MMA returns to Gatineau

CHRIS STEVENSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:11 AM ET

It's a fight many MMA fans might think has been a long time coming.

Carlos "The Ronin" Newton and Shonie "Mr. International" Carter were high-profile fighters in the UFC not so long ago. Newton, who fights out of Newmarket, was the UFC's first Canadian welterweight champion.

Carter, from Chicago, was a top contender.

"They probably should have met in the UFC, but back then the UFC was only running four shows a year, compared to the 34 they do now. It was a matchup that never happened," said Jack Bateman, the president of Warrior 1 MMA, which is promoting Saturday night's W1: High Voltage event at the Robert Guertin Arena in Gatineau.

"This is a very high-end for us. We're really happy to have this fight.

"Hopefully, people are going to appreciate the quality of the fights."

Newton, 33, earned a following with a smart fighting style he has dubbed "Dragon Ball Jiu-Jitsu," a tribute to the Dragon Ball comic series. His nickname is a reflection of his interest in Japanese martial arts culture and history. He won the UFC welterweight title from Pat Miletich in May 2001, but lost it at UFC 34 to Matt Hughes in a bizarre turn of events. He had a triangle choke hold on Hughes, but as Hughes passed out and fell to the mat, Newton hit his hand and was knocked out.

He had a first-round KO victory over Nabil Khatib at Warrior 1: Inception -- his first win in more than two years. His MMA record is 14-13-0.

Carter, 37, was a contestant on the Ultimate Fighter 4. The former Marine has a flashy personality reflected in his spinning backfist move in the ring. His UFC stint included wins over Chris Lytle and Matt Serra. He has a career MMA record of 48-19-7.

Saturday night's card, which will be shown in high definition on The Score network, will be the most ambitious so far in Gatineau for Bateman and W1.

The co-main event will also be a title fight. The W1 Bantamweight title will be up for grabs between undefeated Remi "Bam Bam" Morvan (Ottawa Academy of Martial Arts), and former TKO champ Adrian Wooley. Morvan, 6-0, and Wooley are two of the top battlers in their weight class.

"Wooley was the TKO champ in Montreal when that was the biggest championship in the country," said Bateman. "This fight is going to tell us who is the best 135-pounder in the country."

Also of note on Saturday night's card is a featherweight clash between two unbeaten guys who should supply a highly-paced bout. Tom "The Bomb" Waters, coming off a victory over Ottawa's Mustafa Kalil, will be facing Mike "Hurricane" Hong, a crafty BJJ expert. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.ca or by calling 613-755-1111.

CHRIS.STEVENSON@SUNMEDIA.CA


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