(GATINEAU, QUEBEC) — Warrior-1 MMA in co-operation Premier Entertainment are pleased to announce their debut event on March 28th, 2009 at the Robert Guertin Arena in Gatineau, Quebec. The event “W1: INCEPTION” will mark the unveiling of Canada’s newest MMA promotion and is expected to make a huge splash on the Canadian scene.
In a fight, thirteen years in the making, CARLOS `THE RONIN’ NEWTON will be headlining the event in his first fight on Canadian soil since 1996. Newton made his MMA debut on April 26th, 1996 in Montreal and his career has taken him to every corner of the globe, but has never made a return to Canada. The first ever Canadian UFC Champion and former number one ranked fighter in the world, Newton has faced almost every superstar of his era including Kazushi Sakuraba, Pat Miletich, Matt Hughes, Jose Landi-Jons, Anderson Silva, Renzo Gracie and Matt Lindland. Now Newton is looking to make his mark against the new breed of MMA talent that has hit the scene in the last few years.
“I have been away from MMA for some time now and I couldn't be more excited to be back. It only seems right to make my return in my home country and with a great organization like Warrior One,” said Newton regarding his MMA return.
Standing in Newton’s way, is one of Canada’s top welterweights, Ottawa’s own NABIL `THE THRILL’ KHATIB. Khatib has a win over UFC veteran Gideon Ray and has faced some of the world’s most talented athletes. The veteran Khatib has seen everything there is in the martial arts world and is expecting to spoil Newton’s Canadian homecoming. An extremely popular fighter in the Gatineau/Ottawa area, Khatib is expected to have a lot of his fans cheering him on against the popular Newton.
The Co-Main Event will see two of Canada’s top rising lightweight stars. MARK `BOOTS’ HOLST from Ottawa will take his undefeated record against the experienced, but still young MARTIN `THE HAMMER’ GRANDMONT from Drummondville. Considered two of the top strikers in Canada, this fight has fireworks written all over it. This fight has been discussed for a long time and both fighters are excited to finally see who is the most talented warrior.