Top 10 Maple Leaf Match Ups In May


It’s finally summer time in the great fight north and just like the tree budding with life so is the MMA scene in Canada. Events will take place all over this great nation of ours from Moncton to Vancouver and everything in between; it’s a great month to be a hardcore MMA fan. Champions will be crowned, names will be made and dreams may be shattered this month, but if your lucky enough to score a ticket to one of these great events your surely will be entertained.

As always the usual Zuffa disclaimer since all fights taking place under the giant Zuffa umbrella will be discussed, broken down and picked on Top MMA Radio and in their own pieces, this spectacular list is reserved for all fights outside the Zuffa fold. Now sit back and relax and take in the top 10 maple leaf match ups for May.

10. Justin Bourgeois (6-4) vs. Lenny Wheeler (4-2)
Elite 1 MMA –Moncton– May 5
Two great east coast prospects at Featherweight will do the dance in Moncton on May 5 when Bourgeois takes on Wheeler who makes his 145 lbs debut. Bourgeois made a big statement when he TKO’d Lyndon Whitlock to win the Elite 1 Featherweight tournament.  Seven months later, Brad Duguay ended Bourgeois’ championship reign with a triangle submission that earned Duguay the Elite 1 Featherweight crown. Wheeler was last seen taking on Ricky Goodall where he not only came in on very short notice he also stepped up a weight class to challenge Goodall at Welterweight. Now 12 months later, Wheeler looks to reinvent himself at 145 lbs and notch his first signature win. The winner here will not only leave Casino New Brunswick with the heftier cheque, but will notch their name on the cusps of the National top 10 Featherweight rankings.

Vaughn Anderson with snake blood and other delights

9. Vaughn Anderson (15-1) vs. Hae Joon Yang (7-2)
Glory 2 – Gold Coast, Australia- May 5

Anderson will finally leave the cozy confines of the Asian continent and take a quick plane trip to apply his trade in the gorgeous Gold Coast of Australia. Anderson, a Taiwan BJJ & Muay Thai Academy protégé, finished off his 2011 campaign by defeating three foes in one night to win the Pro Fighting 6 Heavyweight Grand Prix. Yan, a member of Busan Team M.A.D, is currently riding a two fight win streak including a vicious KO of Hideto Tatsumi. This tussle is the exact definition of barn burner as Yang has finished 6 of 7 wins via TKO or KO in the first round while Anderson has finished 14 of 15 wins between the bells, ten of which he finished in the first round. Yang is stern test for Anderson as most of Yang’s win have come against well-travelled veterans in the Asian scene, while Anderson has earned a number of wins over fighters with very few pro MMA fights. With Canada’s top 10 Middleweight rankings slowly losing the glossy lustre it once held, a win over the experienced Yang could help Mr. Anderson climb that ladder.

8. Mitch MacPhee (3-0) vs. Tyler Davis (6-2)
Pure Fighting Championship 9 – Red Deer – May 11
Two of western Canada’s top up and coming Bantamweights will tangle on the canvas in Red Deer. Davis, a product of Arashi-Do Martial Arts, is currently riding a four fight win streak with none of his four wins going the distance – in fact, Davis has finished all six of his wins between the bells. MacPhee, an Independent MMA prodigy, is undefeated in his professional career and is known to finish fights quickly. With Canada’s Bantamweight pool of fighters blossoming, a win by either fighter will not get them into the top 10, but the winner will certainly put himself right outside and have fans take notice in what has become a crowded division. With nine wins between them and only one decision, this has all the markings of a slobber knocker with an exciting finish. Not only will the winner become a known commodity on the western scene but they will also notch their signature win which will do wonders when they negotiate their next contract and, for any fighter, that’s great news.

