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Scheer gives thumbs up to UFC card As for the rest of the card, Scheer expects fans will definitely get bang for their bucks. “I’ve seen some of the names of some of the other Canadians that they are bringing on the undercard,” said Scheer. “There were some guys that were on the Ultimate Fighter, when Canada faced Australia. “Some of those guys are really good. It will be interesting to see how their skills have developed since the Ultimate Fighter show.” The card is made of five preliminary fights and six main card battles. The four other main card fights feature three ath-

letes from Montreal. Patrick Cote (22-9) faces Josh Burkman (28-11) of Draper, Utah, in a welterweight fight; Chad Laprise (11-0) battles Francisco Trinaldo (17-4) of Amarante, Piaui, Brazil, in a lightweight tilt; and Olivier Aubin-Mercier (7-1) takes on Tony Sims (12-2) of Denver, Colorado, in another lightweight match. The main card is rounded out by a women’s straw weight tilt between Maryna Moroz (6-0) from Volgorsk, Ukraine, and Valerie Letourneau (7-3) of Coconut Creek, Florida. The Fight Night card is subject to change.

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don’t understand very much, but everyone likes to watch someone else get punched in the face.” Holloway rides a five-fight winning streak heading into Saskatoon. Out of his 13 wins, five have come via knockout. One was by submission and the rest desisions. Oliveira has won two of his last three fights. Out of his 20 wins, six have come via knockout, nine by submission and five by desision. Scheer expects fans will come away with a good impression of the UFC after seeing the fight between Oliveira and Holloway, which is set for five rounds. “I think it has the potential to be an allout slugfest,” said Scheer. “(Holloway), he is like Hawaiian tough. He will bring his best fight to the forefront. In that fight, I would pick Oliveira for the win just, because he is more well-rounded.” The co-main event was originally set to be a welterweight bout between Rick Story and Erick Silva. Story (18-8), who is rated 10th on the UFC’s welterweight rankings, suffered an injury near the end of his training camp and had to pull out. Replacing Story will be Neil Magny, who is the UFC’s 15th ranked welterweight. Magny (15-5) fought at UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug. 1, where he lost by submission in the second round to Demian Maia of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Before that setback, Magny, who is from Brooklyn, N.Y., had won seven fights in a row. Silva (18-5) has won three of his last four fights, including his last two. The Brazilian has won 11 fights by submission and four by knockout. Scheer was hoping to see the originally scheduled fight between Story and Silva. While Story won’t be in Saskatoon, Scheer expects Silva will put on a good performance.


Darren Steinke Saskatoon Express roy Scheer believes Saskatoon’s upcoming UFC card will give casual and new fans the thrills they are looking for. “I think it is a great opportunity for people who were not fans before to kind of catch the bug,” said Scheer, who is the owner and trainer of Saskatoon’s Scheer’s Martial Arts. “It is one thing to watch an event on TV. It is different to sit at ringside or be in the building and feel the energy of the crowd and the people that are there when you are in a live event. This card is going to be great, because there are some really good fights on it. It should be exciting.” The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s Fight Night 74 is set for 4 p.m. on Aug. 23 at the SaskTel Centre. It will mark the first time the top professional promotion in mixed martial arts holds a card in Saskatchewan. Scheer, who trains and promotes local MMA fighters, gives the Saskatoon card high marks. It might not contain names that everyone would know, such as undefeated women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, but Scheer expects lots of action. The main event of the 11-bout card is a featherweight clash between Charles Oliveira (20-4) of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Max Holloway (13-3) of Oahu, Hawaii. Holloway sits fifth in the UFC’s top-15 featherweight rankings, while Oliveira is rated eighth. “Obviously, the Oliveira fight is going to be a good fight,” said Scheer. “That is going to be a scrap. Both of those guys are the kind of guys who are going to stand in front of each other and light each other up. That is very easy for the average or new UFC fan to understand. A lot of AS70378.H17 Aaron the grappling portions of the fight, they

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