Aaron Jeffery

NTT Jan 2022

NTT Ready To Punch 2022 Right In The Face

NTT READY TO PUNCH 2022 RIGHT IN THE FACE

Photo by Elyane Rogier

As Niagara Top Team approaches our third anniversary, 2022 is shaping up to be our most successful and productive year to date.

Despite the challenges faced by Covid restrictions we are so fortunate and thankful to have had such a loyal and dedicated student base, and appreciate each and every one of you.

From our Marvelous Mini Martial Artists, to our Killer Kids, to our Awesome Adults, the coaching staff has been blown away by all of the dedication and progress that we’ve seen, and the fact that all of our students are so positive, friendly, and respectful is a huge bonus.

Whether you’re training for fun, fitness, or getting ready for competition, we’re thrilled that you’ve chosen us to be on your journey with you.

Let’s show 2022 who’s boss!

Sincerely,

Head Coaches Matt DiMarcantonio and Chris Prickett

FIGHT TEAM UPDATES!

The Niagara Top Team competitive athletes are all chomping at the bit to show the world what they’ve been doing behind the scenes.

22 Jan – Without a doubt the most high profile and eagerly anticipated fight in the history of our Team, Jasmine Jasudavicius will be leaving for Las Vegas this week to get ready for her UFC debut, when she faces American Kay Hansen at UFC 270: Ngannou vs Gane, in Anaheim, California on January 22nd.

Jasmine earned her spot in the world’s largest MMA organization by defeating Julia Polastri at Dana White’s Contender Series 39 in September.

29 Jan – Aaron Jeffery will be making his first title defence of his Cage Fury Fight Club (CFFC) Middleweight crown when he takes on Pennsylvania’s Rex Harris at CFFC 105 in Philadelphia on January 29th.

It is said that a champion isn’t a Champion until they defend their belt, and as he always does, Aaron has been putting in the work on the mats day in and day out to make sure that he’s ready, and we’re confident that that his success will continue in 2022.

11 Feb – Sporting a 10-1 professional record, Anthony Romero has already proven that he is one of Canada’s top lightweight fighters, and will continue to make his case when he faces Nashville’s Charlie Alexander in the main event of Fury FC 57 in Humble, Texas on February 11th, for the Fury FC Lightweight Title.

25 Feb – Ashley Nichols might be an unfamilar name to followers of Niagara Top Team…for now. This 5-time World Professional MuayThai Federation Champion and K-1 Kickboxing Champion is an accomplished striker who has also had MMA fights in both the TKO and Invicta organizations.

Ashley visited NTT last fall, and must have liked it because she moved to Niagara permanently shortly after and has quickly become one of our most dedicated athletes. We’ll see if this dedication pays off when she steps into the Legacy Fighting Alliance cage against Hilarie Rose on February 25th.

05 Mar – BTC Fight Promotions continues it’s push to be the pre-eminent MMA organization in Eastern, and perhaps all of Canada, when it holds it’s 14th event, on March 5th in London, Ontario. This event, titled CLASH, will feature a handful of NTT fighters. Look to see our standout athletes Xavier Nash, Cody Chovancek, Luke Roberts, and Vinny Dias on the card.

09 April – A dual citizen from both Canada and the United States, Mike Malott spends many of his days as a coach at the lauded Team Alpha Male in Sacramento. His family, however, lives in the Burlington area, and when he’s in town he often avails himself of the high-level coaches and training partners at Niagara Top Team.

Like Jasmine Jasudavicius, he also won entry into the UFC by way of a victory at DWCS, and his UFC debut “Proper” will take place at UFC 273 in Brooklyn, NY versus Mickey Gall.

Teshay Gouthro – There is a possibility that Teshay may be joining Ashley Nichols on the LFA card, and we’ll update you when we know more.

Zackery Powell – After the disappointing last-second Covid-cancellation of the TOFC event scheduled for Niagara Falls in December in which he was set to fight, “Pow Pow” is desperately searching for a last minute fight…anywhere. If you’re a promoter who’s looking for a tough and skilled lightweight, please reach out to us.

Also currently looking for fights are professionals Jarred Dummond and Kevin Bastien Popowick, and amateurs Alex Moher, Ligrit Sadiku, and Khaya MacKillop.

