Top Maple Leaf Match Ups In November 2014

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Top 10 Maple Leaf Matchups THUMBWhere October was jam packed with amazing match ups it was kinda like an all you can eat buffet. November is more like that rich and decadent dessert its not as big or filling but what’s there is packed with amazing flavors and knock out textures.

From the long awaited professional debut of Alexi Argyriou, the highly intriguing Sherbatov vs. Speoenlein to the returns of Grandmont and Gavrilovic November is bursting with great discussion points and extremely interesting match ups. While not all match ups have ranking implications written all over them the ones that do are highly impactful and the others, well they’re just damn fun fights.

Now that we got your mouth waterin’ and your mind turning, sit back and relax and enjoy this month’s Top Maple Leaf Match Ups:

10. Alexi Argyriou @AlexiArgyriou (0-0) vs. David Moon (0-0)
Battlefield Fight League 33 – Coquitlam – November 7
Canada’s number one MMA draft pick, Alexi Argyriou, will finally make his pro debut when he takes on fellow debutant David Moon inside the BFL cage. Argyriou, a long time protégé of Adam Zugec, has been talked about since he was 15 years old. Whether it was Sarah Kaufman singing his praises for skill in the gym or Mark Pavelich’s half hearted attempt to make him the first ever MMA draft pick, Canadian MMA fans and pundits alike have been waiting with bated breath to see what the youngster can do in a professional bout. Moon, who trains under Canadian fight legend Kultar Gill, is no easy opponent as he holds an amateur record of 2-0 with two first round finishes though he has not entered the cage since September 2013. The time has finally come for “Sexy” Alexi to take the Canadian MMA scene by storm.  Only question is will it be a Category 4 Hurricane or a mild summer shower?

Owen Carr (photo: Rob Trudeau)

Owen Carr (photo: Rob Trudeau)

9. Owen Carr @CarrMartialArts (5-2-1) vs. Souk Khampasath @Khampasath (5-6-1)
KOTC Canada – Cold Lake – November 14
King of the Cage returns to the military base/town that is Cold Lake, Alberta with a sturdy card that feature a nifty Bantamweight main event between the surging Owen Carr and globe trotting Souksavanh Khampasath. Owen Carr, who recently opened his own gym that is affiliated with Bang Muay Thai, is currently riding a two fight win streak. In fact, he has only lost once in his last five bouts granted that does include a technical draw and a no contest. With his recent wins coming against the likes of Brent Fryia and Maged Hammo, Carr has shown some huge improvements in his game since he began traveling down to Team Alpha Male. Souk Khampasath, a native of France who now trains out of BTT Canada, made his Canadian debut this past May in a spirited TKO loss to Dimitri Waardenburg on Fight4Pride’s inaugural card. With momentum on his side, this is a must win for Carr who is looking to start putting a run together and a vicious finish of Khampasath would be a great start.

8. Dan Lariviere @DanielSanMMA (3-1) vs. Maxime Dubois (4-2)
Hybrid Pro Series 2 – Gatineau – November 15
Hybrid Combat returns with their second professional card featuring a rematch in their main event as Daniel Lariviere looks for redemption against Maxime Dubois, the man who handed him his first career loss. Dubois and Lariviere first clashed at Challenge MMA 2 where Larivere was originally scheduled to meet fellow Featherweight Trevor Leroux. Unfortunately, just days out from the event, Leroux pulled out and Lariviere was left without an opponent. In stepped the incredibly durable Lightweight Dubois who agreed to face off with Lariviere to save the fight. Downside for Lariviere was he had to move up a weight class on just days notice against a opponent with four times the experience. A very spirited bout ensued with Dubois showing his experience but Lariviere being the plucky youngster stayed in the pocket and gave as good as he got up until the third round where Dubois finally put him away via TKO. Now with Dubois dropping down to 145 lbs and both men with full camps under their belts, we can see who truly is the better man. Can Dubois prove the first bout was not a fluke and capture another victory? Or will “Danial San” show he’s grown since their first meeting and prove he’s one of top Featherweight prospects coming out of Quebec?

