Top Maple Leaf Match Ups In October 2013


Top 10 Maple Leaf Matchups THUMBWith no less then seven pro shows taking place across the great fight north, it seems as soon as the heat goes away the big boys come out to play. With the doldrums of summer now behind us, Canada’s MMA scene will be in full effect in the month of pumpkins and costumes. Almost every bout is full of ranking implications and big show expectations with every fighter listed ready to leave nothing in the cage in search of bigger paydays and national recognition. As always the Top Maple Leaf Match Ups are reserved for tilts outside the Zuffa fold as any Canuck fighting in the biggest show on earth will receive their due in breakdowns, write ups and on Top MMA Radio. Now without further ado let’s get right down to the nitty gritty, this month’s Top Maple Leaf Match Ups:

Teddy Ash

Teddy Ash defeats Jason Gorny (photo: Rob Trudeau)

10. Jared McComb @JaredYeti (5-2-1) vs. Teddy Ash (3-0)
MFC 38: Behind Enemy Lines – Edmonton – October 4
One of Canada’s leading contenders for Rookie of the Year will meet his toughest test to date as he looks to move up another rung on his professional career’s ladder. Teddy Ash, who is under the tutelage of Sandy Bowman, has quickly gained a name for obliterating opponents quickly by finishing all of his three career wins before the second bell. Jared McComb, who trains out of Legends Training Centre, may not have the most sterling of records but he has faced some of Canada’s most durable Middleweights including Jordan Beecroft, Chase Degenhardt and Derek Parker. “The Yeti” is also known as a proven finisher earning victories without the need of judges in four of his five wins. With his name quickly gaining notoriety across the great fight north, Ash will be on the biggest stage of his career while facing his toughest test.  Fans will finally be able to see if Teddy is the real deal or just a flash in the pan.

9. Merrick Duggan @DuggyDugganMMA (6-2) vs. Behrang Yousefi @BehrangYousefi (5-2)
Unified MMA 17 – Edmonton – October 11
An intriguing match up between two up and coming Edmontonian Featherweights/Lightweights will co main event Unified MMA 13. Merrick Duggan, who trains at both Complete MMA and Fitness plus MMA Lab, last fought this past March when he challenged current Unified champion Tim Smith albeit in a losing effort. Prior to his chance at the gold “The Dirty Hamster” was 6-1 and riding a five fight streak that included five first round finishes. Behrang Yousefi, a member of Kamikaze Punishment, also had his chance to wrap gold around his waist dashed when he challenged Josh Machan for the KOTC Canada Featherweight belt and lost via first round arm bar in June 2012. Since then “B-Tang” has gone 1-1 besting Cameron Loutitt then dropping a unanimous decision to young phenom Alex Halkias. Both men will enter this bout in a must win situation as their name value has started to rise across the country and back to back losses is sure way to be sent back to the drawing board.

Kurt Southern (photo: Rob Trudeau)

Kurt Southern (photo: Rob Trudeau)

8. Kurt Southern @KurtSouthern (12-4) vs. Jonatas Novaes @JonatasNovaes (11-4)
MFC 38: Behind Enemy Lines – Edmonton – October 4
Two of the MFC’s top Lightweight competitors will rematch in what was one of the best MFC fights in 2012. Kurt Southern, an Alliance Martial Arts Systems protégé and former top 10 Canadian Lightweight, rebounded from his February 2013 defeat to Novaes by submitting former MFC champion Mukai Maromo in the first round. Jonatas Novaes splits his training between Brasa, Rodrigo Comprido BJJ and Warrior and has only lost once in his past seven bouts including impressive victories over the likes of Sherron Leggett, Drew Fickett and Ryan Thomas. With their first meeting being highly competitive, nothing less can be expected in the rematch. Novaes will look to once again trap Southern in another submission while Southern will look to use his boxing, which fared well in the first match, and hopefully avoid mind lapses that caused his tap out in their first outing.

7. Stéphane Pelletier (6-2) vs Dimitri Waardenburg (8-7)
LAMMQ – Quebec City – October 5
Two of Quebec’s top Bantamweights will look to right their ship in a rematch that could either bolster or disparage their future earning potential.  Stéphane Pelletier, a Juvaldo MMA and Tristar trained fighter, has seen his career take off when he first defeated Waardenburg to capture the Ringside 135 lbs championship strap in June 2011. Since that career defining win, Pelletier has fought only twice going 1-1 submitting Melvin Blumer in his only title defense of his Ringside belt and dropping a slit decision to Syd Barnier this past February when challenging for the ECC Bantamweight title. Dimitri Waardenburg, who trains out of Speedy Gym, was riding a five fight streak prior to meeting Pelletier in their first bout. Since then, “No Stress” has hit hard times going just 1-2 in is last three bouts. Both men experienced a career change after their first bout and no doubt will hope this match up has the same effects for the winner. Will Waardenburg’s experience finally win out or win the young ball of fire repeat history?

