September 28, 2006
"Lamborghini" Davis Looks For 7th Straight Victory This Friday at the Elite FC
Marcus Soares’ student and Universal MMA fighter Garett "Lamborghini" Davis (9-6) will look to continue his six fight winning streak this Friday night at the Elite Fighting Championship, in Vancouver, British Columbia, against Myles Merola (6-1). The fight for Davis will be his first since the welterweight decided to take a couple months off from competition due to some personal issues. Davis had been extremely busy in 2006 having already fought 3 times this year, before taking a leave of absence from fighting after he submitted Shannon Ritch at KOTC "Widowmaker" in June.
"I have been dealing with a lot in the last couple of months with my Mom and Sister being sick plus other personal issues," Davis tells FCF. "I have actually had a hard time with my training, especially outside the dojo, my diet and sleeping has been way off, but I continue to have really good sparring sessions, which helps me stay confident and ready to fight. Life is tough, but you do what you got to do!"
The fight between Davis and Merola pits two fighters from British Columbia’s Lower Mainland area against each other, two fighters who have a fair amount of local buzz behind them. Merola most recently defeated Justin Jones, at the National Fighting Challenge in July, by toe hold for his sixth victory in seven fights. Davis, who had gone 3-6 to begin his MMA career, has defeated such notable fighters like Jesse Bongfeldt and Derick Downey during his current winning streak, and has been preparing with earnest for his fight with Merola this Friday.
"I am training with guys that use to teach him and train with him, so I like to think that I know a lot about his style," says Davis in evaluating Merola. "I have also seen him fight a few times so I know what to expect in the ring. I have been training just like I train for all my other fights, lots of striking, jiu-jitsu, wrestling and strength and conditioning workouts."
Davis is looking forward to his MMA return, and will be able to return to action with plenty of hometown support.
"Yeah, I like fighting in Vancouver, it’s a good crowd," Davis says. "Having family and friends in the audience cheering me on means a lot to me as well."
Elite FC promoter Rob Harris announced Wednesday that Marvin "The Beast" Eastman would be unable to compete in his Lightheavyweight title defense against Vernon "Tiger" White, the scheduled main event for this Friday’s card. Instead, Edmonton fighter and recently crowned Maximum Fighting Championship Lightheavyweight Champion Victor "The Matrix" Valimaki, will take Eastman’s place, who has been sidelined with a hand injury.
Other more notable fights for this weekend’s Elite FC include; Blake Fredrickson taking on George Kassimatis, Cesar Narita fighting Sean Fewer, Leonard Carter meeting Chris Ade, and Hardeep Singh against Adam Laporte.
Doerksen Makes Dragons and IFL Debut a Successful One
Joe "El Dirte" Doerksen earned the 36th victory of his career last Saturday night, at the International Fight League in Moline, Illinois, by submitting Brian Lee Foster with a rear naked choke. The win came for Doerksen in the second round, as the UFC veteran recovered from some heavy shots from Foster in the opening round to come back and earn his 4th victory in a row.
"Foster landed some good right hands in round one, which was frustrating," Doerksen tells FCF, "but I collected myself between rounds and came back a lot stronger. Mind set is always the same. Every fight is dangerous, and every fighter has to be taken seriously. I felt very stiff in the first round, and had some trouble moving. Round two was better, I was warmed up, and my timing seemed to be better."
Doerksen earned a win in the middleweight bracket for his Toronto Dragon club, helping aid the team to make its IFL debut a successful one. The Dragon’s earned a narrow 3-2 victory over the San Jose Razorclaws, due to the wins Doerksen and teammates Brent Beauparlant and Claude Patrick gave the Dragons. "El Dirte" enjoyed his IFL experience, and is looking forward to competing for the Carlos Newton coached team in the future.
"Dragons won their debut, very satisfying." Doerksen says. "First IFL experience, very positive one. Looking forward to the next show."
Canada To Have 4 Card Weekend
There are 4 MMA events scheduled in Canada this weekend, lending much evidence to the fact that the sport has never been more popular North of the border. Friday night will see the cities of Vancouver, Montreal, and Calgary all play host to the Elite FC, TKO , and King of the Cage respectively, while Saturday night, Lethbridge, Alberta will be home to yet another, Rumble in the Cage.