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One on One with Kyle Prepolec


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Recently the Cage Report was able to sit down with Kyle Prepolec (7-3-0) for a few minutes at Maximum Training Centre in Windsor Ontario.   Kyle in has fought twice in the Bellator Cage and now looking for that opportunity to fulfill his dreams and fight in the MMA’s Top Promotion the UFC.   With his knock out power and submission skills we could definitely see him up there with the likes Dave Beneteau, and Randa Markos (both from Windsor) to make it to the UFC.

Kyle last fought this past March in PFC 2 in London Ontario where  took a Unanimous decision victory over a very aggressive fighter Keven Morin.   Coming up, this October he is scheduled to take on a Veteran of the Sport and quite possibly could be the turning point of his Career.


TCR – What has Kyle been up to for the past couple of months since your fight against Keven Morin?

KP  – Well I’ve been really busy with work and training that’s all I’ve been doing for the last little while now,  and now is time to get ready for the next pfc event an put on another good show.

TCR – We understand that you have a fight coming up in October 18th in London Ontario on the PFC Charity Card.    Tell me about this Card and what it means to you that you are fighting close to home and doing it to help  Knock out Kidney Disease?

KP – It’s always great fighting close to home not just for myself but also great for all the fans who love Mma an support us athletes. An fighting on this card for a great cause is just extra motivation an I think for all of us apart of this pfc card can agree that we all are going to do everything it takes to make this the best event yet.

TCR – Your fighting Tony Hervey (16-18),  Tony has been around the game for a while now with a 16-18 record.   How do you look at taking on a Veteran with this many fights?

KP –  Fighting a veteran like Tony Hervey is a great opportunity for myself to get myself to the next level an to learn an gather that experience in fighting someone like him. The way I see this is very exciting and I can’t wait for the challenge.

TCR –  What do you think of Tony.  He definitely has holes in his game like any fighter. But where do you see this fighting going to?

KP – In this fight this fight can go all over the place from standing to the ground to back to standing it’s going to be exciting.

TCR – The could appear to be fight of the night written all over it.  Cant wait to see this one go down.

TCR –  With a Win against Tony  I feel this would give you some leverage into getting to some bigger shows.

KP –  A win against tony Hervey will definitely get me out there a lot more an help me achieve the goals that I want in my fighting career.

TCR – With Mixed Martial arts in Ontario booming say two years ago with promotions like Bellator, Maximum Fighting Championships, Source Fighting Series,  all holding shows here in Ontario.  Has it been frustrating trying to get fights to keep you active lately?

KP – Umm trying to get fights hasn’t been to difficult from what I know of we have a great team an everything,  so they know how to get things done.

TCR – We understand that one of your Team mates  Randa Markos has made the jump to the UFC and is currently on the The Ultimate fighter 20 – ALL GIRLS show.   That has to be pretty exciting?

KP – Randa I am proud of her for going after it an getting it done.  Good for her on her accomplishments she’s a hard worker and one tough girl.  I am proud of her.

TCR – So Kyle outside of kicking peoples asses.  What is it you do to pay the bills, hobby, or fun you know something that the reader doesn’t know about Kyle Prepolec.

KP – So aside from fighting and training all the time my work life at Prepolec construction we do full home renovations full interior an exterior work.  Other then that play whatever sports to stay active hangout with friends,  Family,  live life like everyone else you know.

TCR  – Any Special Shout outs, Sponsors, or Training Partner you want to recognize.  Or this is your opportunity to put someone on blast.

KP – My special shoutout goes to my sponsors Fear the Fighter Energy Drink, Boston Pizza, L.I.U.N.A.,  Street Solider, and Takedown Distribution.   Everyone at Maximum Training  Centre (MTC – WINDSOR) from all the coaches an all the teammates everyone is there it’s all one big family. We are all brothers an sisters an we are all apart of something great.

Well thank you Kyle for taking the time take away from your training to speak with us and from everyone here at  The Cage Report we are wishing you the best of luck October 18th,  in London Ontario at the PFC event and Knocking out Kidney Disease.


