Top Maple Leaf Match Ups In September 2014


Top 10 Maple Leaf Matchups THUMBIt’s that time again, it’s time to celebrate the top match ups featuring Canadians this month. Summer is coming to a close and as the air cools in the great fight north the MMA scene is starting to heat up. There are five superb cards going down this month and a sprinkling of Canadian talent competing outside the land of the free. The list this month is a great contrast of fresh up and coming talent mixed with some toughest veterans that have graced a Canadian cage – from Josh Hill looking to add WSOF gold to his mantle to Marcus Hicks looking to even out his records this month.

As always this list is dedicated to matches that take place outside the official Octagon as any and all Canadian UFCer will get their due in all other sections of the site.

Now with out further ado let’s get to why you are really here, this month’s Top Maple Leaf Match Ups:

10. Lenny Wheeler @LennyWheeler45 (6-3) vs. Anthony Christodoulou @TeamTony145 (11-4)
Kunlun Fights – Macau – September 24
What do you do when you’ve dropped two in a row and want to rejuvenate your career? If you’re Lenny Wheeler you get some training in in the far east and set up a match up in China. Wheeler, a teammate at Wulfrun MMA, seemed to put all the pieces together in 2012 earning back to back sub 60 second submission wins but then the wheels (no pun intended) fell off.  After having a rough time finding fights, Lenny has fought only twice in the last two years with a loss to Ray Wood and a NC to Will Romero. Christodoulou, a member of Flo MMA, has spent the last two years fighting back and fourth between Greece and the USA but now looks to take his six fight win streak all the way to China. “Tony” may have started his career 0-3 but has gone 11-1 in his past 12 bouts winning eight by way of stoppage. It’s Canada versus Greece in this international affair.  Even though this match up is taking place in China, these two seasoned competitors will let it all hang out in this intriguing match up.

Vyron Phillips September 13 at CFC 8

Vyron Phillips vs Aaron Berke at CFC 8 (photo by Jim Beattie)

9. Jarod Milko @JarodMilko (8-3) vs. Vyron Phillips @VyPhillips (3-0)
KOTC: Madness – Winnipeg – September 19
Jarod Milko looks to bounce back to his winning ways when he takes on the undefeated American born and Canadian trained Vyron Phillips. Milko, who now trains out of WAMMA, is the former XFFC Welterweight chamption but was dethroned by Matt “The Belt Collector” MacGrath is his most recent outing. Known as “The Milkman”, Jarod enjoys making quick deliveries finishing seven of his eight wins between the bells. Philips cut his teeth as an amateur in the KOTC Underground shows before transitioning to the pro scene. He won his pro debut in his native Minnesota before coming to Canada and earning his first pro stoppage over Aaron Berke at CFC 8 last September. With momentum on his side, the CFC Gym fighter will look to make his name off Milko but as the old adage goes “The Milkman” always delivers just no one said it’s gonna be easy.

8. Parwez Ghulam @PWolfMMA (4-1) vs. Behrang Yousefi  @BehrangYousefi (6-4)
Unified MMA 20 – Edmonton – September 26
With Justin Nanaquawetung making a horrible decision on a night out, Behrang Yousefi now gets a shot a Unified MMA gold. Yousefi, a team member of Kamikaze Punishment, bounced back from a three fight skid with a come from behind submission win over Chad Freeman at Bellator 119. “B-Tang” likes to get in and get out when tussling in the cage finishing five 0f his six without the need if judges’ score cards. Parwez Ghulam is the type of fighter that loves training as it has taken him four years to amass his 4-1 record but that extra time in the gym has paid off as he has finished all four of his pro wins in the first round. This is a very intriguing fight as both men can throw hands but also are very capable on the canvas. This fight has all the markings of this month’s dark horse for fight of the month and, better yet, fans from coast to coast can catch it live on GFL.

