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MMA Cypher: Sam Stout, Mitch Gagnon, Chad Elliot, Kyle Post, Chris Lee Byrne


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MMA Cypher welcomes a panel of guests that can lend a hand and throw one too.

Hosts Jason Kelly (Twitter: @JayMMADieHards) and Corey Charron (@charronkotd) are joined by Chad Elliot (@ftftrainingacademy), Kyle Post (@_postman), Chris Lee Byrne (@ChrisLeeByrne), UFC bantamweight Mitch Gagnon (@MitchGagnonUFC) and UFC veteran Sam Stout (@SammyJstout).

Elliot, Post and Lee Bryne organized a fundraiser on Nov. 23 that helped a member of the Fear the Fighter training academy in Kitchener, Ontario, and brought the martial arts community of S. Ontario closer together.  Kelly was there to take in the entire event, so we’ll recap the day’s events from a first-hand perspective.

Stout, a 16-fight UFC veteran, returns to the Octagon on Dec. 14 at UFC on Fox 9 and faces Cody McKenzie.

Gagnon is on a two-fight win streak in the Octagon, and looks to extend that run when he meets Alex Caraces on Dec. 6 at UFN 33.

A proud Canadian, Mitch Gagnon open to Alpha Male in California, UFC in Vegas

UFC bantamweight Mitch Gagnon (Photo courtesy of

Mitch Gagnon trains and has had all his fights in his home country; Canada, but that doesn’t mean he wouldn’t like to expand his horizons.

Gagnon (Twitter: @MitchGagnonUFC), a native of Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, is nearly healed from an injury that forced him to withdraw from a UFC 158 match against Issei Tamura.  Saddened by the news, Gagnon took to his Facebook page to let his fans know he would not be competing in the March event.  Now, with the injury being 90 percent healed, Gagnon said he’s hoping to return to the cage on Toronto’s UFC 165 in September.

Gagnon trains at Team Shredder in Sudbury, Ontario.  Sudbury is a small city in northern Ontario, which makes for a cool climate even on a nice summer day.  The facility is home to Gagnon and has readied him for his bouts, which he appreciates.  But if the UFC bantamweight had the opportunity to prepare at another gym, it would be one not only loaded with talent, but also in sunny California.

“I always thought about going to the Alpha Male group,” Gagnon told Jason Kelly and Corey Charron on MMA DieHards Radio on the MMA DieHards Radio Network.  “(I’ve) never really communicated with them yet, but it’s something I’ve thought about.  We’ll see.  Maybe in the future I’ll head there if I’m welcome and train with them.”

Along with Uriah Faber, Joseph Benavidez, Chad Mendes and the rest of Team Alpha Male, Gagnon also likes the recent addition of Duane Ludwig as head coach.

“They have (been looking good since Ludwig has been there),” Gagnon said.  “They haven’t lost a fight since he’s been there, so there’s some good to that.   It was a good call on them.”

Team Shredder is a year-and-a-half old and is comprised of approximately 150 members.  They offer everything from various striking and grappling classes, to osteopathy treatment and massage therapy.  The facility also brings in UFC veterans such as Nate Diaz, who was the most recent visitor to the gym, for seminars.

Gagnon said Team Shredder, given its infancy, is compiled of mostly amateurs, therefore, he wasn’t getting fully adequate training for UFC bouts.  There will be talent coming out of the gym in the next few years, but for now Gagnon travels four hours south to prepare for fights.

“My last couple of fights I went to Toronto because the gym here is so new and developing,” Gagnon said.  “I had to go somewhere where there’s guys of my level of competition.  I go to Bruckmann Martial Arts, I go to TapouT Burlington, I go to Para Bellum, I go to Grant’s Boxing, there’s lots of gyms there.”

Thus far in Gagnon’s career he has competed in Montreal and Gatineau, Quebec; made his Octagon debut at UFC 149 in Calgary, Alberta; and most recently submitted Walel Watson at UFC 152 in Toronto, Ontario.  Gagnon enjoyed competing in each of the cities, but Toronto was his favorite.

As fond as Gagnon is about fighting in front of his countrymen, a little change in scenery is something the Canadian would welcome.

”I wish I could experience a Vegas card,” Gagnon said.  “A Brazilian card, or anywhere in Europe, really.  Canada’s great, it’s a great place to compete, fans are great here, but I wouldn’t mind going somewhere else and experiencing that.”

MMA Cypher Radio: Mitch Gagnon


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Tonight, MMA DieHards Radio hosts Jason Kelly (Twitter: @JayMMADieHards) and Corey Charron (Twitter: @charronkotd) are joined by Mitch Gagnon.

Gagnon (Twitter: @MitchGagnonUFC) is a UFC bantamweight.  After having a spoiled UFC debut by Bryan Caraway at UFC 149, Gagnon rebounded with a rear naked-choke victory over Walel Watson at UFC 152.  Gagnon, who hails from Ontario, Canada, was scheduled to meet Issei Tamura at UFC 158 in March, but was forced to withdraw due to injury.  We’ll catch up with Gagnon and find out when we can expect him back in the cage.

