Canadian MMA Recap – May 27-June 4
The past few weekends have seen a number of solid MMA cards taking place all across Canada. From the Maritimes all the way out to Vancouver Island, just about everywhere across the country was privy to some form of fistic action. Increasingly we’re seeing MMA in Canada becoming a weekly occurrence, as opposed to days past where one card a month was cause for celebration. In addition to the increase in volume of cards, the quality has also been on the rise, as shown by the recent cards I’m about to recap for you, and the cards that are upcoming in the next few weekends.
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Moving in chronological order, we’ll start out East, where the aptly named East Coast Fight Productions put on a card that, to be honest, wasn’t the most enthralling in the world. However, there was one match in particular that caught my eye, and that was the clash between two young Bantamweights with bright futures, not necessarily in strictly Canadian MMA, but perhaps globally as well. The favorite heading into the match was Michael Imperato, who was 3-0 heading into the evening, and actually made it to the end of the TUF 14 tryouts before being disqualified due to not having enough experience. All three of Imperato’s wins had come by submission, however this night belonged to his opponent, Mike Mallot. A mere 2:00 into the bout, Mallot locked on an armbar, and Imperato was forced to tap out and concede his first pro MMA defeat. Both fighters are guys to keep an eye on in the future, and should move up the ranks at 135 steadily over the coming years.
The following night, May 28th, action shifted out West to Nanaimo, B.C. for Battlefield Fight League 8. The main attraction of this card was a great Middleweight tilt between Dennis Kang and Jesse Taylor. Kang, formerly one of the top 10 Middleweights in the world has had his ups and downs since coming back over to North America from Japan. His stint in the UFC unceremoniously came to a halt when he dropped a TKO to Michael Bisping. Since that time, Kang had gone undefeated (2-0-1) including a draw with Paulo Filho that many thought he won. Taylor, on the other hand has benefited from his UFC exile. Since being ousted from the Ultimate Fighter Finale and the organization, “JT Money” had gone 12-3, with wins over the likes of Chris Camozzi, Dong Sik Yoon, Jason Day, Murilo Bustamante and Tom Watson. This encounter belonged entirely to the America, despite being in Kang’s backyard. Taylor’s wrestling has always been potent, but he showed off his improved overall grappling skills in this one, eliciting the tap from Kang at 1:57 of the first round.
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This past Saturday, while most of the MMA world’s attention was focused on the TUF 13 Finale, and more ensuing judging controversy stemming from the decisions at the event, Ringside MMA put on their 11th card from the capital of La Belle Province. There were two main attractions on this card, one which would appeal to MMA fans, and one which strived to gain the interest of mainstream Canadians. The MMA main event featured former UFC Middleweight contender Patrick Cote attempting to claw his way back into the UFC against Todd Brown. The attention-seeking fight was Donald Brashear’s MMA debut.
Looking at Cote/Brown, we already knew that Brown was not a UFC calibre fighter heading into this fight. Cote, despite falling into his UFC title shot like no one else in the recent history of the sport, is a UFC-level guy. This was proven in their fight, as Cote controlled the bout from the outset and was never threatened by his foe on the way to a unanimous decision victory.
As much as Brashear’s fight means nothing in the grand scheme of MMA, it should be noted that he dispatched of his overmatched opponent in a mere 21 seconds. Brashear could develop into a decent draw as a regional level fighter due to his notoriety from his NHL days and the fact that he is a very big, athletic man who should be able to easily dispatch most regional type Heavyweights he comes across. The other notable fight on the card was the Bantamweight co-main event between Stephane Pelletier and Dimitri Waardenburg. Pelletier was the pre-fight underdog, as Waardenburg has been moving up the Canadian BW ranks due to a recent 5-fight winning streak.