7. Mukai Maromo (6-2) vs. Adam Lynn (17-8)
MFC 33: Collision Course –Edmonton– May 4
Maromo capped off a successful 3-0 2011 by defeating Sabah Fadai via decision and elevating his name even closer to Canada’s top 10 Lightweights. In Lynn’s last outing, he dispatched Curtis Demarce with a highlight reel elbow KO to continue with his six fight win streak.   Now both men will lay it on the line as they look to have their name discussed as a future MFC Lightweight title challenger. While Maromo has been both caught by submission and outworked en route to a decision loss, Lynn’s last three losses have all come via KO or TKO. That is great news for the Iron Tiger trained Maromo who will look to keep this match standing and decimate Lynn with kicks and punches from the inside. Lynnwill have to use his reach advantage and ground skills to avoid decapitation via Maromo. Just another exciting fight that should have fans on their feet no matter whose hand is raised.

Luke Harris

6. Luke Harris (8-1) vs. Edwin Dewees (37-15)
MFC 33: Collision Course –Edmonton– May 4
Could this be it? Could this finally be the win that propels the ever deserving Harris into Canada’s top 10 Middleweights? Sure, Dewees is a UFC veteran with an 0-3 record in the octagon who’s fought the likes of Rich Franklin, Antonio MacKee, Drew Fickett, Joe Stevenson and even Antonio Rogerio Nouguira, but he’s also 3-7 in his last 10 fights. Dewees, at least in terms of resume, is a big step up in competition for Harris and good for him for taking the criticisms in stride and putting it all on the line against sterner competition. A win here for Harris puts the submission phenom into a tough and stacked Middleweight division where he can face nothing except stiff competition and that’s a great thing. For too long Harris has had a rough time finding fights thus not competing enough or against quality opposition. Now with a win fans will get to see what Harris is truly made of and his bright star can finally shine. A win for Harris is almost 100%, how or when he wins is not important, but the path he takes after the win could finally cement Harris as one of Canada’s best Middleweight fighters, a fact known to many, but, as of yet, proven to none.

5. Matt Veal (9-7) vs. Will Romero (7-3)
Bellator 67 – Casino Rama – May 4
Canada’s 6th ranked Featherweight Romero will look to build upon his recent success and continue his climb back up the national rankings. In Veal, Romero faces his kryptonite – a talented wrestler with great top position control. Romero, has finally shed the pain of his three fight losing skid and has amassed two wins in a row including a highlight reel KO of Stephane Bernadel. Veal, a product of Thunder Bay’s Leading Edge Gym, capitalized on his most recent outing defeating WEC veteran Courtney Buck via decision.  Now these two young bulls will lock horns in the Bellator cage and the combatant that can impose his game plan will come out the victor. Romero will have a clear striking advantage, but Veal is a great wrestler and is the exact type of fighter that has caused “Leon” pain in previous outings. The most interesting stat between the two is that they have a combined 16 wins with only 3 decisions, which means this will be an exciting tilt with a firework finish and that MMA fans is the one and only reason to pick up a pair of tickets.

4. Andrew Buckland (15-8-1) vs. Jamie Toney (15-7)
MFC 33: Collision Course –Edmonton– May 4
Defeating 8th ranked Middleweight Matt Baker and becoming BFL’s Middleweight champion has cemented Buckland as a top 185er in Canada and now with his return to MFC he will look to once again become a title challenger. Toney will look to build on his most recent success – a decision win over Kyle Jackson at MFC 32 this past January. Toney is perfect match up for Buckland, who is currently riding a four fight win streak – the longest since his six fight streak that started off his pro career.  Buckland’s only recent flaw has been consistency and Toney is just tough enough to put up a solid fight but still giving Buckland a chance at success. A mentally focused and consistent Buckland could spell trouble for even the most elite Middleweights in Canada and come May 4th we will see where Buckland’s mindset really is. Between both fighters we have 30 wins with only 4 decisions and that’s the type of stat that should get all MMA fans off their couch and on to the phone to pick up a pair of tickets for this highly entertaining tussle.

