January 19, 2007
UFC ultimate goal for 'Peg scrapper
By CHAD SCARSBROOK -- Winnipeg Sun
Mixed martial artist Chris Fontaine isn't fussy.
He'll knock his next opponent out while standing, during a ground and pound or will make him submit on the canvas.
"If I get in a position to take a guy down, I'll take him down," Fontaine, 26, said after a recent sparring session at Canadian Kickboxing and Muay Thai Centre. "If I train hard enough I should be able to win (anyway)."
Fontaine, the Sagkeeng First Nation product, will challenge Gladiators middleweight champion Mitch Whitesell for the title as part of a triple main event at Colosseum IV on Jan. 26. The event at the Winnipeg Convention Centre, presented by King John Promotions, features boxing, Muay Thai and MMA, and will be taped for a future pay-per-view.
Fontaine first trained in Jiu-Jitsu five years ago, when he learned submissions ("Mostly arm bars and chokes," he said) before turning to kickboxing. Today, it's all about MMA.
"It's definitely more tiring, but I really like pushing myself to get in shape," said Fontaine, who trains two or three times a day and has more than 20 MMA fights on his resume.
Although he admits he doesn't know a whole lot about Whitesell other than he specializes in freestyle, Fontaine knows he wants what's around his opponent's waist.
"It would be a good accomplishment to get something I've been working so hard for," he said. "And to get a little recognition."
With recognition comes opportunity. Like the chance to fight in UFC.
"It would be a dream come true," said Fontaine, who's been trained by Winnipeggers Giuseppe DeNatale and Rodrigo Munduruca. "I think the main thing to do is string together a few wins and I should be able to (go to UFC). I think I'm pretty close to that level right now."
In addition to the Fontaine fight, Winnipeg's Dave Zuniga will defend his Gladiators welterweight kickboxing title against Ohio's Ryan Madigan and Larry Sharpe of Pine Falls will take on Minnesota's Chris Holt in an old-fashioned boxing match to complete the triple main event. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster, Vernaus Autobody and at the Canadian Kickboxing and Muay Thai Centre.