Top Maple Leaf Match Ups In December 2013

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Top 10 Maple Leaf Matchups THUMBThe year may be coming to a close, but the fights keep getting better and better and for the first time in TMLMU history every single fight will be available for viewing! Only downside is eight of them must be watched in the same night.

A lot was made when WSOF joined forces with AFC and if it would be good or bad for Canadian MMA, as the first card will be upon us soon, it seems WSOF Canada will be able to bring about match ups Canadian hardcores could only dream of by mixing some of the best of the west with some beasts from the east.

As always this list is reserved for tilts outside the Zuffa fold as they will get their due attention in every other corner of the site. Now without further ado, let’s get to best fights in the great fight north this month.

10. Myles Merola (10-7) vs. Dan Ring @DanRing155 (5-1-1)
World Series of Fighting 7 – Vancouver – December 7
With WSOF now coming north of the border, fans can expect to be treated to such tasty fight morsels like this intriguing veteran versus prospect matchup. Myles Merola, once a member of Revolution Fight Team, has fought professionally since 2004 fighting some of the former Canadian greats like Garett Davis and Gary Wright. “The Cowboy”, a Langly, BC native, will look to use his home field advantage to build a win streak as he earned a decision win over Tristan Connelly in his last outing. Dan Ring, a protégé of Dynamic MMA, may be young in the sport but has already amassed a 3-1 record in the MFC including wins over the likes of Garret Nybakken and James Haddad. “Dirty” had his undefeated record tarnished by a TKO loss to Derek Boyle in August of last year and earned his MFC walking papers.  Now under a new brand, Ring will look to reinvent himself as a WSOF prospect.

Dan Ring

Dan Ring defeats James Haddad (photo: Jason Bouwmeester)

9. Micah Brakefield @MicahBrakefield (3-1) vs. Brendan Kornberger @BKornberger185 (3-0)
World Series of Fighting 7 – Vancouver – December 7
Considering the venue, this is the perfect place for two of British Columbia’s best Middlweight prospects to lock horns and see who’s top dog. Micah Brakefield, who trains out of Aegis Athletics, comes out of the tremendous BFL system where he went 6-2 as an amateur and earned their amateur title. Once “Mitey” turned pro his submission game took over earning all three of his professional victories by way of tap out before the nine minute mark. Brendan Kornberger, a member of Dynamic MMA, started his MMA career in 2010 and has gone undefeated, yet has only fought once a year. His wins come over some of the more durable fighters in Canadian MMA such as Allen Hope and Paapa Inkumsah. Now on the biggest stage of their young careers, both of these young upstarts will use this opportunity to open up the road to contender status in WSOF.

8. Shawn Albrecht @ShawnAlbrecht45 (9-5) vs. Gabriel Solorio (9-6)
World Series Of Fighting 7 – Vancouver – December 7
Two Featherweight whose skills far exceed their records will look to use the WSOF preliminary card main event slot as a springboard to further their careers. Shawn Albrecht, a member of West Coast BJJ and MMA, recently snapped a two fight losing skid in style by besting Baz Cunningham and earning the inaugural FSFL 145 pound belt by stopping Travis Matthews in the second round. Gabriel Solorio, who trains out of White Buffalo Warriors, may not have the glossiest record but don’t judge this book by it’s cover as he has gone 4-1 in his last five including a submission win over Kaleo Kwan. One man will finally hit the 10 win mark and considering the eyeballs watching, it will be their biggest win to date.

Nick Newell (photo: WSOF)

Nick Newell (photo: WSOF)

7. Sabah Fadai @SabahFadai (7-2) vs. Nick Newell @NotoriousNewell (10-0)
World Series Of Fighting 7 – Vancouver – December 7
WSOF has been looking to make a star out of Nick Newell since his signing and with them heading north of the border they have lined up another lamb for the slaughter, but will lamb be tougher eating then expected for the “Notorious” one. Sabah Fadai, under the tutelage of Kultar Gill, snapped a four fight win streak with October 2011 loss to Mukai Maromo and since then has only gone 1-1-1 over the last two years including a loss to Justin Larsson this September. Newell, fighting out of ATT, has gone undefeated since turning pro in 2009. “Notorious” may only bring one full arm into the cage but has managed to be quite the finisher stopping 9 of his 10 opponents between the bells. The outcome of this bout comes in one of two ways: either Newell will continue his upwards rise or Fadai could possibly pull off the Canadian upset of the year.


6. Matt Baker @RiotMakerMMA (9-4) vs. David Perron (5-2)
World Series of Fighting 7 – Vancouver – December 7
Currently floating just outside the national top 10 Middleweights, these two men will meet looking to cement themselves as one of the nation’s best. Matt Baker, continues his training at Team Nogueira Rio, may only be 2-2 in his last four outings but he did return to the win column this past August by quickly submitting Darrio Mobley at FSFL 8. Prior to trading wins and losses, “The Riotmaker” strung together a five fight win streak including wins over Brad Stewart and Marcus Vinicius. David Perron, competing out of Creative Fighting Guild, started off his career as a hot 4-0 prospect before suffering his first professional loss to Andrew Buckland. “Showtime” returned to his winning ways over Daniel McIver before losing to Kalib Starnes in his biggest fight to date. Now, both men will look to use each other as a spring-board to see who can claw themselves up the rankings and prove a valuable commodity for WSOF Canada.