Strahinja Gavrilovic (photo: Mike Fischl)

Strahinja Gavrilovic (photo: Mike Fischl)

7. Strahinja Gavrilovic (4-0) vs. Johan Romming @JoggiAiRomming (9-4-1)
Fight4Pride Championship 2 – Laval – November 22
A year and a half later, Canadian fight fans will finally get to see the long awaited return of Strahinja Gavrilovic as he takes on the globe trotting Johan Romming. Gavrilovic, a member of Team Bergeron, burst onto the Quebec scene by amassing four straight wins earning the last three by way of spectacular finishes. Romming, a native of Paris, France, started his career off on the right track going 8-1 in his first nine bouts but he has since hit a rough patch going 1-3-1 since though he did win his last bout. This is definitely a tester bout for Gavrilovic as he will easily have the size and strength advantage but Romming’s experience is what makes him a game opponent. Can Gavrilovic return from such a long layoff and dispatch his stiffest test to date or can the Frenchman spoil Gavrilovic’s home town return?

6. Ryan Machan @RyanMachan (22-9) vs. Marcus Hicks @MMAMarcusHicks (19-23)
Hard Knocks 39 – Calgary – November 14
With Michael Hill declining to fight the overweight Marcus Hicks at WSOF 14, the door opened up for Hicks to pursue other offers and one popped up quickly as now “The Loudmouth Assassin” will face off with Ryan Machan in a 175 lbs. catchweight attraction. Machan has hit a hot streak of late going 7-1 in his last eight bouts and is currently boasting a four fight win streak over the likes of Nathan Gunn and Richie Whitson. More impressively, Machan has finished all 22 of his pro victories between the bells never once needing the judges score cards to declare himself the winner. Hicks, like his opponent, is also blazing a hot streak. He may have a sub .500 record but he has gone 8-2 in his last ten outings and also like Machan is currently touting a four fight win streak. The similarities don’t stop there as Hicks has also never needed to hear the judges score cards when getting his hand raised as well. Now let’s be honest.  Even though Hicks has turned a new leaf in his career, Machan is still the odds on favorite but “The Loudmouth Assassin” has a chance to blow away the entire Canadian MMA scene if he can score the biggest win of his career by taking out Machan.


Martin Grandmont (photo: Mike Fischl)

Martin Grandmont (photo: Mike Fischl)

5. Martin Grandmont @Grandmont72 (12-7) vs. Christ Franck @C_Beast_F (5-4)
Fight4Pride Championship 2 – Laval – November 22
Fight4Pride has put together a very intriguing Welterweight match up featuring the long awaited return of fan favorite Martin “The Hammer” Grandmont as he takes on the late blooming Christ Franck. Martin Grandmont will return to the cage for the first time since quickly being submitted by Brandon Thatch in June 2012. Prior to that loss, the heavy handed striker from Lac Megantic, Quebec had gone 7-2 in nine bouts with his only losses during that time coming at the hands of UFC veteran Pete Spratt and Kurt Southern. Christ Franck, who trains with Team Bergeron, started off his career a little rough going 1-3 but he quickly turned it around and now has gone 4-1 in his last five including a win inside the Bellator cage over Marcus Aurelio. Now these two veterans of the Quebec scene will look to thrown down to see who’s king.  Franck will definitely have momentum on his side when he enters the cage, but no one brings more heart to the canvas than Martin Grandmont.

4. Will Chope @AsiaWillTheKill (21-7)  vs. Jeremy Kennedy @JeremyKennedyWC (6-0)
Full Metal Dojo 3 – Bangkok – November 22
Jeremy Kennedy has been the best kept secret at 145 lbs on the Canadian scene as he quietly amassed a 6-0 record.  However, his stiffest test awaits as he will take on UFC veteran Will Chope in a bout that will allow soccer kicks, knees to the head on the ground, and 12-6 elbows. Kennedy, who splits his time between BC and Team Quest Thailand, needed less then 15 months to amass his undefeated record with an impressive five finishes. Will Chope, who trains out of the Juggernaut Fight Club, made his UFC debut this past January in a losing effort against Max Holloway.  If suffering a loss in your Octagon debut wasn’t enough, he was quickly released when a military report citing domestic abuse was made public. Since the release, “The Kill” has gone 2-1 in the Asian Pacific MMA scene. On paper, this is an almost insurmountable task for Kennedy but upon closer inspection Chope’s record isn’t as glossy as it appears with many wins coming against sub .500 or debuting opponents. Either way, Chope will have a huge edge in experience and Kennedy will need to draw upon all his training to take the win here.  If he does, a win over Chope will easily propel him into the Canadian top 10 rankings.