3. Nathan Gunn (9-2) vs. Dom O’Grady (13-4)
Bellator 67 – Casino Rama – May 4
After nearly 12 months away from the sport, Gunn debuted at Wreck MMA defeating Lindsey Hawkes via TKO then captured the promotion’s Welterweight title by defeating Nabil Khatib in a thrilling five round affair. Now that Gunn has turned over a new leaf in his career, he looks to turn over a new leaf in a new promotion as well when he takes on the ever tough O’Grady in Bellator. O’Grady, an Integrated Training System trained fighter, is a well-rounded combatant splitting his 13 wins between subs, TKOs and decisions and even holds wins over notable journeymen Jeremiah Riggs, James Warfield and Gabe Rivas. With Gunn, a perennial just outside the top 10 guy, a win over O’Grady will mark a three fight win streak and a shot at finally cracking the Canadian top 10 rankings. While O’Grady has only been stopped once in his four losses, this will be no easy task for Gunn as he’ll have to muster up everything in his arsenal to put away the durable Michigan native. The real winners, as always, will be the fans in attendance as this will not be quick finish but a long gruelling war and that really is what fans want to see.

Ford and Parisyan

2. Ryan Ford (17-4) vs. Luis Santos (50-7)
Bellator 67 – Casino Rama – May 4
Finally it’s time for Ford to make his long-awaited Bellator debut, something that has been put off since his September 2011 loss to David Hulett. Now back in the win column via his first round shellacking of Ricky Goodall, Ford looks to take his new found game which was crafted at Tristar Gym in Montreal to new heights and to do that he must get past 50 plus fight veteran Luis Santos. Santos’ most recent performance was a submission loss to UFC and TUF veteran Ben Saunders but prior to that Santos was riding a 10 fight unbeaten streak. Santos, a professional since 2000, has fought many top international Welterweights including Dan Hornbuckle, Yoshiyuki Yoshida, Alex Serdyukov and Daniel Acacio. With Santos being Brazilian, one would assume he is a BJJ expert with fantastic submission skills, but only 10 of his 50 wins have come via form of submission while 26 of his wins have come via form of TKO or KO. Now that’s great news for Ford, as prior to his days at Tristar, he was known to be susceptible to submissions. With Ford now relying less and less on his wrestling prowess and more on his hands and foot movement, we have ourselves a good setup for a slobber knocker. Both men are known to come out guns blazing and that’s a good thing for the Casino Rama fans as they are extremely vocal and do not tolerate non action-packed fights. Climbing Bellator’s Welterweight division may not be the only ascending Ford does as a win over Santos would drive Ford up the Canadian top 10 Welterweight rankings.

1. Ryan McGillivray (12-5-1) vs. Nathan Coy (10-4)
MFC 33: Collision Course –Edmonton– May 4
Six months after his exit from the UFC, McGillivray returned to the MFC earning a hard fought submission win over Diego Bautista.  On the same MFC, Coy out battled Dhiego Lima en route to a unanimous decision victory setting up this intriguing Welterweight title fight. McGillivray has kept up with returning to New Mexico and training at the world famous Jackson’s MMA, while Coy has always been a hard-working, dedicated member of American Top Team. With two top quality athletes with two top quality teams supporting them, this will be the classic battle of styles. McGillivray, a long rangey striker, is very much a ground fighter with dynamite jits of his back, while Coy is more of a wrestler with decent boxing and unbelievable top control. It will all come down to who can work best on the canvas, either McGillivray will catch the submission or Coy will nullify McGillivray’s submission attacks and control top position with ground and pound en route to a TKO or decision victory. A win here could propel McGillivray into Canada’s Top 10 Welterweights, while a loss could really hinder his future pay checks. Win or lose for McGillivray, the fans will be treated to some great action from two highly entertaining fighters and that’s worth the price of admission


27 Responses to “ Top 10 Maple Leaf Match Ups In May ”

  1. Nathan Swayze says:

    I think mention should go to Hague vs. Hackert at Prestige FC May 18. After Tim’s 2 minute KO in his last fight I can understand why most pundits think Mike’s inexperience will be his downfall but just glancing at records I think 4-1 stands up against some of the comparable ones on here.As I’ve said time will tell but in my opinion this fight has potential to impact the nations HW rankings pretty quickly.

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  2. I agree Nathan. The Tim Hague/Mike Hackert fight and the Black Mamba’s return to MMA this weekend may have squeaked into my top 10.

    Don’t ask me which fights I would have dropped though. Too hard of a decision.

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  3. As well, Matt MacGrath vs Nordine Taleb would most likely have rated consideration if it was known earlier.

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  4. Jake - Old School Management says:

    Great preview of the month’s upcoming fights! Can’t wait to see our boys in action.

