Top Maple Leaf Match Ups In June 2014


Top 10 Maple Leaf Matchups THUMBMaple Leaf Match Ups are 10% bigger in June! This month Top MMA News is giving the reader eleven fights for the price of ten!

With very few Canadian cards being held in MMA desert that is July and August, this could be the last MLM column until September! Due to that, and the fact that I could not decide which fight should be chopped from the list, Top MMA News is giving its readers the top 11 fights for the month of June!

As always, in an effort to promote our regional card, this list excludes UFC fights, so you won’t see any of our great Canadian UFC 174 fighters on this list.

On to the Top 10 11 Maple Leaf Match Ups of June 2014 !

10. Tommy Cote (5-4) vs. Mandel Nallo @NoTweetMandel (2-0)
LAMMQ 3 – Sainte Foy – June 21
LAMMQ continues its interesting matchmaking as it pits undefeated Tristar protégé Mandel Nallo against durable Legion alum Tommy Cote. Nallo was an extremely highly touted amateur MMA prospect but fights have been few and far between as he made his pro debut in November 2012 and did not fight again until March 2014. Known for his tremendous Muay Thai skills that gained Tristar’s attention to bring him in as a sparring partner for GSP in preparation for his title defense versus Dan Hardy, Nallo has finished both his pro bouts in the first round. Cote, a professional since 2010, is currently riding a two fight win streak and has won three of his last four bouts. The Team Legion fighter has earned all five of his victories via finish and his only losses have been by way of decision. This is a match up for Nallo to prove himself in the pro ranks but since Cote has never been finished, Nallo will need to use every tool in his tool box if he wants to walk away undefeated. However, fans should not sleep on Cote who has made a name for himself in the Quebec scene for dispatching young prospects.

Jesse Gross

Jesse Gross (photo: Martin Blais | Aggro Photography)

9a. Jesse Gross @GhostGross (8-4) vs. Tony Hervey (16-16)
Pro Fighting Series 3 – Sarnia – June 14
“The Ghost” looks to rebound after his first loss at Featherweight by taking a Lightweight fight against a long time veteran who has a knack for stopping Canadians. Jesse Gross made his Featherweight debut in October 2012 by TKOing the surging Seiji Sugiman-Marangos in the second round. The ATC trained fighter followed that up with a decision win over the top 10 bound Tristan Johnson. By the end of 2013, Gross faced his toughest test to date in the form of the undefeated Michael Karkula and wound up dropping his first Featherweight bout in a 2013 Canadian FOTY candidate. Tony Hervey, who trains out of the Stealth Squad in Michigan, is no stranger to fighting in the great white north having fought six times in Canada going 3-3 earning wins over the likes of Brad Cardinal, Jorge Britto and Curtis Demarce. A proven finisher, “Lionheart” has earned 15 of his 16 wins by way of stoppage with 11 by way of TKO/KO. This is a big fight for Gross as he needs to get back to his winning ways. Granted, he has gone 2-1 at Featherweight but he’s only 2-4 in his last six fights. Considering Gross’ pedigree, this a perfect match for him to return to the win column in his usual fantastic violent form. Fans in Sarnia will be treated to a VERY entertaining fight.

9b. Ryan Dickson @RydMMA (7-2) vs. Shawn Fitzsimmons (7-8)
Hard Knocks 37 – Calgary – June 13
It’s been a lonely long road to 155 lbs for Burlington, Ontario native Dickson and now that he has arrived at Lightweight, he will meet long time veteran Shawn Fitzsimmons as he tests his body in the new weight class. Ryan Dickson, a protégé of Joslin MMA, started off his career going 5-0 but as fights started to come few and far between, Dickson upped his level of competition and with that came his first career losses.  Dickson went 2-2 in his last four, dropping bouts to UFC veterans Alex Garcia and Mike Hill. Shawn Fitzsimmons, who fights out of Syndicate MMA, is long time journeyman who’s fought professionally since 2006. In his combined 15 wins and losses, he has only seen the judges’ scorecards twice in his career. Dickson is tailor made to steal a “W” from Fitzsimmons but will need to do it in exciting fashion to return to being one of Canada’s brightest upcoming talents.

