Top 5 Maple Leaf Match Ups In August 2013

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Top 10 Maple Leaf Matchups THUMBIt took longer then expected but the dog days of the Canadian MMA summer have finally hit as only three pro cards will take place in the great fight north this month. All is not lost though as these five creme de la creme match ups will help sort out some of the more bottle necked rankings in Canada as all the match ups this month feature either Middleweights (or former MW) and Welterweights.

As always this list is reserved for the amazing Canadian tilts that take place outside the UFC, as those tussles will always receive their due through Wael Saghir’s great fight night breakdowns. Not without further ado lets get right down too what you all came to read, this month’s Top Maple Leaf Match Ups.

5. Strahinja Gavrilovic (4-0) vs Jordan Beecroft @BlitzBeecroft (5-1)
Challenge MMA 2 – Montreal – August 17
It took phone calls as far west as Kamloops, British Columbia to find a suitable opponent for the undefeated Strahinja Gavrilovic.  Only thing is, ‘suitable’ may be the understatement of the year! Gavrilovic, a member of Team Bergeron, has shown heart and chin of granite in his four pro MMA outings, including a Canadian FOTY candidate against Derek Parker where he came back from a tremendous beating to KO the former hockey enforcer in the third round. Jordan Beecroft, who currently trains with Diamond MMA, currently sits just outside of the Canadian top ten Middleweight rankings.  Despite suffering his first career loss this past October to Brad Stewart, Beecroft has defeated some of the toughest 185 pounders from out west including Jared McComb, Cory Tosoff and Mike Jorgensen. This is an exciting match up for both men as they both enter the second phase of their respective MMA careers – either knock off the toughest challenge they faced to date or fade back into Canadian MMA obscurity. No matter the outcome, this tussle is an easy contender for fight of the month on account of both men’s penchant for fistic fireworks.

4. Alex Garcia @AlexGarciaMMA (9-1) vs. Chris Heatherly @Get_Stumpd185 (5-0)
Challenge MMA 2 – Montreal – August 17
A match up on paper that appears to be just another win for “The Dominican Nightmare” could be the match up with most pressure for the top Welterweight prospect in Canada. Garcia, a protégé of TriStar, returned from a serious injury in 2012 to quickly dismantle Stephane Lamarche then after a 7 months hiatus he challenged the undefeated Ryan Dickson and used his superior wrestling to earn the title of Canada’s top prospect. Currently ridding a 3 fight win streak Garcia is just a win a or two away from a shot at the big show. Heatherly, who splits his training between Southside Fight Club and Berger’s MMA, is an undefeated prospect on paper but a quick look into his opponent’s records show that only one has a record of .500 while the rest are well below that. However, a quick

Alex Garcia at Challenge MMA 1

Alex Garcia (photo: Mike Fischl)

look will not give you the whole story on the leader of Team Stumpd. Heatherly has fought as high as 250 pounds and had an impressive amateur career with a record that could be as high as 22-1 as well as being a four-time conference wrestling champion and a national Greco-roman champion. With just a little research, you can see Heatherly may stack up well against Garcia who also implores a fairly wrestling heavy style. With Heatherly’s name value barely holding a candle to Garcia’s, this is a dangerous fight for “The Dominican Nightmare” as the risk versus reward does not necessarily work out in his favor. Garcia will need a strategic game plan and stick to it like glue to avoid a massive career upset.

3. Matt Baker @RiotMakerMMA (8-4) vs. Chase Degenhardt @ChaseDeggy (8-3)
Fivestar Fight League 8 – Penticton – August 9
Two just outside the top ten Canadian Middleweights will lock horns to see who can potentially move into the top ten and who will drop out of the minds of Canadian MMA fans. Matt Baker, a member of Team Nogueira Rio, looks to return to champion contender status after dropping the inaugural FFL title to Brad Stewart this past May. Coming off a successful 2011 where he went 3-0, “The Riotmaker” has struggled since going just 1-2 in his last three outings including a loss to Andrew Buckland and the aforementioned Stewart. Chase Degenhardt, who trains out of Hayabusa Training Centre, is the exact opposite of Baker. “Deggy” fell on hard times between the latter half of 2010 all the way to the start of 2012 where he went a dismal 0-3 dropping bouts to tough competition like Jordan Mein, Craig Brown and Jared McComb. Yet as Baker has struggled as of late, Degenhardt has strung together two wins in a row in his last two bouts and is looking to put together an impressive win streak with a win at FFL 8. Even with the ying and yang of both men’s careers this bout carries a lot of weight on it for both coming in as a win here will show that they still can hang with the nations best while a loss will drop them off the national radar, with both men in their prime of their career and looking to advance themselves, fans should expect fireworks from these two come show time.


2. Olivier Aubin-Mercier @MMAOAM (3-0) vs. Jason Meisel (4-1)
Challenge MMA 2 – Montreal – August 17
For any Canadian MMA fan worth his salt, this is easily one of the best prospect match ups of the year.  It’s a Quebec versus Ontario a story as old as MMA in Canada except this time the Ontario native is not just some can to be destroyed for the crowd’s amusement in La Belle Province. Olivier Aubin-Mercier, who splits training between H2O MMA and TriStar, is a former provincial and national Judo champion along with being national BJJ champ as well. Aubin-Mercier quickly took to MMA submitting his first three opponents in under two minutes all by way of the rear naked choke. Jason Meisel, a member of House of Champions, hasn’t finished all his opponents but what he lacks in finishing speed he makes up with unbridled entertainment.  Meisel’s had some of the best fights in the brief history of the Score Fighting Series. With only a lone submission loss to Kyle Prepolec to blemish his record, Meisel has fought some durable talent including Adam Assenza, Mike Sledzion and Eric Attard. It’s province vs. province, it’s striker vs. grappler but the only two questions that matter are can Olivier’s chin stand up to Meisel’s fist? or Can Meisel’s joints stand up to Aubin-Mercier’s torque? Either way it’s going to be one helluva fight.

Clay Davidson

Clay Davidson at XFFC 2 (photo: Rob Trudeau)

1. Kalib Starnes (14-8-1) vs. Clay Davidson (8-4)
Fivestar Fight League 8 – Penticton – August 9
Both men are entering this contest having fought less then a month ago, so the fact that two of the best Canadian Middleweights are fighting at 205 lbs should not be held against them. Kalib Starnes, a Surrey native who appeared on TUF 3, enters this tilt on an impressive two fight win streak including a blistering TKO of David Perron and an absolute five round beat down of former UFC Heavyweight Tim Hague. Version 2.0 of Starnes has righted his ship from a three fight skid in latter 2011 and 2012 and has shown a rejuvenation for his love of the sport and new found passion for his boxing game. Clay Davidson, a former Top 10 Light-Heavyweight in 2010, just recently returned to the win column with an impressive guillotine finish of Cody Krahn less then 15 days ago. Currently 3-1 in his last 4, Davidson has earned all eight victories by way of submission – six of which came by way of wind pipe restriction. With the Fivestar Light-Heavyweight title currently wrapped around the waist of Peter Nolan, a win here by either man would set up a very interesting championship show down on a future FSFL card.

2 Responses to “ Top 5 Maple Leaf Match Ups In August 2013 ”

  1. mmafan23 says:

    Some real good fights, kaleb and clay should be a good one. Anyone know when Demarce is back in action and who he is signed under?

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  2. Brad Wall says:

    Sorry but Chase vs Matt should be taken off as Chase has been out with injury for a while, sorry was looking forward to the match up!

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