Be sure to tune into a jam packed Ringside Report Radio at 10pm on TSN Radio 990. Tonight’s lineup includes UFC 148 competitors Ivan Menjivar, Patrick Coté and his wrestling coach David Zilberman, as well as Instinct MMA 4′s Brandon Thatch and Radu Spinghel.
Patrick “The Predator” Coté (@patrick_cote) (17-7 MMA, 5-7 UFC) returns to the UFC on Saturday July 7th for UFC 148 to take on former STRIKEFORCE Middleweight champion Cung Le. After losing three straight bouts including a Middleweight championship bout against Anderson Silva and a controversial submission loss to Alan Belcher, where Coté was illegally dumped of his head and to Tom Lawler and was subsequently cut from the UFC. Although he continued with the company as the French color commentator, Coté fought on the local scene in order to return to the promotion. Riding a four fight win streak with Ringside MMA, Instinct MMA, and Amazon Forest Combat, Coté picked two decisions and two TKO/KO victories in order to be re-invited to the UFC. Hear Coté’s thoughts on returning to the UFC after a 21-month absentee, his new training partners and his opponent Cung Le.
Canadian Olympic Freestyle Wrestler David Zilberman (@David_Zilberman) also joins the panel to discuss his involvement as Coté’s new wrestling coach. A very decorated wrestler, Zilberman placed 14th at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Also in 2008, he picked up a Bronze Medal at the Pan American Championships . In 2006 he place fifth in the World Championships, and received a Silver Medal at the FISU World University Championships. In 2007, Zilberman won a Gold Medal at the Senior Canadian National Championships. In 2005 he won the Gold Medal at the Canada Cup, and a Silver Medal at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championships. Now retired from active competition, Zilberman is coaching at the Montreal Wrestling Club along side his father Victor, and Robert Moore. The Montreal Wrestling Club is home based to many of MMA finest including UFC Welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and now Patrick Coté. Hear Zilberman’s thoughts on Coté’s improvement and much more.
“The Pride of El Salvador” Ivan Menjivar (@Ivanmanjivar) (24-8 MMA, 3-1 UFC, 0-1 WEC) returns to the program to discuss his upcoming bout against Mike Easton at UFC 148. Riding a three fight win streak at Bantamweight in the UFC, with wins over Charlie Valencia, Nick Pace and John Albert – Menjivar was originally set to face Renan Barao in a #1 contenders bout, but with UFC Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz injured Barao has been will now face Urijah Faber at UFC 149 for the interim title. Unfazed by the opponent change, Menjivar is pleased with the opportunity to be fighting on the grandest stage and welcomes all comers. Menjivar plans on snapping Easton’s six fight win streak and handing him his second loss on his way to the title. Hear Menjivar’s thoughts on his upcoming bout at UFC 148 against Mike Easton, his first bout against Urijah Faber and much more.
Brandon Thatch (7-1 MMA) will be stepping into the Instinct MMA cage for the third time on Friday night at Instinct MMA 4 at Centre Pierre-Charbonneau against the very dangerous Martin “The Hammer” Grandmont in a much anticipated Welterweight showdown. Product of Grudge Training Center in Denver, Colorado the prolific striker has never spent more than a minute in the cage when it comes to knocking people out.Thatch’s lone loss in the sport was in his second fight, where he lost a split decision in STRIKEFORCE in 2008. Since then he has been on a rampage knocking people out left and right with six straight victories including five by KO/TKO and one submission. Hear Thatch’s thoughts on his main event bout against the equally heavy handed Grandmont and much more.
Romanian Kickboxer turned MMA fighter Radu Spingel (0-0 MMA) will make his first transition for the ring to the cage on Friday night at Instinct MMA 4 against Tristar standout Oumouldéné Najebe. Training out of New York City, Spingel is a prolific kickboxer with many accolades and is a giant standing at 7’4. His opponent however carries the endorsement of UFC’s Francis Carmont and Georges St-Pierre. With these two Heavyweights colliding this bout is a must see for any striking fan. Hear Spingel’s thoughts on his bout and the transition from kickboxing to MMA.
Also on tonight’s program Dave & Kevin will be recapping UFC 147 where Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira and Rony “Jason” Mariano Bezerra became the first TUF: Brazil winners. ONE FC out bidding the UFC and signing Bibiano Fernandez and Shinya Aoki. As well as hear clips of the conference call featuring Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen. All this and much more in 2 Hours of MMAgic.
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