Top Maple Leaf Match Ups In December 2014

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Top 10 Maple Leaf Matchups THUMBWith Christmas just around the corner Kris Kringle has been a little cheap on his Canadian MMA offerings with just 3 cards being held in the great fight north this month, and honestly not the best offerings from those promotions this year. But fear not rabid Canadian fans as we still have 2 Canadians throwing down outside the country and 2 big main events for local fans to enjoy.

Now as always this list is for bouts taking place outside the ever ominous Octagon as those fights will get their due on Radio and pre fight breakdowns. With that being said let’s all take a minute and wish Mitch Gagnon and Randa Markos luck in the biggest bouts of their career. Now without further adieu lets get onto the short but still awesome December edition of Top MMA News’ Top Maple Leaf Match Ups:

Honorable Mentions:

Top 4 Maple Leaf Match Ups in December 2014

Clay Davidson

Clay Davidson at XFFC 2 (photo: Rob Trudeau)

4. Clay Davidson (9-7) vs. Rodney Wallace @ShoNuffMMA (21-9-1)
Hard Knocks 40 – Calgary – December 12
Hard Knocks has really changed their image over the past 12 months.  Gone are the days sub .500 guys facing off against each other from top to bottom.  Now, HKFC has implemented titles with big co-main and main events being featured on every card. Hard Knocks 40 is no exceptions as Clay Davidson will challenge UFC veteran Rodney Wallace for the inaugural HKFC Light-Heavyweight belt. Davidson, now a member of Champion’s Creed MMA, bounced back from a three fight skid by submitting Todd Stoute via his infamous guillotine choke half way through the first round. Wallace, currently training out of Chute Boxe, recently had a brief stint in Bellator where he went 1-1 defeating Carlos Eduardo via decision then dropped a decision to Kelly Anundson in his most recent bout. “Sho Nuff” is not just a body being brought in to fight for the title. He earned his HKFC stripes by defeating Ariel Gandulla by unanimous decision this past May. Davidson needs a big win to keep himself relevant on the national scene and a win over a UFC vet along with wrapping a gold belt around his waist could be the perfect way to cap off 2014.

3. Derek Boyle @DBoyleMMA (13-6) vs. Jose Rodriguez @JoseRozottoMMA (7-3)
Havoc FC 7 – Red Deer – December 19
With John Alessio out with an injury, Jose Rodriguez steps in looking to erase the memory of his April 5th split decision loss to Derek Boyle. Boyle, who splits training between CMAC and Jackson’s MMA, has had a banner 2014 so far going 3-0 with wins over Dia Grant, Shawn Fitzsimmons and the aforementioned split decision over Rodriguez. Rodriguez, who trains out of Scheer’s MMA, took almost three years off prior to his first meeting with Boyle. Prior to that, he had gone 2-1 in the last three with wins over Ed Rincon and Nick Heynen while the loss came against Advin Omic. In their first meeting, Rodriguez was able to get on the inside and use dirty boxing to open up a cut over Boyle’s eye but in the end it was Boyle’s cage control, aggression and take downs that ultimately won him the split decision. Was it ring rust that caused Rodriguez to drop the decision? Or is it finally Boyle’s time to earn a shot at the big leagues? No matter the outcome, their first fight was an absolute war so this meeting should be an epic slug fest.

Charmaine Tweet

Charmaine Tweet (photo: Invicta)

2. Charmaine Tweet @NotSoSweetMMA (6-4) vs. Faith van Duin @FaithImmortal (4-1)
Invicta FC 10 – December 5
“Not So Sweet” will look to build on the momentum she gained in the exciting tilt with Veronica Rothenhausler when she meets New Zealand native Faith Van Duin. Charmaine Tweet, who continues to train under Jeff Wiley, has won back to back bouts since dropping her Invicta FC debut to Julia Budd in December 2013. A proven finisher, Tweet has earned all six of her professional wins between the bells with five submissions and one TKO. Duin, who trains out of GYM 101, really only has a year and a half of professional experience under her belt. “The Immortal” made her debut in April 2103 and earned a fourth round win, she followed that up by winning the Storm MMA Featherweight title by winning three fights in one night. Momentum will be a huge factor coming into this match up while Tweet has won two in a row, Duin is coming off her first loss. Can Tweet continue her roll and become one of the top WMMA Featherweights? Or will Duin show that she is one of the top up and comers and dispatch the Canadian veteran? Either way this tilt will be full of fireworks and a dark horse for fight or the night for Invicta FC 10.

