Top 10 Maple Leaf Match Ups in April: Part 1


It’s time again friends for Top MMA News’ Top 10 Maple Leaf Match Ups. This being part one as we will have a special top 10 for the upcoming UFC card in Toronto. With Ringside MMA, Armageddon and MMA: The Reckoning putting on spectacular star studded shows they fill the bulk of the list. Also with plenty of Top 10 fighters competing this month expect Top MMA News’ rankings to be shaken up next month. As always your comments are not only expected but appreciated.

10. Misha Cirkunov (2-1) vs. Ion Cherdivara (1-0)
MMA: The Reckoning – Orillia – April 2
This is just a great bit of matchmaking. Both men are highly touted prospects and are just beginning their MMA careers. Cirkunov, a member of Xtreme Couture Canada, brings with him a wealth of experience in both national and international Jiu-Jitsu competitions. Cherdivara, who trains with GAMMA/BTT Canada, is a former member of the Moldovan national wrestling team. The fact that Cherdivara is known to shadow box with 90 lbs. dumb bells may very well prove to be the difference in the stand up department. Considering each fighters penchant for the ground, you can expect these two to grind it out and see who the superior grappler is.

9. Nick Hinchliffe (17-7) vs. Ryan Machan (12-6)
Armageddon FC 5 – April 2 – Victoria
Welcome to the striker versus grappler Welterweight gatekeeper championship. With Both men are coming off losses, Hinchliffe to Huveneers at TFC and Machan to MacGrath at W1 so this should prove to be an exciting affair as they look to climb the national rankings. Each fighter knows exactly what they need to do to finish the other, if Hinchliffe keeps it standing he’ll KO Machan but if Machan takes it to the canvas he’ll submit Hinchliffe. With each man’s strategy being cut and dry expect a barnburner as they do what they can to stick to the game plan. Don’t expect a decision here someone will get finished.

8. Denis Kang (33-12-2) vs. Eun Soo Lee (14-2)
Road FC – Seoul – April 16
The injury that forced Kang to withdraw from the recent BFL should be healed in time for him to return to his former stomping grounds in Korea. Kang has gone 11-1 while fighting in Korea at weights ranging from middleweight to heavyweight. Lee hasn’t fought since December 2008 and is 1-2 when facing top tier competition. Lee was TKO’d by both Sultanakhmedov and Nakao, but managed a decision win over Daijiro Matsui in August 2008. This seems like a pretty easy romp for Kang as he should be able to return to the win column by any way he deems fit. This should be good news to Canadian MMA fans as an easy win will see Canada’s #1 ranked Middleweight return to BFL on May 28 to take on Jesse Taylor.

7. Ryan Jimmo (14-1) vs. Zak Cummings (13-2)
MFC 29 – Windsor – April 8
With Emmanuel Newton getting injured, Jimmo now defends his newly won MFC Light-Heavyweight crown against Springfield Fight Club product Zak Cummings. Cummings is essentially a blown up Middleweight who holds wins over Victor Moreno, Rudy Bears and Terry Martin. With Jimmo’s size, takedown defense and raw punching power, he should be able to wear down Cummings and TKO him in the later rounds. With a win here, hopefully, the MFC can find some upper echelon talent for Canada’s number 1 ranked LHW to tangle with.

6. Marcus Davis (17-8) vs. Curtis Demarce (10-8)
MFC 29 – Windsor – April 8
After going 1-4 in his last five fights in the UFC, Davis looks to rekindle his once promising career, but standing in his way is a Demon. Demarce’s MFC sophomore outing was a controversial split decision loss to Ritchie Whitson and he looks to erase that bad memory with an exciting win over Davis. Demarce will look to take this fight to mat and twist Davis into a pretzel but Davis carries heavy hands and tight takedown defense into the cage. This should prove to be an exciting tilt that has three round war written all over it. If you have front row seats expect some splatter effect in this fight.

5. Seth Baczynski (12-6) vs. Alex Garcia (6-0)
Ringside 10 – Montreal – April 9
With Clements suffering an injury, TUF veteran Baczynski steps in to provide stand out prospect and top 10 ranked Garcia with a stern challenge. Garcia has been a highly touted prospect for a while now and with his win over Tyler Jackson has earned himself a shot at the Ringside Welterweight crown. Baczynski known more as a submission specialist will not want to spend too much time underneath Garcia, as Garcia has dynamite like ground and pound from guard. It’s good to see Garcia testing himself against better and better competition.  Now fighting a UFC veteran, we will see if Garcia is the prospect he’s been touted as.

