MacDonald proves he's ready to take on worthier opponents
After displaying a unique combination of power and skill and dominating his opponent, Corey MacDonald is starting to prove himself in the octagon, writes Andy Cotterill.
King of the Cage Canada had a great show in Halifax this weekend, and there was some interesting news in the aftermath.Corey MacDonald can be a major force at 170. In his match with Jonathan Goulet, he showed a rare combination of size, power and skill, and it's unfortunate that he sustained his eye injury, as this bout could have been a great one. With only the one round against a very skilled opponent like Goulet, MacDonald proved that he's ready for high quality opponents. Time will tell if his eye injury will hamper him and block his road to a bright future. Jonathan Goulet revealed that he has fired his manager Stephane Patry as a result of a few occasions where "The Road Warrior" felt that he wasn't getting the respect he deserved. Goulet and his trainer Steve Claveau also said that former UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre has also parted ways with Patry. KOTC President Ken Kupsch verified that his next card will be broadcast on the Showtime Network on July 27.
Kang, the dynamic Canadian middleweight who now trains with American Top Team in Florida, has been seeking a new place to fight ever since his contract with PRIDE expired. He told MM-Eh! that he's still unsigned and considers himself a free agent. He added that he is currently in negotiations with several major organizations, but wouldn't reveal which one, if any, was a forerunner. Rumors have put Bodog at the head of the pack, but whoever does acquire Kang's services would definitely be getting someone who could be the face of their organization.
Yet another dynamic Canadian middleweight, David Loiseau has joined with Steve Claveau to create the XR Challenge, an MMA event that will have its first card in Quebec City, Quebec on Sept. 7. Most of the matchmaking is still being done now, but the main event will feature Jonathan Goulet against a to-be-determined opponent. Loiseau, still recovering from a broken hand, said that he had his cast removed a week and a half ago, and he'll probably be ready to fight by September, but he won't be on the first card. He also revealed that he's been in contact with Shawn Tompkins and that he hopes to have several Team Tompkins members appear. This seems likely to happen considering the recent strained relationship between Tompkins and Stephane Patry, head of TKO, the major organization in Quebec. Loiseau said that promoting events is a smart thing to do considering that life as a fighter can sometimes be short. "I've always had that in mind, but Steve stepped up and proposed to be partners, and that was an offer that I couldn't refuse," Loiseau told Sherdog.com. "I'm a fighter and I'll be fighting, God willing for the next 10 years. I can't just rely on it."
Undefeated lightweight sensation Chris Horodecki will miss his Los Angeles Anacondas meeting with the Quad City Silverbacks at the IFL semifinals on Aug. 2 due to a broken hand he sustained in his victory over Shad Lierley on June 1.He was due to fight Bart Palaszewski in a rematch of their February bout in which Horodecki eked out a very close split decision.
Moncton MMA fans have had to wait awhile to watch a live event in their city, as ECC 2 happened there over a year ago. Good news for them however, as former pro wrestler Johnny Powers plans on brining his new promotion there on Sept. 29. No match-ups have been announced.Andy Cotterill covers mixed martial arts in Canada for Sherdog.com.
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