Interviews

Female Leadership in MMA

Female Leadership in MMA

“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.”

Tim Cronk is ready for pro MMA debut.

Tim Cronk is ready for pro MMA debut.

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.

Prepolec expects improvements vs. Hubbard.

Prepolec expects improvements vs. Hubbard.

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.

An MMA fighter’s underappreciated sacrifices.

An MMA fighter’s underappreciated sacrifices.

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]

"Handsome" Hudson makes his UFC Vancouver case.

"Handsome" Hudson makes his UFC Vancouver case.

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.

Serhiy Sidey on his undefeated 3-0 pro MMA record.

Serhiy Sidey on his undefeated 3-0 pro MMA record.

It’s not often a fighter gets to participate in three professional fights prior to their 23rd birthday. It’s even rarer for that fighter to win all three of them, two of which by KO/TKO.

Serhiy Sidey is that fighter though, and he’s clearly on cloud nine because of it.

“It’s been amazing,” he said. “It’s awesome to turn pro and then get three fights in a row. So it’s been a great career, man. I’m just excited to get back in there.”

But these moments did not come easy. Sidey has been training with professionals since he was 16-years-old, and without his six amateur fights and impressive 4-2 record in them, he might’ve never gotten the opportunity to fight and win at a professional level.

Our own Jason Hagholm talks to the 23-year-old about his career path and what it took for Sidey to achieve his 3-0 pro MMA career start.  

Is MMA Training Right for Kids?

Is MMA Training Right for Kids?

For an amateur fighter who retired in her early 20s, Gemma Sheehan has quite the resume. The native of Toronto has a 5-1-0 mixed martial arts record, including four wins in the first… [READ MORE]

Assenza's Preparation for BTC 7

Assenza's Preparation for BTC 7

If there’s one fighter that has earned the nickname “Maverick”, it’s Burlington’s Adam Assenza.

The 31-year-old is as independently-minded as they come; per his own words, he “doesn’t really care much about what anybody does.” His only focus is on preparing himself, both mentally and physically, and he only worries about doing his own thing.

That’s the perfect mentality to carry into his August 24th fight against Josh Wick for the BTC Lightweight Championship at BTC 7: Annihilation in Ottawa.

Our own Jason Hagholm talks to Assenza about how he handles preparations, how he gets over bad results, and his love for mixed martial arts.

"Daniel-San" Lariviere on His Hometown Bout

"Daniel-San" Lariviere on His Hometown Bout

For most fighters, there’s nothing sweeter than fighting a professional fight in their hometown. But while most fighters fail to realize that dream, 36-year-old Dan “Daniel-San” Lariviere is only weeks away from experiencing it.

Although Lariviere was born in Halifax, Nove Scotia, the Lightweight fighter was raised in Ottawa, Ontario. It’s a city that remains number one in his heart, and when he fights Patrick Connors at BTC 7: Annihilation on August 24, he expects a special performance from himself to cap off a special event.

Our own Jason Hagholm speaks to Lariviere about the importance and gravity of such a moment.

Canadian Fighter from B.C. on UFC Contender Series

Canadian Fighter from B.C. on UFC Contender Series

Dustin Joynson could be a name on the lips of every Canadian mixed martial arts viewer very soon, if he isn’t already.

The native of Victoria, British Columbia, is one of the top Canadian Heavyweight prospects in MMA. He boasts a 5-0-0 record, and if he defeats the Australian Ben Sosoli on the season finale of Dana White’s Contender Series on August 27th, he could be rewarded with a UFC contract.

The MMA Chronicles’ Jason Hagholm speaks to Joynson about the opportunity to fight in the Contenders Series, his love of video gaming, and his wrestling roots.

Is Weight Cutting Safe?

Is Weight Cutting Safe?

You would think that the worst part of being a professional mixed martial artist is actually stepping into the cage and fighting another human being. After all, few people would prefer to eat punches and takedowns for a living. But for many MMA fighters, the real fight is preparing for weight cuts… [READ MORE}

MMA Interview: Todd "The Hulk" Stoute

Todd Soute is a Light Heavyweight with a ton of power.

There is a reason his moniker is "The Black Hulk."

At 6'3" and 204 lbs, Todd is currently 10-4 in professional MMA, with 6 KO/TKO's and many of his wins coming in the first round.

Our own Jason Hagholm spoke with Todd recently about his controversial suspension from TKO MMA:


MMA Interview: Patrick "The Lizard" Connors

Jason Hagholm interviews Barrie, ON native Patrick Connors about the upcoming event at BTC 7: Annihilation. Patrick is fighting at 155 lbs. against Ottawa’s hometown fighter, Dan Lariviere. See the interview below: