September 21, 2006
Jason Macdonald Headed to Ultimate Fight Night 7
Top ranked Canadian middleweight fighter Jason "The Athlete" Macdonald will be fighting Team Quest fighter and "Ultimate Fighter" star Ed Herman at UFN 7, October 10th. The announcement that the Red Deer resident had indeed finally made it to the UFC was made only days after Macdonald defeated Neil Berry at Maximum Fighting Championship 10. The victory, which came via a rear naked choke in the first round, was Macdonald’s 4th in a row, bringing his record to 16-7. It has been speculated for sometime that "The Athlete" would get a shot in the UFC if the fighter put together a winning streak, considering Macdonald holds victories over UFC veterans like Joe Doerksen and Gideon Ray.
""This is where I want to be," said MacDonald in a MFC press release. "I’ve felt for a long time that I’ve deserved to be there, but it’s taken a long time and that’s OK. Now that I’m going to fight in the UFC it’s made the whole journey a lot sweeter. But I don’t want to wake up on the morning of Oct. 11 and say ‘Well, I’ve fought in the UFC, that’s all I ever wanted," I’m not going there to compete and just say I’ve fought in the UFC. I’m going there to win."
Macdonald’s camp also announced that Brazilian Top Team Canada head instructor Fabio Holanda and UFC veteran Patrick Cote (who narrowly defeated Macdonald earlier this year for the MFC Middleweight Championship) will be helping Macdonald prepare for the October 10th fight.
In addition to the Macdonald UFC signing, Maximum Fighting Championship also announced this week that the promotion will be holding another smaller event, MFC Unplugged 2, at the Chateau Lacombe in Edmonton, Alberta, November 10th. The card has yet to be announced.
Jason "Dooms" Day: "I Am More Determined and Motivated Than Ever."
Canadian Martial Arts Centre fighter Jason "Dooms" Day is remaining upbeat and confident despite his recent loss to Victor Valimaki at MFC 10. Day succumbed to a rear naked choke in the first round at his recent September 8th fight, giving Valimaki the MFC Light-heavyweight Championship. Although there had been some reports that Day’s jaw had in fact been broken during the fight, Day clarified his condition with FCF.
"I have no injuries from the fight that will keep me from fighting," says Day. "I thought that he had broken my jaw in the first couple exchanges but it had just popped out, they said something about tearing a ligament or tendon but I am not sure exactly. I have been getting it realigned by a chiropractor and it is almost as good as new. When Victor went to put the rear naked on I tucked my chin and he ended up crossfacing me instead and moving my jaw farther out of place, I had to tap to the pain, it was unreal."
Day is returning to action almost immediately at Rage in the Cage’s September 30th event in Lethbridge, Alberta. Although an opponent has not been lined up for the light-heavyweight fighter just yet, Day is confident he’ll be ready and is eager to fight again.
"It is strange to say but that loss could be the best thing that happened to me," Day tells FCF. "I am more determined and motivated than ever. I realized that I was not training as hard as should be and I was ignoring my strength training. I started a new conditioning program the next day and have not quit since. I fight here in Lethbridge on the 30th and hopefully at least 2 or 3 times after that before Christmas. Then I fight here again on December 31 and Lee Mein has something big in store for everyone so keep your eyes open for that one."
Elite Fighting Championship Announces September 29th Card
The Elite FC has announced their upcoming September 29th card, to be held at the PNE Agrodome in Vancouver, British Columbia. The main event will feature a lightheavyweight clash between UFC veterans, Vernon "Tiger" White and Marvin "The Beast" Eastman. Other notable bouts on the card include Blake Fredrickson meeting George Kassimatis, and Garett Davis taking on Myles Merola.
Apex Fighting Championship: Curran to Meet Fabiano
On October 14th, Apex FC will host its next event in Gatineau, Quebec, and will have the highly anticipated fight between Jeff Curran and Wagnney Fabiano as its main event. Curran made comments earlier this year that he was displeased with Fabiano when the BJJ Black Belt was late for his weigh in with Curran’s student Matt Fiordirosa. Fabiano subsequently defeated Fiordirosa by unanimous decision at the Apex-Freedom Fight card on January 14th.
The undercard’s other more notable bouts will feature Nabil Khatib taking on Fritz Paul for Apex’s Canadian Middleweight Title, and Nuri Shakir meeting James Gabert for the Apex World Welterweight Title.
MISAKI/FILHO& KANG/GONO ANNOUNCED FOR BUSHIDO SURVIVAL ’06: THE FINALS
TOKYO, Japan — Two semi-final tournament bouts have been announced for PRIDE FIGHTING’S upcoming event, BUSHIDO SURVIVAL ’06: THE FINALS. Canadian Denis Kang is set to battle the colorful Akihiro Gono aka DJ GOZMA and Team Grabaka’s Kazuo Misaki will take on Brazilian Top Team’s Paulo Filho. The winner of each bout will face off in the finals held on the same night!
PRIDE FIGHTING’S exclusive 16-man welterweight tournament continues on November 12th, with BUSHIDO SURVIVAL 06: The Finals, premiering at 9:00pm (EST), 6:00pm (PST). Don’t miss the final four fighters as Denis Kang, Paulo Filho, Kazuo Misaki and Akihiro Gono all look to take home the belt! Don’t miss all the knockouts, slams, and submissions, as the world’s biggest and best mixed martial artists go head to head at PRIDE FIGHTING’S BUSHIDO SURVIVAL 06: THE FINALS!
WELTERWEIGHT TOURNAMENT MATCHES
Denis Kang (Canada/Korea) vs. Akihiro Gono (Japan)
Kazuo Misaki (Japan) vs. Paulo Filho (Brazil)
Winner Kang/Gono vs. Winner Misaki/Filho
PPV Premiere Date: Sunday, November 12th, 2006
Fight Card Subject to Change.
For additional replay times, please contact your pay per view provider.