APEX: CAGED INFERNO
JANUARY 13TH 2007 AT THE ROBERT GUERTIN ARENA IN GATINEAU
Budweiser presents APEX: CAGED INFERNO, the debut of cage fighting in the national capital region. For the first time in APEX history all mixed martial arts bouts will take place in a chain linked, six sided steel cage. This event takes place on Saturday January 13th, 2007 at the Robert Guertin Arena in Gatineau, Quebec.
Fans at the Robert Guertin Arena we will be part of a nostalgic evening as they will not only be privy to this inaugural moment in Canadian MMA history, but they will witness to the return of a Canadian MMA icon.
Saturday January 13th, 2007 marks the return of the 'Pimp', Sean 'Pimp Daddy' Pierson (4-3), as he takes on APEX Canadian Middleweight Champion Fritz 'The Animal' Paul (8-3). There is no love lost between these two fighters, as both are brash, both are cocky and both do not think to highly of each other. 'Pimp Daddy' holds a first round submission victory over Paul's trainer, Ali Nestor, so at APEX: Caged Inferno 'The Animal' will be looking for redemption. Paul was extremely impressive at APEX: A Night of Champions where he won a close 3-round decision against popular home town favourite, Nabil “The Thrill” Khatib.
Khatib (5-1) has also been added to the APEX: Caged Inferno card as he looks to return to his winning ways against Edmonton’s Daryl ‘The Storm’ Bonar. Bonar, a member of the Canadian military brings a record of 3-1 to the cage and is looking to position himself amongst the top tier of APEX Canadian middleweights. The winner of this bout will take on the winner of the Paul/Pierson bout for a shot at APEX Canadian Middleweight Championship Gold.
In a battle for the vacant APEX Canadian Lightweight Title, undefeated APEX veteran Shaun ‘The Phenom’ Krysa (4-0) takes on the experienced Thierry ‘The Surgeon’ Quenneville (9-5) who is coming off a tough 3-round decision against Greg Compton. Fireworks are bound to explode in this bout as both fighters are not known to back down from an all out war.
The debut of the cage is not the only 'first' at APEX: Caged Inferno. For the first time in the organization's history, there will be a woman’s fight in the National Capital Region. Not since the days of MMA events on Indian reserves has there been a woman’s fight in Quebec. On this night, Kingston’s Rebecca Sweeney (2-0) brings her undefeated record to face the extremely tough and talented Jessica Aguilar (2-1) representing the much heralded American Top Team. This bout will be for the APEX Women’s World Lightweight Title.
Fans of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will be happy to hear that making his North American debut at APEX: Caged Inferno will be one of the worlds top Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practictioners in Leo Santos (1-2). Santos’ MMA debut was against Pride champion Takanori Gomi, where he took him to a close decision on only two weeks notice. Santos’ record in BJJ is legendary and he is proud to join the APEX stable of fighters, where his brother Wagnney Fabiano has been featured as a main event fighter.
Also competing on the card will be Mike ‘Hurricane’ Hong, Bryan Edge, Dan ‘Bighouse’ Grandmaison, Jacob ‘Hot Sauce’ Macdonald, former Canadian Olympian Ainsley Robinson, Cedric Grenon, Ronin MMA’s Wade Shanley and Rory McDonell. Look for more information on the fighters competing in the other bouts shortly. Also, look for an additional top level bout to be added in the very near future.
Unfortunately due to a medical suspension incurred in his most recent UFC bout, Jeff ‘The Inferno’ Joslin is unable to compete at APEX: Caged Inferno. Joslin will still be attending the event on January 13th to support his teammates on the card and to meet all his loyal fans.
Tickets for APEX: Caged Inferno are available through all Ticketmaster outlets at www.ticketmaster.ca or by calling (613) 755-1111. Don’t miss this spectacular event where you are guaranteed to see some epic battles in the APEX cage, brought to you by the region’s top MMA event: APEX CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHTING.
APEX: Caged Inferno could not be possible without the support of our partners, Hardcore Championship Fighting, Budweiser, Ottawa Sun, Team 1200, Hayabusa Fightwear, Team Bushido Martial Arts, Ronin MMA, Ottawa Academy of Martial Arts, 100% Martial Arts, Brauti-Thorning LLP, The Score Television Network, Bell Express Vu, Viewers Choice, Cineplex Odeon Theatres, Liam McGuire's and Showdown Entertainment.