MMA Weekly is reporting that Mike Swick may now take on Jonathan Goulet at UFC Fight Night 11 in September. The news comes after Swick announced that Chris Leben has pulled out of their scheduled fight via his latest blog on MySpace:
Chris Leben said something about moving down to 170 and the UFC thought it would be a great time to have us fight. I was offered the fight and we accepted it immediately. We even told the UFC that we can do it at whatever weight class; I will give up weight if I have to get it done. So they were going to make our fight the Main Event of Ultimate Fight Night 11 on Spike TV on September 19th. Spike was excited about the fight, the UFC was excited about the fight, the fans were excited about the fight, and most of all, we were excited about the fight. Apparently Leben and his camp wasn’t. After almost a week of waiting for an answer he declined the fight at any weight class.
Swick then went on to talk about Goulet, who created a thread in MMA Weekly’s forums yesterday, stating that Swick refused to fight him:
“Wanted to fight Mike Swick to replace Leben at 170 for the UFC Fight Night in September, but he refused. Is he scared to go to sleep against me? I will beat his ass. I want him.”
Swick caught wind of Goulet’s comments and informed MMA Weekly that he was never offered to fight Goulet, so it would have been impossible to turn him down as an opponent. Swick also stated that he would like to fight Goulet and that a contract has already been sent out in the mail for him to sign.
Since the other opponents we were trying to get an agreement with fell through, why not fight Goulet? I mean he is a good fighter and at least has some juevos. So Jonathan Goulet, let’s see if you can back up all that tough talk. Contract is in the mail, just sign the dotted line and let’s give these fans what they…well, get for free on Spike TV!
Here are the full results for KOTC: Supremacy.
Todd Wood def. Brad Duguay - Submission
Ian Dawe def. Chris Myra - TKO (Doctor Stoppage)
Matt Hamilton def. Jeff Bougois - Submission (Choke)
Vartan Pour Nick def. Neil Walsh - TKO (Ref Stoppage)
Jon Christink def. Chris Currie - TKO (Ref Stoppage)
Tony Legnaro def. Ryan McKenna - Decision (Majority)
Stephane Lemarche def. Jeff Evely - Submission (Guillotine)
Shawn Marchand def. Tim Skidmore - Submission (Choke)
John Cole def. Pete Rogers - TKO
Alex Sung def. Tim Thurston - Decision (Unanimous)
TJ Grant def. Kevin Manderson - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Jonathan Goulet def. Cory MacDonald - TKO (Eye Injury)
Here are the weigh-in results for KOTC Canada: Supremacy.
Jonathan Goulet (184.4) vs. Cory MacDonald (183.8)
TJ Grant (168.6) vs. Kevin Manderson (168.8)
Tim Thurston (170) vs. Alex Sung (167)
John Cole (205.6) vs. Peter Rogers (205.4)
Shawn Marchand (185.6) vs. Tim Skidmore (180.8)
Eric MacDonald (214.2) vs. Josh Strickland (240.8)
Stephane Lemarche (169.4) vs. Jeff Evely (169)
Ryan McKenna (152.8) vs. Tony Legnaro (153.4)
Chris Currie (204.8) vs. Jon Christink (200)
Vartan Pour Nick (143.8) vs. Neil Walsh (141.8)
Justin Bougois (150) vs. Matt Hamilton (155.2)
Ian Dawe (142.8) vs. Chris Myra (140.8)
Brad Duguay (161.6) vs. Todd Wood (158.4)
Here are the full results from UCW: Natural Invasion.
Ryan Brigham def. Mitchell Kay - Submission (Armbar)
Dan Chambers def. Jacob MacDonal - TKO
Joshua Poewl def. Patrick Janczak - Submission (Guillotine Choke)
Gavin Hesson def. Jorden Mein - TKO
Neil Berry def. Steve Taylor - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Lindsey Hawkes def. Rory McDonell - Decision
Jason Tatlow def. Rock Johnson - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Jason Day def. Jonathan Goulet - Submission (Armbar)
The Canadian Press is reporting that UFC president Dana White has officially stated that UFC plans to bring their product to Canada in October, specifically Montreal.
