Top 5 Maple Leaf Match Ups in August
It’s that time of the month again, and it must be vacation time for Canadian promoters as this month there are only two professional events popping off in the great fight north. It was to be three, but C3 Fights Canada pulled the plug on their August date. As these are the lazy days of summer, this is only a Top 5 list.
As always and you should be aware by now, this list does not include Canadians fighting under the Zuffa banner as those fight will be discussed and broken own repeatly prior to their respective bouts. Here’s a list of the Zuffa fights happening during the lazy month of August, then on to the good stuff:
5. Dan McIver (6-2) vs. Marcus Hicks (11-20)
Battlefield Fight League 10 – Vernon – August 20
Good fight for the Vernon crowd! Dan McIver replaces Ryan Chiappe in this Middleweight tilt against Marcus Hicks. McIver has frequently resided just outside the Canadian top 10 for 185ers. Dan needs to get back in the win column as he lost both of his fights in 2010 to give him the first losses of his career. While Hicks is a step down from Hinchliffe and Hackert, Hicks showed improved skills against Yan Pellerin in Ringside. Marcus did not look like a 10-20 fight in his comeback against the TKO veteran.
4. Josh Hill (6-0) vs. Federico Lopez (5-3)
Global Warriors – Hamilton – August 20
Hill, Canada’s number 6 ranked Bantamweight, puts his undefeated record to the test yet again against a very tough but fairly unknown Lopez. Hill, an Iron Tiger Muay Thai product, has dynamic wrestling and fast fists, and has continually stepped up in competition match over match. Lopez, a Team Quest protege, also has great wrestling and is probably best known for being KO’d by Norifumi Yamamoto. With both men having a solid wrestling base, this could turn into an exciting stand up free for all as both fighters defend each others take down attempts. With Hill’s last two bouts going to a decision, he needs an exciting finish to attract offers from the big leagues and that’s something Hill is clearly aware of. With little risk and lots of reward, Lopez has a lot to gain in snapping Hill’s undefeated record. Since both competitors need this win to either continue or restart their rise, fans in the Hamilton area should prepare themselves for a exciting scrap.
3. Adrian Wooley (7-2) vs. David “Bo” Harris (5-2-1)
Global Warriors – Hamilton – August 13
Wooley is Canada’s number 2 ranked Bantamweightand and is looking to rebound from a tough loss to Nick Mamalis at the Score Fighting Series. On the other side of the cage will be Harris a tough wrestler who has unbeaten streak against Canadian competitors. Not only could this fight serve as great comeback fight for Wooley, it could also produce a barn burner of a slugfest for the fans. When two top level colligate wrestlers come together it usually produces fan friendly fisticuffs. If Wooley can seal the deal in Hamilton, he could secure a fight with Bellator in October or November at Casinorama, so this tilt holds a lot of chips for “The Bully”. Harris, on the other hand, has little risk and lots of reward in this scrap, which means the pressure is definitely on the shoulders of the highly touted Wooley. What is for certain is that these two 135 pounders will put on an entertaining bout come August 20.
2. John Alessio (31-14) vs. Wachiim Spiritwolf (9-8-1)
Superior Cage Combat 2 – Las Vegas – August 20
Another Canadian looks to return to the victory trail as Alessio recently had his 7 fight winning streak snapped by Siyar Bahadurzada. Prior to the Bahadurzada beating, Alessio’s win streak included the likes of Chris Clements, Luigi Fioravanti and Sergey Golyaev . Spiritwolf, a veteran of Strikeforce, Bellator and Tachi Palace fights, is a classic banger who is known from producing exciting fights. This is a classic match up of styles as Alessio has a predominant wrestling base while Spiritwolf loves the haymakers.
1. Jason Saggo (5-0) vs. Jesse Ronson (6-2)
Global Warriors – Hamilton – August 13
Coming in at number 1 this month is a battle of two of Canada’s top Lightweight prospects. Saggo has shown a tremendous learning curve over his first five fights and recently submitted Derek Boyle in a hard fought battle. Ronson, an Adrenalin Training Centre protégé, has a had a slightly tougher road through his MMA career, having his lone two losses against Mike Ricci and Lindsey Hawkes. This is another great mix of styles as Saggo is know more for his grappling and Ronson is a beast on his feet. Not only do their styles differ but so do their fight mentalities, as Saggo is a slower starter and very cerebral where as Ronson always comes like lightning and attacks from the get go. Each man needs this high profile fight to catapult their careers and possibly even catapult themselves onto the Lightweight rankings. Lastly, this fight is not one in which should expect a decision given their different styles and mentalities somebody is getting finished.