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W-1 Making Big Moves in Canadian MMA

Mike Russell caught up with Warrior One (W-1) president Jack Bateman at the MMA Expo in Toronto last weekend to talk about his upcoming show on Saturday night and what the future holds for the burgeoning Ontario, Canada-based promotion. According to the promoter, his organization has some big plans for the rest of 2010 and beyond that includes signing the top free agents from around the world and developing the talent at home in the Great White North.

Besides their "Judgement Day" show set for this Saturday night in Laval, Quebec that features UFC and PRIDE veteran Denis Kang (32-12-1), Shooto veteran Antonio Carvalho (11-4), Zahabi MMA standout Thierry Quenneville (15-8) and the return of Ivan Menjivar (20-7), Bateman says that the promotion is planning two more events this year.

W-1 will travel to Nova Scotia in September for a show that Bateman revealed will feature a welterweight bout between former UFC 170-pound champion Carlos Newton (15-13) and Hayato "Mach" Sakurai (35-11-2).

Another coveted fighter he says they have signed is grappling phenom Xande Ribeiro (2-0), who will make his W-1 debut in either the September or November show, both of which will be streamed in high definition on

Currently, W-1 is under an agreement with Fox Sports that sees highlights of its events broadcast each week to millions of homes across North and South America and Asia.

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Shatski- June 18, 2010 at 9:11 pm
I buy the mohawk explanation. I can't say anything about anyone else's looks. I'm a goofy lookin' motherfucker. I let my hair grow a bit and I look more like Shaggy than Matthew Lillard did in those movies. I mean Shaggy from Scooby Doo, of course. Not that dude from around 2000 who had that song about getting caught buck naked banging on the bathroom floor.
dranokills- June 18, 2010 at 5:22 pm
viva...I like you...but I have to see others?
is that a good name?
Dick_Misanthropenis- June 18, 2010 at 3:35 pm
Viva Haiti Cabron!!

Matando Gueros - !!Viva la raza!!
Matando Gueros - !!Estilo Pancho Villa!!
Matando Gueros - !!Satanas de cuida!!
Matando G?eros - !!Matando Gueros!!

El Famous Burrito- June 18, 2010 at 2:58 pm
@ RwilsonR

You are so right on about that.

I was trying to give myself a legitimate reason for teasing Viva Hate.

Your post reminded me that I need no reason: this is Cage Potato.

We rag on each other all the time. It's pretty frickin' sweet.
El Guapo- June 18, 2010 at 2:54 pm
Ooo-eee-ooo I like just like Buddy Holly..

Vivia stevia??

I don't care what they say about me anyway, I don't care 'bout that.
RwilsonR- June 18, 2010 at 2:43 pm
@ El Famous

We should leave Viva be. It is those rules that make places like Sherdog no fun. I thought our ability to freely fling crap amongst ourselves is what separated us from those overly regulated sites with humorless moderators and self important caste systems based on post counts. But what do I know? I'm just a white belt.
Mike Russell- June 18, 2010 at 2:24 pm
Viva Herpes? 
El Famous Burrito- June 18, 2010 at 2:23 pm
Viva Penis?

Sorry, man, you brought this on yourself. Rules are rules, and without rules, we'd be a bunch of crap-flinging monkeys.

Like Sherdog.
2DaDeath- June 18, 2010 at 2:02 pm
Neva Straight?

That's a tough one, Mike.
El Famous Burrito- June 18, 2010 at 1:10 pm
You guys are all creepy-looking weirdos.

Here's my credentials...

Mike Russell- June 18, 2010 at 1:06 pm
 Viva Hate is first to break the rules...Let's think of a new nickname for him...
Viva Hate- June 18, 2010 at 12:56 pm
I think there is something missing from the recipe I think it should be equal parts Jack Osbourne/Weezer/Rainn Wilson with a tiny dash of those queens from Good Charlotte for the hair.
Mike Russell- June 18, 2010 at 12:54 pm
 E. New rule. Anyone who wants to talk about the looks of other men (which should say something by itself) must post a photo of their supposed Brad Pitt-looking selves...
Mike Russell- June 18, 2010 at 12:48 pm
hxxp:// A mohawk (albeit a grown in one) and glasses DON'T make me look like either of these guys. B. My wife filmed this and she has been reprimanded.C. I am as blind as a bat without my glasses and I've had the same style of frames for ten years. Wire frames don't suit me.D. I'm thinking Gonzo may be fun, but might also get me slugged a few times in the process...I've been hit before, so why not?
RwilsonR- June 18, 2010 at 12:40 pm
@ dranokills

You can't split up a happy family, then let a new guy who looks like a scrawny cross between Jack Osborne and Mauro Ranallo move in, and then expect us all to call him Dad. He is not my real Dad!

Besides, if all of you get attached to him so quickly, you'll only be let down all the harder when he leaves us because he only joined our family to begin with so he could get a green card.
Barc- June 18, 2010 at 12:22 pm
Sorry, Mike... If you have to tell us that it's a mohawk, is it really a mohawk? It's like the kid that's not fat, just big boned. I still like you though. You're not bald, and you don't look like Henry Rollins, but the Jack Osbourne/Weezer lovechild you just may be.
justscrappin- June 18, 2010 at 12:13 pm
Yeah MRuss...when you going to start doing these interviews Gonzo style?
J-Dog- June 18, 2010 at 12:07 pm
Not a bad interview and I won't poke fun at M.R.'s glasses or hair (that would be the pot calling the kettle black in my case), but I will say this negative comment.... FIRE THE CAMERA GUY! It's hand held, so a little shake is acceptable, but the way he frames a shot is not acceptable. BOO!
justscrappin- June 18, 2010 at 12:05 pm
Justfappin is my fav.....Yes MRuss hangs out with Rivers Cuomo and they compare the comfort of their hip frames ( which actually don't have prescription lenses in them.....OBVIOUSLY.) and how they wish Elvis Costello was their real father...( which he is, but that's his little secret.) It's Friday CP Army...and this is your sargent goochsmoocher ready to pump it up ( costello reference..wink wink.) Now where the fuck are our link dumps...and there better be one link I can just Fap to.
El Guapo- June 18, 2010 at 11:33 am
If Jack Osbourne and Weezer had a kid IT would loo... Ahhh, nothing.
Dick_Misanthropenis- June 18, 2010 at 11:30 am
All the animals come out at night - whores, skunk pussies, buggers, queens, fairies, dopers, junkies, sick, venal. Someday a real rain will come and wash all this scum off the streets.
Dubya- June 18, 2010 at 11:21 am
@Mike Russell
In your dreams that's a mohawk. Just because it's shorter on the sides than on the top doesn't mean it's a mohawk. Listen, if you want to walk around with a mohawk, commit to it!
(w w w . evan . org/images/mohawk.jpg)
ReX13- June 18, 2010 at 11:16 am
BTW, i'm glad i've finally found some people that pronounce Sakurai's ring name as "Mock", and not "Ma Ha", which has confused the shit out of me for forever.
2DaDeath- June 18, 2010 at 11:15 am
Dick_Misanthropenis- June 18, 2010 at 11:13 am
@ JuiceScraping

I've called you Just Crappin' at least ten times before. But it was all out of brotherly love. And the fact that I shit like four times a day.