Top Maple Leaf Match Ups In January 2014

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Top 10 Maple Leaf Matchups THUMB2014 is finally upon us and Canada’s MMA scene is starting off the year with a bang with five cards featuring some of the great fight north’s top fighters. Just consider some of the great potential this month has to offer: The return of Adrian Woolley and Victor Valimaki, Kurt Southern’s MFC title shot, and a Flyweight title fight with Canada’s number 1 ranking on the line and that’s just the tip of this fantastic month’s iceberg.

As always, the usual Zuffa disclaimer, since all Canadians fighting in the Octagon will receive their dues pretty much every where else on the site, this list is reserved for fights outside of the world’s number 1 promotion. Now without further ado, grab some egg nog, curl up beside the fire, and enjoy this month’s top maple leaf match ups.

10. Dan Ring @DanRing155 (5-2-1) vs. Andrew McInnes @AndrewConda (3-1)
MFC 39: No Remorse – Edmonton – January 17
The MFC prelims are now available to be watched live and the MFC is filling the undercard with great all Canadian match ups including this great prospect versus prospect battle. Dan Ring, a Dynamic MMA protégé, will look to return to the win column after dropping back to back bouts in his last two outings. Prior to that, Ring was on a five fight win streak and was looking to be a force in the MFC’s Lightweight rankings. Andrew McInnes, a submission wunderkind, is currently riding a three fight win streak submitting all three opponents prior to the 90 second mark. This is an important bout in both men’s young careers as Ring will look to once again be the MFC’s young stud or can McInnes continue his submission wizardry and garner a name for his quick finishes?

Cody Krahn and Clay Davidson at XFFC 2 (photo: Rob Trudeau)

Cody Krahn and Clay Davidson at XFFC 2 (photo: Rob Trudeau)

9. Cody Krahn (13-8) vs. Clay Davidson (8-5)
MFC 39: No Remorse – Edmonton – January 17
Their first bout at XFFC 2 was suggested for Canadian fight of the year, now these two just outside of  the top 10 Middleweights will go to war again for all the marbles. Cody Krahn, a member of Complete Martial Arts and Fitness, has rebounded since being submitted by Davidson last July winning two straight with a triangle submission over Nick Campbell and a TKO over Duncan Wilson this past November. Things didn’t go as well for Clay Davidson since submitting Krahn as he fell to Kalib Starnes 2.0 via TKO this past August. Now, in their first meeting it was Krahn who cut open Davidson but Davidson was able to reverse momentum and land the fight winning guillotine late in the second round.  Can Davidson return to the winning track and pull off another submission or will “Genghis” Krahn start an assault and find the finish this time? Either way lucky fans nationwide will be able to catch this fantastic tilt live on facebook.

8. Ryan Machan @RyanMachan (20-9) vs. Brendan Tierney @Tiny_Shorts (10-5)
Havoc FC 4 – Red Deer – January 31
Havoc FC will look to crown their inaugural Welterweight champion when perennial contender Ryan Machan meets “Tiny Shorts”. Machan, a member of Arashi Do, will look to string together three consecutive wins when he vies for the Havoc FC title. Machan has a sturdy 2013 behind him where he suffered a split decision loss to Michael Madrid but came back to triangle choke Nathan Gunn and earned a first round TKO over William Sriyapai. Tierney, who fights out of Power MMA Team, will look to return to the win column in his second straight bout held north of the border as he last entered the cage versus Ryan Ford where he was KO’d in the second round. Machan will look to use his home field advantage to finally wrap some well deserved gold around his waist while “Tiny Shorts” will obviously look to spoil the show for the hometown crowd.

Randa Markos-Thomas

Randa Markos-Thomas

7. Randa Markos Thomas @RandaMMA (3-0) vs. Justine Kish @JustineKish1 (3-0)
RFA 12 – Los Angeles – January 24
Randa Markos Thomas had to travel all the way to Los Angeles to finally find a fight and now two undefeated 115 lbs female prospects will throw down for all the marbles on AXS TV. Markos Thomas trains out of the Maximum Training Centre and compiled an impressive 3-1 record as an amateur before turning pro in November 2012 and hasn’t looked back amassing a 3-0 record in just under 12 months. Kish, a North Carolina native, also has amassed 3-0 record including a second round submission of Munah Holland. A win here is crucial for both women’s careers as the TUF 20 tryouts are just around the corner.

6. Brandt Dewsbery (10-2-1) vs. Sergej Juskevic (12-7-2)
Hard Knocks Fighting Championships 34 – Calgary – January 17
Hard Knocks is starting off 2014 with a bang with one of their best ever match ups main eventing their 34th card. Brandt Dewsbery, a member of CMC, is one of Canada’s best kept secrets at 170 pounds with big wins over the likes of Nabil Khatib and Chris St Jean. His only two career losses have come against top 10 ranked Joel Powell and Ryan Dickson. Sergej Juskevic, a native Lithuanian who now trains in Ontario, has won 5 of his last 6 outings including wins over Gerald Meerschaert and Gideon Ray. Since both men took 2013 off to train and recover, they will be shaking off ring rust while facing their sternest opposition to date.


