News and Notes
- Mike Swick has pulled out of his bout with Jonathan Goulet at UFC Fight Night 11 due to a rib injury sustained while training. Dustin Hazelett is being discussed as a possible replacement for Swick.
- Sherdog is reporting that Mark Cuban, owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, is negotiating for the services of PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko.
- Mark “The Machine” Hominick will be fighting Ben Greer (10-2) at TKO 30: Apocalypse.
- Here is the full card for Extreme Challenge 81 which is scheduled to take place October 6th at the Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton, New Jersey.
Jon Murphy vs. Joe Leyva
Justin Eilers vs. Wade Hamilton
Hector Urbina vs. Aaron Miesner
Zach Mackowsky vs. Daniel Martinez
Chris Lawson vs. Lennox Chance
Stephen Haigh vs. Anthony Lapsley
Mike Groves vs. Jorge Villela
Robert Beraun vs. Nathan Carey
Billy Kidd vs. Yaotzin Meza
Matt Buckley vs. Rick Gonzoles
Matt Jaggers vs. Israel Giron Melchor
Tim Bradley vs. Rene Diosdado Perez
Armando David vs. Victor Meza
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Ring Xtreme Challenge, a show co-promoted by Steve Claveau and David Loiseau, is starting to shape up for its debut event which is scheduled for September 7 in Quebec City.
Both Claveau and Loiseau are veterans of TKO who have had a rocky past with TKO promoter Stephane Patry. This new organization will allow them to split the matchmaking duties and use fighters from their respective teams. Claveau stated in the past that Team Legion would no longer be sending fighters to appear on future TKO cards.
It’s been speculated for a number of weeks that Claveau was interested in starting his own promotion, especially after he stated that Team Legion will no longer send representatives to compete at future TKO shows.
While Loiseau’s involvement with the promotion comes as news, it also opens up the possibility he could fight again in Quebec at some point. After his acrimonious split from TKO president Stephane Patry, it seemed very unlikely “The Crow” would get another opportunity to fight in front of his hometown fans.
Ring Xtreme Challenge
Sylvain Cloutier vs. Greg Compton
Shawn Davidson vs. Mike Dizak
Tommy Pariseau vs. Andy Ross
Danny Laflamme vs. Aaron Treagear
Yan Pichette vs. Yan Pellerin
Stephane Pinet vs. Rob Wynne
Dave Pariseau vs. TBA
Jacques Dube vs. TBA
Yves Jabouin vs. TBA
David Savard vs. TBA
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.”