The mixed martial arts circuit will be in Montreal in October, UFC president Dana White told The Canadian Press. He did not provide a date for the show but said the decision to come to Canada was made Saturday.
The UFC had planned to hold a show at Montreal’s Bell Centre on April 7 but the card was called off in December. At the time White said: ‘‘There were a lot of different things that made that fight fall apart.’‘
White did not provide a specific date but he did state that the event would take place at The Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. Formerly known as the Molson Centre the arena has a capacity of 21,273.
This marks the second time there have been rumblings about the UFC coming north of the border. Originally it was rumored that the UFC would debut their product in Canada on April 7th but the plan fell apart in December. This time it looks to be legit…
This brings up quite a few interesting questions… Will Georges St. Pierre be fighting on the card? He is currently scheduled to face Josh Koscheck at UFC 74: Respect. The winner is expected to get a title shot meaning they’d have to wait until sometime next Spring before fighting again. It’s unlikely that St. Pierre would be able to fight twice in the span of less than two months.
The current Canadian fighters on the UFC roster are Jason MacDonald (MW), Kalib Starnes (MW), Ivan Salaverry (MW), Mark Bocek (LW), Sam Stout (LW), Victor Valimaki (LHW), and Jeff Joslin (WW).
Other possible options?
Jonathan Goulet - Goulet seems like a very likely option. He still has two fights remaining on his UFC contract and since leaving the organization he has gotten his career back on track racking up 2 wins with 1 no contest in TKO. Goulet is a big draw in the Montreal area so it only makes sense.
Joe Doerksen - Since his loss at UFC 58: Canada vs. USA, Doerksen has been on a tear winning seven straight, all by stoppage. Doerksen is currently under contract with PRIDE and he has stated that his goal is to return to either the UFC or PRIDE.
Denis Kang - Though there have been rumors of Kang signing with Bodog, this would be the perfect opportunity for the UFC to sign Kang and debut him in front of his fellow Canadians.
David Loiseau - Though he looked rather unimpressive during his last two UFC bouts, Loiseau was able to get himself back on track winning his last fight at Art of War by submission. If Loiseau can win his next fight coming up later this summer the UFC should consider bringing the Montreal, Quebec native back.
With all of the Canadian fighters out of the way, who would you like to see on this card? Any thoughts on the possible headliner?
UFC veteran Jonathan Goulet (18-7) will face Jason Day (11-5) at Ultimate Cage Wars June 23 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Goulet (18-7-0) will face Patrick Cote’s TKO 29 opponent, Jason Day (11-5-0), at Ultimate Cage Wars June 23 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He will then square off against Corey MacDonald (5-1-0) July 14 at King of the Cage Canada’s “Supremacy” show in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Both Goulet and Day were recently in action appearing on the TKO 29: Repercussion card. Goulet made it two wins in a row with a stunning high kick KO over his opponent Travis Axworthy. Goulet’s opponent, Jason Day, also appeared on the card taking on Patrick Cote for the TKO middleweight title. After putting up a tough fight, Day fell victim to the hands of Cote losing by TKO at 4:05 of the first round.
News and Notes
- Our rumors section has been updated once again…
- The always popular MMA on Tap Top Ten has been updated and was posted yesterday for everyone to break down and take in. Be sure to leave comments with any corrections, props, thoughts, and suggestions that you might have.
- Our latest edition of Rock the Vote has been posted - Who will be victorious in UFC 72’s main event: Rich Franklin or Yushin Okami? Be sure to add your pick…
Here are the results for our last poll:
Chuck Liddell: 25%
Mirko Cro Cop: 23%
Andrei Arlovski: 17%
Tim Sylvia: 17%
Gabriel Gonzaga: 8%
Randy Couture: 8%
Heath Herring: 2%
- Scott put together a nice mini-interview with Jonathan Goulet discussing Goulet’s recent win over Travis Axworthy this past weekend as well as his thoughts on John Alessio’s peformance on Sunday night. MMA Weekly caught wind of the piece and was going to ask Alessio about Goulet’s comments on last night’s radio show but Alessio failed to appear.
