Who Will Win this Weekend’s Fights?


This weekend there are many fights at Aggression and Battlefield with ranking’s implications.  How do you think they will go down?  Vote now!

Ryan Ford (16-4) vs. Ricky Goodall (9-4)
Aggression MMA 9 – Edmonton – February 11
Ten days out from the event, Ford’s original opponent Tyson Steele suffered an injury to his LCL and was forced to withdraw from the fight. In steps Ricky Goodall, fresh off his win over Jerome Martinez just one week ago, and currently riding a three fight win streak with wins over Derek Gauthier and Lenny Wheeler. Ford had an excellent start to his 2011 campaign defeating Johnny Davis, Karo Parisyan and Nick Hinchcliffe before faltering against journeyman David Hullet. The loss to Hullet was more than a mere misstep for Ford as because of the loss, Ford’s Bellator debut was pushed back. With the loss to Hullet behind him, Ford decided to change up his training camp and moved to Canada’s mecca of MMA to train at TriStar with world renowned coach Firas Zahabi. This is an intriguing battle between 2 top Canadian Welterweights, both have found a new found respect for training and are both looking to take that next step in their career. Sure this will be a huge step up for Goodall but Ricky has looked good of late. If Goodall can survive the usual early onslaught from Ford, this will be an interesting tilt. Both Goodall and Ford have been working on their hands and with better speed, technique and power, this could prove to be one of the more entertaining fights of the month.

Who will win between Ford and Goodall?

  • Ryan Ford (73%, 83 Votes)
  • Ricky Goodall (27%, 30 Votes)

Total Voters: 113

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Victor Valimaki (16-8) vs. Tim Chemelli (8-1)
Aggression MMA 9 – Edmonton – February 11
Nothing brings a smile to an MMA fans face faster then when two top 10 ranked fighters face off. When 9th ranked Valimaki battles 10th ranked Chemelli, MMA fans coast to coast will be beaming ear to ear. It’ll have been over a year since fans last saw The Matrix compete albeit in a losing effort against Karl Knothe. In fact, Valimaki will be entering the cage on a three fight losing skid, but with a year away from the cage and a new found vigour towards MMA, expect to see The Matrix 2.0 come February 11th. Chemelli, a Team Sparta product, also will be entering the cage on the heels of a loss, albeit the first loss of his career. This is another big step up in competition for Chemelli who is still looking for that signature win, but really he has nothing to lose and lots to gain as he enters the cage as the underdog. Hopefully, for the fan’s sake, Valimaki will have kept his new found penchant for striking which he showed off in his 2 losses to Martin Desilet.  As Chemelli is always game for a throw down, this could be a sleeper for most entertaining fight of the month. Granted, the excitement level of this fight will based on both fighters game plan, if Chemelli chooses not to stand and bang, his wrestling and top control could prove problematic for Valimaki. But as the old saying goes “there is no substitution for experience…” and experience is something the 30 year old UFC veteran Valimaki has in bunches.

Who will win between Chemelli and Valimaki?

  • Tim Chemelli (73%, 103 Votes)
  • Victor Valimaki (27%, 38 Votes)

Total Voters: 141

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Matt Baker (7-2) vs. Andrew Buckland (14-8-1)

Battlefield Fight League 13 – Vernon – February 11
Nothing gets a fighter’s juices flowing or a fan’s mouth salivating more than a title fight, and BFL has put together a doozy of one as 8th ranked Middleweight Matt Baker will lock horns with just outside the top 10 Andrew Buckland. Not only did Matt Baker go 3-0 in 2011 but he also became a full fledged member of Team Nogueira Rio, an honour for any non Brazilian. Besides two Light-Heavyweight losses to Clay Davidson early in his career, Baker has defeated all foes put in front of him and will enter the cage riding a five fight win streak. Buckland, a sometime Welterweight and sometime Middleweight, will look to find his niche at 185 lbs. Long considered a gatekeeper of Canadian MMA, Buckland’s record doesn’t necessarily do him justice. Sure he has lost 8 fights but those losses came to some of the best fighters in sports including Jordan Mein, David Loiseau, John Alessio and Dan Hornbuckle. This is battle between the young buck and the wily veteran (sorry Andrew, even though your only 30, you’re the wily one here).  Either Baker will show all he’s learned in Rio or Buckland will finally find his stride and put together his first four fight win streak since he started his career in 2007. The real winner here will be BFL and its loyal fans as the organization will have a certified top 10 champion and the fans will witness one helluva scrap.