Luis Huete took on Noah Ali in his return (photo: Twitchy Finger Photography)

Luis Huete took on Noah Ali in his return (photo: Twitchy Finger Photography)

8. Luis Huete (4-1) vs. Corey Houston (5-3)
Hard Knocks 37 – Calgary – June 13
Luis Huete took five years away from the sport he loves before finally making his triumphant return.  Now, he faces Corey Houston who’s entire MMA career took place during the years Huete was absent. Huete made huge waves when he returned to MMA this past May dispatching the heavily favored prospect Noah Ali in violent fashion in a 2014 Canadian Round of the Year candidate. A master of the ground game, Huete earned all four of his wins by way of submission never once seeing the 10 minute mark in any of his five pro matches. Houston, who trains out of WAMMA, righted his ship in his last outing choking out Nathan Wilkins by triangle midway through the first round. Prior to that, he’d lost two in row to the likes of Tristan Connelly and Lyndon Whitlock. This fight is less about record and stats and more about sheer entertainment value. Both Huete and Houston are extremely competent on the ground but both enjoy a penchant for fisticuffs. It will be Houston’s boxing versus Huete’s Mauy Thai in this fight. It may end on the ground but it will be the exchanges on the feet that bring the crowd to theirs.

7. Lyndon Whitlock @LyndonWhitlock (8-4) vs. Michael Spoenlein @M_Spoenlein (3-0)
Extreme Cage Combat 21 – Halifax – June 21
The frontrunner for Canada’s rookie of the year will face a seasoned veteran when the two meet for chance at Syd Barnier and ECC’s Bantamweight title. Lyndon Whitlock has finally made his down to 135 lbs earning a win in his Bantamweight debut over formerly undetected eastern prospect Ryan Connor. Michael Speonlein, the face of Zombieproof BJJ, has earned three impressive victories in his short pro career including a submission of wrestling protégé James Mancini. Whitlock has been foaming at the mouth for a fight and a chance at a gold belt and the only thing standing in his way is a young undefeated stud. Speonlein has taken the east by storm and earned quite the reputation on the national scene in a very short amount of time. Will Whitlock be Speonlein’s kryptonite? Or can the young kid continue his roll of fantastic submissions?

Keven Morin took on Kyle Prepolec in his last fight (photo: Jeremy Penn | Pennography)

Keven Morin took on Kyle Prepolec in his last fight (photo: Jeremy Penn | Pennography)

6. Tristan Johnson @TristanJohnson1 (8-5) vs. Keven Morin (8-6)
LAMMQ 2 – Baie Comeau – June 7
Another extremely intriguing bout sprinkles the top 10 this month as two fighters with records that don’t reflect their skill square off inside the LAMMQ cage. Tristan Johnson has seen better days going 1-3 in his last four – dropping bouts to some of the best that include Rick Glenn, Jesse Gross and new UFC signee Rob Font. Keven Morin, like Johnson, has fought only the country’s best throughout his career including recent wins over Jason Meisel and Derek Gauthier. The reason for this bout being so intriguing is that despite these men’s records, they could beat the country’s best if given a chance. Now that both men have had recent set backs, they will to see who can find their way back on the winning path.

5. Tim Chemelli @TimChemelli (10-5) vs. Tony Lopez (33-14)
KOTC: Mach 1 – Cold Lake – June 6
Many fans and MMA media have been hoping that Tim Chemelli would take a step back in competition to regain his confidence and form. However, Chemelli seems to ooze confidence as he will never turn down a fight and will never take a step back and with that he meets former two division KOTC champion Tony Lopez. Chemelli, a native of Cold Lake, Alberta, started off his pro career going 8-1 but has hit a rough patch lately going 2-4 in his last six albeit his losses have come at the hands of three UFC veterans and one top 5 Canadian 205 pounder. Lopez, a veteran of almost 50 fights, has fought most top Heavies and Light-Heavies in and  outside the UFC over the course of his career. “Kryptonite” though has hit the worst stretch of his career as of late dropping four bouts in a row for the first time in his career going 2-6 in his last eight outings. The time is now for Chemelli to finally nab that signature career win and Lopez is right for the picking. Chemelli will need all the confidence he can muster as Lopez is never really out of a fight having finished 29 of his 33 career victories.

