By KOTC Staff
In just over two weeks time King of the Cage Canada will head north to Yellowknife to give Northwest Territory fans some live MMA action on September 17th. Headlining the extensive card will be a 215lb catch-weight bout between Zach Blaber and Canadian middleweight champ Elmer Waterhen, who once again has stepped up for the promotion when called upon.
“Elmer Waterhen truly deserves the nickname "The Warrior",” said KOTC Canada matchmaker Orest Zmyndak about the Saskatchewan fighter, who has won three straight fights heading into the “Chiller” event. “All he wants to do is fight and keep busy and is willing to take on anyone. He didn't hesitate in agreeing to fight at a heavier weight opting to stay in fighting condition before he defends his title on the next Edmonton KOTC show.”
Blaber, who has won four straight bouts, was originally scheduled to take on KOTC vet Jon Ganshorn. The Saskatchewan fighter was set to fight for KOTC for the first time since last September, when he submitted Bobby Kalmakoff.
“It's too bad that Jon Ganshorn had to pull out of the show,” noted Zmyndak. “He normally fights around 205-215 and is a welcome addition to any card, but he has now undertaken a new training regime and diet and is moving towards the 185 class. I am sure he will be on another KOTC card very soon.”
The upcoming card will not only give fans throughout the region a chance to witness live MMA bouts, but the event will also feature several fighters from the NWT.
“Yellowknife fans will have five local fighters to cheer for on the September 17th show,” said Zmyndak. “Besides Zach Blaber, who is actually from Fort Smith, NWT, Adam MacDonald, Pat Besarra, Danny Doig and Gerald Adams will be on the card.”
“Adam is an RCMP officer in Yukon and made an impressive debut in Cold Lake, Alberta by defeating a larger and more experienced Jordan Murray,” noted Zmyndak. “Looking forward to big things from Adam as he will be tested by another 2-0 fighter in Nick Campbell.”
“Pat Besarra always comes to fight and should be more comfortable fighting below 145 and should have his hands full with the tough Nick Smith. Local favourite Danny Doig will have a huge following cheering him on as he tries to get back in the win column after his last fight, when he hurt his foot and had to retire.”
“Chiller” will be hosted by the Yellowknife Arena and tickets can be purchased at Harley’s Hard Rock Saloon, Muscle Heads Ragged Ass Barber and Supplements and Fitness Wear.
“Also looking forward to the big boys,” Zmydak added. “As Gerald Adams makes his pro debut against Edmonton's Greg Large in a heavyweight bout.”