Fury Fc 2 – Brackets Set For 93 Kg Gp Semifinals!
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Fury FC 2 – Brackets Set for 93 kg GP Semifinals!
Little more than twenty days away from crowning its first ever up to 93 kg Grand Prix champion, Fury FC has set the brackets for the finals of the tournament to be decided on November 30th, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. With four fighters left in the race for the belt, after the first round that took place on September 27th, all will be decided in the show’s next edition, Fury FC 2 – Final Combat, as to become the champion, one of the participants of the semifinals will have to win two bouts in one night.
Having won his first round battle against Dutch fighter Dave Dalgliesh, Chute Boxe representative Thiago Silva will battle rival academy Brazilian Top Team’s representative Claudio Godoy in one side of the GP semifinal brackets, in a rematch of a bout that saw Thiago emerge as the winner by judges’ decision earlier this year. The experienced Godoy had destiny on his side in finding a spot in the Grand Prix semifinals, as first round winner Dimitri Wanderley saw a severe knee injury sidelining him out of the tournament. Understanding the size of the opportunity, Claudio Godoy is confident about his chances "Now it’s time to take the chance that destiny has given me, and showcase all my potential. Since luck has giving signs to be at my side, be sure that I’m coming to this Grand Prix to win it!" Having previously suffered a loss to his opponent doesn’t affect his confidence either "This time things will certainly be different, and I won’t wait any judges’ decision to defeat him!" On his part, coming to the tournament finals with an undefeated professional MMA record, Thiago Silva has his own share of confidence and is looking at the big scene, not being concerned only about potentially the first bout of the night "There’ll be only hard fights, cause only the best fighters are left, the Brazilians, and I’m sure it’s going to be a great show. I’m ready to fight against any one of them!
Awaiting the winner of another chapter on the Chute Boxe versus Brazilian Top Team rivalry, in Thiago Silva facing Claudio Godoy, there’ll be Jiu Jitsu MMA sensation Vitor Vianna, a student of grappling legend Leonardo Vieira, squaring off against tough Gracie Barra Combat representative Danilo "Motoserra". Danilo, from Rio de Janeiro, has been in enjoying a four streak wins series, and defeated Russian Denis Komkin on the first round to earn his place in Fury FC 2 – Final Combat. Usually competing at 83 kg, he doesn’t get intimidated by the challenge of going up in weight and fighting heavier opponents, and is ready for the toughest challenge his career has seen yet "My team and I thought this would be a great opportunity for me to participate in a great show, so we accepted it! It’s worthy to remember that my real weight is around 93 kg. Plus, all of them are very tough fighters, so any opponent will be a tough one!" When the bell rings on November 30th, a very tough Vitor Vianna will be waiting on the opposite corner, as Vitor also comes into the show with an undefeated MMA record, amazing BJJ credentials and recent successful Muay Thai outings in Holland! Considered by many the likely favorite to take home the belt, the BJJ black belt takes a humble approach to what may be the turning point of his career "I think this Grand Prix doesn’t have any favorites, so I want to get there ready to defeat any of them. But I think my time has finally come, and I’m truly ready for this challenge. See you all on November 30th!"
With four of the toughest and most skilled young Brazilian fighters of nowadays ready and set to battle at Fury FC 2 – Final Combat, the real winners will be the fans, as action is guaranteed. The show will also count with an alternate bout for the Grand Prix, and five other single matches to be announced soon.
Fury FC 2 – Final Combat
GP 93 kg – Semifinals:
*Single matches and 93 kg GP alternate match to be announced soon. Card subject to change.
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UFC to Canada in March?-The Timing May Be Perfect
By Peter Parsons
The UFC first had its eyes on coming to Canada back in its pre-Zuffa days for UFC 22 in September of ’99 in Kahnawake, a Mohawk reservation outside of Montreal.
Fast forward to September of this year, UFC 63 was originally scheduled to be headlined by Matt Hughes vs. Georges St. Pierre and was speculated to take place in Montreal. The most recent talk is that the UFC will land in Montreal in 2007. Why might the timing be right for the UFC to come to Montreal in March of 2007?
There are two big fights coming up featuring French Canadian fighters within the next two weeks. This Saturday, November 11, Patrick Cote will be fighting Travis Lutter in the Middleweight finale of TUF 4 for a chance to face champion Anderson Silva. A week later on November 18, UFC #1 Welterweight contender, Georges St. Pierre will face champion Matt Hughes for the 170-pound title in a one of the most anticipated fights of the year.
If Cote and St. Pierre were to win their respective fights, there would be the potential to have them co-main event the UFC this March in Montreal. In the main event Georges St. Pierre would face the winner of the TUF 4 Welterweight finale between Matt Serra and Chris Lytle. In the co-main event Patrick Cote would challenge Anderson Silva for the Middleweight title. The event would make for a good comeback stage for Cote or St. Pierre should they lose their next fights.
So why would a UFC in Montreal be successful?
Montreal has been a hotbed for MMA over the past decade. Kahnawake played host to numerous MMA events in the late 90′s including numerous IFC events and the infamous Extreme Fighting 2 event in ’96 that was nearly shut down due to political pressures. Quebec was the first province to sanction MMA in Canada and in 2000, the Universal Combat Challenge (now TKO) was born. TKO, Canada’s #1 MMA promotion, based out of Montreal, continues to be very successful having hosted events to over 5,000 fans on numerous occasions. Most recently, according to the promotions website, TKO 28 played host to over 7,000 fans at the Bell Centre where the Montreal Canadiens play hockey. The Bell Centre has a capacity of over 21,000 and if TKO can do 7,000 then it stands to reason the UFC should be able to do 15,000.
