By Chris Howie
June 24, 2009
Elite 1 MMA will be returning to Moncton, NB on July 25th when they host their fourth show titled “Never Back Down”. The card will take place from the Tim Horton’s 4 Ice Centre.
In the main event of the evening, Robin Black will take on Stephane Poirier for the Elite 1 MMA Bantemweight (135lbs) title. The two have faced off once before, Black took the fight in the first round with a rear naked choke submission. Poirier did not tap out but was unconscious when the ref stopped the action. He protested the loss but to no avail as it was clear he was out.
The matchup will also be significant as it will be the first time in Canadian MMA history that a bantamweight champion will be crowned.
In heavyweight action, Shawn Marchand will defend his Elite 1 Heavyweight title against Matt MacGrath in the semi main event of the evening.
Also on the card will be some of the Maritimes hottest up and coming fighters including Chris Johnson and Kurt Pellitier who are coming off big wins in May.
The un-official card is listed below and you can expect to see more match ups announced shortly.
Stephane Poirier vs Robin Black
Shawn Marchand Vs Matt MacGrath
Matt Murray VS Matt Fagen
Brett Leblanc VS Nick Carleton
Ricky Goodall VS Meneka Weva
Tim Kelly VS Kurt Pelltier
Chris Johnson VS Elie Abourashed
Matt Bowes Moncton VS TBA
Jon McGrath VS Jeff Pimintle
Leo Duciaume Vs Chance Whalen
Tickets are now for sale at The Great Canadian Pub (Orange Lane), Dooly’s (Mountain Road), The Moncton Ale House (Main Street), and the Tim Horton’s 4 Ice Centre. You can also call 506-850-0724.