Top 10 Maple Leaf Match Ups in June
After a month of complaining about fight cards not being filled out 30 days prior to fight time, comes June a month loaded with cards from east to west chalked full of talent. After weeks of sleepless nights, an impressive list of 22 match ups has been dwindled down to the top 10. Canadian MMA fans will be treated to a MMA buffet this month and most cards will be streamed live on the inter webs or shown live on TV and PPV.
Now for the UFC disclaimer, as all UFC fights featuring Canadians will be broken down in columns and discussed to nausea on Top MMA Radio, this column will be now dedicated to Canadian match ups taking place outside the Zuffa fold. The following awesome matchups are excluded from this monthly column:
- Sam Stout (16-6-1) vs. Yves Edwards (40-16-1) – UFC 131 – June 11
- Krzysztof Soszynski (25-11-1) vs. Igor Pokrajac (23-8) – UFC 131 – June 11
- Jesse Bongfeldt (21-7-1) vs. Chris Weidman (5-0) – UFC 131 – June 11
- Nick Ring (11-0) vs. James Head (7-1) – UFC 131– June 11
- Julia Budd (1-1) vs. Germaine de Randamie (2-1) – Strikeforce Challengers 16 – June 24
- T.J. Grant (16-5) vs. Charlie Brenneman (12-2) – UFC on Versus 4 – June 26
- Ryan McGillivray (11-4-1) vs. Shamar Bailey (11-3) – TUF 13 Finale – June 4
10. Alderic Keith (4-1) Vs Mike Kent (4-0)
Canadian Extreme Cage Rage – Moncton – June 11
Two of the Maritimes best up and coming middleweights meet for the second time. Kent out pointed Keith in their first meeting and eked out a split decision victory. Both men have decent ground games and even more improved stand up so this battle can go either way. If Kent takes the win he proves he’s the top middleweight in the Maritimes, if Keith gets the nod it sets up the rubber match, how can you go wrong? Check out the Elite 1 – High Voltage play by play for all the details of their first tango.
9. Sheldon Westcott (4-1-1) Vs Thomas Denny (27-18-1)
MFC 30 – Edmonton – June 10
Three months after their first match ended in a disappointing draw, these two warriors will tangle again. MFC has done the right thing and put this fight back together so the fighters and fans can finally see who will come out on top. Westcott comes into this tilt with an impressive showing in the first fight and has even beaten some top Canadian talent in the form of Tim Smith and Simon Marini. Denny epitomizes the term veteran and has pretty much fought everyone in the Welterweight division from Pat Miletich, Nick Diaz to George St. Pierre. Considering the outcome from their first meeting, expect this fight to be more exciting then the first. Both men need this win to propel them back into the spotlight so expect fireworks when these two return to the cage.
8. Derek Medler (5-0) vs. Jaret Evans (7-3)
Armageddon FC 6 – Victoria – June 18
Medler, a rising star in Canada’s Welterweight division, will look to continue his surging career when he meets Evans, his toughest test to date. Medler has finished all 5 of his opponents between the bells earning 2 TKO and 3 submission victories. Evans is on a 2 fight win streak with W’s over EFC middleweight Champ Allen Hope and journeymen Brandon MacArthur. This is Medler’s fight to win or lose and if he’s able to notch his bedpost with Evans name, we should see him step up in competition and make a run at some of Canada’s more reputable Welterweights
7. Stephane Pelletier (4-1) vs. Dimitri Waardenburg (7-4)
Ringside 11 – Quebec City – June 4
These men will meet in Quebec City to determine who will become the inaugural Ringside MMA Bantamweight champion. Waardenburg, who started off his career going 2-4, has turned everything around and is now riding a 5 fight win streak which includes victories over Remi Morvan and Chucky Mady. Pelletier, the less experienced of the two, has shown flashes of brilliance in his past two fights but has not yet faced competition the likes of Waardenburg. Considering the cut throat nature of the Bantamweight rankings, a win for either gentleman should guarantee them a spot in the top 10 but either will need to continue their rise to make the top 10 a permanent home.
6. Misha Cirkunov (4-1) vs. Tim Chemelli (8-1)
Slammer in the Hammer – Hamilton – June 17
After a disappointing loss to Roy Boughton at W-1 Judgement Day, where the hulking Cirkunov was out worked and out grappled by the chubby American, Misha has really turned things around. Going 3-0 since his first loss, Cirkunov has defeated the likes of Ricardo Francois and Ion Cherdivara. In his last match with Cherdivara, Misha showed off some new found boxing skills to go with his world class ground game. Chemelli, has spent the last four years collecting win after win in Canada’s prairies. Chemelli has finished 8 of his 9 opponents between the bells, most often devastating his foes with punches and earning the TKO victory. This is a classic striker versus grappler match up, the man that controls the fight with be the man that gets the win. This match up has ranking implications written all over it as a win by either will catapult them into Canada’s top 10 Light-Heavyweights.