Who will win between Baker and Buckland?

  • Andrew Buckland (56%, 53 Votes)
  • Matt Baker (44%, 42 Votes)

Total Voters: 95

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Graham Spencer (7-1) vs. Shawn Albrecht (7-4)
Battlefield Fight League 13 – Vernon- February 11
Tim Jenson is gone once again and Shawn Albrecht steps up to fill his spot in a rematch of their 2009 fight.  Now, Albrecht is not coming into this without a training camp as he was always scheduled for the BFL undercard. Does he have the talent to win?  Shawn is coming into this Featherweight title fight after a split decision loss at BFL 7, however that was a year ago.  On the other hand, Spencer just keeps winning and winning.

Who will win between Spencer and Albrecht?

  • Graham Spencer (77%, 37 Votes)
  • Shawn Albrecht (23%, 11 Votes)

Total Voters: 48

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Greg Welsh (6-1) vs. Matt Bagshaw (5-3)
Aggression MMA 9 – Edmonton – February 11
Possibly a new entrant into Canada’s top 10 Featherweights, Welsh is finally leaving behind his home territory of EFC and venturing into the harsh unknown of Aggression. Welsh fights out of Iron Circle Defensive Arts and has amassed the type of record that puts a smile on any MMA coaches face, 4 wins by TKO/KO and 2 wins by submission – an absolute all a rounder. Bagshaw, a product of BDB Martial Arts, is making his return to MMA after a nearly three year lay off. Before Welsh gets his chance to fight at SFS in March, he’ll have to dispose of Bagshaw, but that’s not necessarily an easy task.  Considering Bashsahw’s propensity to finish fights nasty and quick, Welsh will have to avoid the early onslaught if he wants to prevail.

Who will win between Bagshaw and Welsh?

  • Greg Welsh (72%, 33 Votes)
  • Matt Bagshaw (28%, 13 Votes)

Total Voters: 46

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11 Responses to “ Who Will Win this Weekend’s Fights? ”

  1. LMA Marcus Hicks says:

    Isnt Buckland an actual 170lber,didnt he fight at 185 in the beginning but i thought was a 170lber.

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  2. As Big Win pointed out to me on this week’s radio show, two fights ago, Buckland beat Perron at 185.

    However, two of his other recent wins have been at 170

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  3. Bobby Karimi says:

    This is a great feature! I hope this happens for every “major” show.

    Good work guys!

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  4. Bobby Karimi says:

    I’m going with my heart on some picks… here’s who I picked:

    Goodall, Chemelli, Buckland, Spencer, Welsh

    Hot debate. What do you think? Thumb up 4 Thumb down 5

  5. mike kent says:

    im exactly with u bobby on your picks ! tough ones to call .buckland/baker in my mind is the closest

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  6. Wow. I am surprised by the lead Chemelli has. I took him to win but suprised it is a 50 pt lead.

    Figured Spencer would have the biggest lead as he won the first fight against Albrecht.

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  7. Bobby Karimi says:

    Good calls Mike, lol!

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  8. kjr says:

    really cool feature. Surprised at the Chemelli vs. Valimaki results… I have Vic, but I think it will be a good bout.

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  9. Jamie Locke says:

    Buckland prefers 170, but as you can see he does fine and dandy at 185. This fight will be pretty interested concidering where baker has been training for the past few months, but I still have Buckland FTW, the guy is an animal!

    I took Ford (I’d like to see Goodall pull out a win though), Chemelli, Buckland, Spencer and Welsh.

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  10. fightfan says:

    Haters make me famous!!

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  11. OK…. Top MMA News readers went 3 for 5.
    Passing mark but barely!

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