Matt DesRoches (Josh Hedges/ZUFFA LLC)

Matt DesRoches (Josh Hedges/ZUFFA LLC)

4. Spencer Jebb @SpencerJebb (7-3) vs. Matt DesRoches @MattHangOn (4-0)
WSOF Canada 2: Loiseau vs. Lewis – Edmonton – June 7
One of he more intriguing match ups this month puts TUF Nations alum DesRoches against surging westerner Spencer Jebb. Matt DesRoches made his splash on the national scene with being selected for TUF Nations cast but dropped a decision in the quarter finals to Richard Walsh. Spencer Jebb started off his career going 2-3 but since has amassed five straight victories all of which he finished in the first round. The bout has many implications for both men. Not only is it the biggest test of their respective careers, it’s also a chance for each man to earn their respect on the national scene. DesRoches will look for redemption after his showing on TUF nations while Jebb needs that “name” on his record. Now, 15 minutes and a steel cage will determines one man’s dreams and the other man’s nightmares.

3. David Perron (6-2) vs. Ryan Janes @RyanJanesMMA (5-1)
WSOF Canada 2: Loiseau vs. Lewis – Edmonton – June 7
Two of BC’s top Middleweights who have circled just outside of Canada’s Top 10 will finally be locked in a cage to see who advances into the best of the country and who needs to regroup and try again. David Perron, a member of the Creative Fighting Guild, has earned notable wins over Nolan Clark, Daniel MacIver and Matt Baker never once seeing the judges scorecards in his six professional wins. Ryan Janes, who trains out of Zugec Ultimate Martial Arts, is currently riding a four fight win streak which includes victories over Duncan Wilson, Marcus Hicks and Keto Allen. When the cage door re-opens, the man with his hand raised will not only be British Columbia’s top Middleweight but the newest addition to Canada’s top 10 185 pounders.

Mike Adams (Photo: Jason Bouwmeester)

Mike Adams (Photo: Jason Bouwmeester)

2. Josh Hill @GentlemanJHill (9-0) vs. Mike Adams (7-2)
WSOF Canada 2: Loiseau vs. Lewis – Edmonton – June 7
Two of Canada’s top Bantamweights will throw down to see who is WSOF Canada’s #1 Bantamweight contender and who will face Curtis Brigham for the 135 lbs strap. Josh Hill was last seen on the eighteenth season of TUF where he lost via unanimous decision in the quarter finals to Michael Wootten. Mike Adams, a Toshido MMA product, last fought more then a year ago when he was submitted by the aforementioned Brigham in the fourth round. It’s been a long while since both men last saw official cage time and this is the perfect opportunity for both men to shake off any ring rust prior to the biggest bout of their career.  Both men are known for their size and strength at 135 lbs as well as possessing a great top control game. This match will be very different then all their past bouts as their ground games will negate each other and a stand up brawl will determine the winner.

1. David Loiseau @DavidLoiseau (23-10) vs. Dwayne Lewis (14-9)
WSOF Canada 2: Loiseau vs. Lewis – Edmonton – June 7
One might think that both these athletes have seen their best days but this is a match up between two of Canada’s top Light-Heavyweights. David Loiseau, a former UFC Middleweight title challenger, moved up to 205 lbs when he returned to the sport in 2012 and has since amassed four straight wins over Chris McNally, Caleb Grummet, Leopoldo Serao, and Mike Kent. Dwayne Lewis has hovered around the Canadian top 5 for the past few years and since returning from a year and a half retirement has gone 2-1 with wins over Tim Chemelli and Clay Davidson with his loss coming at the hands of Kalib Starnes. For both men, this is their highest profile bout since returning to combat and their toughest test to date. It’s Lewis’ power versus Loiseau’s technique in what will be quite an entertaining stand up affair.

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

  1. Aggro says:

    The pic of Gross was done by Aggro Photography btw :-)

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  3. Cody Saftic says:

    Another legit month for Canadian MMA!

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  4. O you didn't know? Your ass better call somebody... says:

    Hopefully we can see if Josh Hill can stand and bang instead doing what Dana White likes to call the lay and pray! I think the only way he gets a shot in the UFC is if he gets a couple finishes… We need to see some controlled aggression from him and not the safe game for a W!!! We saw a few glimpses if that in his last fight on TUF 18 so hopefully he carries it over to this fight!

    Optimistic prediction is Josh Hill via TKO in the 2nd over Adams!

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