Top 10 Maple Leaf Match Ups In January


Happy New Years Top MMA News readers! Hope everyone’s celebration was safe and happy. The top 10 Maple Leaf Match Ups returns in full force for 2012 chock full of the 10 best match ups featuring Canadians for the month of January. Not only are northern MMA fans treated to a bevy of great tussles taking place on home soil, many ranked northerners will make their UFC debut this month. Sit back, relax and take in this months breakdown of the greatest tilts of the month. As always since all fights inside the Zuffa conglomerate will be broken down in their own pieces and on Top MMA Radio, this list is reserved for fights outside the Zuffa fold.

10. Ryan Chiappe (8-7) vs. Jamie Toney (14-7)
MFC 32 – Edmonton – January 27

Both men may have had disappointing performances in their MFC debut, but now one man will finally notch a W under the MFC banner. Chiappe, a former KOTC Canada Middleweight champion, made his MFC debut this past October suffering a submission loss to Cody Krahn. Toney made his promotional debut in June and was quickly dispatched by Dhiego Lima via KO. Chiappe, a member of the former Revolution Fight Team, has been a regular on the national scene since making his professional debut in 2006, fighting in KOTC, EFC and BFL. Toney, a product of Bas Rutten’s Elite MMA, has been a mainstay on the west coast fight scene in USA even holding a win over TUF 13 winner Tony Ferguson. Chiappe has hovered outside the nation’s top 10 Middleweights for awhile due to his inconsistent performances, however a win over Toney would be a step in the right direction for Ruthless’  career.

9. Anna Barone (2-2) vs. Katlin Young (5-5)
Downtown Showdown 2 – Minneapolis – January 6
Fresh off her blistering fast KO of Charmaine Tweet, Barone returns south of the border to continue her new found onslaught of the woman’s 145 lbs division. Following a disappointing decision loss to Tannaya Hantleman, Barone returned to the cage after a year long absence and showed off some new found boxing skills in her quick victory over the aforementioned Tweet. Young, a product of the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy, started her career going 4-0 before suffering a five loss skid to some of the finest in the sport including Gina Carano and Julie Kedzie. This is an interesting match up as both are .500 fighters looking to increase their stock. Given that all of Young’s five wins have come by way of TKO & KO and given Barone’s penchant for striking, this tilt should take place mostly on the feet especially since Barone will be looking to add another highlight reel finish to her resume.

8. Jesse Gross (6-3) vs. Jeremy Henry (5-3)
Extreme Cage Combat 13 – Halifax – January 27
This bout can answer a lot of questions regarding both men’s careers. Can Gross return to his former self after suffering three defeats in a row? Can Henry dispatch a former contender and finally notch his signature win? Following a 6-0 start to his professional career, Gross hit rough patch losing his three most recent bouts to Brad Cardinal, Alexandre Bezzara and Daron Cruickshank. Henry, on the other hand, has been successful in his most recent outings going 3-0 and finishing all opponents between the bells. This is a great bit of matchmaking as both men are facing a crossroads in their young careers – either Gross can overcome his recent performances or Henry finally notches the win that makes the nation take notice. When these to two young lions step in the cage, only the lucky few who picked up tickets will be the first to know.

7. Curtis Demarce (12-10) vs. James Haddad (4-1)
MFC 32 – Edmonton – January 27
The wily veteran versus the fresh faced prospect. It’s the type of match up needed to keep the national pool from going stale. Demarce recently righted his ship, with a win over the tough Peter Neufeld, after suffering a 1-3 skid in his most recent MFC tenure. Haddad, a member of Gracie Barra Calgary, made a successful MFC debut by defeating Garrett Nybakken in October. Haddad’s only career loss came at the hands of burgeoning prospect Stephen Beaumont. Haddad’s mental mustard will be tested in his battle with Demarce.  Given Haddad’s lack of power punching finishes, a long drawn out war will be on menu for these two combatants come January 27. Demarce is a hot and cold fighter who with the right training camp and mental game could topple any Lightweight put in front of him, but he needs to remedy the inconsistency that has plagued his career. Will Demarce return to the national top 10 or will Haddad emerge as the prospect to watch in 2012?

