Edmonton, Alberta (Canada): It was confirmed today by Aggression MMA that Tyson “The Man of” Steele has suffered a knee injury and as a result, has had to withdraw from his AMMA 9 main event bout with Ryan “The Real Deal” Ford. Stepping in to take his place will be Ricky Goodall (9-4), a talented welterweight with a wealth of experience.
Also announced was a change of opponent for rising star Sheldon Westcott. Originally scheduled to lock horns with Dave Cochran, he will now battle Jay Jensen (7-6) instead. In addition, AMMA 9 will be featured on iPPV through AggressionMMA.com for fight fans that can’t make it to the event.
“We’re disappointed that Tyson got injured and had to pull out of the fight…we wish him a speedy recovery and hope to have him on an AMMA card very soon,” stated Aggression MMA Co-Owner Moin Mirza. “But we know what Ricky can do, and we’re confident this is going to be a barnburner of a fight, regardless.”
AMMA9 is slated to hit the Shaw Conference Centre on Saturday, February 11th in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. In the two co-main events, top Canadian welterweight Ryan “The Real Deal” Ford will take on the challenge presented by Ricky Goodall. In the other feature bout, rising Canadian fight star Tim Chemelli will look to add UFC veteran Victor Valimaki to his list of victims. Also making his return to Aggression MMA will be another top young Canadian 170-pounder in Sheldon Westcott. In addition, AMMA 9 will feature well-known Canadian competitors Rio Wells, “Big Bad” Stephen Beaumont, Luke Harris, and Markhaile “Showtime” Wedderburn.
In short, this card is stacked! Here is the full fight card:
Ryan “The Real Deal” Ford vs. Ricky Goodall
Victor “The Matrix” Valimaki vs. Tim Chemelli
Sheldon Westcott vs. Jay Jensen
Stephan Beaumont vs. Nick Heynan
Luke Harris vs. Elliot Duff
Greg Welsh vs. Matt Bagshaw
Chase Dagenhardt vs. Jarod McComb
Rio Wells vs. Markhaile Wedderburn
Sy Jewett vs. Sarah Moraz
KB Bhullar vs. Simon Shirt
Paulo Azambuja vs. Adrian Cardinal
This event will take place at the Shaw Conference Center on Saturday, February 11th. Tickets are available over the phone at (780) 426-SOLD, or online at www.TNTTickets.ca. Canadian fight fans won’t want to miss this incredible event!
Ryan “The Real Deal” Ford (16-4) is one of the top MMA stars in Canada. Ford was upset by David Hulett in his last bout, but before that defeat, he had won four straight fights, as well as eight of his last nine, finishing all his victims on either punches or submissions. In 2011 alone, he conquered Johnny Davis, former UFC welterweight contender Karo Parisyan, and fellow top Canadian Nick Hinchliffe in succession. Now looking to rebound from the Hulett loss, “The Real Deal” is motivated with a burning desire to show the fight world he truly is the next elite Canadian fighter.
Edmonton, Alberta native and local favorite Victor “The Matrix” Valimaki (16-8), a former holder of the TFC Light Heavyweight Championship, will look to right the ship as he collides with another rising Canadian star in Tim Chemelli (8-1). A former UFC fighter, “The Matrix” is going through a rough streak in his career, but is determined to get back in the win column at the expense of his young foe. Valimaki holds victories over MMA legend Dan “The Beast” Severn, and UFC veterans Vernon “Tiger” White and Jason “Dooms” Day. Chemelli, a member of Team Sparta and a native of Alberta, has finished all eight of his opponents in his victories, but is coming off his first career loss. The defeat came at Aggression: “Unfinished Business” last year against Nick Penner. Now this finishing machine will look to come back strong and grab victory against a UFC vet in Valimaki.
Also competing on the card will be tough Canadians Stephan Beaumont, who is undefeated at 4-0, and strong Muay Thai fighter Markhaile “Showtime” Wedderburn will put their skill sets on display once again for the Aggression fans.