Top 10 Maple Leaf Match Ups in March


Top MMA News introduces a new monthly column that will feature the top 10 fights including Canadians from around the world. With Aggression MMA picking up TFC, Battlefield throwing around the dough and promoting their first pro show, and MFL upping the ante and bringing in fighters from all over, the bulk of this month’s list will focus on shows coming from the motherland of maple syrup. Now sit back and enjoy and a little breakdown of the top 10 maple leaf match ups.

Denis Kang (photo by Eric Gaudreault|

1. John Alessio (31-13) vs. Siyar Bahadurzada (18-4-1)
United Glory – Charleroi, Belgium – March 19
After an injury forced Alessio out of the tournament earlier this year, United Glory was forced to postpone their card. Now we finally get to see the showdown between two of the top unsigned Welterweights in the world. Alessio, ranked #3 in Top MMA News’ Welterweight rankings, had an unbelievable 2010 going 5-0 and defeating such notables as Chris Clements, War Machine & Sergey Golyaev. Bahadurzada on the other hand had a slow 2010 going 2-0, defeating Derrick Noble in the opening round of the tournament. This should be a great display of striker vs. grappler as Bahadurzada trains out of the notorious Golden Glory gym and Alessio is mainstay of Team Couture. Will Dutch striking prowess prevail or can Alessio land the takedowns and pound Bahadurzada out.

2. Denis Kang (33-12-2) vs. Jesse Taylor (17-6)
BFL 7 – Nanaimo, BC – March 26
After an unsuccessful stint in the UFC and battling former top contender Paulo Filho to a draw, Kang looks to rebound in 2011. He takes his first step against highly touted JT Money. Taylor tested himself a lot in 2010 going 4-1 with big wins over Jason Day, Murilo Bustamente and Tom Watson. His only loss was to top contender Thales Leites. This is an extremely intriguing matchup as it could play out in many different ways. Will Kang come out and show off his precision striking or will he try and work his ground game? Will Taylor use his wrestling pedigree to grind out the decision or will he look for a TKO finish and risk being caught by Kang’s slick jits? The big winner here will be the hardcore MMA fans in BC as they get to see two elite level Middleweights go to war.

3. Josh Hill (4-0) vs. Diego Wilson (5-0)
Aggression MMA – Edmonton, AB – March 11
This fight can’t help but tickle you in the right spots. Two of Canada’s top Bantamweight prospects throw down for Aggression’s newly minted Bantamweight title. Hill a protégé of Iron Tiger Muay Thai possesses solid striking, timely takedowns and brutal ground and pound. Wilson, a member of Zugec Ultimate Martial Arts, is known for his tremendous jiu jitsu skills and has finished all five of his opponents in the first round – 4 by submission and 1 via TKO. This Bantamweight showcase will really test each participant’s mettle and show us who is ready for brighter lights, bigger stages and top competition. No matter what the outcome, all that is known is the winner will walk away with gold and a spot in Top MMA News’ Bantamweight top 10.

4. Martin Désilets (11-2) vs. Antony Rea (20-13)
MFL 4 – Montreal, QC – March 12
#3 ranked Light-Heavyweight Désilets, who is coming off back to back wins over Victor Valimaki, looks to continue his rise through the world rankings by challenging veteran Rea. Rea, a veteran of 14 years, had a quiet but successful 2010 going 2-0 and finishing both of his opponents in the first round. This is an interesting matchup as the ever improving Désilets will be looking to land the huge bomb while Rea will look to avoid the devastation and either grind out the decision or use his ground game to submit the surging Canadian. A win by Désilets could propel him even further up Top MMA News’ rankings and a loss could send him straight back to the drawing board.

Travis Briere (photo by Jason Bouwmeester|

5. Travis Briere (7-1) vs. Chase Maxwell (6-0)
Unified MMA 7 – Edmonton, AB – March 4
This fight features 2 of Canada’s top Welterweight prospects in a five round title fight for Unified MMA’s gold strap. Briere who battled Ricky Goodall in one of 2010’s top fights looks to defend his title and secure himself a top spot in Canada’s stacked Welterweight division. Maxwell had a busy 2010 going 5-0 and finishing all of his fights between the bells. This should be a barnburner as both fighters are known to go right at it and leave it all inside the cage. Expect fireworks and entertainment when these two take to the cage. Can either crack Top MMA News’ Top 10? An impressive win could really put either over the hump.

6. Bastien Huveneers (9-3-1) vs. Mike Hackert (4-1)
BFL 7 – Nanaimo, BC – March 26
Huveneers is coming off a fantastic performance against Nick Hinchcliffe at the final TFC card where he won their Middleweight title. Hackert is also coming off a battle with Hinchcliffe albeit on the losing side of the decision. Both fighters are looking to punch their ticket into Canada’s top 10. A win here for either man will easily propel them into the upper echelon of Canada’s elite Middleweight division. Can the veteran Huveneers continue his rise with his crisp striking? Will prospect Hackert grind the fight out and foil Bastien’s hope for top 10 status?

7. William Romero (5-1) vs. Adam Lorenz (6-1)
Aggression MMA 6 – Edmonton, AB – March 11
After a long layoff and a disappointing submission loss in the opening round of Bellator’s Featherweight tournament, Romero looks to rebound and regain his status as one of Canada’s top fighters. Lorenz also had a quiet 2010 only fighting once and pulling off a submission win over cagey Canadian veteran Tim Tamaki. This is definitely a showcase fight for Romero but with Lorenz submission skills and top notch gas tank this tilt can go either way.

