January 11, 2007
Apex "Caged Inferno" Postponed
This weekend’s Apex event that was scheduled to take place in Gatineau, Quebec, on January 13th has been postponed, the promotion announced earlier this week. In a press release that stated "circumstances that are beyond our control" as the reason for the postponement, Apex also informed fans that full refunds will be available for tickets at the original site of purchase. The announcement did not go into any details as to what the "circumstances" might be as to why the show has been delayed, citing "potential legal implications" as the reason for the non-disclosure.
The card’s main event had been set to feature an Apex Canadian Middleweight Championship bout between Fritz Paul (8-3) and Sean "Pimp Daddy" Pierson (4-3). The Shah Franco fighter was returning to MMA action for the first time since 2003 to take on Paul for the title, who recently defeated Nabil Khatib at Apex’s "Night of Champions" on October 14th. Khatib, whose record stands at 5-1, was also scheduled to fight at "Caged Inferno"; Edmonton’s Daryl Bonar (3-1) was his upcoming opponent for the organization’s number one middleweight contender position.
The press release from Apex also stated that an announcement about the re-scheduled date for the card would be released in the near future.
Valimaki to Meet Kilkenny At MFC "Gridiron"
FCF was informed by Maximum Fighting Championship promoter Mark Pavelich this week, that one of the promotion’s biggest stars, Victor "The Matrix" Valimaki, will take on up and comer Lethbridge fighter Jared Kilkenny at the MFC’s upcoming February 3rd event. Valimaki will be returning to action for the first time since his recent UFC debut, where the Edmonton fighter lost by split decision to David Heath at Ultimate Fight Night 8 on December 13th. The MFC’s Lightheavyweight Champion will bring a record of 8-3 when he meets Kilkenny, who is dropping down to 205 pounds for the fight. The 6’5" tall Canadian Martial Arts Centre fighter had previously competed at heavyweight, and has caused a bit of a stir in Western Canada, going 5-1 to begin his professional MMA career. Valimaki, who has fought Vernon White, the aforementioned Heath, and Kilkenny’s teammate Jason Day in his last 3 fights, will continue to face top quality opposition.
"No more babysitting," says MFC Promoter and Valimaki’s manager Mark Pavelich in regards to his fighter taking on yet another talented fighter. "You know I could have called up some guy with a losing record to fight Victor, but after his last fight in the UFC I decided he’s made it to the UFC and he’s going to continue fighting guys of that caliber, whether it’s there or in the MFC. We’re done baby sitting."
For Valimaki, not only will Kilkenny be his first title defense since defeating Day for the LHW belt at MFC 10 on September 8th, but the fight could determine if and when the Edmonton fighter competes in the UFC again.
"He could probably not fight and get back into the UFC," Pavelich tells FCF in regards to Valimaki’s return to the MMA titan. "But he’s fighting full time now and he needs to stay busy, Kilkenny’s a dangerous fight for him, but if Victor wins there’s a possibility he might be back in the UFC for April."
Another fight that is scheduled for February 3rd that will likely garner considerable attention in Alberta’s Capital City, is Professional Edmonton Eskimo football player Mike Maurer (1-0-1) taking on LHW Roger Hollet (3-0). Maurer is allowed to pursue his MMA career during the Canadian Football League’s off season, and his previous fights have captured a lot of attention from the country’s mainstream media. Hollet, who hails from Halifax, Nova Scotia, has been touted by some as one of that Province’s best up and coming fighters and will likely be Maurer’s toughest test to date.
"Same thing that goes for Victor, goes for Mike," Pavelich tells FCF. "No more babysitting for him either, I decided that I would put together fights that were best for the fans, Mike’s first fight against Darran Apels was almost comical, do I and the fans want to watch him fight Hollet? You bet."
Some other notable match ups slated for "Gridiron" include the MMA debut of Maurer’s Edmonton Eskimo teammate Adam Braidwood against Ryan Jimmo, Jason Day (11-6) will be taking on TKO veteran Yan Pellerin (8-9), and Ryan McGillivray (2-0) meets Aaron Gallant (1-0) in a welterweight match up.
Macdonald Teams Up With Team Jackson
Jason "The Athlete" Macdonald will be training with the famous Team Jackson in New Mexico to help prepare the fighter for his upcoming UFC 68 fight with former UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin on March 3rd. Pavelich, who is also Macdonald’s manager and one of his trainers, informed FCF that "The Athlete" will spend over 2 weeks with Greg Jackson’s team during this training camp. Team Jackson has quickly come to be noted as one of North America’s most talented fight teams with a roster that includes, Diego Sanchez, Rashad Evans, Keith Jardine and Nathan Marquardt.
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ROSTERS ANNOUNCED FOR INTERNATIONAL FIGHT LEAGUE
MIXED MARTIAL ARTS DEBUT EVENT IN HOUSTON FEB. 2
Two Original IFL Franchises, Two New Squads To Compete At Reliant Arena; Superfight between World Champion Carlos Newton and Olympic Silver Medalist Matt Lindland
NEW YORK and HOUSTON, January 11, 2006- The International Fight League (OTC.BB: IFLI), the worlds first team-based professional mixed martial arts league, today announced the 11-bout card at Reliant Arena in Houston, set for Friday, February 2, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The event will feature two flagship IFL franchises in the Los Angeles-based Anacondas, coached by world MMA champion Bas Rutten, taking on the Silverbacks, led by fellow world champion Pat Miletich. The second team matchup will feature the Tokyo-based Sabres, led by Antonio Inoki, taking on the Tucson-based Scorpions, led by World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. and MMA world champion Don Frye.
In addition to the compelling team matchups, fans will get to see a special Superfight between MMA world champion Carlos The Ronin Newton and MMA world champion and Olympic wrestling silver medalist Matt Lindland. The Houston card is the first IFL event in the Southwest and is part of the full 11-event IFL 2007 schedule, the most comprehensive advance schedule in the history of fight sports.
Below are the matchups for the Houston event. Bout order is to be determined by coaches choice, selected prior to the weigh-in on February 1.
Sabres vs. Scorpions (IFL, Overall)
Anacondas vs. Silverbacks
Each of the nine regular season IFL events will consist of four teams each with an athlete in all five weight classes competing along with a special Superfight, for a minimum of 11 bouts per card. The team that wins the best three of five match setup will be declared the team winner for the match, similar to collegiate and high school wrestling meets. The IFL also differs from other MMA organizations in that the bouts are held in an oversized five-rope boxing ring with three, four-minute rounds, each designed to create the most compelling in-arena experience for local fans.
Each of the 12 IFL teams for 2007 will compete in three regular season events; the teams with the top four overall win-loss team records will advance to the semi-finals, which will be held on Thursday, August 2, 2007 at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, N.J. The 2007 IFL Finals will then be held at The Forum in Los Angeles on Saturday, September 15, 2007.
The 10 venues for the 2007 season (The Forum in Los Angeles will host two events) will scale to between 7,000 and 13,000 seats, which has been consistent with the IFLs plan of managed growth.