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APEX: Caged Inferno Postponed

APEX Championship Fighting has announced that their event scheduled for January 13th, 2007 has been postponed.

APEX Championship Fighting regrets to inform fans and fighters that the event scheduled for January 13th, 2007 has been postponed due to circumstances beyond our control. Full refunds will be available form the source where tickets were purchased. Unfortunately, the details cannot be discussed due to potential legal implications, but look forward to an announcement about a rescheduled date in the near future.

APEX would like to thank the fans for their overwhelming support and apologizes for any inconvenience.

APEX: Caged Inferno

APEX Fighting Championship is back with its next event dubbed “Caged Inferno”. “Caged Inferno” will take place Saturday January 13th, 2007 at the Robert Guertin Arena in Gatineau, Quebec.

The card will feature a Canadian middleweight title fight between Sean “Pimp Daddy” Pierson and Fritz “The Animal” Paul along with a Canadian lightweight title fight between Shaun “The Phenom” Krysa and the experienced Thierry “The Surgeon” Quenneville.

UFC veteran Jeff “The Inferno” Joslin was originally scheduled to fight Jason “Livewire” Von Flue but that is no longer possible as Joslin is currently medically suspended.

Names in the Game: Jeff “The Inferno” Joslin

Jeff “The Inferno” Joslin is a mixed martial artist who hails out of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Recently Joslin received the long awaited and well deserved call from the Ultimate Fighting Championship and he will now be fighting Josh Koscheck on December 13th at Ultimate Fight Night 7.

Being born in raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Joslin’s life has revolved around various disciplines of martial arts. From a young age his father, Rick Joslin, had him participating in martial arts and to this day the fire still burns strong.

Joslin is currently a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Romero “Jacare” Cavalcanti and a 4th degree black belt in Karate. Joslin also avidly trains his boxing and wrestling.

Among the many titles won during his career, some of the most important were his gold medal at the Pan American BJJ Championships and his first place victory at the Arnold/Gracie World BJJ Championships.

Joslin sports a mixed martial arts record of 5 wins and 2 losses. Both of “The Inferno’s” losses came to the hands of UFC veterans Jonathan Goulet and Jon Fitch. When looking at this Canadian warrior’s record you’d get the impression that he is mediocre at best but that’s not the case.

Joslin’s first career loss came to the hands of Jonathan Goulet back in November of 2003. These resilient warriors ended up in the ring together at TKO 14 - Road Warriors where they went to war, literally. This fight was a back and forth affair in which fans saw Jonathan Goulet produced a strong effort in the first doing enough to earn himself the 10-9 score. Goulet showed excellent submission defense throughout the first round and his ground and pound had a great deal of effect on his Canadian counterpart.

Things all changed in the second round as Joslin came out strong working excellent positioning. He had Goulet in trouble more then once during the final stanza and he did more then enough to win the round making then fight even, one round a piece.

Unfortunately for Joslin and to the suprise of many fans, the judges scored the fight as an unanimous decision victory. It was a questionable one no doubt but it wouldn’t be the last for Mr. Joslin. The next downer for Joslin would come about two years later when he stepped into the ring with Jon Fitch at Freedom Fight - Canada vs. USA.

The fight had its share of drama as the skilled Canadian took a head butt from Fitch flush to the face which caused him to suffer massive swelling. Also later in the fight Joslin has his opponent up against the ropes and as he teed off on him, Fitch told the ref he was hurt so they called time out. In what normally would end up being a standing 8 count, Fitch was given a 5 minute rest period. Joslin, the crowd, and his corner were all visibly upset and they voiced their opinions but the decision stuck. The crowd favorite Jeff Joslin did enough to earn himself the decision victory but once again he was robbed as the American based fighter was given the nod by the judges from Quebec.

I for one totally disagreed with the Fitch decision and I wasn’t alone. Basically every fan in the arena littered the arena with negative energy as Fitch’s hand was raised in victory. Either way after watching the fight I knew that Joslin was legit and I hoped he’d one day get a shot in the UFC and luckily for me that time has come.

Joslin made his return to mixed martial arts early this year at APEX: A Night of Champions where he made easy work of his tough opponent Nuri Shakir, TKO’ing him part way through the first round. After that news broke that UFC matchmaker, Joe Silva, contacted Joslin and signed him to a three fight deal with his first fight coming December 13th against Josh Koscheck.

With the signing of the Joslin, the UFC just added another big name to their already stacked welterweight division. If Joslin can get past Koscheck he may just be the UFC’s diamond in the rough.

Be sure to check out www.jeffjoslin.ca for his latest news and information.