Courtesy of Fox Sports

TUF20 photo

The 16 women who comprise the first all-female cast of The Ultimate Fighter®
: A Champion Will Be Crowned train, kick and punch harder than most men their size. But several of these 115-
pound ladies, whose fierce battle for the first-ever UFC women’s strawweight championship belt
premieres on Wednesday, Sept. 10 on FOX Sports 1 (10:00 PM ET), possess a softer side
many would have thought impossible a few years ago given their backgrounds.
Several have overcome unthinkable tragedies and struggles, but strip away the gloves and
game faces, and standing at the center of the Octagon are tenderhearted individuals using their
experiences and their love of mixed martial arts (MMA) to help others, guiding troubled youth
through some of their darkest moments. Among the cast is a therapeutic wilderness guide for
teens; a childhood bullying victim who now works with troubled youth; a former Russian orphan
whose adopted father died one year after bringing her to America; and a fighter born addicted to
heroin, who later shattered her spine, skull and shoulder after falling down three stories,
prompting doctors to predict she’d never walk again.
While their life stories vary greatly in origin and specific challenges, each woman emerged
triumphant and stronger than ever, able to transform the negative hand life had dealt into a
helping hand for others.
“My mom was a really bad heroin addict and used through all her pregnancies,” said Angela
Magana, 30, from Farmington, N.M. “My older sister and brother were taken from her due to
her drug use. I remember eating out of trashcans and her leaving my sister and me, saying
she’d be right back, but she wouldn’t come back. The cops picked us up numerous times.
Luckily, my grandparents came into the picture and took custody of my sister and me when I
was eight. My mother would tell us she was coming back to see us, but she never did, and that
was really hard.”

As a little girl, Justine Kish also yearned for a more normal parental environment.
“I spent the first five years of my life in a Russian orphanage before being adopted and brought
to America,” the 26-year-old Cramerton, N.C. resident said. “It was a roller coaster ride. When
the orphanage officials told me I was being adopted, I was like, ‘Oh my gosh! I can’t wait!’ I
started learning as much English as I could on the plane ride over so I could impress them. I
learned ‘Mama,’ ‘Papa’ and ‘I love you.’ I wanted to say those words to them as soon as I met
them at the airport.”
“Justine spoke three words of English when she came to us,” said Laurel Kish, Justine’s mother.
“Everything was new to her. We adopted her around Thanksgiving, so Pittsburgh was all lit up
for Christmas. Seeing all the lights was incredible for her because she had never even seen
streetlights before. They were so deprived in the orphanage. They didn’t even have a
bathroom at the time. The kids never got baths — they just stood them in a sink once a week
and washed them. This little kid came to America and was so excited to get a bath and have
clean clothes. It was a wonderful moment for us, but also heartbreaking in some respects.”
While Kish was overjoyed to finally have a family of her own, a part of it was ripped from her tiny
grasp when an automobile accident claimed her father one year following the adoption.
“I got the impression she knew a lot about death, although we hadn’t talked about it,” Laurel
Kish recalled of the conversation in which she told her daughter of her husband’s death. “She
said, ‘I’ll never see him again. He was my special Daddy. Am I staying here? Who’s going to
take care of me?’ I responded, ‘You’re my daughter. Of course I’m going to take care of you.’ I
think she’d seen death before in the orphanage, which caused her reaction. I think some fear of
abandonment surfaced with his death, and who could blame her?”
Magana, now a single mother to her 12-year-old daughter, also lost a parent at a young age.
Her mother overdosed when Magana was only 13. The grief didn’t end there, however.
Magana’s fiancée was killed in 2009 only six months after they became engaged.
Other cast members battled identity crisis, low self-esteem and bullies as children and teens.
“I struggled with my identity as a teen, and that identity crisis is incredibly powerful,” said Emily
Peters Kagan, 33, who now serves as a therapeutic wilderness guide for troubled youth in
Maine and New Hampshire. “I found myself in some dark places, but thankfully, I had a
supportive family. Teenagers are oftentimes rejected by society as many people are made
uncomfortable by the changes teens go through and the ways they act out their inner
conflicts. But it’s for that reason, among others, they need the most help and guidance.”
For Jessica Penne, 31, the bullying at school became so intense that it affected her personality
and caused her to withdraw.
“I was always shy and introverted, so I was teased and picked on all through elementary school,
but it became terrible in junior high and high school,” the Huntington Beach, Calif. resident
explained. “I had a really hard time making friends and was teased for my looks, what I wore
and just about everything else. Junior high and high school were really rough on me. The
bullying hardened me, and I found myself very angry. After high school, I decided I wasn’t going
to let anyone to do that to me anymore, so I just closed myself off from everyone.