6. Mukai Maromo (6-2) vs. Adam Lynn (17-8)
MFC 32 – Edmonton – January 27
Two of MFC’s breakout stars of 2011 will look to climb another rung of the ladder towards a title shot when “The Afrikan Assassin” meets Adam Lynn. Maromo an Iron Tiger Muay Thai product burst onto the MFC scene by defeating the then undefeated Scott Cleve. He followed that performance up by decisioning the highly touted Sabah Fadai this past October. Lynn, a Strikeforce and IFL veteran, made his MFC debut memorable by brutally dispatching Curtis Demarce with an elbow KO at MFC 31. Lynn may have twice as many fights as Maromo but both competitors are still seeking their signature win and neither will lie down come January 27th. Fighting on the same card as Antonio McKee versus Brian Cobb, title contender status could be at stake when these two throw down. Considering Lynn’s last performance and Maromo’s technical striking ability, this match could be a stand up barn burner. It’s power versus technique when these two step in the cage. Maromo will need to pick apart Lynn from the outside or risk being another highlight reel finish alongside Curtis Demarce.

5. Ryan Machan (14-8) vs. Keto Allen (6-4)
School of Hard Knocks 19 – Calgary – January 20
After a 1-1 run at Middleweight in 2011, Machan returns to Welterweight to battle it out with Canuckles’ Keto Allen. Machan went 2-2 in 2011 and capped off his year with a disappointing submission loss to John Salter, maybe trying out for TUF 15 a week out from his fight wasn’t the best idea. Allen also had a rough 2011 going 1-3. He is also riding a two fight losing streak with back to back losses to Advin Omic and Andrew Buckland. With both men coming off losses, a win is must to catapult their 2012 campaign, thus expect fireworks as neither will want to start off the year in the loss column. Stylistically this is an odd fight to call, Allen will look for the takedown early and often while Machan, a slow starter, seems to always take a beating before pulling off the submission finish. If Allen can control top position and avoid Machan submissions, he’ll take home the decision win.  If not, expect Machan to add another arm to his mantle at Pure Fitness MMA.

4. Tim Hague (13-5) vs. Maurice Smith (12-13)
Kumite Combate – Brazil – January 20
Following his recent successful outing as a professional boxer, Hague finally returns to the sport nearest and dearest to his heart when he takes on former UFC Heavyweight champion Maurice Smith. Even with going 1-4 in the UFC, Hague is considered Canada’s top Heavyweight. Smith who just recently turned 50 years of age is also a Muay Thai and Kickboxing champion, who defeated Mark Coleman to win his UFC gold and made a successful defence against Tank Abbot. Many fans and pundits alike see this match up as a farce and nothing more then a cash grab by a fledgling promotions. But there is a lot more than meets the eye in this tilt. Smith may be a 50 year old gentlemen, but as Joe Rogan always says “power is the last go” and as Hague has proven time and time again, his chin is more than suspect. This should be a fight where Hague makes his triumphant return to his winning ways over a named opponent but, with one punch, Smith could prove he can notch in every decade.

3. Richard Arsenault (6-1) vs. Ricky Goodall (8-4)
Elite 1 MMA: Heavy Hitters – Moncton – January 28
Elite 1 MMA’s Welterweight title is up for grabs as two of the east coast’s finest 170 pounders go to war. Goodall, fresh off his victory over Derek Gauthier and TUF 15 tryout, looks to remerge as a national contender at 170 lbs, after a successful albeit brief venture as a somewhat Lightweight. Arsenault, a submission specialist fighting out of Island Impact, has not lost in three years and looks to defend the title once again. With a large disparity between competition, Goodall will walk into this tussle as the large favourite, but given Arsenault’s penchant for twisting limbs against the grain, the reigning champ can never be counted out.

2. Ryan McGillivray (11-5-1) vs. Diego Bautista (7-0)
MFC 32 – Edmonton – January 27
2011 was a rough year for “The Kid”. First off injuries hampered his performance on TUF 13, then a disappointing loss to Shamar Bailey, and after all that an errant punch in training caused McGillivray to go under the knife and fix up his schnoz. Prior to his stint on TUF, McGillivray went 2-0-1 in 2010 defeating both Andrew Buckland and Markhaile Wedderburn. Bautista, an undefeated prospect coming out of Anaheim, has finished 5 of his 7 opponents between the bells and looks to start off his 2012 campaign by defeating a UFC veteran. Given Bautista’s record, this match looks to be a daunting task for the Edmontonian, but one needs to only investigate Bautista’s record to realize McGillivray is the clear favourite. Bautista may be 7-0 but has only defeated one fighter above .500 and that fighter (Preston Scharf) was under .500 when they tangled. This is the perfect showcase fight for McGillivray who fights in front of his hometown crowd for the first time since September 2010. Not only is McGillivray returning to his hometown, “The Kid” is going above and beyond by giving a lucky fan a chance to be in his corner and all they have to do is donate to the worthy cause that is The Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation.