Chris Horodecki vs Tim Smith

Chris Horodecki arm triangles Smith (photo: Rob Trudeau)

6. Chris Horodecki @ChrisHorodecki (19-4-1) vs. Jason Dent (22-13)
Provincial Fighting Championships 1 – London – October 26
Two ZUFFA veterans will look to get their career back on track when they meet in the main event of the inaugural Provincial Fighting Championships. Chris Horodecki, a ATC protégé and perennial top 10 Canadian Lightweight, has had a bumpy road since being released from the WEC in 2010 going just 3-1-1-1 but was able to right his ship in his last outing submitting the always tough Tim Smith to capture the XFFC Lightweight title. “The Polish Hammer” had been looking to drop to Featherweight but besides his Bellator 64 bout against Mike Richman, he’s been unable to find bouts at that weight. Now, in front of his home town crowd he looks to reinvent himself. Dent, a member of the aptly named Griffonrawl Thaiboxing and MMA Academy, has also had a rough time since being released from the UFC in 2009 going just 1-3 in his past four bouts but tangling with tough competition in the form of Chris Lozano, Daniel Straus and Rustam Khabilov. Both men are in desperate need of a victory and for the fans that means one hell of an exciting tussle.

5. Josh Machan (10-4) vs. Alex Halkias @AlexHalkias (4-0)
King of the Cage Canada – Edmonton – October 25
KOTC Canada’s Featherweight strap is up grabs as two surging Featherweights go to war. Josh Machan, an Arashi-Do alum, comes into this bout not only riding high on a three fight win streak but also the biggest win of his career – a viciously quick submission of John Fraser. The current KOTC champ’s only loss since  2007 is to current UFC fighter Mitch Clark and is 10-1 in his last 11 outings including 10 finishes while only seeing the second round once. Alex Halkias, who trains all over the GTA including pro sparring at Para Bellum MMA, is a highly touted prospect and BJJ specialist who over two years has amassed a undefeated 4-0 record including a win over former KOTC Canada title challenger Behrang Yousefi. With the experience, momentum and home field advantage all on his side, Machan would be glad to earn another notable win but Halkias has played spoiler before and with nothing to lose will look to do it once again.

Mike Kent vs Alderic Keith

Mike Kent about to throw a right (photo: Martin Blais)

4. Mike Kent @Mike_The_Titan (9-3) vs. David Loiseau @DavidLoiseau (22-10)
ECC 18 – Halifax – October 25
By the time these two meet in the cage on October 25 this match will have been four months in the making but finally we will get to see “The Crow” take on “The Green Dragon” (at least I think it’s a dragon tattoo). David Loiseau, one of the original Tristar crew, was again released from the UFC in 2010 but since then has gone on a 3-0 run with victories over Leopoldo Serao, Chris McNally and Caleb Grummet. One of Canada’s Middleweight legends, “The Crow” seems to have a new passion for the sport and in his last bout against Grummet, he showed glimmers of his old form – the version of Loiseau that once fought for the UFC 185 pound strap. Mike Kent, who now calls Bowman’s MMA home, rose to prominence on the national scene by quickly amassing an 8-0 record but since then injuries and decisiveness on weight class has caused him to hit a roadblock going just 1-3 in his last four bouts against stern competition in the form of Tim Chemelli, Elias Theodorou and Joe Doerksen. Given the fact this match up is not what it once could have been fans will still witness two of the top Middleweights in the country lock horns and go to war.

3. Bibiano Fernandes (14-3) vs. Soo Chul Kim (7-4)
ONE FC 11: Total Domination – October 18
Ever since Fernandes decided to sign with One FC instead of the UFC, fans worldwide had expected him to quickly wrap the promotion’s Bantamweight strap around his waist and he did albeit only the interim one. Now with Kim healthy and raring to go, One FC will finally have a unified 135 pound title. Bibiano Fernandes, a member of many camps including AMC Pankration, has not lost since December 2010 when he was bested by then top contender Hiroyuki Takaya en route to a unanimous decision loss. Since then, “The Flash” has gone undefeated going 6-0 with wins over Antonio Banuelos, Yoshiro Maeda and Gustavo Falciroli. Kim, a member of Team Force, may be entering this match up on the heels of a three fight win streak but he’s also coming in having not fought since TKOing Leandro Issa in October of 2012. Kim may be One FC’s pacific rim hero but Fernandes will come in heavily favored and with a victory could bring an air of legitimacy to not only One FC’s Bantamweight belt but also to the promotion as whole.

