TKO Notes and Quotes: Aug 21, 2007

Adam Kastner discusses upcoming bout with Adrian Wooley

MMA on Tap was able to catch up with TKO featherweight Adam Kastner (1-0) to get his thoughts on his upcoming bout with Adrian Wooley as well as little background information on how he got his start in MMA and his goals for the future.

On September 28, 2007 at TKO 30: Apocalypse, Adam Kastner will make his second appearance in the TKO cage when he faces fellow undefeated featherweight Adrian Wooley (2-0). Wooley is a talented wrestler who made his TKO debut at TKO MMA Tourney 2007, defeating Sonny Leong (1-10-1) by decision. Wooley’s next fortay in the TKO cage came at TKO 29: Repercussion when he fought and defeated Guillaume Lamarche (1-1).

Kastner was respectful when talking about his opponent saying, “From seeing Adrian fight previously I think he’s a great fighter, a very good wrestler and I think it’s going to be a tough fight for me. It’s hard to predict how the fight is going to go, I am going to try and do the things I am working on in training and try and pull out a win. But I think it will be a very exciting fight to watch.”

Kastner may be relatively new to the MMA scene but he is not new to the fight game. Before making taking the plunge to MMA Kastner spent time fighting in the CAMTAO (Canadian Amateur Muay Thai Association of Ontario). Training with the guys at 519 Fight Factory, Kastner possesses sharp Muay Thai skills. “I actually started MMA March 17th, that was my debut. Before that I only ever fought in Muay Thai competitions in CAMTAO(Canadian Amateur Muay Thai Association Of Ontario), but the opportunity came to fight in TKO so I didn’t think twice to take it.

“My goals as a fighter are just to be successful at it, become better after each fight, keep improving on my weaknesses and keep progressing as an athlete. I am training with Jeff Harrison, Syd Barnier and other good training partners, so I think it helps to keep improving when you train with a good team.”

Jeff Harrison is the head trainer at the 519 Fight Factory. He is well versed in both Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. In 2002 Harrsion spent time working on his BJJ at the Gracie Barra Academy in Rio Dejaniero, Brazil. Harrison also spent time working on his Muay Thai with BTT trainer Paulo Nickolai while training with the likes of Ricardo Arona, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Mario Sperry.

Kastner’s teammate, Syd Barnier, will also be fighting at TKO 30: Apocalypse but his opponent is currently unknown.

Report: Valerie Letourneau not fighting at TKO 30

We have received a report stating that Valerie Letourneau (1-1) will not be fighting at TKO 30: Apocalypse. According to the report, Letourneau was not given footage of her opponent on time so she refused to sign the contract.

Letourneau made her TKO debut at TKO 29: Repercussion losing to Sarah Kaufman early in the second by TKO. Training with Tristar Vale Tudo, Letourneau is a well-rounded featherweight who holds a TKO win over Tannaya Hantelman.

TKO alumni update

Jonathan Goulet - “The Road Warrior” will be making his long awaited return to the octagon September 19th when he steps into cage with Mike “Quick” Swick at UFC Fight Night 11.

When asked about his upcoming battle with Swick, Goulet said, “I know I’ll be ready for a war but he’s not going to be ready for me.  Right now I’m stronger and faster than him and that day that would be worst.”

Patrick Cote - Cote, the current TKO middleweight champion, will be stepping into the cage with TUF veteran Kendall Grove this weekend at UFC 74: Respect. After a rocky past in the UFC, Cote will be looking to set things straight with an impressive victory over his 6’6” opponent.

Sherdog.com caught up with Cote to get thoughts on the upcoming bout with Grove.

“I think he has a suspect chin,” said the TKO middleweight champ. “I saw his fights against (Hector) Ramirez and (Joe) Riggs. The thing is I have to be careful about his reach, so like I said I did the perfect training camp for this type of fighter. I can see myself knocking him out … the thing is, I don’t think he’ll be able to put me on my back. I really think I will stop him before the bell to end the second round.

“He [Kendall] said in an interview that he wanted to stay on the feet and bang with me and if he’s in trouble he will take me down. I really think he will try to take me down because I am really confident about my skills on my feet right now. If he tries to take me down I think he would be surprised … I’ve improved a lot on my wrestling right now, I’m really comfortable everywhere the fight will be.”

Georges St. Pierre - Former UFC welterweight champion Georges “Rush” St. Pierre will look to throw himself back into title contention at UFC 74 when he faces fellow welterweight contender Josh Koscheck.

St. Pierre’s opponent, Josh Koscheck, recently told UFC.com that he felt Georges St. Pierre lacked heart and had a weak chin. St. Pierre responded by saying…

“Talking bad and saying bad stuff about me just gives me more motivation to train hard, to beat him up,” St. Pierre responded. “I don’t play that game. It’s not my style. I’m not that kind of person. I will do my talking in the Octagon.”

That sounds alot like the St. Pierre that stepped into the cage with Matt Hughes at UFC 65: Bad Intentions. If that’s the case, my prayers are with you Mr. Koscheck.

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