Top Maple Leaf Match Ups In August 2014


Top 10 Maple Leaf Matchups THUMBThe Canadian MMA drought continues through August with only one fight card taking place in the great fight north this month. With so few options available in their home country, Canadians have started looking south of the border for those ever needed scraps and pay cheques as three of the four featured bouts this month are taking place in the good ol’ USA. Two undefeated prospects crack this months list and with victories could become a very hot commodity on the national scene.

As always this list is reserved for tussles outside the trademarked Octagon but with so few match ups taking place this month we’ll give a quick list of our fellow canucks battling it out for the world’s most prestigious fight league.

Paul Jalbert won at PFS III (photo: Jeremy Penn)

Paul Jalbert won at PFS III (photo: Jeremy Penn)

Now without further ado, let’s get to this month’s truncated edition of the Top Maple Leaf Match Ups:

4. Paul Jalbert (2-0) vs. John Turner @JohnTurner06 (4-1)
King of the Beach – Maine – August 23
Another newcomer makes the list this month as Jeff Joslin’s pupil Paul Jalbert will make the trip across the border to face his stiffest test to date. Jalbert undefeated in two professional bouts, has spent much time training between fights – winning a decision in 2012 then finishing his second match in early 2014. His training under Joslin has given Jalbert an extremely aggressive top game that opponents will have a tough time dealing with. Turner, a member of Gracie Tampa, will be returning to the cage after nearly a three year lay off. “Gentlemen” started his career going 4-0 before losing his last bout to via split decision to Joey Rodriguez. This will be a very interesting clash of BJJ styles with Jalbert preferring a dominant top game to Tuner’s slick bottom game. It is possible both men’s jits prowess could cancel each other and fans in Maine could be treated to a very entertaining stand and brawl.

3. Jeremy Kennedy @JeremyKennedyWC (4-0) vs. Andre da Silva (1-0)
Battlefield Fight League 32 – Richmond – August 23
Who is Jeremy Kennedy you ask? Well you can’t be punished too much for not knowing the name as the native of Surrey, BC has spent most of the two years training at Team Quest Thailand. Kennedy’s game has improved ten fold since traveling across the globe finishing his last three fights before the 10 minute mark and even earning a win by the rarely seen Peruvian neck tie submission. Da Silva, a native of Vancouver, BC, was groomed under BFL as an amateur going 3-2 in their ranks while competing against some of top amateurs in the province. Andre turned pro in this past March earning a unanimous decision over George Gomes at BFL 28. With Canada’s Featherweight rankings going through a shuffle of late, this bout has huge implications as Kennedy is beginning to become the breakout star of the year while Da Silva has a great chance in increasing his reputation on the national scene.

Kalib Starnes (photo: Rob Trudeau)

Kalib Starnes (photo: Rob Trudeau)

2. Kalib Starnes @KalibStarnes (16-9-1) vs. Mike Hayes @Mike300Hayes (19-9-1)
Fight Time 20 – Florida – August 29
Starnes made his Titan FC debut this past May where he took UFC veteran Dave Herman the distance albeit in a losing effort.  That defeat ended Starnes’ four fight win streak. Starnes though sees that loss as a learning experience and looks to continue his run as a Heavyweight and will now meet Bellator MMA veteran Mike Hayes in Florida. A former Middleweight, Starnes has seen success fighting up weight classes going 2-0 as a 205 pounder and 1-1 as an Heavyweight with a win over UFC vet Tim Hague. Hayes, who trains out of Ring Demon Jiu-Jitsu, has fought pretty much every Heavyweight under the sun over the course of his career even earning a recent head kick KO over former UFC title challenger Jeff Monson. Like Starnes, “300” will be entering this match up coming off a loss – a first round KO at the hands of Virgil Zwicker this past December. It’s now do or die for both these men as they each need a big win to keep themselves relevant in the current MMA Heavyweight landscape. No matter the outcome this match will offer an absolute display of striking violence as both men enjoy head hunting for the knock out. If any Canadian MMA fans are considering a trip down south, late August may be the time to do it.

1. Mike Ricci @MikeyRicci (9-4) vs. George Sotiropoulos @GeorgeSots (14-6)
Titan FC 29 – North Carolina – August 22
Ricci went 2-3 in the UFC with some of the least entertaining bouts in recent memory, but when he received his pink slip and made his transition to Titan FC a fire was lit. Ricci’s debut for Titan FC was an absolute barrage of violence eventually finishing TUF 2 veteran Jorge Gurgel with punches and elbows at 3:57 of the first round. Sotiropoulos was once the owner of a seven fight win streak in the UFC which included wins over the likes of George Roop, Joe Stevenson and Joe Lauzon. That all came crashing down at the hands of Dennis Siver who thrashed the Aussi for 15 minutes and put an end to Sotiropoulos’ Lightweight title run. Now both men look to recapture their former glory in the Titan FC cage. Ricci is already back on the winning track while George is still looking to return to form. This is a huge fight at a career crossroads for both men.  The winner will continue to get top billing on future Titan FC cards and get notice from promotions worldwide, while the loser will continue their career down spin.


5 Responses to “ Top Maple Leaf Match Ups In August 2014 ”

  1. Tim Bradshaw says:

    I’d like to see Kennedy vs Huete if they both win their upcoming fights

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  2. EPerez says:

    The Ricci vs Sotiropolous should be a good fight

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  3. HippsterMMA says:

    Great to seeKalib doing well

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  4. mmafan2 says:

    whatever happened to Will Romero, Did he retire?

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  5. Jeremy Kennedy says:

    @Tim sounds good to me

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