2. Jesse Gross @GhostGross (8-3) vs. Michael Karkula (5-0)
Provincial Fighting Championships 1 – London – October 26

Two of the fastest rising Canadian talents will throw down in their home province to see who moves up the rankings and who falls right off. Jesse Gross, a member of ATC, took a 10 month sabbatical from MMA in late 2011 after a tough loss to Daron Cruickshank. When he came back in October 2012, at a lean and mean 145 pounds, he decimated Seiji Sugiman-Marango then proceeded to take a three round unanimous decision over then highly ranked Tristan Johnson. Michael Karkula, one the Tap Star crew, is undefeated in his pro career, submitting all five of his opponents in the first round including the always tough Brad Cardinal in his last outing. These men are tremendously gifted at their chosen craft. While Gross is know for his ground and pound, it’s his pace and resilience that will always wear down his opponents.  On the flip side, Karkula is all about finesse on the mat meticulously and quickly working the best position then submission. When these two meet at centre cage, fireworks should be expected as this match will definitely end with a bang!

Smealinho Rama throws a kick at Mike Hackert at MFC 36

Smealinho Rama throws a kick at Mike Hackert (photo: Rob Trudeau)

1. Smealinho Rama @SmealinhoRama (6-0) vs. Anthony Hamilton @A_Hamiliton_MMA_ (10-2)
MFC 38: Behind Enemy Lines – Edmonton – October 4
Canada’s number 1 ranked Heavyweight will finally get his chance for a gold strap when he meets Anthony Hamilton at MFC 38. Smealinho Rama, a member of Independent MMA, has in just two short years amassed an impressive 6-0 records besting Canada’s top big men in less than five minutes each. With wins over Craig Hudson, Ryan Fortin and Mike Hackert, “The Prince” has shown well rounded skills in his young professional career earning half his wins via TKO/KO and the other half by submission. Hamilton, part of the Greg Jackson camp, is currently riding a four fight win streak including two wins in 2013 – both of which took place since Rama last fought. This match up will be Rama’s stiffest test to date.  With Hamilton’s experience, great camp and momentum, Rama will need to use his speed and now famous aggression to finally perch a belt over the Rama household’s mantle.

30 Responses to “ Top Maple Leaf Match Ups In October 2013 ”

  1. Kyle Stoltz says:

    I’m excited to see the Rama vs. Hamilton fight. Hamilton is a very good fighter, if Rama runs through him it will open a ton of eyes.

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  2. topmmafan says:

    I don’t see how you can say Hamilton is a very good fighter. Great record, but have you seen the records of some of the guys he has beaten? He doesn’t even have a quality win. His last win was against Matt Kovacs who is 8-11 and has beaten him twice. His match before that the guy he fought is 2-7 and 2 fights before that the guy is 0-4. If you are 10-2 like Hamilton is you should be getting tougher fights with fighters who have better records. I think Rama destroys him in the first round just like he has his other 6 fights. If he doesn’t, which he won’t, it would be three step backwards towards what is seemingly becoming a trip to the UFC quite soon…

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  3. topmmafan says:

    *** “If he doesn’t, which HE WILL” my fault..

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  4. @topmmafan, anytime you fight a guy Hamiltons size with a 10-2 record regardless of the opposition hes faced and training out of jacksons camp you know it will not be a walk in the park, and while Ramas main sparring partner is a over the hill, long in the tooth Wardog, I am sure Jackson will have Hamilton training and sparring with some pretty legit heavies. I hope Rama wins but i dont think it will be as easy as most people think.

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  5. PUCK says:

    Ya I’m very interested as well? Hamilton really isn’t a world beater as his record shows but I agree if anyone will have him ready it will be Jackson’s. But if he wins no doubt Rama will be the bigest name for him yet.

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  6. PUCK says:

    Also, I’m surprised to see the Kent vs David on here as Kent is 1-3 in his last 4 while David hasn’t lost (outside of the UFC) since 2008? I think Loiseau stops him in the first round by G and P (cuts). No disrespect Mike as I think it would be a MASSIVE upset if you pulled off the win. Good luck!

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  7. MMA Fan says:

    Calling Hudson over the hill and long in the tooth is a bit much.
    Maybe you should ask Rama what he thinks of Hudson,or maybe ask Fortin after the 4rd beating Hudson put on him and was still fresh,or maybe Nevan Padjic the canadian boxing heavyweight Champion who is also one of Hudsons sparring partners.
    or maybe just get in the ring yourself and find out!

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  8. MMA Fan says:

    RAMA wins anyway he wants!

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  9. topmmafan says:

    Rama is going to destroy him just like he did to Mike Hackert (then Canada’s #1 HW)who beat long time Canada HW #1 Tim Hague not once but twice. Rama is for real and Hamilton hasn’t fought anybody anywhere close to as talented as him and it does not matter who he trains with. I agree he has a punching chance but Rama finishes this one in the first and it might be in brutal fashion…

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  10. Top Dogg says:

    Who would be a better training partner, Craig Hudson for Ramas camp or Travis Browne in Hamiltons camp at Jackson’s?
    How much you wanna bet Hudson paid for his own flight and accommodations as Ramas “training partner”

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  11. Kyle Stoltz says:

    I know people close to Hamilton, he’s a solid fighter. Do I think Rama wins, 100% yes. Do I also think this is his toughest test, yes.

