The Canadian Report: TKO 30 and more
By Mike Doyle and Mike Russell/The Fight Network
October 1, 2007
UFC veterans Mark “The Machine” Hominick and Sam “Hands of Stone” Stout both proved why they are two of Canada’s premiere fighters, each scoring TKO victories in the first round of their respective match-ups at TKO 30 “Apocalypse” Friday night, which drew a reported 6,500 spectators to the Bell Centre in Montreal.
Hoping to rebound from two tough back-to-back losses, Hominick (14-7) was back in the form TKO fans had come to expect from the Thamesford, Ont. striker. Methodically disposing of the always-tough Ben Greer (10-3) with powerful, pinpoint accurate strikes, “The Machine” seemed well oiled and primed to win from the opening bell. Hominick says the plan was to come out strong and finish with a bang.
“I wanted to go in and make a statement with no messing around. In my last two fights, it wasn’t that I was doubting myself, but I think I was thinking too much about what my opponent was going to do instead of what I was going to do,” Hominick says. “I just wanted to go in there and show everyone that I’m there to fight and to win rather than not to lose.”
WEDDING BELLS AND OCTAGON RETURNS
Another Tompkins protégé and soon-to-be brother-in-law (Tompkins is set to marry Stout’s sister later this year), Sam Stout (12-3-1) walked away from the Bell Centre victorious after a slow start against Martin Grandmont (5-4).
Taking heavy shots from Grandmont in the opening round of his fourth TKO lightweight title defense, Stout looked to be in trouble when cuts over his right eye and under his left opened up halfway into the first set. Stepping into the pocket, Stout threw a left jab-overhand right combination that knocked Grandmont down and out before pouncing on his prone opponent to finish the fight.
Like Hominick, Stout is hopeful that the win will land him back in the big show sooner than later. Sources tell TGFN that the Canadian may be included on the Nov. 17 UFC 78 roster at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. Who will Stout’s opponent be? The 23-year-old says the UFC is keeping one match-up in mind.
“Right after my last match with Spencer [Fisher], Dana [White] told me that if they ever have a problem finding an opponent for me they’ve always got Stout-Fisher III in their back pocket,” says Stout. “I’m hoping to be back in the Octagon some time before the end of the year.”
XTREME COUTURE NORTH
Hominick is set to join Xtreme Couture’s Toronto location when the training center opens in late 2007. The 25-year-old says he will continue to teach at Tompkins’ Muay Thai and Submission Academy in London, Ont. and will make the trek to Toronto to teach and train at the latest branch of the UFC heavyweight champion’s world-class training centers.
“I’m going to be teaching probably twice a week
MMA and striking. Shawn Geris is managing the gym and he called me. Randy [Couture] knows me through Shawn [Tompkins] and from me training down in Vegas and he kind of hooked everything up. It’ll also be a really good opportunity for me because there will be other fighters training and teaching there as well.”
HORODECKI – YEAR OF THE ANACONDA?
London, Ont. native Chris Horodecki (10-0) will begin training at Las Vegas mecca Xtreme Couture MMA this week to prepare for the International Fight League World Grand Prix on Nov. 3 at the Sears Centre in Chicago. The 19-year-old phenomenon will battle Bart Palaszewski (27-8) in the most anticipated rematch in the IFL’s two-year history. Last February, Horodecki won a close split decision over his lightweight rival.
The Canadian youngster has been sidelined with a broken hand since June, which he suffered in a match against Shad Lierley (2-1). As a result of the injury, “The Polish Hammer” was unable to compete in the IFL’s league semifinals in August. Horodecki’s Los Angeles Anacondas team was ultimately eliminated from the post-season by the Quad City Silverbacks.
Horodecki also confirmed that the IFL has exercised its right to extend his contract into the 2008 season. The new contract would go into effect after the IFL Grand Prix Finals in December.