Joslin vs. Von Flue at APEX: Caged Inferno

APEX Fighting Championship has announced that APEX World Welterweight Champion Jeff “Inferno” Joslin will face off against UFC veteran Jason “Livewire” Von Flue at APEX: Caged Inferno which will take place January 13th, 2007.

Joslin is coming off of a quick KO victory over Nuri Shakir at APEX: A Night of Champions. Von Flue is also coming off of a victory as he submitted Eric Wray at Strikeforce: Tank vs. Buentello.

Also confirmed to be on the card is Wagnney Fabiano, Fritz “The Animal” Paul, Nabil “The Thrill” Khatib, and Shawn “The Phenom” Krysa.

APEX and CFS Join Forces

APEX Entertainment Group (APEX) and Championship Fighting Series (CFS) has announced that they have joined forces to created one of Canada’s largest MMA organizations; Hardcore Championship Fighting (HCF).

They companies has also announced that their new organization will be featured on The Score television network starting November 15th, 2006. The Score will feature fifty-two unique episodes a year of live MMA action.

The first five episodes will feature fights from APEX: A Night of Champions which took place October 14th.

Joslin Makes a Triumphant Return

Canadian welterweight Jeff Joslin returned to action last night for the first time in over a year. Joslin took some time off after losing two straight controversial decisions to UFC veterans Jonathan Goulet and Jon Fitch.

Last night Joslin made his return against Nuri Shakir in APEX. Joslin come out firing early landing a crisp overhand right which was the beginning of the end for Shakir. Joslin teed off on Shakir with an barrage of punches and eventually the ref called a stop to the fight as Shakir lay face down and motionless on the canvas. Joslin was declared the winner knock out at 2:42 of the first round and with the win he was named the APEX welterweight champion.

Also on the card was a battle for the featherweight title which saw UFC and PRIDE veteran Jeff Curran going up against Wagnney Fabiano. Both fighters looked rather tentative on the feet throughout the fight but Fabiano was able to score numerous takedowns throughout the fight. One problem for Fabiano was the fact that he constantly failed to improve his position on the canvas. Curran came out firing in the third as he landed some good shots before they hit the canvas again. In the end Curran did enough to win the split decision and the APEX featherweight crown.

Fans saw the organization crown two more champions as Rowan Cunningham won a four man tournament to be crowned the Canadian welterweight champion and Mark Bocek won a lightweight affair to earn himself the lightweight title.

Joslin to Make MMA Return

TKO veteran Jeff “The Inferno” Joslin will be making his MMA return October 14th when he takes on Colin O’Rourke at APEX: “A Night of Champions”.

Joslin sports a mixed martial arts record of 4-2-0 and his last two losses have been to UFC veterans Jonathan Goulet and Jon Fitch.

Colin O’Rourke is a BJJ Brown Belt under Renzo Gracie and he sports a mixed martial arts record of 3-2-0.

TSN to Air APEX “Evoultion”

APEX Championship Fighting has announced that TSN has gained the rights to air APEX “Evolution”. APEX “Evolution” took place June 10th and TSN will air it in three one hour specials.

Show #1—Saturday July 29th (10:00PM PST/1:00AM EST)
Eric Beaulieu vs Dan “Bighouse” Grandmaison
John Mahlow vs Tyler “TNT” Jackson
Brent Beauparlant vs Jason Cecil
Wagnney Fabiano vs Bao Quach

Show #2—Saturday August 5th (9:30PM PST/12:30AM EST)
Shaun “The Phenom” Krysa vs Sean Ragnitz
Jason Motard vs Aikeka “Prince” Ugonga
Mike Hong vs Stephane Denis
Wojtek “Kazz” Kaszowski vs Lee Mein

Show #3—Thursday August 17th (10:00PM PST/1:00AM EST)
Jordan Jewell vs Eric Lacelle
Nabil “The Thrill” Khatib vs Ryan Gabourie
Luigi Fioravanti vs Stephan “Rudeboy” Potvin

Luigi Fioravanti Victorious

Last night in Gatineau, Quebec, UFC vet Luigi Fioravanti and Stephan Potvin locked horns in APEX: Evolution. Luigi Fioravanti was able to earn a unanimous decision victory in a fight in which he took on very short notice.

Luigi Fioravanti to Fight in APEX: Evolution

Coming off a decision loss to very tough middleweight Chris Leben, Luigi Fioravanti is set to make his return to the ring against Stephan Potvin in APEX: Evolution.

This should prove to be a very tough fight for UFC vet Luigi Fioravanti. Stephan Potvin is much more experienced then I orginally thought. When looking over his card he has fought the likes of Jeremy Horn, Joe Doersken, Denis Kang, Ronald Jhun and Art Santore. At this point the only notable fighter on Fioravanti’s card is Chris Leben.