After it was delayed by bureaucratic red tape earlier this year, local MMA fighter Wesley Bowman is finally set to make his professional debut.
On May 21, the LDP Martial Arts fighter was set to make his professional debut at the TriStar Gym in Montreal, where he was scheduled to fight Aieman Zahabi, the brother of Firas Zahabi, head trainer of Georges St-Pierre.
However, due to some issues with Bowman’s fighting license in Quebec, the bout was cancelled.
With all that now cleared up, the fight is back on and Bowman will make the leap from the amateur to the professional level on Nov. 15 at the Hybrid Pro Series Redemption event in Gatineau, Que.
“Wesley is set to go,” said Bowman’s trainer at LDP Lucian Phillips. “This is definitely a huge step up. We’ve always fought as amateurs on the local circuit, but this one is huge for Wesley.”
Taking on Zahabi, Bowman will be facing a slightly more experienced opponent. Zahabi posts a professional record of 2-0, defeating Cumberland House’s Phillip Deschambeault and Kyle Vivian of Orillia, Ont.
Heading into the event, Phillips and Bowman are optimistic that they can pull off a victory against Zahabi, which would put LDP on the MMA map.
“If he wins, it can do great things,” Phillips said. “If he loses, no harm done. We can figure out where we are and keep working to get to that level.”
On the amateur circuit, Bowman posts a record of 3-2-1, defeating Ben Fehr,…
It’s the question that has hovered over the Prince Albert Raiders since June.
And naturally, the inquiry reared its head at the Raiders’ annual general meeting on Monday in the Ches Leach Lounge of the Art Hauser Centre.
“What do we know about Leon Draisaitl?” a meeting attendee asked Bruno Campese following the GM’s address about how the club lost a tremendous amount of cash last season and what they plan to do about it.
“He has a roster spot and I’m assuming it’s his spot to lose,” Campese said of Draisaitl, who has been with the Edmonton Oilers since they picked him third overall at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft in Philadelphia on June 27.
On Sept. 22, Draisaitl made his NHL debut, tallying an assist in the Oilers 3-1 preseason triumph over the Calgary Flames.
Draisaitl was scoreless in one more preseason tilt with the Winnipeg Jets and did not dress for the Oilers’ exhibition game against the Jets on Monday.
Whether or not Draisaitl returns, the Raiders are moving forward. As Campese has stated throughout the offseason, the team is working under the assumption that Draisaitl, along with Jets prospect Josh Morrissey, will not be returning to the WHL fold.
As far as Campese knows, the Oilers are giving the 6’1", 204-pound 18-year-old every opportunity to land a job in The Show.
“Do you really think he’s ready?” the attendee bellowed. A question, to which Campese replied by saying he can give his personal opinion on the…