WCP MMA Inc. announced Tuesday on Fight Network that its newly minted Substance Cage Combat (SCC) promotion will be holding its inaugural mixed martial arts event at the George Bell Centre in Toronto on June 29.
Substance Cage Combat 1.0 will feature several of the province’s top stars, including Adrian Wooley, Randy Turner, Alex Ricci, and Elias Theodoreau, who will help end the nearly seven-month drought Ontario MMA fans have gone through since the final Score Fighting Series card in November.
According to SCC president Neil Forester, a longtime Toronto concert and event promoter and co-owner of Grant’s MMA Gym, the promotion’s primary focus is to help fighters in Ontario and Canada by providing them with another stage to perform on.
“I recognized a major void in Ontario of opportunities for our local pool of talented fighters to fight at home. Score Fighting Series was the last legitimate local organization helping to promote and develop Ontario MMA fighters, and I just felt like the sport needed someone to come in and fill that void,” Forester explained Tuesday. “This isn’t about making money for our group; it’s about helping to further develop the sport in Ontario and providing a stage for our local fighters to gain fight experience and get more exposure.”
Wild Wing and NOS Energy Present: SUBSTANCE CAGE COMBAT 1.0
George Bell Arena -Toronto, Ontario – June 29, 2013
125 – Adrian Wooley (7-3) vs. Randy Turner (7-3)
205 – Todd Stoute (4-0) vs. TBA
155 – Alex Ricci (6-1) vs. TBA
185 – Elias Theodoreau (6-0) vs. TBA
145 – Neelan Hordat-Reece (2-0) vs. TBA
125 – Abdullah Teymouri (1-0) vs. TBA
170 – Vanja Vojvodic (2-1) vs. TBA
185 – Jared Rodd (1-0) vs. TBA
155 – Albert Cheng (2-2) vs. TBA
135 – Ahmed Akkar (0-0) vs. TBA
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The Ultimate Fighting Championship is returning to the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario on Saturday, September 21, 2013 for UFC 165.
The event was announced on Tuesday night’s edition of UFC Tonight.
UFC President Dana White told the media that the promotion had planned events across Canada throughout 2013, so it is no surprise that September would host the Toronto show.
UFC director of Canadian operations Tom Wright added that Toronto and Montreal are the UFC’s “hot spot” locations in Canada and that they would be on the schedule annually, and would likely return roughly the same time each year.
No bouts have been announced as of yet, so stay tuned for more information on UFC 162 in the coming weeks.
CFL star Chad Owens made his mixed martial arts debut a winning one.
The Toronto Argonauts receiver/kick returner earned a unanimous decision against Junyah Tefaga in Honolulu on Saturday night. The two fought as amateurs and battled through two three-minute rounds in their MMA debuts.
The five-foot-eight, 180-pound Owens, the CFL’s outstanding player last season, fought in the 170-pound class and went by the nickname of Mighty Mouse (already being used in the UFC)
There was no indication that Owens was injured in the bout and afterwards the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Owens as saying he’ll be in training camp on time with the Argos in June.
Owens, 31, was an integral part of Toronto’s 2012 Grey Cup-winning squad. He posted a league-record 3,863 all-purpose yards and also was the CFL’s top receiver with 94 catches for 1,328 yards and six TDs.
Re-live every great moment, knockout, submission and fights with the UFC Best of 2012: Year in Review. All the UFC superstars are featured in their most spectacular bouts from last year in this two disc set.
UFC® COMMUNITY WORKS PARTNERS WITH THE CLUB DES PETITS DÉJEUNERS DU QUÉBEC TO HELP GIVE KIDS A HEALTHY START TO THE DAY
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) announced Friday a $25,000 donation to the Club des petits déjeuners du Québec through its UFC Community Works® program surrounding UFC® 158 ST-PIERRE vs. DIAZ. A nationwide initiative launched by UFC Canada, the UFC Community Works® program is designed to make meaningful contributions to the Canadian communities where UFC® events are held. On March 16, the UFC® will return to Montreal for the sixth time with a pay-per-view event at the Bell Centre.
