Top Maple Leaf Match Ups In July 2014

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Top 10 Maple Leaf Matchups THUMBHope everyone had a safe, yet extremely fun Canada Day (and Independence Day to my American friends)! With all the fun and partying behind us, we now find ourselves in the bleak summer doldrums of Canadian MMA.  With only two cards in the great fight north this month and only a single pro card, it’s not a heavy flow month for fight fans. With the lack of MMA in Canada, our fighters have had to look across the globe to find match ups, as mentioned below Paul Cheng will return to his birth place of Taiwan while Featherweight prospect Jeremy Kennedy is rumored to be fighting in Thailand on July 25th, yet no opponent could be found as of yet.

Even though this list is reserved for all bouts outside the UFC, it would be remiss to not mention the great fights Canadians have this month inside the Octagon:

Now without further ado, let’s get to the often replicated, but never duplicated, the OG, this month’s Top Maple Leaf Match Ups:

Chris Kelades vs Chance Whalen (photo: Martin Blais)

Chris Kelades vs Chance Whalen (photo: Martin Blais)

3. Paul Cheng @TyphoonCheng (4-1) vs. Mahmoud Hassan @HellboyHassan (1-3)
One FC 18: War of Dragons – Taiwan – July 11
Fresh off filming Night At The Museum 3, Paul Cheng will get back to his back up job in the One FC cage as he takes on another young Heavyweight. Cheng, a member of Clinch MMA, is currently riding a three fight win streak and sits just outside the Canadian top 5 rankings. He holds notable wins over professional boxer Eric Barrak and former prospect Ryan Hunter. “Typhoon” owns two submission win due to strikes and has finished three of his four victories in the first round. Mahmoud Hassan, a member of Egyptian Top Team, is a veteran of of South Africa’s EFC and has fought UFC veteran Ruan Potts. This is a feature bout for Cheng as One FC looks to have “Typhoon” dazzle his home country crowd and build his star in Asia. Cheng will have to keep his chin down and hands up as Hassan might not have the best record but he still packs some power in his fists.

2. Chris Kelades @KeladesMMA (6-1) vs. Adrian Woolley (8-3)
Extreme Cage Combat 21 – Halifax – July 26
Two men who most recently competed in potential FOTY bouts within the past two months will look to continue their 2014 campaign by locking horns with each other. Chris Kelades will actually be making his Flyweight debut as his most recent bout, an exciting three round war with Malcolm Gordon, was fought at a catchweight of 130 lbs. Prior to the Gordon loss, Kelades started his 2014 campaign at Featherweight where he gogoplata’d Rick Doyle following a two and half year layoff. Adrian Woolley ended his almost three year layoff with a decision win in an absolute knocker of a tilt with Jeimeson Saudino at SCC 2.0 where”The Bully” showed a chin of granite and much improved boxing in the bout as well. With the Canadian Flyweight division finally starting to blossom in the great fight north, this bout could very well determine who can leap frog Mike Davis and earn the second spot among the nation’s best at 125 lbs.

Michael Spoenlein (photo: Martin Blais)

Michael Spoenlein (photo: Martin Blais)

1. Lyndon Whitlock @LyndonWhitlock (8-4) vs. Michael Spoenlein @M_Spoenlein (3-0)
Extreme Cage Combat 21 – Halifax – July 26
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?


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