5. Matt Dwyer @MattDwyerMMA (5-1) vs. Shonie Carter @MrShonieCarter (50-29-7)
Battlefield Fight League 27 – Richmond – January 18
BFL will look to continue to build up their Welterweight champion when Matt Dwyer meets his most experienced challenger to date in UFC veteran Shonie Carter. Dwyer, a representative of Toshido MMA, has recovered well since his highlight reel loss to Marcus Aurelio, and is currently riding a three fight win streak including first round TKOs of Ryan Chiappe and former Olympian Colin Daynes. All five of Dwyer’s wins have come by way of TKO before the first bell. Carter decided to take 2013 off after suffering back to back losses. The UFC veteran has had a rough go of late inside the cage going just 2-8 in his last 10 outings. An extremely experienced stand up fighter, Carter will look to nullify Dwyer’s feared stand up game and grind out the current BFL Champion. For Dwyer, this is must win as big win over a name like Carter will solidify himself as British Columbia’s top 170 pounder and inch even closer to national top 10 status.

Victor Valimaki at Aggression MMA 9

Will Victor Valimaki return? (photo: Jason Bouwmeester)

4. Victor Valimaki @V2MMA (17-8) vs. Sean O’Connell (14-4)
MFC 39: No Remorse – Edmonton – January 17
“The Matrix” is back in the MFC ranks and hopefully we are about to see the most focused and well trained version yet. Welcoming Victor Valimaki back to MFC cage will be Sean O’Connell, probably one of Valimaki’s stiffest tests to date. O’Connell enters the bout riding a five fight win streak including his most recent victory over UFC veteran Marvin Eastman and has finished 7 of his 14 wins by way of TKO/KO. Valimaki finally righted his ship in February 2012 by TKOing Tim Chemelli as prior to that he had dropped three straight bouts all by TKO in the first round. Valimaki will earn his first win just by arriving at the weigh-ins and making weight, something that has been difficult for him over the past 24 months. If 2014 can be the year of “The Matrix 2.0”, then the Canadian Light-Heavyweight rankings could be due for a shake up.

3. Adrian Woolley (7-3) vs. Chris Kelades (5-0)
ECC 19 – Halifax – January 25
Two men with standout careers at 135 pounds will take the plunge to 125 pounds and continue the blossoming of Canada’s Flyweight division. Adrian Woolley‘s search for an opponent goes all the way back to August 2011 where he dropped a contentious split decision to David Harris and has not fought since. Chris Keladas is also coming off an extended lay off as he suffered a concussion in the biggest win of his career a split decision win over Dimitri Waardenburg in October 2011. Both men will look to shake off the ring rust all the while fighting in what could be the biggest bout in their career giving what’s on line and the lengths of their respective lay offs. The winner here will help flush out the Canadian Flyweight rankings and will definitely be one of the top guns.

2. Kurt Southern @KurtSouthern (13-4) vs. Tom Gallicchio @TomGallicchio (17-8)
MFC 39: No Remorse – Edmonton – January 17
The MFC Lightweight crown has been vacated by Graham Spencer and will be on the line when “The Hurt” meets “Da Tank”. 2013 was a solid year for Kurt Southern, who avenged his only loss of the year in devastating TKO fashion along with submitting Mukai Maromo for the second time to solidify himself as the top 155 pounder in the MFC. Gallicchio, a member of Team Quest, made a return of sorts in 2013 as he had not fought since December 2011 when he dropped two bouts in a row for the first time in his career. For both men, this is the biggest bout of their career and gives them a chance at international fame and success which hopefully translates to bigger pay days for the victor.  Let’s see if the MFC will get its second consecutive Canadian Lightweight title holder.

Mike Davis, in white (photo by Jason Bouwmeester)

Mike Davis, in white (photo by Jason Bouwmeester)

1. Mike Davis @Mike_Davis125 (11-3) vs. Malcolm Gordon @Malcolm_X_MMA (3-0)
Havoc FC 4 – Red Deer – January 31
The battle for the number one spot in the Canadian Flyweight rankings will be on the line when Havoc FC puts another newly minted belt up for grabs. Current number one ranked Canadian Flyweight Mike Davis has been on an absolute roll of late.  He is currently riding an eight fight win streak and Davis has not lost since March 2010. Malcolm Gordon, an ATC protégé, began his pro MMA career in October 2012 and has not looked back amassing an undefeated record and finishing all his opponents between the bells. Both men come from great camps and this bout has all the earmarks of a tremendous war. Will Davis continue to reign supreme as Canada’s #1 Flyweight or will the young buck Gordon continue his winning ways and bring some gold back to London, Ontario?

6 Responses to “ Top Maple Leaf Match Ups In January 2014 ”

  1. Graham Weenk says:

    “da tank” got his nickname for his ability to endure punishment and “the Hurt” for his ability to dish out punishment which means da tank + the Hurt = great action fight!

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  2. With Vic training with mitch clark sheldon westcott and ryan ford I see him winning his mfc fight in devastating fashion with fight of the night written all over it, Im sure mitch , sheldon and ryan will work vic hard and keep him in line, seeing that their reputation and that of the gym is at stake. I predict vic to win by 3rd round highlight reel KO!!

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  3. PhIl Mimeau says:

    Adrian Woolley (7-3) vs. Chris Kelades (5-0)is intresting match-up

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  4. Cody Rempel says:

    I really hope to see the winner of Davis vs. Gordon fight the winner of Woolley vs. Kelades so we can finally officially settle this big debate on who is the #1 Flyweight in Canada!

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  5. fitnessplus says:

    I like that idea too Cody. It would be great to see Kelades fight twice this year.

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  6. Canadian Fight Fan says:

    Wooley vs Kelades should be up there also I agree. Davis vs Malcoms very intresting too, tough fight to call but curious why Valamki made list….odds of him showing up are just about great as Tate ever beating Rousey

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