“I know boundaries exist. It’s all in how you choose to handle it. We knew 100% going into this that it’s a male driven sport and industry. I think we’re confident, strong women, and I knew that we could handle ourselves. It’s just about being tough and pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone. I would like to see more women do that. Whether it’s hop in the gym and train in this sport. Just because it’s mostly men doesn’t mean you can’t do that. We can make excuses and focus our effort on saying that it is male driven or we can just do it. I think we should spend more time saying ‘I want to do that, I fit there, this is what I’m gonna do.”
Possibly the best reason for fans choosing to migrate more to the sport as a whole rather than just following the fighter themselves, comes from arguably the most important voice surrounding MMA today. Joe Rogan puts it in such a simple way that it’s hard to argue against. He calls MMA “the least bulshittable sport.” And he’s right.
High-level mixed-martial artists should focus on winning their bout and nothing else.
The matchmaking, the promotion, and marketing of the fighter, and the overall well-being of the fighter should be taken care of by a management team. They are as important as the athlete in shaping a successful career.
Last Saturday Prospect Fighting Championships (PFC) put on their annual event "Knockout Kidney Disease" event AKA "Showdown in the Downtown 11" in London, ON to support a variety of charities, projects and research groups. Not only did they support a good cause but they brought a great card to the Forest City filled with a ton of Canadian talent. The card was headlined by Windsor's TJ Laramie (9-3, 6 KO's, 2 Subs), #3 ranked Canadian featherweight, against dangerous out-of-towner Paris Stanford (5-1) and the co-main event showcased the return of London standout, Jesse "The Ghost" Gross (10-4), against BJJ specialist Armando Gomes (10-3) who has cut his teeth on the Brazilian regional scene.
MMA is the worlds fastest growing sport hands down; promotions are popping up everywhere (including our own very BTC fight promotions). Its quickly becoming one of the most popular sports in the world (we’re coming for you soccer!) and with that more and more people are starting to become fans of MMA. But with all these promotions and all these fighters the question does come up, are these people watching fans of the sport, the fighters or are they fans of the personalities?
To say that Kingston, Ontario’s Tim Cronk is a talented athlete would be an understatement.
The 32-year-old Cronk is a former CFL football player. He represented the BC Lions, Saskatchewan Roughriders, and Winnipeg Blue Bombers at various points in his career. He’s also a Grey Cup champion, having won the CFL championship in 2011.
Now, Cronk is taking his athletic talents to professional MMA.
“I’ve been training MMA for a long time,” he said. “So I decided to give [competitive MMA] a shot. I had that competitive bug and I still wanted to compete.”
Cronk is currently 5-1-0 as an amateur fighter, with four of his wins coming via KO/TKO. He makes his pro MMA debut at KOTC: Showtime 2 this Saturday when he faces off against the 0-1-0 Edward Sponeybarger.
Our own Jason Hagholm spoke to Cronk about that fight, as well as his transition from football to MMA.
The UFC is back in Canada. On September 14, Vancouver will host UFC Fight Night 158 at the Rogers Arena. It’s the third UFC event to be hosted in Canada this year, and it’ll feature 12 fights in total.
One of those fights will be between Kyle Prepolec (12-6-0) and Austin Hubbard (10-3-0). The two men will fight in the 155 lb. weight class, and their preliminary fight will open up the event.
It’s a fight that Prepolec is pumped up for.
“I think for me and him fighting, it’s a great stylistic fight,” he said. “Not only just for both of us, in terms of how fun and exciting it could be and potentially grow to be. But also for the fans and all of the viewers.”
The native of Windsor is coming off of a loss to Nordine Taleb via unanimous decision. The defeat came in his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night Ottawa on May 5. It was Prepolec’s first loss since 2017.
Prepolec has only used the defeat as fuel to better himself. He predicts that he’ll put in a better showing this Saturday.
“I think we’ll see a new-and-improved, better version of myself,” he said.
Our own Jason Hagholm talks to Prepolec about his UFC debut, the growth of MMA leagues in Canada, and how he’s preparing for his UFC Fight Night 158: Vancouver bout against Hubbard.
There are a lot of fighters who have dreams of being champion in the biggest organizations (Me), but for
every person that achieves that dream, there’s a thousand people who failed to even get close to that
goal. Now there’s a lot of different reasons for this, some say that it's genetic, that the greatest people
are simply born better than suited for fighting than the others
Kyran, 27, is a professional mixed martial artist with a pro record of 3-0-0. Having turned pro just nine months ago, Kyran is a dedicated fighter that loves the spirit of competition and the ability to work toward his goal of being a full time fighter. Explosive and exciting to watch, Kyran is a force to be reckoned with and a promising young athlete.
When Marino “The Scorpion” Cutendana fought Baldwin Mdlalose at EFC Worldwide 51 on July 15, 2016, that wasn’t the only battle the Angolan was fighting that day. “A few years ago, I was supposed to fight and my… [READ MORE]
UFC Fight Night 158: Vancouver took a slight hit recently when Sergey Khandozhko was forced to drop out of the September 14 event due to visa issues. The UFC are in need of an opponent for welterweight fan-favourite Michael Pereira to face, and they’re reportedly on the lookout for a Canadian talent.
One of those fighters being seriously considered as a replacement is “Handsome” Scott Hudson.
“We have confirmation that I am being considered,” Hudson said in a recent social media post. “So this is more than just smoke.”
Currently on a three-fight winning streak, Hudson is the reigning BTC Super Lightweight champion. He earned the belt in June when he defeated Dawond Pickney via submission at BTC 6: Night of Champions.
Although he hasn’t fought since the fight, Hudson argues that he’s the best candidate to replace Khandozhko in the fight, given his recent accomplishments.
“I want this fight, I deserve this fight,” he said in the same post. “I’m a champion in Canada and this is my opportunity to show in the big leagues.”
It’s clear that he’s not the only one that believes so.
“The support has been unreal,” he said in a video interview. “Just on that alone, it’s really helping my case because people want to see me there, and there’s other people – obviously other than myself – that think I deserve to be there.”
Our own Jason Hagholm speaks to Hudson on the possibility of fighting in a UFC event.
We are in a golden age of MMA talent, a lot of fighters who people argue are the greatest of all time are currently active fighters or have recently retired. Even when it comes to the individual weight classes a lot of fans and analysts say that the current champions are the greatest whatever weights of all time.