UFC veterans such as George St. Pierre, David Loiseau, Patrick Cote, Jonathon Goulet, Mark Hominick and Sam Stout have all come up through the ranks of TKO fighting in front of the Montreal faithful. Montreal has a very knowledgeable MMA fan base.
Montreal is very well located geographically. It is approximately 5 and a half hours from Canada’s largest city Toronto. Montreal is only a 2 hour drive from Canada’s capital city of Ottawa. Montreal is also very close in location to the north eastern States being approximately a 6 hour drive from New York and a 5 hour drive from Boston.
Montreal is definitely the fight capital of Canada for MMA as well as boxing. It has a huge pro wrestling fan base which has cross over appeal to MMA. Montreal fans are known to be very passionate and particularly like to rally behind their own.
The UFC has stated on numerous occasions that they have an interest in becoming a more global organization. What better opportunity to achieve this then by bringing the UFC brand to their neighbors of the north.
King of the Cage "Icebreaker": St. Louis Wins Main Event, Macdonald Continues His Rise
Prince George, British Columbia, hosted King of the Cage Canada’s latest offering "Icebreaker" last Friday night, November 3rd, at the CN Centre, and once again the small city in the Northern region of the Province reinforced its reputation as a solid MMA community. Despite the rather troublesome weather, local fans braved poor road conditions to attend the event, conditions so poor in fact, match maker Bill Mahood tells FCF the event’s promoters considered a last minute name change for the card.
"We were going to change the name from "Icebreaker" to "Snowplower", "jokes Mahood. "Due to the sudden snow storm and extreme road conditions, this really knocked down our walk up traffic fight night, as well I believe many people had tickets and did not attend due to the weather. Even still though, we were probably at around 1900." (In attendance)
In the night’s main event Jason "The Sumo Samurai" St.Louis took on Kevin Manderson, who was a last minute replacement for the injured Tim Thurston. Manderson was coming off an October 10th submission loss to Mark Bocek at Apex’s "A Night of Champions," while St.Louis also dropped his last fight, losing by rear naked choke to Jason Ireland at KOTC "Insurrection" on October 6th. St.Louis and Manderson agreed to a catch weight in between 170 and 155 pounds for the night’s main event, as Manderson and St.Louis have been competing at lightweight and welterweight respectively as of late.
"It ended very quickly when St Louis caught Manderson in a slick arm bar from the bottom," Mahood tells FCF. "The fight started with St Louis keeping a low stance and throwing jabs looking to set up his hands, this feeling out ended when St. Louis threw a back kick and ended up in a clinch with Manderson. St Louis tried a trip over wrestling throw but ended up on the bottom, so he worked for position and slapped on a very quick arm bar when the opportunity presented itself. Manderson looked like he was going to escape, but ended up tapping when St Louis adjusted to the escape attempt."
The win extends St.Louis’s record to 11-8; while the loss drops Manderson’s combined pro-am record to 12-7-1.
One of Team Toshido’s top prospects, 17 year old Rory Macdonald, continues to impress Canadian MMA observers, as the Kelowna fighter defeated Yoon Heo in the second round. Macdonald has now gone 5-0 to begin his MMA career, while the loss drops the Marcus Soares’ trained Yoon Heo’s record to 3-4.
"Rory got to showcase his standup against Yoon Heo at the King of the Cage," says Macdonald’s trainer, David Lea, "TKO’ing him at the beginning of round 2 with a flurry of knees and punches. We knew going in that Yoon was good on the ground, so we wanted to test his standup. What many people don’t know is that Rory’s standup is as amazing as his Jiu-Jitsu game."
The results from KOTC Canada have Macdonald winning by rear naked choke; however, the Prince George Citizen also reported the fight as a TKO stoppage due to strikes.
In other action from KOTC "Icebreaker," Prince George Fight Club fighter’s Brandon Carlick and Ryan Chiappe each won their bouts, stopping Jack Sawel and Rob Withers by TKO respectively. Team Revolution’s Matt Leo returned to action for the first time in a year, submitting Ryan Hare with an ankle lock, Lethbridge’s Tim Tamaki defeated Prince George’s Terry Thiara with a rear naked choke, Tim Hague stopped Jesse Jones via TKO, and Nanaimo’s Nick Hinchliff also won his fight via TKO, stopping Iowa fighter, Shane Lightle.
BodogFight Arrives In Vancouver December 2nd
BodogFight announced this week that the event’s upcoming pay per view event will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, December 2nd at the PNE Agrodome. The card will feature the winners of the BodogFight reality show taking on the Russian Red Devils fight team, as well as several other "super fights", which will include Roger Grace meeting Ron Waterman, and Antonio Silva taking on Eric Pele. The Vancouver MMA promotion Elite FC, will be teaming up with Bodog to host the event and local resident and BodogFight commentator Paul Lazenby, is looking forward to it.
"I’m overwhelmingly excited that Bodog has chosen to bring their event to Vancouver and feel honored to be working on what I expect to be the most momentous MMA card in Canadian history", Lazenby tells FCF. "I was impressed with both Bodog and Elite Fighting when working with them as separate entities, and no one was happier than me when they decided to join forces. A lot of people are going to be shocked when they see just how much the two companies are capable of doing together, and I know that this show will be a milestone for Canadian mixed martial arts. I feel like a little kid waiting for Christmas."