Sergey Juskevic (photo: Mike Fischl)

Sergey Juskevic (photo: Mike Fischl)

3. Joel Powell @PowellMMASwag (7-4) vs. Sergej Juskevic @SergejJuskevic (13-7-2)
Hard Knocks 39 – Calgary – November 14
Hard Knocks returns to Calgary, Alberta with one of their best main events in recent memory as Joel Powell looks to bounce back from the Ford loss when he takes on the always tough Lithuanian Sergej Juskevic. Joel Powell, who trains out of Discipline MMA, will look to get back on the horse after a disappointing KO loss at the hands of Ryan Ford. Prior to that loss, Powell was 6-1 in his last seven bouts with his only loss during that time coming at Middleweight against UFC veteran Joe Doerksen, in what many consider to be one of the best Canadian fights of 2012. Sergej Juskevic, a transplanted Lithuanian who now resides in Toronto, has won back to back bouts and even more impressive is he achieved both with rarely seen submissions such as a knee bar on Gerald Meerschaert and a heel hook on Brandt Dewsberry. It is very tough to pick a winner here as Juskevic may have an advantage on the feet but Powell’s boxing has grown leaps and bounds, and while Powell is known for his skills on the mat, “El Dorado” has won 9 of his 13 wins by way of submission. Either way, this will be an exciting match up to watch and luckily enough it will be available coast to coast on GFL.

2. Will Romero @Lion_WillRomero (9-4) vs. Dimitri Waardenburg @DW401 (10-7)
Fight4Pride Championship 2 – Laval – November 22
Fight4Pride continues their tremendous match making which breeds exciting match ups and this one is no different as two of the top strikers in Canada’s lower weight classes will clash to see who’s hands are number 1. Will Romero will finally return to the cage after a disappointing no contest in his bout with Lenny Wheeler earlier this year. Prior to that, Romero had gone 3-1 in his last four bouts with wins over Daniel Langbeen, Stephane Bernadel and Matt Veal. This match up will feature Romero making his Bantamweight debut. Dimitri Waardenburg, who obviously trains under his father at Speedy Gym, has fought pretty much every top 135 pounder Canada has to offer and is currently riding a two fight win streak with two TKO finishes over Stephane Pelletier and Souksavanh Khampasath. Granted neither man currently sits on the Canadian Bantamweight rankings but make no mistake, this bout has heavy ranking ramifications with the winner cracking hard into top 10. Now this is one of those bouts where stats matter not as what we have here is two men who are masters at chucking leather and in the end the ones that benefit the most are the lucky fans that will pack the SportXpo in Laval and witness the fireworks live.

Yoni Sherbatov (photo: Alicia Hamilton | Red Statyk)

Yoni Sherbatov (photo: Alicia Hamilton | Red Statyk)

1. Yoni Sherbatov (2-0) vs. Michael Spoenlein @M_Spoenlein (3-1)
Fight4Pride Championship 2 – Laval – November 22
Two of Canada’s most hyped young prospects at 125 lbs will lock horns to see who is the true brightest star in Canada’s young and unfolding Flyweight division. Yoni Sherbatov, after much hype and even more difficulty in finding his debut opponent, finally made his professional debut this past May earning a first round TKO win over Gabe Sagman. Sherbatov then followed that up with first round submission win over Ryland Coventry five months later. So far the young man from Sherbatov MMA has lived up to the hype heaped upon him prior to ever fighting one second in the cage. Michael Spoenlein, a member of Zombieproof MMA, is no stranger to hype as he made his pro debut in September 2013 and proceeded to earn three consecutive wins with finishes including a first round arm bar over the wrestling phenom James Mancini. In his last bout, “Mini Kent” tasted defeat for the first time dropping a unanimous decision in a number one contenders bout against Lyndon Whitlock. Now throw all that hype out the window as we will get to see what Sherbatov does against a proven opponent while also seeing if Spoenlein can put his first loss behind him, learn from it and move forward. In other words, we have a fight. Not just an average entertaining scrap, but one that will have a meaningful impact on the young and blossoming Canadian Flyweight divison.

