Denis to Headline Wreck MMA Against Loveland

Press Release / February 13, 2010 - 10:46pm

Wreck MMA is excited to announce some additions to Wreck MMA: Unite for Brian’s Fight that will take place on Friday April 16th, 2010 at the Robert Guertin Arena in Gatineau, Quebec.

After a rocky-like Wreck debut, Ronin MMA’s Nick ‘The Ninja of Love’ Denis will now be headlining the event against Team Quest standout Ian ‘The Barn Owl’ Loveland for the Wreck Bantamweight Title. Denis is coming off an impressive come from behind victory against Sean Quinn and is looking to bring his world class talent to the ultra-exciting Loveland. A teammate of Chael Sonnen (#1 contender for the UFC Milddleweight Title) Loveland loves to stand and bang and recently won his fifth straight fight by knocking out UFC veteran Doug Evans with a head kick. The winner of this bout will be the first ever champion in Wreck history!

Making his Wreck debut on April 16th is Ottawa’s own Craig ‘Farmer’ Brown. With aspirations to take his game to the highest level, Brown has decided to drop down to the middleweight division. Already considered extrememly physically strong for the light-heavyweight division, the potential is there for Brown to make a major impact at his new weightclass. The FIT MMA head instructor will be facing Chad “Chainsaw” Cox from Fit Plus in Halifax. After losing his MMA debut, Cox has won his last five fights and will bring his high level BJJ to the bout. Cox trains with UFC Veteran TJ Grant on a daily basis, so you know Cox will be ready for war.

In a battle in the Wreck female division. Montreal’s Valerie ‘Trouble’ Letourneau returns to the ring after a year long layoff to face Ottawa’s own Anna ‘Smiles’ Barone. FIT MMA’s Barone is coming into her second professional fight and specifically asked for a extremely tough opponent and Letourneau definitely brings that pedigree with her in the ring. An expected barnburner, this fight has the makings for fireworks from the opening bell.

Also added to the card is a bout where bad blood is definitely on the line as Team Bergeron’s Erik Dumaine takes on the Ottawa Academy of Martial Arts’ Stephane Bernadel. A few years ago in a kickboxing event, Bernadel defeated Dumaine via razor thin split-decision and Dumaine has been waiting for this opportunity to get his revenge. Both fighters are known for their high level striking ability and this fight has all the potential for a fight of the night winner!

Making his bantamweight debut is one of the sports most exciting fighters, BAMA’s Mike ‘Hurricane’ Hong comes into Wreck and faces the undefeated prospect from Val D’Or, Juvaldo MMA’s Stephane Pelletier. Both fighters come to the ring with a non-stop effort and this fight will be action packed from the opening bell. Wreck is also proud to announce the much anticipated MMA debut of Gatineau’s own Yann Fortier who represents Evolution Martial Arts in Gatineau. Fortier has won multiple titles in the amateur MMA circuit and is looking to take himself to professional gold in the future. Fortier will be facing Nick Aiello from Extreme Couture in a fight that will get all of Gatineau excited.

Scheduled to appear from the Ottawa/Gatineau area are: Mike Reily (Bluewater Martial Arts), Jeff Laughren (RAMA), Gerry Bruyere (Florin’s Ultimate MMA) and Wes Ranger (Florin’s Ultimate MMA).

Tickets for this stacked event are available at TICKETMASTER.CA or by calling (613) 755-1111. Buy your tickets now to assure yourself a spot for the one show you do not want to miss!!

About Wreck and Brian’s Fight
As Wreck continues our policy of adding a charitable aspect to all our events, Wreck MMA will return to the Robert Guertin Arena to help a member of the Ottawa community. Brian Dyck was diagnosed Lou Gehrig’s Disease in October 2009. Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS ultimately leads to death.  Brian has not only served his country in the Canadian forces but is currently an Ottawa police officer. His life has been devoted to helping others including his wife Natalie and their one year old daughter Sophi. It is no secret, Brian will leave us – and his family will need our help! Wreck MMA will donate up to $50,000 to Brian and his family, but we cannot do this without your help! We are calling for the members of the MMA community and the Ottawa/Gatineau region to all come together to help a family that needs us.  Let’s all unite; for Brian’s fight.

Date: APRIL 16th, 2010

MAIN EVENT – Wreck Bantamweight Title
Ian ‘The Barn Owl’ Loveland (Team Quest, Oregon) vs. Nick ‘The Ninja of Love’ Denis (Ronin MMA, Ottawa)

Samuel Guillet (BTT Canada, Montreal) vs. Mark ‘Boots’ Holst (OAMA, Ottawa)

Simon ‘The Mutant’ Marini (Regency Boxing, Hamilton) vs. Louis-Philippe ‘The Joker’ Carle (FIT MMA/Zahabi MMA, Ottawa)
Chris ‘Chainsaw’ Cox (Fit Plus, Halifax) vs. Craig ‘Farmer’ Brown (FIT MMA, Ottawa)
TBA vs. Remi Morvan (OAMA, Ottawa)
Eric Dumaine (Team Bergeron, Drummondville) vs. Stephane Bernadel (OAMA, Ottawa)
Stephane Pelletier (Juvaldo MMA, Val D’Or) vs. Mike ‘Hurricane’ Hong (BAMA, Burlington)
Valerie ‘Trouble’ Letourneau (Zahabi MMA/Grants Gym, Montreal) vs. Anna ‘Smiles’ Barone (FIT MMA, Ottawa)
Nick Aiello (Extreme Couture, Toronto) vs. Yann Fortier (Evolution Martial Arts, Gatineau)
Jeff Laughren (RAMA, Rockland) vs. Gerry Bruyere (Florin’s Ultimate MMA, Kanata)
Jeff Thomas (Team MFC, Windsor) vs. Mike Reily (Bluewater Martial Arts, Rockland)
TBA vs. Wes Ranger (Florin’s Ultimate MMA, Kanata)