8. Roland Delorme (6-1) vs. Joey Gambino (5-0)
MFL 4 – Montreal, QC – March 12
#3 ranked submission specialist Delorme looks to rebound after his first career loss. Delorme dropped a very close decision to the then unknown Eric Wilson at CFC 6. Gambino a product of Zahabi has gone undefeated and finished all opponents between the bells. Gambino has shown uncanny power for a Bantamweight and fights like a juggernaut round after round. This fight could easily prove to be a fight of the year candidate as both men are known for their exciting fighting styles and their non stop energy.

9. Ryan Ford (13-3) vs. Johnny Davis (13-4)
Aggression MMA 6 – Edmonton, AB – March 11
After a brief return to MFC and another sour departure, Ford looks to put the legal and business side of fighting aside and, instead, focus on what he loves to do most – take opponents down and smash them. Ford had a decent 2010 going 2-1 defeating two former UFC veterans in Pete Spratt and Tom Speer, only losing to Douglas Lima. Davis is coming off a quiet 2010 going 1-0 with a unanimous decision win over Justin Sowers in June. Both men have almost identical records, but Ford has faced the tougher competition. This is supposed to be Ford’s coming out party with Aggression MMA, but can Davis spoil the party? Tune in and find out.

10. Zach Blaber (5-2) vs. Tim Chemelli (7-1)
Evolution FC 7 – Cold Lake, AB – March 19
Chemelli just broke into Top MMA News’ top 10 rankings this past December and looks to continue his climb up the ladder with a win over Blaber. Chemelli went 2-0 in 2010 dismantling both his opponents with strikes. Blaber, just outside of Top MMA News’ top 10, fought 3 times in 2010 and finished all his opponents with punches in bunches between the bells. This should be an exciting bout as both men love to stand and trade and both guys are looking to advance their careers. A win for either warrior will easily propel them on to bigger and better things.

16 Responses to “ Top 10 Maple Leaf Match Ups in March ”

  1. Jamie Locke says:

    March is such a huge month for Canadian mma!

    I’ve got Alessio round 2 sub
    Kang round 1 T(KO)
    Wilson round 1 sub
    (noticing a BC biased trend here, and I’m not even from this province…I just live here)
    Désilet round 1 T(KO)
    Maxwell round 2 T(KO)
    Huveneers by round 1 T(KO) or 2nd round sub…not sure yet
    Romero round 1 (KO)
    Gambino round 1 sub
    Ford round 1 sub
    Chemelli round 1 T(KO)

    Is there online betting lines for MMA that isn’t UFC, SF or Bellator? I can find lots of odds but I can’t seem to find a book for say the Battlefield card…

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  2. kendall says:

    seriously no disrespect to ford but this fight might aswell be a fix! I am beggining to wonder how much of this site has become a “editorial”! NO WAY THAT FIGHT MAKES THE TOP TEN!!!

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  3. Cody Rempel says:

    Doesn’t matter who Ford fights… he’ll be in the top ten fights people wanna see time and time again, he has done a helluva job promoting himself and people wanna see him!

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  4. This is a subjective list Kendall and it is obviously an opinion piece.

    My opinion: I would have Scholten/Spencer from BFL and Nallo/Arseneault from Hybrid somewhere in there.

    Does not mean I am right either.

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  5. Dean Panas says:

    Tim Jenson/Kurt Southern is the one I want to see!!!!

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  6. That is another awesome one, Dean. Slipped my mind as we just found out about it a day ago.

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  7. mmafan says:

    Kendall-seriously no disrespect to ford but this fight might aswell be a fix!

    Dude the kid he’s fighting’s 15-3 fix???? Look at half of the guys records that are in UFC and Strikeforce are they fixed fights?

    Tell me they have faced the competition Ford has with his experience.

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  8. kendall says:

    what i meant was the fact that he is going to run through this guy like a wet paper bag. It might aswell be a fix. Shit man if im paying to see Ford fight i want to know theres actually going to be a fight.

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  9. Very excited for William Romero vs. Adam Lorenz!!!

    Good Luck Adam!

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  10. Bobby Karimi says:

    Good column BIG WIN!

    Always like this kind of stuff as it promotes discussion.

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  11. Big Win says:

    I really wish I had known about the Jenson/Southern fight at the time of writing because that definitely would have cracked the top 10.

    April will be even harder then this one, if anyone has any suggestions feel free to let me know.

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  12. cody krahn says:

    I still think Thorne vs Gorny will be one of the best fights this year.

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  13. Hey kendall. We know who you are so don’t be afraid to clean the bathrooms at the gym tonight. Would you like to tell Ryan that this is an easy fight?

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  14. trent_thorne says:

    lol thanks cody lol ya why didnt i get on this list dammitt! lol jk honestly all those above fights look great too! ;) Who’s kendall? lol

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  15. graham Weenk says:

    Look for some great showings by southern and Lorenz, I think they both get their wins against some very serious competition in Ramero and jensen. Gonna be a great event

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  16. JC says:

    I agree that spencer vs scholten is a lot more interesting than hackert vs huveneers (not that hackert vs huveneers is not also a great match up).

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