APEX Entertainment Group and Freedom Fight Productions are proud to announce the five Canada vs. USA team fights that will be presented on January 14th, 2006 at the Palais des Congres in Hull, Quebec. Captained by Carlos The Ronin Newton, Team Canada's Stephan Rudeboy Potvin will be headlining the main event. Potvin will be facing off against Team Quest member Matt Suave Horwich. Horwich will be representing Team USA, who will be captained by the New York Bad Ass Phil Baroni.
APEX Entertainment Group and Freedom Fight Productions are proud to announce the five Canada vs. USA team fights that will be presented on January 14th, 2006 at the Palais des Congres in Hull, Quebec. Captained by Carlos The Ronin Newton, Team Canadas Stephan Rudeboy Potvin will be headlining the main event. Potvin will be facing off against Team Quest member Matt Suave Horwich. Horwich will be representing Team USA, who will be captained by the New York Bad Ass Phil Baroni.
The second team fight will be BJJ champion and Team Canada member Wagnney Fabiano. Fabiano will be stepping up in competition and facing U.S.A veteran Ryan Ackerman in a bout that will test Fabianos skill level against one of the top featherweights in the world.
Freedom Fight 2005 local hero Craig Farmer Brown will once again be stepping into the ring, but this time he will be representing Canada against the talented John Clarke from Connecticut BJJ. Farmer Brown is remembered for his devastating knockout of Ricardo Francois, the man who defeated Wes Simms at APEX: Genesis. Clarke, a submission specialist, can also throwdown, boasting a victory by TKO in his MMA debut. This fight will surely set off fireworks with the crowd.
Added as a special team fight will be a kickboxing bout between two of the worlds top kickboxers. Team Tompkins member Nick The Italian Stallion Rondinelli will take on one of the future stars in kickboxing in, The Hitman Kevin Engel. Engel will be representing Finneys Kickboxing in St-Louis, while Rondinelli will be waving the Canadian flag, representing his hometown of London, Ontario. Rondinelli and Engel have faced each other once before, dueling in the amateur ranks in an exciting four round battle with Engel winning the decision. This time, Rondinelli is looking for some sweet revenge while Engel in looking to KO the Team Tompkins standout.
The fifth and final team fight will have Freedom Fight veteran Art "Pachuco" Santore returning to represent Team USA, while facing one of Canadas rising stars in Travis Galbraith. Santore gave a spirited effort against Joe Doerksen at the last Freedom Fight event and looks to go back home this time with a victory for Team USA. Santore proved to the Freedom Fight faithful that he is tough as nails and will give any fighter on the planet a run for their money. Galbraith has a new focus in training and is tipping the scales at over 200 pounds. He is eager to show MMA fans in Canada his new look and style. Both fighters are known for their heavy hands and this fight will not go the distance.
Headlining the non-team fights will be a battle between Martin "The Hammer" Grandmont of Team Bergeron and the return of MMA icon Pain Peters. Just imagine the sparks as two of MMAs bad boys will be banging away. Also on this card is the highly anticipated return of Wojtek Kazz Kaszowski. Kazz is coming off a big win at the last APEX event against one of Quebecs top kickboxers, Serge Lafond. Undefeated MMA fighter, Nabil Khatib, is also on the card, fighting in front of his hometown fans. Ottawa isnt the only city being represented on this card as fighters from Drummondville, Quebec City, Montreal, Toronto, Brampton, Kingston, Burlington, Hawkesbury, Oakville, Strathroy, London and Barrie will be representing and hopefully earning a spot on future Freedom Fight Cards.
The broadcast team is once again anchored by Michael Landsberg, one of the best-known personalities in the world of Canadian broadcasting. A cross between Bill Maher and Bob Costas, Landsberg brings a wealth of broadcasting experience to this event. Landsberg started his broadcasting career in 1984 as an anchor on TSNs SportsCentre. He went on to broadcast more than 5,000 episodes, becoming one of Canadas most trusted sports voices along the way. He left SportsCentre in the fall of 1997 to host TSNs Off The Record. In 2001, he co-anchored Full Contact Fighter, a weekly television show centered around MMA for TSN. He anxiously returns for another installment as the host of Freedom Fight.
