Top 10 Maple Leaf Match Ups In September
Canada’s short but sweet summer is finally closing out, which means MMA is back in full force in the land of the strong and free and Top MMA News is back with a full top 10 list. Western Canada is getting the most love as the prairie provinces seemed to cut the beachgoing and beerdrinking short so they could fit in some fights before the leaves start falling.
Now for the usual Zuffa disclaimer, since all fights including northerners in the UFC and Strikeforce will be discussed, broken down and dissected on Top MMA Radio and the normal written breakdowns they are ineligible for the Top Maple Leaf Match Ups but will be listed below for those of you living under rocks.
Now on with the list, because no one really reads the introduction anyway:
Canadians on Zuffa Shows
- Jordan Mein (22-7) vs. Evangelista Santos (18-14) – Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov – September 10
- Amanda Nunes (6-1) vs. Alexis Davis (10-4) – Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov – September 10
- Jason MacDonald (25-14) vs. Alan Belcher (16-6) – UFC Fight Night 25 – September 17
- Roland Delorme vs. TBD – The Ultimate Fighter 14 Premier – September 21
- Nick Ring (12-0) vs. Tim Boetsch (13-4) – UFC 135 – September 24
10. Zach Blaber (5-2) vs. Elmer Waterhen (11-13)
KOTC: Chiller – Yellowknife – September 17
It’s not a bout with ranking implications. Hell… it’s not even at a recognized weight class, but this intriguing match cracks the top 10. Taking place at a catch weight of 215 lbs, one of KOTC Canada’s top Light-Heavyweights takes on their Middleweight champion. Blaber had a phenomenal 2010 going 4-0 in 2010 and is encroaching on Canada’s top 10. Saskatoon’s “Prairie Warrior” Waterhen looks to build on his three fight win streak and cement himself as KOTC Canada’s brightest star. This bout serves as the main event for the first regulated card taking place in NWT. Any northern MMA fans are silly if they haven’t picked up a pair of tickets.
9. Albert Cheng (2-0) vs. Mike Sledzion (2-1)
Freedom Fights – Sudbury – September 10
It’s been a while since last we’ve seen or heard from prospect Cheng, now the eyes of the Canadian scene are back on him when faces fellow prospect Mike Sledzion. Cheng burst onto the scene submitting Wesley Ranger and followed that up with a dominating decision win over the tough Taylor Solomon. The heavy handed Sledzion started of his pro career with two quick wins including a highlight reel Nelmarking of Marc Lefebvre before suffering his first defeat via devastating KO at the hands of Alex Ricci. This is a battle of two of Ontario’s top Lightweight prospects – either Cheng continues his undefeated streak or Sledzion will bounce back from his recent loss and reassert his relevance.
8. Maged Hammo (2-0) vs. Mitch MacPhee (3-0)
Rumble in the Cage 44 – Lethbridge – September 23
Two of Alberta’s top Featherweights are dropping down a weight class and are prepared to do battle. Hammo an absolute grappling animal out of CMAC has had great start in his pro career and quickly dispatching both Nathan Harrison and Jared Silverthorn. MacPhee another budding prospect also earned his first 2 victories quickly, and then topped it off by edging out Jesse Fox in a split decision. Someone’s 0 must go when these two battle for the right to be Alberta’s top up and comer.
7. Derek Boyle (6-4) vs. Alex Popov (3-1)
Rage Fighting Series – Lethbridge – September 9
Manitoba takes on Alberta when stalwarts Boyle and Popov go to war. A mainstay of the prairie scene, Boyle had a big chance to improve his stock when he took on Jason Saggo this past May. Unfortunately for Boyle, his improved stand up and takedown defence were not enough to fend off the submission arsenal of Jason Saggo. Popov, a veteran of the Canadian scene, started his career in 2006 with a submission defeat of Steve Claveau. Now, after a five year absence, Popov has returned with two quick wins in 2011. Either Boyle’s crisp stand up will dominate or Popov’s submissions will win the day. Whoever straps on the Rage Fighting Series Lightweight strap will install themselves as one of the prairie’s top dogs.
6. Keto Allen (6-2) vs. Andrew Buckland (13-8-1)
School Of Hard Knocks 14 – Calgary – September 23
It’s September and school’s back in for two of Alberta’s top Welterweights and one of them will be graduating with more than a gold star. Lots of love for the Albertans this month and none are more deserving than Allen and Buckland. Allen has hovered just outside of Canada’s top 10 with only his lone losses to Jason High and Jordan Mein holding him back. Buckland has tried his hand at both Middleweight and Welterweight taking on all comers including McGillivray, Mein, Alessio and Loiseau but now Andrew has committed to 170 lbs and a chance at a gold belt. This bout has ranking implications written all over it. There is more then gold on the line in this one as the fighter with his hand raised will cement himself as one of the best in the country.
