Top MMA News Breaks Down Aggression MMA
Aggression MMA will be holding their seventh event on June 10th at the Shaw Conference Center. The event is headlined by a battle of Canadian Welterweights – Ryan Ford vs Nick Hinchliffe. There are still tickets available for the card by calling 780-426-SOLD
Here is the breakdown:
Ryan Ford (15-3) vs. Nick Hinchliffe (18-7)
What can you say about Ryan Ford that hasn’t been said already? Ford is one of the most exciting fighters in Canada and a top prospect in the Welterweight division. Ford has often been criticized by some for not winning the “big fights” but that all changed that just a few weeks ago with an impressive comeback victory over one time UFC title contender Karo Parisyan. With Ford down two rounds to none, he unleashed a vicious knee that busted Parisyan open and forced the doctor to call a halt to the fight. Hinchliffe is a very well rounded fighter but has struggled to put together a long streak of victories. An initial nine fight win streak to open his career which was capped off with an upset of Travis Galbraith that saw him capture the KOTC Light-Heavyweight title in 2007 however he has been unable to put more than two wins together since then. Look for Ford to push the pace and Hinchliffe to push right back, as both are aggressive and well rounded fighters. Ford has a much better record against top competition and should be able to stop Hinchliffe with punches late in the second round.
Prediction: Ford by TKO in Round 2
Shane Campbell (2-1) vs. TBA
The first three bouts for highly touted Muay Thai specialist Shane Campbell may not have gone exactly to plan starting with a TKO victory over an opponent that appeared to have no interest in being in the ring with him. Next up Campbell went 1-1 in a pair of bouts decided by decision, one a hard fought somewhat controversial decision win over Tony Hervey and a decision loss in which Dave Mazany executed a perfect gameplan with numerous take downs and top control. Campbell was supposed to face Myles Merola but Merola broke his hand in training. Stay tuned for a possible new opponent.
Luke Harris (6-1) vs. John Troyer (12-6)
Luke Harris is one of the best grapplers in Canadian MMA, holding a black belt in judo and a brown belt in BJJ and all six of his wins coming by way of submission. Finding someone to fight Harris has been a tough task for matchmakers due to his elite skill level however Bellator veteran John Troyer has stepped up to the plate for this Middleweight contest. Troyer, a well rounded fighter with 5 TKO’s and 6 submissions to his name, is coming off two straight wins including handing an undefeated Joshua Clark his first defeat back at Bellator 30. It would be in his best interest to keep this fight standing. Although not much is known of Harris’ stand up skills, he is absolutely surgical on the ground and once he gets you to the mat, the result is almost a foregone conclusion… and that’s exactly what’s going to happen in this bout with Harris taking an early first round submission victory.
Prediction: Harris by Sub Round 1
Jason Gorny (4-4) vs. Elmer Waterhen (9-13)
Jason Gorny and Elmer Waterhen will square off in bout with surefire fight of the night potential. Gorny will have his hands full with journeyman Waterhen, who, despite his 9-13 record, is no easy fight for anyone. Having fought the likes of UFC veterans Rory MacDonald, TJ Grant and Jesse Bongfeldt, Waterhen has been in there with some of the best Canada has to offer. Gorny always puts on and exciting fight as evidenced by his fight of the night performances against Simon Marini and most recently, Trent Thorne with the latter ending a three fight losing streak for The God of War. Look for Gorny to have the edge in the striking department and keep the bout on the feet where Waterhen will be more than willing to stand and bang with his opponent. Gorny should also have the advantage on the ground should the fight make it there as submission defence appears to be the achilles heel of Waterhen with more than 75% of his losses coming by way of submission. Gorny should be able to take this fight wherever it goes be it with a standing KO or a late submission on the mat.
Prediction: Jason Gorny for the Win