POSTED: March 30, 2009 - 10:35 pm
Team Shredder standout Dan "The Bighouse" Grandmaison will face "Ultimate Fighter 4" alum Pete Spratt at "XMMA 9: No Escape" on July 18 to crown an inaugural "Xtreme MMA" welterweight champion.
"XMMA 9: No Escape" will emanate from the Pierre Charbonneau Center in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
The Fight Network learned of likely title implications for the matchup over the weekend.
Having riled up three consecutive wins since joining Quebec's premier fight organization, Grandmaison (9-6) is hungry to become the promotion's 170-pound king, a division that includes the likes of Jon "War Machine" Koppenhaver and Guillaume de Lorenzi.
Fighting out of Sudbury, Ontario, Grandmaison is a veteran of 15 fights. His most recent win came via first-round submission against Tiger Muay Thai standout Markhaille Wedderburn at "XMMA 7: Inferno" on February 27.
Nicknamed "Secret Weapon," Spratt (18-15) is a nine-year veteran making his XMMA debut. Possessing notable UFC experience, he owns wins over Jason Von Flue, Matt Brown, Robbie Lawler and Rich Clementi.
Following a shocking second-round victory over Lawler at "UFC 42: Sudden Impact" in April 2003, Spratt was offered a title shot against then-UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes, but he refused the bout because he did not feel he was ready to challenge the future UFC Hall of Famer. That would be his only opportunity to fight for the coveted belt.
Some of Spratt's losses have come against top fighters. His conquerors include Yves Edwards, Carlos Newton, Georges St-Pierre, Chris Lytle, Josh Koscheck, Marcus Davis, Tamdan McCrory and Ryan Ford.
While Grandmaison is on a winning tear, Spratt hopes to rebound from two losses in a row, both via rear naked choke. In June 2008, he was vanquished by John Alessio at "Banner Promotions: Night of Combat." Later that year, he succumbed to Donnie Liles in the third round at October's "Strikeforce: Payback" event.
The Fight Network has also learned that "XMMA 8: Challenge," a card designed to build some of the promotion's younger talent, will take place on May 16 at Jonquiere.
Confirmed bouts include Tom Murphy vs. Sebastien Gauthier, Louis-Philppe Carle vs. Dany Laflamme, David Savard vs. Gregory Carpenter, Nordine Taleb vs. Justin Doyon and Josten Tardif vs. Kevin Morin.
Having personaly met the Team Shredder boys I couldn't be more jacked for this!
Hoping Grandmaison can keep up his win streak and take the gold!