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.”
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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.
Here are the full results from KOTC: Capital Chaos.
- Eric Muir def. Terry Rea TKO (Strikes)
- Wayne Xilon def. Frank Andre - Submission (Kimura)
- Jean Marc Lalonde def. Paul Ebejer - TKO (Strikes)
- Jason Motard def. Markhaille Wedderburn - Submission (Arm Triangle)
- Eric Leclerc def. Jesse James Green - TKO (Strikes)
- Nick Denis def. Chris Myra - TKO (Strikes)
- Stephane Lemarche def. Eugene White - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
- John Cole def. Jason Bissonnette - TKO (Strikes)
- TJ Grant def. Elmer Waterhen - Submission (Armbar)
- Mark Bocek def. Garett Davis - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
News and Notes
- WEC veteran Cole Escovedo is now suffering from paralysis from the waist down due to a staph infection…
According to a post by Laura Escovedo on MMA.tv and confirmed by Reed Harris of the WEC, Cole contracted a staph infection back in December that went unchecked because he just thought it was a spider bite or something of that sort. By the time he was diagnosed in January with staph, the infection made its way into his spine and paralyzed him from the waist down.
Cole was hospitalized and underwent an operation to alleviate some of the fluid that had built up on his spine due to the infection. He has since been released from the hospital and is now at home with a walker and is set to begin therapy.
At the time of publication, it was unknown whether Cole’s paralysis is a permanent or, hopefully, a temporary condition.
- More news on the whole Kurt Angle situation and who he might be signing with:
With a lighter schedule working with rival promotion Total Non-Stop Action (TNA) and a recovery from numerous health issues, 38-year-old Angle says he’s poised to enter the MMA world in 2007 with a number of suitors courting the former Olympian. At the top of the list, says Angle, is the newly formed Elite XC, which enjoyed a strong debut this past Saturday on the premium channel SHOWTIME.
“It looks like I’m going to sign with them (Elite XC) but then all of a sudden Dana White comes along last week and calls Dixie Carter (President of TNA) and says ‘Why is Kurt going to Showtime? I want to talk to him; he should be fighting for Spike, for UFC.”
Pro Elite’s Gary Shaw issued a “no comment” this morning regarding any contact they’ve had with Angle. Dixie Carter, President of TNA, who would not comment on Angle’s negotiations with any company but did confirm that the wrestler’s TNA contract allows him to do MMA, but only if TNA agrees it is best for him. Inquiries to the UFC were unanswered; while Angle says he’d need at least six to eight months of solid training before entering the cage or ring for a mixed martial arts debut.
“I can’t go in there with just my amateur wrestling skills,” said Angle. “I need to learn every facet of fighting, I need to learn how to protect myself with striking, submission holds, some jiu-jitsu and how to strike a bit better.”
- KOTC Canada’s next event, Capital Chaos, will take place on March 28th at the Robert Guertin Arena in Hull, Quebec…
- Elite XC Head Gary Shaw stated that a rematch between Renzo Gracie and Frank Shamrock will most likely take place this fall.
- Our rumors section has also been updated…
Here are the results from King of the Cage’s latest event this past Saturday…
Urijah Faber defeated Bibiano Fernandes - TKO - KOTC Bantamweight Championship
Kyacey Uscola defeated Akira Shoji - KO
Jeremy Freitag defeated Rolondo Torres - Submission (Armbar)
Gigo Jara defeated Khomkrit Niimi - TKO
AJ Fonseca defeated Danny Ailes - Unanimous Decision
Justin Sampson def. Brad Sandoval - KO
Jeff Morris def. Steven Rivenbark - TKO
Ben Sattler def. Cody Canterbury - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
KOTC Bantamweight Champion Urijah Faber will be forced to pull out of this weekend’s KOTC: Rapid Fire PPV event because of an infected tooth that has caused him to develop a fever and other symptoms. There is no scheduled replacement to take on Ryan Diaz, Faber’s opponent, as of right now.
This past weekend at King of the Cage: Widowmaker, Canadian welterweight Garrett Davis was able to secure his six straight win by defeating Shannon “The Cannon” Ritch via the rear naked choke.
This past weekend at King of the Cage: Mangler Bobby Hoffman was slated to square off against Wes Sims. Unfortunately for Sims, Hoffman proved to be a no show forcing KOTC to sever all ties with Bobby Hoffman.
It seems that King of the Cage will be stepping off of that roller coaster, finally severing ties with their former champion. Said Williams, “We’re done with Hoffman. We are now severing ties with the Bad Seed.”
This weekend’s King of the Cage show in San Jacinto, California went on without a main event as reports are stating Bobby Hoffman failed to show up for his scheduled match against Wes Sims. Sims took the fight on short notice, one week after losing to Daniel Gracie.