Tanner Boser (photo: Rob Trudeau)

Tanner Boser (photo: Rob Trudeau)


7. Tanner Boser @BulldozerBoser (5-0) vs. Denny Houle @DennyHoule (5-0)
Unified MMA 20 – Edmonton – September 26
Unified MMA continues to do what Unified MMA does best and that is build guys up from the grass roots and make them stars and in this Heavyweight title tilt Tanner Boser will look to continue to blossom against hard nosed Denny Houle. Boser, a young student out of Hayabusa, has only been fighting pro since October 2012 but has already amassed five wins with four finishes even scoring two elusive three round stoppages. Houle recently returned from a three year sabbatical earning a first round TKO over the durable Dan Amyotte. A powerful puncher, Houle has finished all five of his wins in the first round, two of which came in sub 60 seconds. Both men have unblemished records and will look to be the next talking point in the Canadian MMA division instead of being a footnote. Who will be the next big thing to come out of Unified? Well, lucky for us fans Unified MMA is now doing iPPVs so fans from coast to coast can tune in and find out.

Tweet Comic

Tweet Comic

5. Veronica Rothenhausler @VeronicaFights (1-0) vs Charmaine Tweet @NotSoSweetMMA (5-4)
Invicta FC 8 – Kansas City – September 6
You know a fight is heating up when there are comic strips made about it (Check out the pic)! On September 6th, Charmaine Tweet and Veronica Rothenhausler will meet in an Invicta Lightweight division matchup.  Saskatchewan’s Charmaine Tweet, who trains under Jeff Wiley, has flown in sparring partners in what she has called her Team Eve-olution Fight Camp.  If it works for her, she will improve to five wins in her last six fights.  Veronica Rothenhausler will look to go 2-0 after quickly KOing Katalina Malungahu in her pro debut at Invicta 4.  Off the pages of a comic book and right into the cage.  This should be a fun scrap that fans can watch live on UFC Fight Pass.

5. Cody Krahn (14-9) vs. Mike Kent @Mike_The_Titan (10-5)
Prestige FC 6 – Fort McMurray – September 19
Sometimes it is fun to just watch two skilled tradesmen ply their craft and that is exactly what you get here when two just outside the top 10 Middleweights meet in a Light-Heavyweight match up. Cody Krahn, a member of Complete, was on a three fight win streak, which included a potential KOTY over Clay Davidson at MFC 39, until he tangled with Brad Stewart who KO’d him in the third round of their FSFL title bout. Mike Kent, now under the tutelage of Sandy Bowman, has hit a rough patch in his career of late going just 2-5 in his last seven though he did tussle with some big names in those contests like Joe Doerksen, Elias Theodorou and David Loiseau. These men have met once before with Kent earning the TKO finish in the fourth round but there were plenty of questions raised after the event as Krahn said he was not aware the fight was still a five rounder as it was a 195 lbs catchweight bout and the title was no longer on the line. Many have speculated as to what actually went down the fate filled night, but at least fans will get the true answer as this match up announced many weeks in advance will show who truly is the better man.

Joe Doerksen (photo: Jim Beattie)

Joe Doerksen (photo: Jim Beattie)

4. Joe Doerksen @JoeDoerksen77 (50-16) vs. Tony Lopez @KingKryptonite (34-14)
KOTC: Madness – Winnipeg – September 19
With over 110 pro fights between them, Joe “El Dirte” Doerksen and Tony “Kryptonite” Lopez have seen it all and come September 19 these two grizzled veterans will throw down. Doerksen, a long time member of CFC, will be fighting for the first time this calendar year but is currently riding a three fight win streak which includes wins over Mike Kent, Joel Powell and Kalib Starnes. A ground specialist, “El Dirte” has finished a whopping 35 of his 50 wins by way of submission. Lopez, a long time pupil of Team Oyama, is a former two divisional champion (Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight) in KOTC. A proven finisher, Lopez has stopped 30 of his 34 wins between the bells. With so much cage time between them, there is nothing these men have not seen when it comes to throwing hands and luckily for the Winnipeg fans, these men always come to scrap. No matter the outcome, this will be an extremely fun tilt to spectate.

3. Dwayne Lewis (15-9) vs. Tim Hague @Tim_Hague (17-9)
Prestige FC 6 – Fort McMurray – September 19
It’s Fort Mac versus Edmonton as two of western Canada’s top big men will finally meet to see which is Alberta’s top dog. Dwayne Lewis, a protégé of Sandy Bowman, returned from a brief year and half retirement in July 2013 and has gone 3-1 since his return to the cage with victories over Tim Chemelli, Clay Davidson and David Loiseau. Tim Hague, the man that put the modern Canadian Heavyweight division on the map, has been extremely active in 2014 already fighting three times with wins over Lee Mein and Matt Baker. This is a scrap where numbers, stats, and breakdowns don’t matter. Both men will enter the cage with the intention of chucking leather and the one with the best defence and sturdier chin will be the one with their hand raised. Granted this match up really has no ranking implications but it should be the guilty pleasure for any rabid Canadian MMA fan to finally see these to legends of the scene throw down.