While the emotional challenges faced by the contestants have been plentiful, so have the
physical hurdles.
At age 23, Magana fell down three flights of stairs, shattering her spine, skull and shoulder, and
was placed in a body cast for three months.
“The doctors weren’t sure if I’d ever walk again and insisted I’d definitely never fight again,”
Magana explained. “I never believed them, though. I didn’t accept the doctors’ recommendation
that we do spine surgery three times. Instead, I used my mind to heal myself and didn’t let their
predictions get me down. They couldn’t strip me of my positive outlook. I knew if they operated
and fused my spine, I’d lose my flexibility, and I needed that in order to fight.”
Despite the predictions of medical experts, Magana booked her next competition and fought —
and won — five weeks after removal of the body cast. By the same token, the other women’s
histories of overwhelming heartache don’t end with heartbreak; rather they conclude with
resolutions and the imparting of life lessons to others saddled with similar battles.
“The gym I fought at had a lot of kids with behavioral issues at school or kids whose parents
wanted them to be more disciplined,” Penne said. “I knew the sport required discipline and
brought out the best in children. Being able to help kids from disadvantaged backgrounds with
no sense of direction was a tremendous feeling. Watching them light up with excitement when
they learned a new technique was extremely rewarding.”
This quartet of female fighters contends MMA can help teens cope with issues ranging from low
self-esteem to anger and bullying.
“I’m a firm believer that MMA can help teens work through numerous problems they’re facing,
whether identity crisis, anger issues or other problems,” said Kagan, who holds dual citizenship
in Israel. “As a wilderness guide, I even incorporated some of the mitt work into my therapy with
the kids. If they didn’t hit it correctly or missed, they’d get mad, but I could talk them through
that anger, bring them back to a calm place and start again. At various points in my early
years of training, I was actually using my training as a means of better understanding and
controlling my emotions. There were times when I was working through my own anger issues,
and my martial arts training and study helped transform me.”
An increased sense of confidence, self-respect and self-worth is a common theme that connects
many competitors.
“I played sports through high school but never felt like I belonged anywhere,” Penne stated.
“But when I started training in MMA at age 22, I began developing confidence and strength and
transformed into a different person. I began to respect myself and made others respect me. I
had been floating through life with no direction or purpose, but MMA gave me both. Martial arts
teach kids respect for themselves and others, build discipline and character and create a strong
foundation for success later in life, whether in school, sports or business.”
And in cases such as Kish’s, MMA may also help children and teens find an outlet for their
energy and serve as a calming influence.
“When I first came to America from Russia, I was all over the place and there was no settling
me down,” reflected Kish, whose birth name was Svetlana Nasibulina. “It got a little worse as I
got older and attained more freedom. To get my energy out, Mom took me from school to gymnastics to soccer. I oftentimes did three sports in one day. Sports and later MMA helped
channel all that energy

“My heart goes out to all orphans,” Kish continued. “I’m told that people in my situation typically
don’t turn out like I have. The average person from a background such as mine often becomes
a negative and sad person. I’ve heard so many stories of adoptions gone bad or the orphan
overwhelming the adoptive parents. I understand that because I know how much I overwhelmed
my mother. But I was surrounded by love and she was determined to help me adjust and thrive.
Between a loving family and MMA, I overcame the odds.”

As did all the ladies competing on THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER. While it didn’t happen quickly or
painlessly, the women rose above their circumstances and now find themselves with a chance-
in-a-lifetime opportunity to realize their dreams of a UFC championship.

“I hope to motivate others through my life story because my experiences, despite how terrible
they might seem, are more of a blessing than a curse to me, ” Magna said. “How Else could I
know how strong or compassionate I could be if my personal strength was not tested every day?
If you want something bad enough, you’ll find a way to attain it. Water doesn’t cut through
a rock because it’s strong. Water cuts through a rock because it never stops going at the rock.”

Provincial Fighting Championships 2 Fight Night: Photo Galleries




Weigh In Photos

Rafael Palomeque vs Ryan Waterman

Scott Hudson vs Joel Corbett

Alex Halkias vs Kyle Nelson

Dave Hale vs Devin Murray

Keven Morin vs Kyle Prepolec

Jeff Fuchs vs Bryan Jordan

Martin Desilets vs Misha Cirkunov

Ryan Healy vs Alex Ricci

Lynnell House vs Randa Markos

PFC 2 Fight Night RESULTS


(March 8th 2014- London ON) The Provincial Fighting Championships (PFC) kicked off at 7pm est from the Western Fair District Agriplex in London Ontario Canada. Follow this post for a quick results list as the night progresses.

[180] Rafael Palomeque Def Ryan Waterman
[167] Scott Hudson Def Joel Corbett
[145] Kyle Nelson Def Alex Halkias
[155] Devin Murray Def Dave Hale
[155] Kyle Prepolec Def Keven Morin
[HW] Bryan Jordan Def Jeff Fuchs
[205] Misha Cirkunov Def Martin Desilets

Co main event
[155] Ryan Healy Def. Alex Ricci

Main event
[115] Randa Markos Def Lynnell House

PFC 2: Weigh In Photos

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