5. Ryan Machan (13-7) vs. Josh Powell (5-1)
Pure FC 8 – Red Deer – September 24
Pure FC will be holding a small quaint card this September which is headlined by a spectacular Middleweight bout. Ontario’s Powell returned to action after a three year absence, narrowly losing a split decision to George Belanger then recapturing his former glory with a quick submission win over Jason Gorny in his hometown Hamilton. Machan a perennial top Welterweight will move up a weight class and look to rebuild his career. Machan a pupil of UFC fighter Jason MacDonald had a rough back to back stint against Nick Hinchclffe before returning to the win column with a submission win over the durable David Hulett. Who will win this potential breakout fight? Only the true hardcore fans who pick up tickets will be the first to know.
4. Chase Maxwell (7-1) vs. Advin Omic (7-3)
Unified MMA 9 – Edmonton – September 30
Two men who have had their chance to break out from the pack squashed now finally look to make their mark. Maxwell, an ECSC MMA Fighter of the Year, had his breakout chance dashed when Travis Briere defeated him in a hard fought unanimous decision that was Fight of the Year calibre. Omic, a highly touted Bosnian national, took on rising stars Andrew Buckland and Joel Powell but was unable to pull the trigger. Advin washed away the bitter taste in his most recent outing dispatching Mike Zvonick in the second round. In this “always the bridesmaid never the bride” tilt someone will finally get to walk down the aisle in white dress.
3. Eric Perez (6-2) vs. Tony Bibby (5-5)
CFC 7 – Winnipeg – September 10
This fight cracks the top three of the top 10 on the excitement factor alone. Perez, a veteran of numerous Fight of the Year candidates, has been on tear as of late riding a five fight win streak which includes Ws over Dimitri Waardenburg and Remi Morvan. Bibby, a .500 fighter whose record does not match his talent, is the perfect opponent to face the aggressive assault of Perez. Let’s be honest. This is a showcase fight for Perez – one in which he’s supposed to win. The catch is Bibby’s heavy hands will get plenty of chances to land. Will Perez delight and dazzle the home town crowd or will Bibby play the part of spoiler? Perez’s almost sadistical offensive pace will definitely dazzle but will also leave an opening for Bibby end the delight.
2. Adam Lorenz (5-1) vs. Alvin Robinson (11-6)
Aggression MMA 8 – Edmonton – September 16
Canada’s number four ranked Featherweight Lorenz is taking a good stab at the top three by locking horns with UFC veteran Alvin Robinson. Lorenz cemented himself as national top dog by dismantling, the then 5-1 Bellator veteran, William Romero with top position dominance. Robinson, a four time UFC veteran at Lightweight, holds wins over Jorge Gurgel and Luke Caudillo. Alvin currently trains out of the GRUDGE training center and is 2-1 in he’s last three outings. Luckily for Lorenz, Robinson seems to have a propensity of losing to northerners – suffering loses to Mark Bocek and Fabio Holanda. In this case, hopefully the third time isn’t a charm. This will be a tough test of styles for Lorenz, as his love of wrestling and fighting in close will be put to the test as Robinson has slick submissions – earning 10 out of his 11 wins by squeezing, twisting or torquing. If or when Lorenz is victorious, does a win over Robinson slide him past Carvalho in the rankings?
1. Nick Penner (10-1) vs. Tim Chemelli (8-1)
Aggression MMA 8 – Edmonton – September 16
After three years of talk, two of the biggest and baddest men out of western Canada will finally step into the cage and throw down. Once the cage door closes, all the talk, all the hate, and all the ballyhoo ends with only one man leaving with the taste of sweet victory. Chemelli, Canada’s 9th ranked Light-Heavyweight has finished all eight of his opponents viciously in the first round – most recently TKOing the up and comer Jon Ganshorn this past March. Penner made his triumphant return to MMA also TKOing the aforementioned Ganshorn this past July. With Canada’s Light-Heavyweight top 10 wide open due to the lack of action in the division, both combatants should be feeling the pressure coming into this bout. Edmonton MMA fans without a ticket to the upcoming Aggressions MMA event should be taken to Rexall Place and pelted with sweaty nuthuggers for missing the potential fireworks when these two behemoths collide.