Luis Huete

Luis Huete

2. Luis Huete (5-1) vs. Wolfgang Janssen @AirWolfMMA (3-0)
Havoc FC 6 – Red Deer – September 5
Havoc FC has put together quite a doozy of a main event for the Red Deer, Alberta fans as the man with one million plus YouTube hits faces the surging veteran who returned after a five year layoff and has not missed a beat. Wolfgang Janssen became a YouTube sensation after nailing a flying reverse triangle in December 2012 (watch video HERE) but oddly enough he has not fought since. The Arashi-Do product made his pro debut in January 2012 and earned three submission victories in the calendar year then has not been heard from since. Luis Huete made his pro debut in late 2008 earning a arm bar win over Matt Veal, he fought 3 times in 2009 going 2-1 with a loss to Diego Wilson then… radio silence for five straight years. Circle back to 2014 and Huete returned with a vengeance – first dispatching highly touted Noah Ali with a first round RNC then submitting the durable Corey Houston in the second round at HKFC 37. Now two men who only know how to finish fight by either tap, snap or crack will meet to see who is Canada’s true sandwich… I mean submission artist.

1. Marlon Moraes @MMarlonMoraes (13-4-1) vs. Josh Hill @GentlemanJHill (10-0)
World Series of Fighting 13 – Pennsylvania – September 13
josh hill LEADCanada’s best kept secret at 135 lbs will finally get his chance to show the world what he’s got when he meets Marlon Moraes in the WSOF champion’s first title defence. Josh Hill, a member of House of Champions, most recently dispatched top Canadian Bantamweight Mike Adams via KO finally notching that highlight reel finish that haters and pundits alike had been clamouring for. Prior to that, Hill competed on TUF 18 where he gained entrance to the house by defeating Patrick Holohan but was eliminated from the tournament by Michael Wootten in the quarter finals. Marlon Moraes, a protégé of Ricardo Almeida, is the current WSOF Bantamweight champion and is riding a seven fight win streak with victories over the likes of Tyson Nam, Miguel Torres and Carson Beebe. This will be “The Gentleman’s” toughest test to date but he finally gets his chance on the big international stage. Hill will need to use all of his grappling prowess to negate Moraes’ striking, and no pun intended, wrestle the title from the champion’s hands.

10 Responses to “ Top Maple Leaf Match Ups In September 2014 ”

  1. Smash says:

    Wow what a good month of fights!!!

    Huge fans of El dirte and josh hill

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  2. thawolf says:

    Milko phillips will be a great fight. Probably fight of the night. But I dont think ive seen a milkman in over 30 years. Just saying :)

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  3. Chappy says:

    Ummm I am quite surprised I’m not in the top match ups this month…..jk great month of fights coming up!

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  4. Tyler Davis says:

    Chapstick……not expensive.
    Air wolf vs Luis is going to be fireworks for sure.

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  5. Donald Duck says:

    I get that WMMA is a big thing but I hardly think watching Tweet crush a can should bump competitive MMA matches.


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  6. Cody Krahn says:

    #5 hey? Thanks Topmma for the nod, I’m just happy people care enough to see me and Mike fight again. Win or lose I promise this fight will be far more exciting and live up to the hype!

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  7. B2J_BJJ says:

    Really looking forward to the Luis Huete vs Wolfgang Janssen fight on Friday. This was excellent match making. Two very evenly matched fighters going at it!

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  8. Cody Rempel says:

    Personally I would have put Bussemakers vs. Drummond instead of the Tweet or Wheeler fights!

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  9. AMLECF says:

    Denny Houle does not train out of Complete fitness

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  10. Old School Jake says:

    Looks like Josh Hill just pulled out due to injury. Hope it’s nothing serious, was really looking forward to this fight.

    Per Moraes’ Twitter.

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