5. Steve Bossé (8-1) vs. Emanuel Newton (14-6-1)
Challenge MMA – Montreal – June 17
The inaugural Challenge MMA card will be capped off by another striker verse grappler match up. Canada’s 5th ranked Light-Heavyweight Bossé will finally return to the cage after almost a year away. Bossé is currently riding a 6 fight win streak including victories over UFC veterans Wes Sims and Marvin Eastman. Newton, a former MFC Light-Heavyweight champion, has ruffled some feathers in Canada’s Top 10 rankings in the past, with wins over Roger Hollet and Dwayne Lewis, while number 1 ranked Ryan Jimmo is the only Canadian to take out The Hardcore Kid. Considering each man’s strength is their foe’s weakness, the fighter that controls the location of the fight will be the one that walks out the victor. A win by Bossé would easily propel him to the top of the Canadian Light-Heavyweight rankings.
4. Joe Doerksen (46-15) vs. Luigi Fioravanti (22-9)
Score Fighting Series – Mississauga – June 10
El Dirte finally makes an appearance in the top Canadian match ups. Now on the heels of a 3 fight losing skid isn’t usually something that propels you into this monthly list, but, in this case, the match up is more than interesting. Doerksen, fresh off a TKO thumping at the hands of Hector Lombard, looks to rebound at the stacked Score Fighting Series. Fioravanti, whose recent 5 fight win streak was halted with a decision loss to Andrei Semenov, also looks to rebound at the stacked Mississauga event. This is a great match up between two fighters who each have over 30 fights on their resume and both men are extremely well rounded. Expect to see an action packed tilt as both men need a win to push them back into the big 3. This is Big Win’s dark horse pick for fight of the month, if you live in the GTA and haven’t picked up tickets to the Score Fighting Series, your just silly.
3. Todd Brown (15-3) vs. Patrick Cote (14-7)
Ringside 11 – Quebec City – June 4
After 2 and half years, the sweet taste of victory finally returned to lips of the Predator after notching a decision win over ranked Canadian Middleweight Kalib Starnes. Now Cote looks to build on that win when he takes on two time UFC vet Todd Brown. Brown will make his first foray into the Middleweight division (well sort of anyway as this match up is set to take place at a 190 lbs catch weight). Brown, who was recently let go from the big show after a 2 fight losing skid, will look to rebound and rekindle interest from the big 3. Stylistically, this is an intriguing match up with Brown, a gifted Muay Thai artist who is extremely proficient on the ground with submissions and Cote who is also a Muay Thai aficionado and is an expert in submission defence. This fight is no cake walk for Cote as he will need to exhaust his entire arsenal in the stand up department and defend the strong takedowns from Brown. Given the fact that it was Brown’s camp who requested the catch weight after the bout agreement had already been signed, expect conditioning to play a huge factor in how this match up shakes out.
2. Ryan Ford (15-3) vs. Nick Hinchliffe (18-7)
Aggression MMA 7 – Edmonton – June 10
On the heels of a huge win over Karo Parisyan at last months MMA Live, Ford steps back into the cage a mere 21 days later. Ford is currently on a three fight win streak and looks to continue his dominance but standing in his way is a juggernaut. Hinchliffe, a yo-yo of sorts as he seems to bounce back and fourth between the Middleweight and Welterweight divisions, looks to finally settle in at 170 lbs and build on last month’s win over Ryan Machan. This is an interesting match up as Ford has been climbing up the Canadian Welterweight rankings and normally a fight against an outside the top 10 guy would be ludicrous. Unfortunately for Ford, Hinchliffe isn’t a normality, he is a giant compared to others Ford has faced at Welterweight and Hinchliffe’s sheer size and power advantage makes this fight more than intriguing. Considering Ford’s recent success he has a lot to lose in this fight and Hinchliffe isn’t known to roll over for anyone. Expect a barnburner of a fight and this fight alone is worth the price of admission.
1. Jordan Mein (21-7) vs. Marius Zaromskis (14-5)
Score Fighting Series – Mississauga – June 10
After three tough fights in four months, Mein steps back into the cage against his toughest test to date. Mein started off 2011 with a stellar TKO victory over UFC/Strikeforce/Bellator vet Joe Riggs, he then proceeded to quickly submit Keto Allen and finally had a decision win over the former TUF participant Josh Burkman. Zaromskis has yet to fight in 2011 but capped off a disappointing 2010, in which he went 1-2-1, with a victory over Japanese legend Kazushi Sakuraba. Given the fact that the Dream Welterweight champion has brutally disposed of Jason High and Mein suffered a decision loss to the aforementioned High, it would seem Mein will have a tough night in the cage June 10. Luckily for Mein, neither man is the same since they battled their common foe. Mein s a surging Welterweight having the best run of his career and Zaromski is trying to rebound from the worst stretch in his career. Come June 10, we will see if Mein is the real deal future UFC superstar or will Zaromski return to his 2009 glory and high kick Mein into the second row. As previously mentioned twice, don’t be silly pick up your tickets now.