Joining him in the booth is none other than the voice of Mixed Martial Arts in Canada, Showdown Joe Ferraro. Showdown Joe has established himself over the years as one of the most well educated and intelligent broadcasters in the sport. Working for APEX on their previous events, as well as Freedom Fight 2005, Ferraro has proven that his journalistic pedigree is unmatched in this country. His well known approach to analyzing MMA fights have garnered him international acclaim. His addition alongside Michael Landsberg promises TSN fans the best of the best in combat sports broadcasting.
Due to an unfortunate injury, one of Canadas top young prospects Claude Patrick will be unable to compete in this edition of Freedom Fight. Instead, he will have a role in the broadcast portion of the event for TSN. Patricks personality and charisma is unmatched in the sport and should be as good on the microphone as he is in the ring. He will be joined by popular radio host Gabriel Morency, from the Team 990 in Montreal, in doing fighter interviews. Morency is at times controversial but always entertaining and thus, will bring his unique brand of broadcasting to the APEX: FREEDOM FIGHT arena.
This historic event will take place at the beautiful Palais Des Congres in Hull, Quebec. This spectacular venue is located only meters from Hulls main transit depot, 2 blocks from the event hotel and 5 minutes from Ottawas downtown core. This venue is easily accessible from Hull, Ottawa, Montreal and anywhere that fight fans will be traveling from.
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APEX: FREEDOM FIGHT 2006 CONFIRMED FIGHTS
LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT MAIN EVENT CANADA VS USA
STEPHAN RUDEBOY POTVIN (BTT CANADA) Vs. MATT SUAVE HORWICH (TEAM QUEST)
FEATHERWEIGHT TEAM BOUT CANADA VS USA
WAGNNEY FABIANO (NOVA UNIAO / TORONTO BJJ) Vs. RYAN ACKERMAN (GRAPPLING WORKS)
LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT TEAM BOUT CANADA VS USA
CRAIG FARMER BROWN (RONIN MMA) Vs. JOHN CLARKE (CONNECTICUT BJJ)
MIDDLEWEIGHT KICKBOXING TEAM BOUT CANADA VS USA
NICK RONDINELLI (TEAM TOMPKINS) Vs. KEVIN ENGEL (FINNEYS KICKBOXING)
LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT TEAM BOUT CANADA VS USA
TRAVIS GALBRAITH (PG FIGHT CLUB) Vs. ART SANTORE (TEAM QUEST)
WELTERWEIGHT SPECIAL BOUT QUEBEC VS ONTARIO
MARTIN GRANDMONT (TEAM BERGERON) Vs. PAIN PETERS (KOMBAT ARTS)
HEAVYWEIGHT KICKBOXING BOUT
WOJTEK KAZZ KASZOWSKI (WARRIOR MMA) Vs. CHUCK JEWELL (MOUNTAIN STORM KICKBOXING)
NABIL KHATIB (TEAM BUSHIDO) Vs. CHESTER POST (UNITED MARTIAL ARTS)
LIGHTWEIGHT BOUT QUEBEC VS ONTARIO
RANDY NEWELL (VANDERPOOL BOXING) Vs. FRANCOIS FLIBOTTE (TEAM UNION)
FEATHERWEIGHT BOUT - QUEBEC VS ONTARIO
MIKE HONG (BURLINGTON BJJ) Vs. NINO BEZERRA (BTT CANADA)
MARK HOLST (OAMA / RENZO GRACIE) Vs. DAVE MACMILLON (TEAM BUSHIDO)
IAN MAJOR (IRON TIGER MUAY THAI) Vs. SHANE SAVAGE (TEAM RENEGADES)
ERIC LACELLE (HAWKESBURY) Vs. NICK CASTIGLIA (OAMA / RENZO GRACIE)
Also expected to compete are Jamie Helmer (Ronin MMA), Serge Lafond (Team Bergeron), Pascal Tessier (Team Bergeron) and Nuri Shakir (Team Elite).