Fall Canadian Fight Cards Changing


Brian Gassaway. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

TKO Championship Fighting has announced a trio of additional bouts for it’s latest fight card, “TKO 35: Quenneville vs. Hioki”, which will take place on October 3 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

UFC and WEC veteran Brian Gassaway will return to the promotion to take on T.J. Grant in one of TKO 35’s featured bouts. Also added to the event was a lightweight battle between Mike Ricci and Reza Kamali and a welterweight affair between Steve Alexopoulos and Daylin Logan.

Canadian lightweight prospect Ben Henderson has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled bout against Joe Heiland at MFC 18 on September 26 in Edmonton. He will be replaced by King of the Cage veteran Donald Sanchez according to an announcement made by the MFC earlier this week.

Details regarding Henderson’s injury remains unknown at this time. MFC President Mark Pavelich has confirmed that the winner of Sanchez and Heiland will earn a shot at the vacant MFC lightweight title early next year.

“Sanchez really impressed me in his last fight at MFC 17,” Pavelich said. “He absolutely destroyed Jason Maxwell who is no joke himself. The guy has a win over Jens Pulver and Sanchez ran through him. He matches up really well against Joe Heiland. Either guy can take this fight which makes the bout that much more exciting.”

Also joining the MFC’s budding lightweight division will be Costa Rican product Ariel Sexton, a two-time veteran of Hardcore Championship Fighting that the MFC signed to a multi-fight deal this week.

“This guy is an absolute beast,” Pavelich said of the signing. “He reminds me of the 155-pound version of Ryan Ford, only his jiu-jitsu is on another level. I’m so excited about signing him that I can hardly contain myself. I predict he’ll be one of the two fighters fighting for my inaugural lightweight belt by the beginning of 2009.”

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