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UFC needs Canadian content

By Trevor Dueck, 24 hours Vancouver

UFC is gaining popularity in Canada, but would be better served with more local fighters. (FILE PHOTO)

UFC is gaining popularity in Canada, but would be better served with more local fighters. (FILE PHOTO)

Another B.C. fighter has punched his ticket to the UFC. Matt Dwyer (7-1) out of Toshido MMA in Kelowna has signed a multi-fight deal with the big show.

Dwyer, who has been competing here in B.C. for his entire amateur and professional career, has been on a five-fight winning streak, with two of those wins being against former UFC veterans in Shonie Carter and, most recently, DaMarques Johnson. Dwyer will most likely make his Octagon debut later this summer or in the early fall.

Toshido coach David Lee announced the signing on his Facebook page.

“I’m so proud of my team who sweat and bleed for each other every day,” he wrote. “As a team we can accomplish anything.”

British Columbia has been slowly turning out some great young prospects that have UFC potential. Port Coquitlam’s Jeremy Kennedy (4-0) has been a blue-chipper since his amateur days and has continued his winning ways at the professional level. He was invited to train in Thailand at Team Quest, where he put together two impressive wins.

Things were looking bright for Kennedy until a motorbike accident derailed his momentum and could have ended his young career.

“The doctors told my mom that I had God on my shoulders,” Kennedy wrote in his blog. “With the severity of the accident, I should not have survived, let alone come out with no major broken bones. This has taught me not to take anything for granted, as it can all be taken away very fast and very easily.”

Kennedy has made a full recovery and will be returning to B.C. to fight locally at the River Rock Casino on Aug. 23.

Another local fighter who should have been competing in the Octagon by now is Nanaimo’s Graham Spencer (10-1). The Maximum Fighting Championship’s featherweight champion tore his labrum (shoulder) last year and is still recovering from surgery. However, the Alpha Male product is set to make a return to action in October and with another impressive performance, a UFC debut won’t be too far behind.

Trevor Dueck contributes to Follow him on Twitter @TrevDueck.


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