8 Responses to “ Top Maple Leaf Match Ups In November 2014 ”

  1. Canadian Flyweights says:

    #1 maple leaf matchup without a doubt

    Canadian Flyweights should all be on notice to see if Sherbatov is legit

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  2. Thesubzero says:

    I’m exciting to see how Jeremy Keenedy does against the step up in competition, Chope is definitely a good matchup for him. Just has to hit him in the body and get inside his long reach. Plus if it hits the ground Kennedy will probably dominate.

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  3. whowillwin says:

    Ryan Machan last 5 fights all five opponents had winning records at the time he fought he went 4-1

    Win – Richie Whitson 12-4 at time of fight
    Win – Brendan Tierney 10-5
    Win – William Sriyapai 12-7
    Win – Nathan Gunn 10-3
    Loss – Michael Madrid 10-8

    Marcus Hicks
    Over the past 11 fights since April 2012 he has gone 8-3 however only 4 people had winning records at the time he fought them and he only beaten 2 people that had winning records at the time he fought them.
    At time of fight
    Win – Bill Fraser – 4-8
    Win – Markhaile Wedderburn 11-12
    Win – Markhaile Wedderburn 11-11
    Win – Raphael Bergmann 4-4
    Loss – Steve Dubeck 4-6
    Win – Bobby Kalmakoff 3-11
    Loss – Jared Mccomb 4-2-1
    Win – Paul Grandbois 5-4
    Win – Brandon MacArthur 7-23
    Win – Nick Campbell 3-2
    Loss – Ryan Janes 3-1

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  4. Mmafan says:

    Not only machans recent opponents have better records but also credentials. Like world champion kickboxer, tuf vets and bellator vets.

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  5. RickRoll says:

    Marcus Hicks deservers respect. He turned his career around. The only thing that stands out to me on his recent record is he lost to Steve Dubeck? How do you lose to that guy with a 4-6 record?

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  6. LostForWords says:

    I can be the first one to tell you, marcus’s head beat him in that fight! When Steve is healthy hope he gives him a rematch

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  7. whowillwin says:

    Marcus Hicks career started July 2003 in response to Hicks turning his career around he has 42 fights and only 6 wins against people that had winning records at the time he fought them. To say this would be an upset win would be an understatement.

    According to Sherdog fight records
    Ryan Machan 31 fights vs 30 different opponents
    22 wins ( 7 KO/TKO 15 Submission) Losses 9 (2 KO/TKO 3 Submissions 4 Decisions)
    16 wins against opponents with winning records of which 13 still has winning records and 3 are at .500
    4 wins against people with a losing record
    2 wins against people in their first fight

    Marcus Hicks has won 19 fights against 17 different opponents
    Of his 19 wins 2 fighters had never fought before, 2 were at an even .500 when they fought 9 had losing records
    Only 6 of his 19 wins were against opponents that had winning records at the time he fought them. Of those 6 fighters only 3 have a winning record since facing HICKS

    Ryan seems to be taking all the risk with this fight.

    It really is a no win for Ryan if he wins he was suppose to if he loses it’s how could he lose to a guy with a losing record.

    Win/Win for Hicks if he loses well he should and if he win’s it’s a huge win

    And this is the going to be the problem for Hicks at this point in his career. He is a risky fight for people as his record is not great. Taking a fight against him and losing could damage you far more than if you were to beat him. Not sure how old Hicks is but he has been fighting professionally for over 11 years already. How many more fights/years does he have left?

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  8. stevedubeck says:

    Ha, I never post on here….. but hey why not?
    in response to the famous trollers of this website….. how does a guy like marcus or anybody for that matter lose to a guy with a 4-6 record at the time??? I can tell you ^^lostforwords and ^^ricktroll it wasn’t Marcus’s head that beat him….if u happened to catch that fight, it was my elbows then fists smashing into his face that caused that :) ill be the first to admit im no high caliber fighter and am very far from relevant in the MMA scene of today if I ever even was lol…but give your heads a shake! my relevance or record has nothing to do with the fact that my training paid off and his at the time did not…or his lack of if that was the case (not my problem, I showed up ready)..you guys can hate on me all u want I really could care less. marcus is def on a tare and I wish him all the best in his future bouts and hope he keeps pullin off these big wins for himself that’s awesome to see him or anyone that’s been on an MMA path like he has turn things around!keep it goin Mr.Hicks!
    win or lose…we get in there and u keyboard warriors esp this RickTroll fello… Do Not! haterz gonna hate….and the rest of us gonna keep on rollin not trollin ;)
    I say good day!

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