UFC 152 preliminary recap: Magalhaes successful in return, Baczynski, Noke, Gagnon finish, Dunham-Grant have blood bath

Seth-Baczynski (R) vs. Matt Brown (L)

The UFC 152 preliminary card exhibited four decisions and four finishes, but it was full of excitement.

Vinny Magalhaes made his return to the UFC an impressive one when he met Igor Pokrajac.

The two-time gold medalist in the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship was quick to get Pokrajac to the ground.  From there, Magalhaes transitioned to side guard, then transferred to an armbar.  Pokrajac appeared to be in trouble, but defended well and landed in the Brazilian’s guard.  They grappled until Magalhaes let Pokrajac up, then the two combatants traded strikes until the end of the round.

Magalhaes clinched up with Pokrajac immediately in round two.  He took the Croatian to the mat and strapped on a triangle-choke.  Magalhaes switched to an armbar, allowed Pokrajac to attempt to roll out and executed the technique.  Pokrajac tapped in agony, which gave Magalhaes a victory in his return to the Octagon.

T.J. Grant busted, battered and beat Evan Dunham in a three round war.

Grant got the better of Dunham in the striking department off the hop.  Dunham came out of an exchange on the feet with a bloodied eyebrow and taunted Grant briefly, insinuating he wasn’t hurt.  Grant continued to win the battle of blows, until Dunham achieved a double-leg takedown near the end of Round 1.

The second round had Grant smash a knee into Dunham’s forehead, causing a large gash to open.  Dunham shook it off and smiled, and for that, the Canadian gave him another knee in the forehead, causing another cut.  Though, the fight wasn’t stopped for the doctor to take a look, Dunham’s face was smeared with blood.

It was Dunham who was the aggressor in the third round, but Grant did not back down.  They continued to fire punches back and forth, yet Grant was becoming fatigued and attempting takedowns.  Dunham stuffed all of Grant’s takedown attempts, and he even accomplished one of his own as the match came to an end.

Grant walked away with a unanimous decision victory, remaining undefeated at lightweight.

Sean Pierson came close to not winning in his hometown of Toronto, however, he was able to best Lance Benoist.

Pierson blasted Benoist with a hefty amount punches early in the match.  After dizzying Benoist, Pierson sent his opponent to the mat with a combination of strikes and followed up with an abundance of punches.  Benoist tied Pierson up for a moment, but the Ontarian escaped with little effort.  Pierson rattled Benoist one more time with a left hook before the round ended.

In the second and third frames each competitor let off series punches and kicks, yet Pierson was still coming out on top.  But, late in the last round, Benoist connected on Pierson’s jaw, causing him to collapse to the canvas.  Benoist pounced on Pierson, and switched from ground and pound to prowling for a submission.  Pierson got back to his feet in the dying seconds, but he was awfully wobbly as time ran out.

The match went a full 15 minutes and it was Pierson the judges gave the nod to, crediting him with two rounds to one.

Marcus Brimage accomplished staying out of Jim Hettes’ grasp and grab the victory.

Brimage tagged Hettes three times in the first 45 seconds of the fight, not to mention dropping the Pennsylvania native with the initial left hook.  Hettes continued to take damage from Brimage, and the two-time Keystone State Games Judo gold medalist’s takedowns were ineffective.  Brimage successfully out-punched Hettes with significant strikes in the first round, but “The Kid” made it to the second round.

Round 2 was a little more competitive.  Hettes showed better boxing and hit Brimage with a jumping knee that led to a takedown.  Brimage managed to get back to his feet, but Hettes dragged him back to the canvas almost immediately.  Hettes stayed on Brimage, working ground and pound and looking for a submission.  The bout returned to standing as time ran out.

The final fame of the bout had both combatants fighting under the impression they each had a round in the win column.  While it was Hettes pushing the pace, it was Brimage landing a considerably larger number of strikes.

The match went to the judges’ scorecards and Brimage was awarded the victory, 29-28 from all parties.

At the beginning of the evening, Facebook aired three UFC 152 preliminary bouts.  All three matches lasted a total duration of six minutes and four seconds.

After coming up short in his Octagon debut, Mitch Gagnon returned with a bang.

Walel Watson, a long-limbed, technical striker, was finding his range against the shorter Gagnon from the opening horn.  When the “Gazelle” felt confident he fired off a superman-punch at Gagnon, but came in with his chin up and the Canadian fighter made Watson pay the price.  Gagnon caught Watson with a powerful overhand left punch when the “Gazelle’s” feet were still off the ground and dropped him to the mat.

Gagnon swarmed Watson with a flurry of shots, but decided to take his opponent’s back.  It took a few seconds for Gagnon to sink his arm under Watson’s chin, but he eventually did and completed a rear-naked choke victory at 1:09 into the first round.

In a classic grappler vs. striker match, it was the kickboxer that came out on top.

Kyle Noke began the fight throwing punches with intent to harm and eventually hit Charlie Brenneman with a stepping jab.  Brenneman stumbled back, but kept his wits about him.  Brenneman came forward once again and was hit with a straight right from Noke that buckled the knees of the “Spaniard.”