Founded on November 1, 1994, the Club des petits déjeuners operates in 287 schools across Québec and has more than 18,000 children registered in their program. The Club served an impressive 2.5 million breakfasts in 2011-2012 with more than 3,500 volunteers who help prepare and serve breakfast. Schools are ranked from 1 to 10 on two scales established by the Québec government (lowincome cut-off and socio-economic environment), with 10 being the most disadvantaged. More than 1,000 Québec schools rank between 8 and 10 and areeligible to receive the Club’s services.
On March 15, Tom Wright, UFC® Director of Operations, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, Former UFC® Welterweight champion Matt Hughes, UFC® Middleweight Francis Carmont, UFC® Lightweight TJ Grant and UFC® Welterweight Tyron Woodley volunteered at a local Montreal school to serve breakfast, meet with youth and present the donation on behalf of UFC®. The athletes communicated to the program participants about the importance of developing self-esteem and shared their own personal stories of how they were able to accomplish their dreams by believing in themselves.
Well, Episode 5 of TUF 17 did not disappoint. Jon Jones training partner Bubba McDaniel was going up against Kelvin Gastelum. McDaniels who is probably the most experienced fighter and talker in the house, had in many people’s minds the easy task of taking on the far less experienced Gastelum. Gastelum had a little extra motivation when Ronda Rousey told him that she would come out to Vegas to teach a lesson if he defeated McDaniel, and that’s exactly what he did. In a back and forth match, McDaniels snagged a rear naked choke and submitted McDaniels for the upset. This episode showed that this seasons TUF is full of entertaining twists, and also is appealing to the mainstream eye by including Ronda Rousey, and Mickey Rourke who showed up to chat with the fighters.
In other MMA News, several fighters were cut from the UFC this week, including Jon Fitch and Vladimir Matyushenko.
In addition, almost every fighter that was a loser at UFC on Fuel TV 7 was let go. Guess they need to make way for the lighter weight classes, and female fighters that will soon be a part of the crop. Anderson Silva has stated that he would be willing to drop to 170 lbs to have a superfight with GSP, and he said making the weight would be no problem. I’m sure Georges St-Pierre is happier than shit about this, yeah right.
Remember Josh Barnett rejected the offer the UFC made him. Well he’s finally come out and said why he rejected the contract, and why he will no longer be facing JDS at UFC 160. Barnett said it had to do with the legal battle between Bellator (Alvarez’ former employer) and the UFC over Eddie Alvarez services, which became public record. The UFC was offering a $250,000 signing bonus and a percentage of pay-per-view earnings if Alvarez fought for the UFC title or captured the belt.
Barnett, speaking via MMAJunkie, said:
“I was excited to fight Junior. I thought he was a favorable match up for me, but Zuffa was unwilling to give me something that they gave Eddie Alvarez. No disrespect to Eddie, but I felt it was fair to give it to me as well. Although things seem to be working out well for me, I feel bad for the fans. They wanted me to fight certain guys in the UFC and I really wanted to give them those fights. Once we get the deal we are working on done, the fight the fans scream for will be lost forever.”
Tuesday night’s Episode 4 of TUF 17 drew an average audience of 1.2 million in the overnight ratings falling closely on par with the season average of 1.3 million viewers per episode. Episode 4 saw Team Jones earn its victory, and gain control of the picks when Collin Hart defeated Kevin Casey by controlling him on the ground for two uneventful rounds. Casey really showed no signs of aggression or urgency, and Hart, whom many saw as the underdog cruised to victory. With control of the pick, Jones matched up “Bubba” McDaniel against the youngest fighter in the house Kelvin Gastelum.