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  12. MMA Cana says:

    Peter Nolan would kill both of them he’s a true hard ass.

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  13. east coast mma says:

    Nolan’s a joke!

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  14. Vlad says:

    100% with you on this one Kyle.

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  15. Shane BTP Mountney says:

    I can tell you 100% that Craig did not pay for his own travel and accomadations…
    and we will leave it at that …Rama wins…and becomes MFC Heavyweight Champ…and Craig remains the FFL Heavyweight Champ…cheers!

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  16. Lets not put the cart before the horse! Allow rama to continue to grow and develop, to suggest hes ready for the ufc after beating hamilton is ludacris, if hes ranked number 34 in the world then let him fight somebody in the top 25 to 30 in the world to see if hes ready. Rama beating the heavies hes faced so far is more a dicredit to the current state of the Canadian heavyweight scene, which is pathetic at best. Lets not forget a local fellow heavyweight who was going to go and accomplish big things until his plans got derailed by a freight train named Todd Duffy.

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  17. Kyle Stoltz says:

    Who said he’s ready for the UFC with a win here? Not trying to be rude but didn’t see anyone saying that.

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  18. east coast mma says:

    Big poppa’s an idiot!

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  19. topmmafan says:

    I didn’t say he was ready for the UFC? Quite soon doesn’t mean right now. It means 2 or 3 or 4 wins down the road…

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  20. @topmmafan, I agree 3 or 4 fights down the road. I would like to see him hone his craft and garner more experience against combatants in top 20 to 25 ranking in the world before hes picked up by the big shows, either bellator or ufc. I would also like him to ramp up his training a bit by makeing a trip south of the border to some of the more elite training camps in the States, just like Jimmo, mitch Clarke and others have done prior to their fights To paraphrase Dutch muay thai champion and legend Rob Kamen, getting to the top is easy,staying there is the hard part.

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  21. Cody Rempel says:

    UFC picks up Heavyweights earlier in their career than any other weight class… I could see Rama being a win or two away!

    Walter Harris just got to the UFC with a 4-1 record after a win over Anthony Hamilton, his other four wins were against an 0-6, 4-7, 3-8! With a win over Hamilton, Rama will have a stronger resume than Harris!

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  22. IF Rama is one or two wins away from the UFC thats great! anybody would be foolish to turn it down, all I am saying is the more experience you can get fighting in the smaller shows and venues with good quality opposition and training the better, especially a prospect with little or no amateur pedigree or without a strong university or collegiate wrestling background. cause once you make it to the big show there usually are no easy fights. Not only do we want to see Rama make it to the UFC, we want to see him stay there!

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  23. PUCK says:

    I think “where” you train is a big part of making it to the UFC. Theres poeple out there that have Joe Silva on speed dail and he knows he can call them when in a pinch, plus he’s friends with them and trusts their imput….Don’t seem like he’s got those kinds of buddies up here in Canada….Except at Tristar maybe? So I think guys not at a big time camp have to work much harder (and have impressive records) to be seen or heard of. Just my thoughts?

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  24. @Puck, I agree, it seems when they do decide to use our good ole Canadian boys its to build up the hot prospect on their roster.

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  25. Robin Black says:

    Puck, you’re right on the trust part. It’s not whether Joe is friends with you, it’s whether or not he trusts you and you have some credibility with him.

    The reason any quality matchmaker deals with people who are proven is because, well, they’re proven.

    Imagine working 70 hours a week day and night matching the big name fights of 400+ guys. Then you have to talk to people who you don’t know who all tell you they’ve got “the next GSP”.

    You don’t have time for that.

    If proven managers never ever bring a guy to your attention until they’re truly ready, and everyone they bring is legit from fight 1, that’s who you would deal with too.

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  26. mmafan2 says:

    Unified is looking for someone to step up and fight Curtis Demarce 155lbs for this weekend!!!

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  27. lol says:

    Unified doesn’t have the talent to match up look at the main event this weekend, perhaps shady vs demarce

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  28. mmafan2 says:

    will add FOTN to this show. Does anyone know any one interested in fighting at 155 this weekend at unified?

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  29. Cody Rempel says:

    Too bad Dwayne Lewis vs. Clay Davidson and Tim Smith vs. Curtis Demarce were just announced for King of the Cage, we coulda had a top 15 this month!

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  30. MMA Cana says:

    Victor vs ???????

    Lets see the V man in action vs a tuff dude!!!

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