Top Maple Leaf Match Ups In February 2014


Top 10 Maple Leaf Matchups THUMBThe Canadian MMA forecast for February is a tsunami of World Series of Fighting Canada fights with flurries from the Unified Combat League and Titan Fighting !  Edmonton should be rocking with eight of the top ten Canadian fights of the month happening on the WSOF card on February 21.  It is nice to see the UCL bring some pro MMA to Kamloops and Titan Fighting gets set to relaunch on CBS Sports with a Canadian headlining.

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, enjoy this month’s top Maple Leaf Match Ups.

Top 10 Maple Leaf Match Ups – February 2014

10. Owen Carr (4-2-1) vs. Maged Hammo (5-3)
WSOF Canada: Ford vs. Powell – Edmonton – February 21
Two of Canada’s sturdiest Bantamweights will throw down for WSOF Canada to see who will make waves in the new promotion and who will be sent back to the drawing board. The infamous Owen Carr has had a mixed bag of results over his last three outings going 1-1-1. Technically Carr should be riding a two fight win streak into this bout but some unsportsmanlike conduct during his fight with Mike O’Neil caused the decision win to be overturned. Maged Hammo, a product of CMC, enters this contest on the heels of a submission loss to BJJ phenom Ryan Hall but has gone 2-1 over his last three outings. Both men have fought solid opposition over their short careers but with this bout being contested on the biggest stage yet, both competitors will look to put on their best performance to date to impress both the fans and WSOF officials alike.

Owen Carr vs Mike O'Neill

Owne Carr upkicks Mike O’Neill (photo: Jeremy Hainsworth)

9. Myles Merola (11-7) vs. Richie Whitson (12-4)
Unified Combat League 20 – Kamloops – February 22
Northern BC MMA fans will be treated to some fantastic fights in February and perhaps none more intriguing then “The Cowboy” versus “Hellboy”. Myles Merola, who fights out of Toshido MMA, was a forced to be reckoned with on the Canadian scene back in the day but in 2009 he decided to take some time away from the sport. He returned in 2012 earning a win over Tristan Connelly and followed that up with a decision win over Dan Ring at WSOF 7 this past December. Richie Whitson, a veteran of TUF season 9, recently turned around a three fight losing skid with a September 2013 submission win over Hiroki Nagaoka. No stranger to Canada, Whitson has tangled with some of our best 155 pounders including Kajan Johnson, Curtis Demarce and Mark Holst. With the home field advantage, Merola will look to continue his new winnings and add another great pelt to his mantle.

8. Matt Baker (9-5) vs. Mike Kent (9-4)
WSOF Canada: Ford vs. Powell – Edmonton – February 21
Two men who toiled just outside the Canadian Middleweight rankings will meet at a 200 lbs catchweight bout that will show who still has it. Matt Baker will make his return to the cage following a submission loss to David Perron at WSOF 7. Prior to that, “Riotmaker” had exchanged wins and losses defeating Darrio Mobley and Brandon MacArthur but lost to Brad Stewart and Andrew Buckland. Mike Kent will enter the cage on the heels of a three fight skid but against some of the county’s best including Elias Theodorou, Joe Doerksen and David Loiseau. With both competitors coming off losses, this bout serves as a chance for redemption and inside a cage in Edmonton we will see who still is worthy of being considered one of the country’s best.

Brandt Dewsbery (photo: Mike Fischl)

Brandt Dewsbery (photo: Mike Fischl)

7. Brandt Dewsbery (10-3-1) vs. Mark Drummond (5-1)
WSOF Canada: Ford vs. Powell – Edmonton – February 21
This bout is all about who will be the stepping stone for the other. Brandt Dewsbery, Maged Hammo’s teammate at CMC, was once considered a top prospect at Welterweight but recent losses to Ryan Dickson and Sergej Juskevic have muffled his buzz. Mark Drummond has been stand out in and around the Alberta scene and is currently on a five fight win streak earning four of those between the bells. Dewsbery will enter the bout as a clear favorite given he has faced much sterner competition than Drummond. There is a lot on the line in this tilt as the winner gets national glory and recognition, while the loser is sent straight back to the drawing board. Will Dewsbery return back to his winning ways? Or will Drummond prove he is the new hot commodity in Canada at 170 lbs?

6. Tim Hague (15-8) vs. Lee Mein (6-12)
WSOF Canada: Ford vs. Powell – Edmonton – February 21
Sure this may not wind up being the most technical MMA bout fans have ever seen, but does anyone really care? Everyone knows this is going to end in brutal fashion in the first five minutes and should be worth the price of admission alone. Tim Hague has hit a rough patch in his career of late going just 1-3 in his last four outings but put on one helluva show in those three losses. Lee Mein, the father of CMC, has also gone 1-3 in his last four bouts but tangled with some of the Heavyweight division’s best in those three losses. Honestly, do records matter in this scrap? Not when fans will be treated to two big men with a penchant for chucking leather trying to knock each other out and in the MMA world that just spells ‘Must Watch TV’.