In other news, wrestling, which was part of the first modern Olympics and a U.S. strength in the Olympic games, was surprisingly cut from the Summer Games on Tuesday, beginning in 2020 games. The International Olympic Committee was expected to cut the sport of modern pentathlon but instead decided to remove wrestling based on criteria such as global participation and popularity.
Many former wrestlers are in an outrage, including former Olympic wrestler and WWF wrestling star the Iron Sheik, who claims he will suplex the people responsible if this isn’t resolved.
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture will debut as a coach on the upcoming Bellator MMA reality show.
Couture has signed into a multi-year deal with Spike TV, a property of Viacom, to appear in multiple projects for the cable channel, as well as other possible ventures within the media conglomerate’s family of networks. As a part of the multi-faceted agreement, Couture’s first role will be as a coach in the forthcoming Bellator MMA reality Series, which begins shooting in February and airs later this year.
For those wondering, Couture is one of the few fighters who still remain in control of their rights and freedom to use his likeness outside of the UFC.
Spike TV will hold a media conference call next Tuesday (Feb. 5, 2013) that will include the “The Natural”, and will go into more detail surrounding the decision to join Bellator on Spike TV.
The UFC nor any Zuffa reps have commented yet on this news release, but is expected to make some sort of comment within the coming hours, if not days.
On January 26, 2013 the UFC on Fox showcases its sixth event. Headlining the event which will be held at the United Center in Chicago, will be Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson who will be putting his belt on the line against up and coming John Dodson. While Johnson is more of a technical striker, Dodson possesses knockout power which can quickly turn the tide. Also on the card is the return of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson who will be facing off against a dangerous Glover Teixeira. The majority of MMA fans would probably agree that Rampage Jackson is on the decline. Besides being a disgruntled fighter with the UFC, his last few fights have not been impressive, and compared to the current evolved MMA fighters of today he is very one dimensional. In addition, he will be going up against a very well rounded Teixeira, who has been on a tear finishing his opponents by several methods. This is the last fight that Jackson has under contract with the UFC, and many suspect it will be his last. The UFC’s lightweight class is arguably the most stacked class in the organization. Two of the frontrunners in this class are Donald Cerrone and Anthony Pettis, and they will clash to determine who could possible face the winner of the highly anticipated lightweight championship between Benson Henderson and UFC newcomer Gilbert Melendez. Also on the main card are featherweights Erik Koch and Ricardo Lamas. Koch’s only loss was to Chad Mendes, and he’s won his last four. Meanwhile, Lamas is currently on a 3 fight win streak, with one of those wins over Cub Swanson. Lamas has only two losses in his MMA career, both of those coming by TKO. While Koch has TKO’ed two of his opponents during his four fight win streak.
UFC Welterweight Sean Pierson traveled to Las Vegas for CES. We asked him to stay another week for AEE aKa Adult Entertainment Expo, inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Resort.
Jesse Jane is a bonafide adult superstar. She leads an all star cast of Digital Playground contract stars Kayden Kross, Riley Steele, Selena Rose and Stoya in the upcoming highly anticipated big budget blockbuster, Code of Honor.
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RONDA ROUSEY MAKES HISTORY WITH FOUR NOMINATIONS AS FIGHTERS ONLY REVEAL FIFTH WORLD MMA AWARDS CEREMONY DETAILS
Ronda Rousey makes history with four nominations as the world’s leading mixed martial arts magazine releases details for its annual awards ceremony in Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV (USA) – Fighters Only, the world’s leading mixed martial arts (MMA) magazine, confirmed the launch of its fifth annual Awards today. Devised to celebrate success and achievement within the MMA industry, the Fighters Only Awards gives fans across the globe the opportunity to cast their vote on which athletes, brands and industry professionals have made the greatest impact on the sport over the previous 12 months. Voting is now open across 22 award categories including: ‘Fight of the Year’, ‘Knockout of the Year’ and ‘Submission of the Year’. While an additional ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award will also be presented during the live ceremony to a surprise recipient.
