once at
ECC2, and he was very quiet and respectful. But when he got into
that cage he turned into a rough and tumble SOB that shocked the
heck out of me.
So the fact that Goulet took him out so roundly only attests to his
still strong desire to excel in MMA. He's currently 2-2 in the UFC
having defeated Jay Hieron
(Pictures) and Luke Cummo, with his losses to
Duane Ludwig (Pictures) and Josh Koscheck (Pictures). With the UFC expanding so
rapidly, as well as the ramping up of the WEC, I'm confident we'll
see him there again soon.
Another fighter on that card to watch out for is Boreland Combat
Team's Ray Penny, who
defeated Yan Pellerin
(Pictures) by strikes in the first.
I've seen him step into the cage twice, and both times he looked to
be very tough and well rounded.
I think that he can go far in MMA, should he choose. You heard it
In last weekends International Fight League match-up between the
Anacondas and Razorclaws, Canadians Chris Horodecki (Pictures) and Krzysztof Soszynski
(Pictures) both won their bouts,
helping their L.A.-based team to a 5-0 shutout that puts them
firmly in contention for the IFL team title.
After getting back to his hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Soszynski
had elbow surgery to remove bone chips and debris that had been
bothering him for some time.
The heavyweight prepared for his fight against Dan Christison (Pictures) by staying with Shawn Tompkins (Pictures) in PRIDE superstar Dan Henderson (Pictures)'s house in Temecula, Calif.,
which I must say was a great opportunity for him.
Also, Soszynski is now a proud new member of Team Quest and plans
on a permanent move to Temecula soon. Next up for him is his very
own MMA promotion, the UCW, which will be in Winnipeg April 7. More
on that in the upcoming weeks.
Speaking of Shawn
Tompkins (Pictures), what won't this guy accomplish?
Unless you've been living under a rock for the past five days, you
probably know that Shawn is now the new head coach of the
Anacondas, replacing his mentor Bas Rutten (Pictures), who's moving on to other
opportunities within the IFL.
Shawn is a genuinely great guy, and it's nice to see him achieving
all his success.
This weekend Vancouver, B.C. native John Alessio (Pictures) will be taking on Carlos Condit (Pictures) for the vacant WEC welterweight
title. At only 27 years of age, Alessio is one of those guys who
seem to have been around forever. He started fighting
professionally around nine years ago, and is a veteran of the UFC,
PRIDE, and was champion of KOTC.
If you get a chance, I highly recommend you listen to John speak
with Josh and TJ on Monday's "Beatdown." Without sounding arrogant
or cocky, John evoked a supreme confidence in himself that really
makes the listener believe that after this weekend he'll be the new
WEC welterweight champion.
Speaking of welterweight champions …
According to the official Web site of UFC spokes-model Rachelle
Leah, in February she made the trek north to the beautiful city of
Montreal to film an episode of the UFC show "All Access," with
ever-popular Canadian welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre
The UFC hasn't scheduled the airdate yet, but they've historically
been shown a few days before the pay-per-view, so look for this to
appear on SpikeTV in early April.
I wonder if Georges took Rachelle for a smoked-meat sandwich, or
maybe some poutine?
"Never Submit" is the title of a feature film scheduled to start
principal photography in April, set against the backdrop of the MMA
The plot, according to the Internet Movie Database (imdb.com):
A 22-year-old Judo champion trains to enter a Pride FC style MMA
(Mixed Martial Arts) tournament after being haunted by the memories
of his father's 1997 No-Holds-Barred fight.
Imperia Entertainment recently announced the addition of the "Black
McDonald (Pictures) to the cast. He'll be joining
such MMA notables as Ken
Shamrock (Pictures), Wanderlei Silva (Pictures), Josh Koscheck (Pictures), Cung Le (Pictures), Andrei Arlovski (Pictures), "Shogun" Mauricio Rua (Pictures), Nathan Quarry (Pictures), and Matt Lindland (Pictures).
So who is Michael
MacDonald (Pictures) you ask? If you live and breathe
the Sherdog.com Fight Finder, you'd look at his 0-1 record and
think to yourself "What's the big deal?"
What the Fight Finder doesn't tell you is that the Canadian is a
decorated K-1 fighter. MacDonald holds the Canadian WKA heavyweight
and WKC world cruiserweight championship titles in kickboxing.
Known as the "Black Sniper" from his 1996 K-1 debut in Japan,
McDonald captured titles from 2001 through 2004 in the K-1
tournaments in Las Vegas. He boasts wins over legendary fighters
Rick Roufus and Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic.
If you'd like to know more about McDonald, check out his Web site
at blacksniper.com, or do a search for his interview with
Sherdog.com's Mike Sloan. McDonald's views on "Cro Cop" and his
account of their fight are pretty interesting.
Another reason to love the Fight Network is the little gems you
find that you'd otherwise never know about. The other night I
stumbled upon a documentary called "Le Ring Interieur," which I'm
pretty sure means "The Ring Within" in English.
The main character is Charles Nestor, a Montreal
fighter and promoter of Ultimate Generation Combat (UGC.) This doc
follows Charles as he makes his way through life, and shows how he
turned from a young man, full of anger, into a productive member of
Also featured are a very young David Loiseau (Pictures) and Steve Vigneault (Pictures), who although not featured as
much as Charles, still offer us some insights to their lives.
If you get a chance to see this I highly recommend it.
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