MMA CLOTHING IN HOT WATER
MMA clothing brands are under scrutiny in several nightclubs on the infamous Granville strip in Vancouver, B.C. The clubs have taken to banning the MMA-supported clothing to discourage patronage of local gang members who fancy such clothing. The strip has become known for gang-related shootings and violence.
According to John Teti, president of Barwatch – a BC organization established to institute crime prevention measures (metal detectors, ID scanners, etc.) and to hire security officials to patrol the strip around membership bars – the peculiar dress code was handed down in response to Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan’s ultimatum to bar owners to come up with ways to reduce the frequency of alcohol-related disturbances or face closing one hour earlier.
Teti says the clubs that have chosen not to allow patrons to wear the popular brands into their respective establishments have good reason for the decision.
“In the city of Vancouver at this time there happens to be a war going on with various gangs,” Teti says. “In the past three weeks, there have been four shootings that have resulted in three deaths that have been directly attributed to the drug wars that are going on. We have a ‘Gang Squad’ here that checks IDs and will ask any known criminals they recognize in the clubs to leave. People who work in the clubs observed that a lot of these people were attracted to a certain type of clothing, so they took it upon themselves to say, ‘If you’re going to wear this type of clothing, we’re not going to let you in the bar.’”
Tom Atencio, a public relations representative for Affliction Clothing, which also makes UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture’s Xtreme Couture line, points to the price-point and higher-end retailers who carry his company’s label.
“To label us ‘Gang Wear’ is ridiculous,” Atencio says. “We sell our clothes to places like Nordstrom’s, Macy’s and Metro Park in the states. I highly doubt that you’d see gang bangers shopping in these types of stores.”
HOLLETT HEADLINES MFC 14
The Maximum Fighting Championship returns to the River Cree Resort and Casino in Edmonton, Alberta, with MFC 14 “High Rollers” on Nov. 23.
In the main event, newly-crowned MFC light heavyweight champion Roger Hollett (7-0) will return for his first title defense against a yet-to-be-named opponent. “The Hulk” captured the title with a first round stoppage over Victor Valimaki (9-5) at MFC 13 in August.
However, Hollett will have to take care of some other business beforehand, as the Halifax native is scheduled to face American Top Team’s Lew Polley (4-0) at ECC 6 on Oct. 20 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Brazilian Top Team Canada leader Fabio Holanda (5-5) will battle UFC veteran Aaron Riley (23-10-1) in a lightweight showdown. Holanda sports a deceiving .500 record, but his losses have come against some of the top names in the game. “The Mastermind” is coming off a second-round stoppage over Shaun Krysa at MFC 12 last June. Meanwhile, Riley enters the match-up looking to halt a three-fight losing streak.
In another lightweight contest, Albuquerque, N.M. resident Donald Sanchez (9-4) will square off against undefeated hometown favorite Ryan Heck (4-0). Sanchez, who recorded a win over Ryan McGillivray at MFC 13, is a training partner of WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit.
A pair of unbeaten welterweights will clash when Ryan “The Real Deal” Ford (2-0) faces the Miletich Fighting Systems-trained Mike Sorenson (2-0). And in other action, McGillivray (5-1) will attempt to get back on track against Boreland’s Steve Vujnovic (3-0).
THE BUTCHER’S RIBS
If you caught the Strikeforce bout between heavyweights Bobby Southworth and Bill “The Butcher” Mahood that streamed live on Yahoo! Sports Saturday night from the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles, Calif., you know that Prince George. B.C.’s Mahood verbally submitted following a Southworth body shot at 1:15. American Kickboxing Academy’s Southworth had easily taken the 40-year-old Canadian down along the fence and landed only three shots before Mahood was gasping for air and asking his adversary to cease the action.
Mahood suffered a couple of broken ribs and spent five hours in a Los Angeles hospital Saturday night, says his camp. He was up and about on Sunday, though still short of breath.
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Updated on Monday, Oct 1, 2007 2:14 pm, EDT