1. Dwayne Lewis (12-7) vs. Wilson Gouveia (12-8)
MFC 32 – Edmonton – January 27
D-Bomb finally returns after an 11 month layoff due to back issues. Now 100% recuperated, he is ready to continue his onslaught on MFC’s Light-Heavyweight division. After such an extended layoff, it’s easy for fans to forget that Lewis, Canada’s 6th ranked Light-Heavyweight, has gone 7-2 in the last three years defeating the likes of Marvin Eastman, Razak Al-Hassan and Mike Nickles. Gouveia, in the same boat as Lewis, has notfought since March of last year after suffering a loss to MFC Champ Ryan Jimmo. After a 6-4 run in the UFC, Gouveia was released by Zuffa when he suffered back to back losses to Nate Marquardt and Alan Belcher. MFC fans have become accustomed to a decision heavy 205 lbs division, but this scrap will be in stark contrast from the “norm”. Both fighters are considered bangers and this will be a battle of technique versus power, as the ATT trained Gouveia will look to use his crisp and clean striking to avoid Lewis bombs. Downside for Gouveia is Lewis may not be the most technical but he is tough and durable and the same can not be said for Gouveia’s chin. Gouveia will need to use his slight reach advantage and footwork to avoid Lewis’ onslaught, if not he’ll be counting the ceiling lights at the Mayfield Convention Centre.

22 Responses to “ Top 10 Maple Leaf Match Ups In January ”

  1. marv says:

    chiuappe aint fighting the 27th ..

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  2. mike kent says:

    Ricky and richard will be a great fight . Two great fighters that won’t give a inch on take a step back! Rickys on a roll lately and so is richard ! Can’t wait !

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  3. Bdc says:

    Nice write up don! Deff sum good fights ahead!

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  4. Jana says:

    Richard A. doesn’t fight out of Team Bueno (hasn’t for years) – he fights out of Island Impact …and he didn’t win the title by defeating Jason MacKay – he defended it and kept it :-) Go Richard!

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  5. Big Win says:

    UPDATED – As per Jana’s vastly superior knowledge of Maritime MMA.

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  6. Cody Rempel says:

    It’s almost as if they wait for Big Win to post the Top 10 column before they announce that people have pulled out due to injury! haha…

    -Ryan Chiappe out, Kyle Jackson in against Jamie Toney
    -Adam Lynn out, Dominique Robinson in against Mukai Maromo

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  7. Robin Black says:

    Some good fights early in the year.

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  8. What’s amazing is that list of Zuffa fighters and how many first timers we have this month.

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  9. Hawkes says:

    People have a lot to say about pav and Mfc but he made 5 of the top ten matches. Lotsa good fights.

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  10. Robin Black says:

    Ya 4 Canadian UFC first timers all in one month. Unprecedented.

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  11. booboo says:

    Im predicting myself that they all win but Jimmo lol

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  12. Robin Black says:

    Ricky gonna be good and tough at 170.

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  13. I think all four have favorable matchups. I think Carvalho’s is the toughest though.

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  14. Cambo Mac says:

    Gross won’t be fighting due to a 60 day suspension he recieved from the Ontario Commission

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  15. Robin Black says:

    Mitch has a pretty challenging one but I think he’ll win it.

    His pace is very hard to match and keep up with. He’ll wear Bedford down and finish him in the 3rd.

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  16. I agree. I think Jimmo and Denis have the most favorable matchups. All are very winnable though.

    1. Denis
    2. Jimmo
    3. Gagnon
    4. Carvalho

    plug…look for a Denis feature and a Gagnon radio interview in the near future.

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  17. booboo says:


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  18. Rex says:

    Tim Hague is fighting Maurice Smith??? Is this for real or a joke?

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  19. @clinchcraig says:

    Arsenault’s hands have been much improved since he started working with former boxer Joe Borden. Goodall sometimes gets overshadowed by a couple weight issues but he’s a very skilled tough fighter. Should be a good fight.

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  20. 4 fights down. Hague’s fight is pushed back to April.

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  21. Kris says:

    And the world keeps on spinning…

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  22. Robin Black says:

    agreed ^^^^^^

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