WSOF Canada Announces Lineup For 2014 Debut in Edmonton


WSOF Ford vs PowellWSOF Canada Press Release

EDMONTON, (Jan. 11, 2014) – Co-Main event set for World Series of Fighting Canada event with an exceptional Welterweight matchup between Ryan Dickson (6-1) vs Michael Hill (6-2).

Friday February 21st will mark the promotions first event in the countries biggest MMA market Edmonton, Alberta. Playing host to this stacked card, which features arguably the deepest Canadian MMA event in history, will be the Edmonton Expo Centre. Headlined by Edmonton’s own Ryan “The Real Deal” Ford (21-4) taking on top contender Hamilton Ontario’s Joel Powell (7-3).

Joining the top billing of the card will be Ontario Welterweight standout Ryan Dickson (6-1) as he goes up against WSOF 7 winner Kelowna BC’s Michael “The Messenger” Hill (6-2).

“These are 2 of the top Welterweights in Canada.” Say’s WSOF matchmaker Darren Owen. “Dickson is one of the top Canadian prospects, he’s amassed a very impressive 6-1 record and has a 100% finish rate. His submission game is very impressive and he has the ability to finish fights at any time. With Hill, you have a tough guy with an amazing heart and very dangerous striking. He was just victorious over Richard Arsenault (9-3) at WSOF 7. It’s always a pleasure to watch Hill fight, he brings it every time, pushes the pace and looks to finish. He will step up and take on anyone and that’s the type of guy we love working with. This is an intriguing fight, will Hill get the big knockout or will Dickson get the submission?”

In other action, #3 ranked Canadian featherweight Josh Machan (11-4) will be facing off against Adam Lorenz (7-3).  Machan was set to debut at WSOF 7 until an injury forced him off the card. He has won 11 out of his last 12 fights with all of them being finishes and 10 by way of submission. Lorenz has been eager to get back into action.  He has the talent to beat Canada’s best, as he has shown in the past with wins over WEC and Strikeforce vet Rolando Perez (7-3) and 3 time Bellator veteran Will Romero (9-4).

Additionally added to the main card will be Mark Drummond (5-1) versus Brandt Dewsbery (10-2). Drummomd is on a 5 fight winning streak and has the potential to make a run in the Welterweight division. Dewsbery’s impressive record has only 2 blemishes respectively, to Ryan Dickson and Joel Powell and both of those fighters Dewsbery can watch in the Main and Co-Main events after his fight. In a combined 18 fights both men have only gone to a decision once so expect an action packed fight in this one.

Filling out the main card will be Will “Leon” Romero (9-4) versus Lenny “The Show Steeler” Wheeler (6-3) in Featherweight action. Romero holds a win over current UFC fighter Mitch Gagnon (10-2) and has won 3 out of his last 4 fights. Many fans have been eagerly waiting for Wheeler to fight in Canada again after submitting top ranked Adam Lorenz (7-3) in only 33 seconds. In his 9 professional fights Wheeler has had 7 of them finish within the first 3 minutes. The winner of this fight will take a jump up in the rankings.

A Hard Hitting Heavyweight fight between 5 time UFC veteran Edmonton’s Tim “The Thrashing Machine” Hague (15-8) will trade bombs with Lee “The Gladiator” Mein (6-12). Always entertaining Owen Carr (4-2-1) will be going up against Maged Hammo (5-3) and Roger Alves (1-1) the standout wrestler will be making his long anticipated return to action against Jemark Brady (2-2). While kickboxing sensation Hakeem Dawodu (0-0) will make his MMA debut against Behrang Yousefi (5-3) and Trent “Slaughter” House (2-1) takes on Dustin Greentree (1-1). To start off the night both making their pro debuts will be Justin Evans (0-0) versus Stuart Fonataine (0-0).

The World Series of Fighting Canada is bringing an exceptional MMA event to Edmonton with an outstanding fight card and top tier production in what will be a World Class event for arguably the best MMA fans in the world.

Main Card:
170lbs- Ryan Ford (21-4) vs. Joel Powell (7-3)
***Canadian Welterweight Title Fight

170lbs- Ryan Dickson (6-1) vs. Michael Hill (6-2)
145lbs- Josh Machan (11-4) vs. Adam Lorenz (7-3)
170lbs- Brandt Dewsbery (10-2-1) vs. Mark Drummond (5-1)
145lbs- Lenny Wheeler (6-3) vs. Will Romero (9-4)

Preliminary Card:
265lbs- Tim Hague (15-8) vs. Lee Mein (6-12)
135lbs- Owen Carr (4-2-1) vs. Maged Hammo (5-3)
145lbs- Behrang Yousefi (5-3) vs. Hakeem Dawodu (0-0)
155lbs- Roger Alves (1-1) vs. Jemark Brady (2-2)
155lbs- Trent House (2-1) vs. Dustin Greentree (1-1)
170lbs- Justin Evans (0-0) vs. Stuart Fontaine (0-0)

11 Responses to “ WSOF Canada Announces Lineup For 2014 Debut in Edmonton ”

  1. Darren Owen says:

    Hoping to add 1 more big fight, and potentially another undercard fight as well.

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  2. The Champ says:

    Hey Darren Owen,
    Just curious what your attendance was from your last event? I heard from someone that got free tickets that it was one of the most poorly attended events in recent memory… was that the case? I’m sure a man with so many years of experience with your other event would have been able to pull in a decent crowd, what happened here and what are you looking to do differently for this event?
    The Champ

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  3. Jordan Small says:

    Yeup, that does it, I’ll be making the three hour trip to Edmonton for sure. Great card!

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  4. Darren Owen says:

    The attendance for WSOF 7 was 2,392 and 200 of those were comp tickets. The arena capacity is over 5,000. When the floor seats have 700 people in them plus another 400 in the beer gardens that leaves about 1200 people in the stands making it look pretty empty. It doesn’t help either after David Perron fights and all of his 250 fans leave with him to start drinking. WWE was on the same night about 100 meters away which we knew wouldn’t help. If we can hit that same attendance in this venue it’s a sell out.

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  5. Perron Fan says:

    Perron fans are awesome!

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  6. letsfight says:

    Couldn’t be any worse the the last RITC.

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  7. Thesubzero says:

    Hill definitely takes the hard fights.

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  8. Natalie Hill says:

    I enjoyed the WSOF in Vancouver, we look forward to attending more events. We enjoy watching The Messenger fight.

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  9. Darren Owen says:

    Couldn’t you come up with a better fake name Mark? It was total give away when you grouped mfc in with UFC and Bellator.

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  10. Kellen Falt says:

    Very excited for the main card on this one as well as the Hague vs Mein fight along with Hakeem and Yousefi

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  11. Jamon says:

    Is shaw not having mma there anymore?

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