1. Bibiano Fernandes (16-3) vs. Dae Hwan Kim @DaeHwan_Kim7 (10-0-1)
ONE FC 23: Warrior’s Way – December 5
Canada’s number 1 ranked Bantamweight will defend his One FC strap for the second time when he meets undefeated South Korean Dae Hwan Kim. Bibiano Fernandes, who has not lost in nearly four years, decided against signing with the UFC in 2012 and instead joined One FC and has not looked back since, going 5-0 with notable wins over Yoshiro Maeda and Masakatsu Ueda. Kim is very much a veteran of the Korean regional scene having fought under all major Korean promotion like Spirit MC, KAMA and Road FC. The native of Seoul, South Korea made his One FC debut last December submitting Thanh Vu via rear naked choke then cemented his number one contender status by starching Kevin Belingon with a first round submission this past March. “The Flash” has been used to being the heavy favorite in every match up since joining One FC but these young and upcoming challengers keep getting better and Kim is no exception while Fernandes is a beast the ground so is Kim. Fernandes will need to use his experience to weather the early storm from Kim and gain top position if he wants to finish this young buck.

9 Responses to “ Top Maple Leaf Match Ups In December 2014 ”

  1. Rodriguez says:

    its 7-2 dammit lol! I still don’t know how my first amature fight IN REGINA in 2006 is counted as a pro fight? Topmma you guys know the situation in sask.. There’s no pro fight here yet.
    Maybe someone is fishing to pump up their record

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  2. Kenji says:

    Yes, for some reason, Sherdog counts Dave Lockharts ghetto promotion Xtreme Cage Warz as pro fights. On Mitch Clarkes Sherdog Profile his win against Jase Nibourg in 2006 in Saskatoon on Xtreme Cage Warz is listed as a Pro Win on Sherdog.

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  3. Zach b says:

    Kanji did machan slam you on your head ?

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  4. Kenji says:

    @Blaber Mouth

    No Zach, neither Machan has ever slammed me on my head. You might actually have some brain damage though,is that why you quit MMA? Surely you can make a comback and beat up on more 0-5 fighters like Patrick Gladue and Jason Rorick buddy. There’s all sorts more cans you can go and crush buddy.

    How does me making a statement that is a fact get you irritated big fella?

    Fact: MMA is not legal in Saskatchewan

    Fact: Fighters have pro wins on Sherdog as a result of this despite pro MMA not being legal and sanctioned in Saskatchewan

    Try harder bud.

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  5. DV says:

    Many fighters have earned pro wins in events that were not sanctioned or where mma was still illegal (i.e. fights on native reserves in Ontario before ufc skydome/rogers centre)

    Some people consider amateur/pro the same in mma. A fight is a fight. Unless there are modified rules and additional protection being used (headgear, shin pads, bigger gloves), the only difference is the round duration and a fight purse

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  6. Zach b says:

    I’m impressed at your internet / sherdog skills.
    I am also flattered that you enjoyed my can crushing days.
    I was just wondering with all the negativity you are spewing about arashi do and the people that fight out of there , that you have some hard feelings or something.

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  7. Hawkes says:

    When I fought Jordan Mein in Regina it was two rounds with no knees or elbows to the head and no heel hooks or toe holds. Still considered a pro fight on sherdog. I’m not complaining just stating a fact. That fight was advertised as an “ameature title fight”. Yet I have fights that I was paid for that were full mma rules that are not on my pro record. I can understand the frustration when your chances of making it to the big show depends on your record.

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  8. Blackout says:

    None of my XCW wins counted, Ive noticed on some fighters’ records they count, some they dont. its weird

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  9. LBoutin says:

    XCW fights shouldn’t count on anyone’s record. It was an illegal unregulated event. 95% of the fights were usually guys that didn’t train. (The odd time you’d have a couple legit fighters but I’m talking the majority).

    Thank god that train wreck is over. I’m excited for pro MMA regulation to finally be put into place here in Sask, so we don’t have shows like XCW anymore.

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