With the voting website now live and already taking fans’ votes, this fifth Awards also witnesses another first in the illustrious history of mixed martial arts, with female fighting sensation Ronda Rousey capping a remarkable 12 months by being nominated in a record-breaking four categories. As well as ‘Female Fighter of the Year’, Rousey is shortlisted for ‘Breakthrough Fighter of the Year’, ‘Submission of the Year’ and for the annual leading award, the ‘Charles ‘Mask’ Lewis Fighter of the Year’.
And this year’s ceremony also sees the introduction of a brand-new award category – and one that is voted for entirely by MMA devotees. The ‘Fans’ Highlight Reel Moment of the Year’ award is 100% nomination based. No shortlists, no candidates, just an open invitation to those voting to select their personal highlight from 2012; whether it occurred inside or outside the ring.
“The last year has absolutely flown by but not without giving us 12 months’ worth of highlight-reel action, record-breaking achievements and emotional farewells,” says Rob Hewitt, President and CEO of Fighters Only. “We are back to celebrate them all in what will be yet another star-studded night of glamor and entertainment which will surpass everything we have ever done to date.”
The incredible success of the 2011 event saw a relative who’s who of MMA take to the red carpet. And the Fighters Only Awards is set to return even bigger and better this year with confirmation of the live ceremony in Las Vegas due to be announced later this week. This black-tie event will be sponsored by Bodybuilding.com, the internet’s most visited health and fitness site and largest online retailer of nutritional supplements. Along with Sandee (a Fightshop.com brand) the manufacturer of the world’s toughest combat sports equipment and the second-oldest Muay Thai brand in the world, and Infinite Labs, one of the fastest-growing, research-based Sports Nutrition brands in the athletic industry.
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-Roy Nelson defeated Matt Mitrione by KO (Punches, 1st Round, 2:58)
-Colton Smith defeated Mike Ricci by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
-Pat Barry defeated Shane Del Rosario by KO (Punches, 2nd Round, 0:26)
-Melvin Guillard vs. Jamie Varner (Bout cancelled due to illness)
-Dustin Poirier defeated Jonathan Brookins by Submission (D’Arce Choke, 1st Round, 4:15)
-Mike Pyle defeated James Head by TKO (Knee/Punches, 1st Round, 1:55)
-Johnny Bedford defeated Marcos Vinicius by Knockout (Punches, 2nd Round, 1:00)
-Rustam Khabilov defeated Vinc Pichel by Knockout (SuplexPunches, 1st Round, 2:15)
-TJ Waldburger defeated Nick Catone by Tech. Submission (Choked Unconscious, 2nd Round, 1:04)
-Hugo Viana defeated Reuben Duran by TKO (Punches, 1st Round, 4:05)
-Mike Rio defeated John Cofer by Submission (Armbar, 3rd Round, 4:11)
-Tim Elliot defeated Jared Papazian by Unanimous Decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-36)
London, Ontario’s Mark Hominick has officially announced his retirement from Mixed Martial Arts today, on FUEL TV’s “UFC Tonight” show. The 30-year old says he is hanging up the gloves to pursue other things in life.
“I truly got to live my passion and follow my dreams by competing in mixed martial arts, especially under the Zuffa banner, but UFC 154, that’s the last fight I’ll be in the octagon, as I’m retiring and looking to move on to the next phase of my career,” Hominick said.
Hominick burst onto the UFC scene in March 2006 where he earned a submission win over Yves Edwards.
The defining moment of Hominicks career came in 2011 at UFC 129 debut in Toronto, Ontario where he fought a five-round war with current champ Jose Aldo. Hominick came close to finishing Aldo in the fifth-round.
Hominick’s coach and best friend Shawn Tompkins passed away unexpectedly in August 2011.
Hominick has a young daughter and wants to focus on raising her, and pursuing other career options.
“As a family, I have young daughter,” Hominick said. “I have another daughter on the way, and I think that’s the next phase of my life. I need to put focus into that.”