    Best of luck to all the fighters and of course to our guys:

    Nathan Gunn
    Matt Veal
    David Letourneau who will be stepping in at 155lbs against a very tough Montoya at Prestige!

    Win, lose or draw, I could not be more proud.

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  5. Bring the Pain says:

    I would think josh hill vs john fraser….would be at top of that list…IMO

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  6. steve hill says:

    josh and fraser is suppose to be on the scores june card if all goes well…

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  7. Tyler Davis says:

    Where is Chambers vs Machan??? That greatly overshadows me and mitch’s fight to say the least

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  8. Just Sayin' says:

    Davis a ‘product’ of Arashido-Martial Arts’??? Really?? How long has Davis been training in Red Deer?? It wasn’t too long ago he was all GO RED DRAGONS, and before that MARAUDERS, and before that CCC, and befoe that My Basement watching videos….

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  9. MacPhee says:

    Yo Davis, let’s make this a fight one people will talk about for a long time to come…

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  10. Mike Davis says:

    ya cant say a product of arashi-do but Juat Sayin’ nice to see you pay attention lol What can you say move a lot Hinton to Edson to Red Deer. He stopped in by Edmonton for work before Red Deer. I am impressed you listed all those (hand clap)

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  11. Donald Duck says:

    Are both Davis’ training with Gary now?

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  12. Mike Davis says:

    yes we are both in Red Deer at Gary’s, I have been here a year now but Tyler joined at start of the year after relocating his job.

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  13. Tyler Davis says:

    Lol I’m honored by your attention to details just sayin’ . Yes I have traveled in my day and apparently I should apologize for having to train at different gyms along my way. All those gyms have been a great asset to my journey in martial arts. Marauders was the place I really developed into a fighter. I then moved and lived with the funnest bunch of guys RED DRAGONS!!!! We train and fought good times. Now I’m with all these top tier guys at Arashi do and just trying to improve to their level. Loving the trainings ,great coach’s.

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  14. Tyler Davis says:

    Mitch, thank you!!! Now lets have some fun!!! I’m honored to fight you should be good times.

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  15. Sean Quinn says:

    Y’all forgot about Dre…I mean Quinn!

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  16. MacPhee says:

    Thanks Tyler. Its a great honour to compete with a fighter as talented as you. Your a well established well rounded fighter who deserves nothing but respect. The crowd will enjoy this as will as much as we will.

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  17. Wuzjustsayin says:

    I bet all this sweet talk is driving Quinn “CRAZY” !!

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  18. Just Sayin' says:

    It isn’t too hard to pay attention to details when you mention your clubs on here or when I’ve seen pics of you with different corners and banners or when I’ve heard you publicly speak about certain clubs and coaches…

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  19. Just Sayin' says:

    I also didn’t say you had to apologize Tyler. I’m just sick of people going on and on about Red Deer and how it is some miracle camp. As far as your other clubs, I’m not really too familiar with them. I know a few fighters have been coming out of Edson over the years. I really only know the ones in the St. Albert/Edmonton area. How many clubs are in the Hinton/Edson area? I didn’t think those places were too big.

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  20. Mike Davis says:

    I was saying your a smart guy catching on those, traveling and training at all these different places has help so much. In Edson there is two clubs all good guys just so small, tons of great wrestlers there cause the high school has a amazing team.

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  21. Idolmaker says:

    Who said just sayin is a guy?

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  22. Just Sayin' says:

    Who said I’m not? Just sayin’…

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  24. Tyler Davis says:

    There are those who belive just sayin’ does not harness a physical form, but rather a being of pure energy!!!

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  25. Just Sayin' says:

    Ooooo, like a god/goddess??? I like it…

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  26. OU812 says:

    I think forward to this column every month.

    Can you post a bit farhter away from 1st weekend of fights like? Like don’t post June matchups the day before the first fights in June.

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  27. Big Win says:

    @OU812 I would love to have the list out very early, but sadly I have to wait till the bitter end to post as most promotions can’t seem to finalize their line ups 30 days in advance. Usually I’m still adding fights and changing the list right up until the 30th or 31st.

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