Referee Dan Miragliotta was quick to jump in between the two combatants before Noke landed too many unnecessary punches.  Following the bout, Brenneman contested the ref’s decision to stop the fight, saying he wasn’t out, however, the stoppage appeared to be justifiable.

Seth Baczynski and Simeon Thoresen didn’t manage to end their fight in the quick fashion of Gagnon and Noke, nonetheless, it was over before the end of the Round 1.

Neither mixed martial artist showed any desire to take the match to the ground.  As they exchanged punches, Thoresen suffered a busted lip from the punches Baczynski continuously landed in the same place.  Thoresen answered with leg kicks that sounded similar to a baseball bat slamming into a cow carcass.  However, “The Polish Pistola” slipped a right hand thrown by Thoresen, and clipped the Norwegian with a left hook.

Thoresen crumpled to the canvas and was completely unconscious, deeming the fight over just past the four minute mark of the opening frame.

UFC 152 results

Walel Watson vs. Mitch Gagnon slated for UFC 152 in Toronto

Punch Drunk Radio: Bryan Caraway, Miesha Tate

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You … and we mean YOU … are cordially invited to a Tuesday night medal ceremony. And at that medal ceremony, Punch Drunk Radio is taking the gold for best Tuesday night MMA radio show. You KNOW you wanna be there for that, right? PDR is back with hosts Alex, Amy and Bellator fighter Lloyd Woodard for another killer performance.

Tonight, the Punch Drunkards welcome to the show one of MMA’s power couples: Miesha Tate and Bryan Caraway. Tate is a former Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion, and she’s gearing up for her first fight since losing her belt to Ronda Rousey. Tate takes on Julie Kedzie on Aug. 18 on Strikeforce’s show in San Diego – right before Rousey defends her title for the first time. A win over Kedzie probably gets Tate a rematch with Rousey, should the new champ get past Sarah Kaufman. And Caraway earlier this month won for the third straight time and second time in the UFC. The cast member from Season 14 of “The Ultimate Fighter” just picked up a Fight of the Night win over Mitch Gagnon at UFC 149 in his drop to bantamweight, submitting the Canadian in the third round.

Tune in to Punch Drunk Radio every Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET for exclusive fighter interviews, special guests, breaking news, contests, event recaps and much more – only on the MMA DieHards Radio Network. If you can’t be here live, you can catch the archive on demand right HERE following the broadcast or at iTunes.

UFC 149 bonuses: Jimmo, Riddle, Caraway, Gagnon win $65,000 post-fight awards

Fresh Faces UFC 149: Hector Lombard, Ryan Jimmo, and Mitch Gagnon

UFC middleweight fighter, Hector Lombard (Photo courtesy of

UFC 149 takes place July 21 and features a championship main event that pegs, Urijah Faber against Renan Barão for the interim bantamweight title.

Also making their way on to the card are long-awaited newcomers ready to continue their success with the UFC.  Learn more about Hector Lombard, Ryan Jimmo and Mitch Gagnon in this edition of Fresh Faces.


Name: Hector Lombard

Weight class: Middleweight

Record: 32-1-1

Recent body of work: Defeated Trevor Prangley via TKO at Bellator 58, Nov. 2011.

Who he is: Finally making his way to the UFC, the Cuban, Lombard, has been recognized as the only one left to dethrone the current UFC middleweight champion, Anderson Silva.  Originally slated to make his inaugural appearance at UFC 78, visa issues complicated the process and Lombard was forced back in line.  The last time Lombard tasted defeat was in 2006 when he was handed a unanimous decision loss by Gegard Mousasi at Pride 13.  Since then, Lombard has gone undefeated and claimed the CFC, Bellator, and most recently, the AFC middleweight championship titles.  Lombard is set to make his UFC debut against Tim Boetsch.


Name: Ryan Jimmo

Weight class: Light Heavyweight

Record: 16-1

Recent body of work: Defeated Thierry Sokoudjou via unanimous decision at MFC 31, Oct. 2011.

Who he is: One of Canada’s favorite fighters, Jimmo, will be taking his maiden voyage with the UFC on Canadian soil.  Currently on a 16-fight win streak, Jimmo has gone through names; such as, Rick Roufus, Marvin Eastman, and most recently, Thierry Sokoudjou.  Defending his MFC light heavyweight title twice in 2011, the Canadian was initially penciled in to fight at a January card, but now officially walks into the Octagon for the first time to face Anthony Perosh at UFC 149.


Name: Mitch Gagnon

Weight class: Bantamweight

Record: 8-1

Recent body of work: Defeated David Harris via guillotine-choke submission at Ringside MMA 12, Oct. 2011.

Who he is:  Originally set to make his first appearance with his new employers at UFC on FOX 2 card in January, Gagnon was forced to withdrawal because of visa issues. With no such concerns ahead at UFC 149, Gagnon is set to carry his six fight win streak in to the Octagon.   Seven of Gagnon’s eight wins have come by way of submission, with the Canadian only having to work past the first round twice.  Set for Gagnon’s Octagon debut, is bout with Bryan Caraway in Calagary, Alberta, Canada.

Bryan Caraway vs. Mitch Gagnon added to UFC 149 in Calgary

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