Niagara Top Team athletes are skilled, professional, in-shape, and always come ready to represent one of the top MMA gyms in Canada!

Aaron Jeffery On DWCS Redemption

Aaron Jeffery On Dana White’s Contender Series Redemption

By Andy Cotterill

If you ask most people to describe the Ultimate Fighting Championship, they’ll likely tell you that it’s an organization that promotes the sport of mixed martial arts.

They’d be correct, of course, but it’s much more than that.


Amongst a growing number of competing global promotions, the UFC is still the place where fighters from across the globe aspire to ply their trade. They could conceivably make more money elsewhere, but that doesn’t matter…the UFC has the cachet, and it’s where most fighters want to be.

The UFC is where dreams can be made and dreams can be crushed, and both are seen live in vivid colour every single fight night. In the days following, many compelling stories emerge from both winning and losing sides.

But perhaps the most compelling of all are the stories of redemption.


Just over two years ago Canadian Middleweight Aaron Jeffery (10-2) lost his fight against Brendan Allen in UFC President Dana White’s Contender Series (DWCS) Season 3, and this Tuesday night in Season 5, he’s getting a second chance to make it into the world’s premiere MMA organization when he faces 8-1 Brazillian Caio Borralho.


Not every fighter gets called back to try again, in fact, it’s a rarity.


But since that loss in the year that the Covid-19 virus emerged Jeffery has won all 4 of his fights, 3 via TKO, and it’s just a bonus that the man who beat him is currently on a tear in the UFC proper.


Jeffery knows that this is a make-or-break opportunity for him, but remains pragmatic in his perspective about the possibility of another loss.


“I bounce back and forth between these two trains of thought.” Jeffery told MM-eh from his Air BNB in Las Vegas, where he and his girlfriend have been staying for 3 months while he trains at Syndicate MMA.


“My one thought is like maybe I have to consider another career, I’m pushing 30 and two losses in the Contender Series is bad and I’m probably not going to get signed, my life’s over. My other thought is like, does it really matter that much if I lose this fight? I’m in the same situation I’m in now, I’m still not in the UFC, I have one more fight on my record, and I just made a few thousand dollars to fight. I had some eyes on me and probably will get some attention even if I lose, so you can look at it either way.”


Some may read those words and think that it’s not what an athlete should be thinking, or especially saying out loud. But those are the people who repeat phrases like “Losing is not an option” as if that will better their chance at victory. Losing is always an option. It happens to all of us, in some small way, all of the time. Ignoring it doesn’t make th

e possibility go away.
Once you embrace the fact that losing is there, you can start to take the steps necessary to prevent it.


That’s just what Jeffery did all of those months ago when he made the trek with his Niagara Top Team (NTT) teammates down to Vegas, where they embedded themselves into the tightknit training group at Syndicate MMA.


This effort paid off in a big way for Jeffery’s teammate Jasmine Jasudavicius, who dominated her DWCS opponent two weeks ago, and had UFC President Dana White positively gushing over her gameness.


While Jeffery has always been known as a hard worker, his time at Syndicate has been a boon to his confidence in several ways.


“I’m the most experienced guy back home and I’m the bigger guy in the gym, right, so I don’t have a ton of hard rounds, so coming here and getting rounds with Sean, like I know on sparring day it’s going to be a war and I get that fight feel and I get some anxiety before sparring and it kind of like brings the fight out of you, so I think I needed to have that again in my training.”


The Sean he refers to is Sean Strickland, the 7th ranked UFC Middleweight who recently defeated Uriah Hall and is slated to face Luke Rockhold at UFC 268, where a win would most certainly place his name in conversation as a future championship contender.


Jeffery’s time in the cage with Strickland and TUF veteran John Poppie must have made a good impression, as Syndicate MMA Owner and Head Coach John Wood will be cornering him on Tuesday along with Jeffery’s NTT coach Chris Prickett.


For such a night you’d think that Jeffery would be amped up, or perhaps worried, but surprisingly he says that’s not the case.


“Honestly, I’m a pretty even-keeled guy. I feel the same going in to all of my fights. Every fight of your career is the biggest fight of your career, so it kinda all feels the same. It’s comforting to know that I’ve done all the work I’ve done and I’ve controlled everything I can.”