- The Fight Network is reporting that renowned grappler Marcelo Garcia is in California training with Team Quest this week. K-1 stated in a pre-fight press conference for Dynamite!! USA that Garcia would make his debut in September.
- Leonard Garcia has announced that he will be fighting on the finale of The Ultimate Fighter 5. Garcia did not say who his opponent will be.
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This past weekend UFC and TKO veteran Jonathan Goulet upped his record to 18-7 with an impressive knockout victory over Canadian middleweight Travis Axworthy. MMA on Tap caught up with “The Road Warrior” to get his thoughts on the fight and to find out what’s in store for his future.
When asked to provide his thoughts on the fight Goulet said, “I was nervous because I had everything to lose but I was confident because of my good training. My coach told me before I entered the ring, “You haven’t kicked a guy in the head for a while, so do it tonight.” Unfortunately for Travis Axworthy, I did.”
As you can see in the video above, Goulet came out and after a quick shot he fired off a devastating high kick that left Axworthy (3-1) motionless on his back only 8 seconds into their headline bout.
“I kicked him in the head after I tried to take him down but I asked myself “What am I doing? Come on Jon, stay on your feet.”
After the fight, Goulet said, “I was looking for the promoter just to ask him if he was waiting for a murder giving me an opponent like him. Sorry to Travis, I don’t have anything against him but I already did what we saw.”
Goulet was originally scheduled to face Steve Vigneault for the TKO Welterweight Title but the fight was scrapped after Vigneault re-injured his knee. Axworthy decided to step in on short notice meeting Goulet in a middleweight affair, 15 pounds above Goulet’s original weight.
Since leaving the UFC, Goulet has gone 2-0 (1 NC) with victories over Travis Axworthy and Jesse Bongfeldt. Goulet was originally awarded a TKO victory over Thomas Schulte but the decision was overturned after Schulte’s camp filed a grievance with the Quebec Athletic Commission because Goulet earned the TKO after the round was over but the referee failed to stop the fight at the proper time.
What’s next for Goulet? Who would he like to fight?
“I want to be a champion. I’m thinking about the WEC Welterweight Title but first I have to fight July 14th in King of the Cage. John Alessio is back on track, after his fight when he won by guillotine choke he said it’s his move but I’m curious if he’d be able to apply a guillotine on me.”
For those of you unaware, Goulet and Alessio fought back in 2004 at TKO 18: Impact when Goulet took the unanimous decision victory. Next up for Goulet is a middleweight bout against Cory MacDonald at King of the Cage in Halifax on July 14th at the Halifax Forum.
Closing out the interview Goulet left a message for his fans:
“I’m not going to fight for TKO soon so stay tuned to my Myspace (www.myspace.com/jonathangoulet) because my goal at this time is to reach the top 5 in the world before the end of the year. Right now I’m 15th.”
Results will be posted as they happen…
TKO 29: Repercussion
Guillaume Lamarche vs. Adrian Wooley
Brett Pearson vs. Marcus Celestin
Syd Barnier vs. Eric Leclerc
Stephane Dube vs. David Medd
Jon Mirasty vs. Sebastien Gauthier
Yves Lemelin vs. Steve Pouliot
Valerie Letourneau vs. Sarah Kaufman
Tyler Jackson vs. Martin Grandmont
David Fraser vs. Steve Bosse
Jonathan Goulet vs. Travis Axworthy
Patrick Cote vs. Jason Day
UFC veteran Jonathan “The Road Warrior” Goulet (17-7) will be making his return to KOTC Canada July 14th when he steps into the cage with Cory MacDonald (5-1).
King of the Cage Canada announced last night that Victoriaville, Quebec fighter Jonathan “The Road Warrior” Goulet (17-7-0) will square off against Kingston, Ontario native Corey Macdonald (5-1-0) July 14 at their “Supremacy” show in Halifax, Nova Scotia, reports The Fight Network’s Mike Russell.
Goulet is scheduled to fight Travis Axworthy this weekend at TKO 29: Reprecussion.