Mike Hill (photo: Don Osborne)

Mike Hill (photo: Don Osborne)

5. Mike Hill @MMAMike (5-2) vs. Richard Arsenault @ArsenaultMMA (9-2)
World Series of Fighting 7 – Vancouver – December 7
Two men who tasted success in 2012 but failed to capitalize in 2013 will look for a chance at redemption when they meet in the final month. Mike Hill, a long-time member of Toshido MMA, joined TUF 16 after a 12 month absence from professional fighting only to be eliminated in the quarterfinals by Mike Ricci. After not receiving a UFC deal, “The Messenger” signed with the AFC and earned a TKO win over the tough Josh Kitchen.  With the win, he took a major step up in competition only to suffer back to back defeats to Joel Powell and Ryan Ford. Richard Arsenault earned a unanimous decision win over Ricky Goodall in a 2012 FOTY candidate finally earning his respect on the national scene only to be dispatched by Matt Macgrath in his very next bout. That’s OK.  He KO’d Ricky Goodall after that.  There’s more than just a “W” on the line in this fight as one man will finally leave the cage with a certifiable big win on their record.

4. Victor Valimaki @V2MMA (17-8) vs. Tim Chemelli @TimChemelli (10-5)
XFFC 3 – Grande Prairie – December 14
A rematch of two top 10 Light-Heavyweights down on their luck will hopefully reignite the career fire for the victorious one. Victor Valimaki has not stepped in the cage since February 2012 when he last faced Chemelli earning a second round TKO win. That win returned “The Matrix” to the win column after a rough 0-3 stretch. Tim Chemelli, a Frank Lee protégé, has gone 2-2 since his loss to Valimaki earning back to back wins over Simon Marini and Mike Kent before dropping two in a row to Razak Al-Hassan and Dwayne Lewis. With Valimaki’s extended layoff and Chemelli’s excessive action, this bout has the potential for a much different outcome than their last meeting.

Jarod Milko vs Tyson Steele

Jarod Milko fights Tyson Steele (photo: Jim Beattie)

3. Jarod Milko @JarodMilko (7-2) vs. Jordan Beecroft @BlitzBeecroft (5-1)
XFFC 3 – Grande Prairie – December 14
It’s Manitoba versus British Columbia in a battle for Xcessive’s Welterweight strap and it’s all going down in Grand Prairie, Alberta. Jarod Milko, now training out of WAMMA, is currently riding a two fight win streak with “W”s over Chris Stranger and Chase Maxwell in his past two bouts. Jordan Beecroft, a member of Diamond MMA, will be making his Welterweight debut after returning to the win column at 185 pounds with a quick 42 second submission win over Jordan Murray this past March. Two men that are potentially floating just outside the top 10 have a chance at a solid 170 pound win and a shiny gold belt to wrap around their waist.

2. Kalib Starnes (15-8-1) vs. Dwayne Lewis (13-8)
World Series of Fighting 7 – Vancouver – December 7
A Former Middleweight now Heavyweight killer meets a perennial top 10 Canadian Light-Heavyweight in a tasty 205 pound match up. Kalib Starnes, who trains out of Aegis Athletics, had a career resurrection in 2013 reinventing himself while going 3-0 earning a win in every weight class from 185 lbs – 265 lbs. Dwayne Lewis, a proud member of Bowman’s MMA, returned from an 18 month quasi retirement and edged out 7th ranked Canadian Light-Heavyweight Tim Chemelli. Both men have taken much different paths to get where they are and now on one of the biggest stages (in terms of possible eyeballs) they will have the chance to resurge on the international scene or return back to the local match ups. With Starnes now utilizing a come forward style and Lewis’ love of the big bomb during counter punching, this has all the ear marks of a barn burner.

Julia Budd

Julia Budd

1. Julia Budd @JuliaBudd (5-2) vs. Charmaine Tweet @NotSoSweetMMA (4-3)
Invicta FC 7 – December 7
This bout may be going down from Kansas City but make no bones about it, this is the battle for the Canadian Women’s 145 title.  It just so happens Invicta is allowing it to happen. Julia Budd, a Lance Gibson pupil, has found new life in her MMA career since joining the all female promotion going 3-0 besting some of the World’s best including Elina Nilsson and Danielle West. “The Jewel” has continued to demonstrate her penchant for the finish earning 4 of her 5 wins between the bells including three vicious TKO finishes. Charmaine Tweet, a protégé of Jeff Wiley, had one of the roughest starts to a career in female MMA as she made her pro debut to former Olympian and Current UFC champion Ronda Rousey. After a 1-3 start to her pro career, “Not So Sweet” righted the ship, shored up her game and is currently on a three fight win streak including a win in India’s SFL. Now the two best females in Canada at 145 pounds will look for national recognition and a potential title shot in Invicta Featherweight division.

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

  1. Aggro says:

    Good luck to ya Richard!

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  2. MikeRussell says:

    Nathan Steele looks a lot like Tyson Steele. Must be related. ;)

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  3. evan blakely says:

    mike hill vs richard arsenault will be a crazy fight…two crazy tough dudes with who will just try and put leather on face

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  4. RickRoll says:

    So you are telling me Valimaki is fighting Dec against Chemelli and January in MFC still!? No way haha guaranteed he does not do both fights!

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  5. Von says:

    Dan Ring is from Vancouver… He lives like 5 minutes from the WSOF event. What do you mean Myles Merola will have a home field advantage?

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