Will Romero (photo: Mike Fischl)

Will Romero (photo: Mike Fischl)

5. Lenny Wheeler (6-3) vs. Will Romero (9-4)
WSOF Canada: Ford vs. Powell – Edmonton – February 21
After suffering a tough loss the best thing a fighter can do is get right back on the horse and look for that next “W” and that’s exactly what Wheeler and Romero are looking to do. Lenny Wheeler made the drop to 145 pounds in 2012 earning wins over Justin Bourgeois and Adam Lorenz. Looking forward to a big 2013, Wheeler went south of the border and was submitted by Roy Wood in just over one minute and “Show Stealer” decided to spend the rest of the year in the gym. William Romero, once a top prospect at Featherweight, had a rough patch in 2010-2011 losing three in a row. He reversed that dangerous course and followed that up with a three fight win streak before a split decision loss to Tristan Johnson derailed his new found steam. Now both men look to rebuild their career by starting a new win streak but in their way is one tough match up. It’s striker versus grappler and either Wheeler will sub “Leon” or Romero will steal the show from the “Show Stealer” with a spectacular KO. Either way the fans watching live will come out the true winners.

4. Mike Ricci (8-4) vs. Jorge Gurgel (14-9)
Titan Fighting Championship 27 – February 28
Two former TUF veterans who received their pink slip from the big Zuffa gorilla will look use their star power to breathe new life into the Titan Fighting Championships. Mike Ricci, a member of TUF season 16, made it all the way to the final before dropping a unanimous decision to Colton Smith. Ricci defeated TUF Smashes finalist Colin Fletcher before dropping another decision to Myles Jury after which he received his UFC pink slip. Gurgel, a member of TUF season 2, went 3-4 in the UFC before transitioning to Strikeforce. In the six sided cage, Gurgel went 2-4 but now looks to reinvent himself in TFC. Both these men have a chance at redemption at Titan Fighting. For Gurgel, it’s a chance to show he still has it and for Ricci, he needs to show he is more then just a decision fighter coming out of Tristar.

Ryan Dickson (photo: Mike Fischl)

Ryan Dickson (photo: Mike Fischl)

3. Michael Hill (6-2) vs. Ryan Dickson (6-1)
WSOF Canada: Ford vs. Powell – Edmonton – February 21
This match up is all about redemption as these two 170 prospects look to rebound from recent losses and earn the biggest win of their respective careers. Michael Hill, a Toshido MMA alum, righted his ship after back to back losses to Ryan Ford and Joel Powell with an injury TKO over Richard Arsenault at WSOF 7. Ryan Dickson, a Jeff Joslin protege, also returned to the win column recently with a submission win over Advin Omic after he suffered his first professional loss at the hands of now UFC fighter Alex Garcia. Both men are strong grapplers with solid take downs so this fight will probably take place on the feet. The fighter who has shored up his striking game the most over the past few months will not only get the “W” here but put themselves damn close to a shot at WSOF Canada’s WW title.

2. Josh Machan (11-4) vs. Adam Lorenz (7-3)
WSOF Canada: Ford vs. Powell – Edmonton – February 21
WSOF Canada seems to have the intentions to mix up the Canadian Featherweight rankings as their debut card feature two great 145 pound match ups including this tantalizing bout. Josh Machan, a member of Arashi Do, has been on a submission oriented tear as of late winning four in a row all in the first round via some form of choke or torque including a 22 second Guillotine over John Fraser. Adam Lorenz, who hails from Alliance, has had the exact opposite success of late. Currently riding a two fight skid, he has not competed since a September 2012 loss  to Lenny Wheeler. With Machan’s current streak, all the weight is on his shoulders for a win as Lorenz comes in as the heavy underdog. Machan’s sub heavy game could pose problems for Lorenz who is known for getting subbed but Lorenz has faced nothing but tough competition his entire career and has all the potential to ruin Machan’s big streak.

Ryan Ford

Ryan Ford (photo: Jason Bouwmeester)

1. Ryan Ford (21-4) vs. Joel Powell (7-3)
WSOF Canada: Ford vs. Powell – Edmonton – February 21
WSOF Canada’s inaugural Welterweight title will be on the line as incumbent AFC champ Ryan Ford takes on the pride of Hamilton, Ontario Joel Powell. Ford’s game has grown leaps and bounds since he started training at the famed Tristar academy. “The Real Deal” is currently riding a five fight win streak with four stoppages in those five bouts. Powell, a Muay Thai and wrestling specialist, has earned three straight wins over the likes Andrew Buckland, George Lockhardt, and Michael Hill to earn himself a shot at Ford and the WSOF Canada title. These are probably two of the strongest men in Canada at 170 pounds and with their track records for exciting showdowns this is definitely a match up not to be missed.

4 Responses to “ Top Maple Leaf Match Ups In February 2014 ”

  1. Thesubzero says:

    A solid month of fights!

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  2. ETown Beatdown says:

    WSOF is killing it with this card. Ford gunna be champ GDUP! Best card in Etown history. Mfc’s gettin worse and worse.

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  3. Sean Willick says:

    @ETown, why is it necessary to call out MFC? It’s really too bad that with all of the Canadian talent we have; we don’t have the necessary promotions to keep all of these fighters active.

    I’m happy when both of these organizations are putting on events.

    Really excited for Hammo v. Carr, Wheeler v. Romero, Dickson v. Hill, and Lorenz v. Machan. This card has the potential to be extremely explosive!

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  4. Cody Rempel says:

    Had Mocco vs. Rama been announced sooner I think they coulda made the list!

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