4. Sarah Kaufman (12-1) vs. Megumi Yabushita (19-17)
Armageddon FC 5 – April 2 – Victoria
It’s been over three years but Kaufman will finally fight again on Canadian soil. The former Strikeforce 135 lbs. women’s champion will fight in front of hometown fans for the first time since 2006. Kaufman was undefeated going into her October 2010 fight with Marloes Coenen where she not only lost her first fight but also her Strikeforce title. Now Kaufman looks to get right back on the horse against the veteran Yabushita. Yabushita has fought a who’s who in women’s MMA like Baszler, Akano, Marquez, Modafferi, Larosa, Toughill and Coenen granted her record against those top fighter is sub .500.  Yabushita should prove to be a worthy challenge to Kaufman but expect to see Sarah’s hand raised at the end in fact put some money on it. Make sure you catch it on the AFC Internet PPV.

3. Jordan Mein (20-7) vs. Josh Burkman (21-8)
MMA: The Reckoning – Orillia – April 2
The main event of the first legalized MMA event in Ontario is some great bit of match making. Mein is riding high after consecutive wins over Degenhardt, Allen and Riggs and looks to continue his rise up the Canadian Welterweight rankings against Burkman.  Mein is continually working on his counter wrestling and will need all he’s learned to fend off the former all state wrestler Burkman. Burkman, best known for his stint on TUF and in the UFC, has gone 3-0 since being released from the sports #1 MMA organization. If Mein is able to fend off Burkman’s takedown and take the W, expect him to be in the UFC sooner than later.

2. Martin Désilets (11-2) vs. Roger Hollett (11-3)
Ringside 10 – Montreal – April 9
Two of Canada’s top LHWs finally go to war as #3 ranked Désilets takes on #7 ranked Hollett. Désilets is riding back to back wins over #6 ranked Victor Valimaki while Hollett is 3-0 in his last three fights. Both fighters have no secrets when it comes to their key to victory. Désilets has 8 wins via KO or TKO on the other side Hollett has won 8 of his 11 via submission. The Hulk will look to set up take downs with his fists or pressure Désilets against the fence and look for a way to bring the tussle to the mat. Désilets, on the other hand, will look to use his size and jack hammer fists to turn out Hollett’s lights. When these two top 10 fighters finally enter the cage, expect one man to go down hard. The winner will punch his ticket to a title shot against Ringside champ Steve Bosse on June 4 in Quebec City.

1. Patrick Cote (13-7) vs. Kalib Starnes (12-5-1)
Ringside 10 – Montreal – April 9
Two of Canada’s most accomplished Middleweights will finally meet in what should be considered a hardcore fans dream match as #4 ranked Cote faces #7 ranked Starnes. Cote has fallen on hard times as of late going 0-3 in his last 3 fights and receiving his UFC walking papers. Starnes has gone 4-2 in his last 6 fights with his losses coming against top tier competition in the form of Hector Lombard and Falaniko Vitale. Each man will stick to their style in this fight. Cote will go out headhunting while Starnes will look to submit the former UFC title contender. Cote has been vocal telling all who will listen that Starnes has no chance in taking him down but, make no mistake, Starnes is top competition with 9 of his 12 wins coming via submission. The winner of this all star showdown will easily take a huge leap up the Top MMA News Middleweight rankings, potentially even taking top spot.

13 Responses to “ Top 10 Maple Leaf Match Ups in April: Part 1 ”

  1. MMA loser says:

    Seriously!!?? You have NO UFC match ups for April and THE BIGGEST UFC EVENT EVER for Canadian Fighters is in this month. Who the fuck wrote this? lmao

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  2. Sean Quinn says:


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  3. Adam Lorenz says:

    ^Read the first paragraph before you wig out next time.

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  4. Sean Quinn says:


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  5. Bobby Karimi-Busheri says:


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  6. LBoutin says:

    Demarce’s MFC debut was a submission win over Steele, Whitson was his second MFC fight.

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  7. Nice catch LBoutin… missed that when I read it over as well!

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  8. rick says:

    Don’t underestimate Demarce. If Curtis goes in confident he has a real shot in this one.

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  9. Robin Black says:

    Yeah I agree with that. He has looked great in his last few.

    And he has looked good standing, with great combos and great gas.

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  10. MMA Loser,

    As discussed in first paragraph, Don is doing a top 10 excluding UFC for part 1 and then part 2 is ranking the UFC 129 Canadian fights.

    There is a lot of great talent not fighting in the UFC this month, so we felt this was the best way to recognize both.

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  11. Updated piece to call the Whitson fight Demarce’s sophomore outing. Thanks Luke.

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  12. booboo says:

    were s Gagnon vs Groulx , fight matrix #5 and # 6 canadian featherweights . ringside title fight , wow no love for this 1 ?

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  13. Jamie Locke says:

    I’m also pumped for Perron vs Buckland at AFC! Going to be one hell of a card tomorrow night!

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