Top Maple Leaf Match Ups In April 2015


Top 10 Maple Leaf Matchups THUMBAfter a month full of tons of Canadian MMA greatness, Canuck fans will have a chance to catch their breath as April has only one fight card going down in the Great Fight North and only one Canadian will be participating in bouts overseas. Granted Top MMA News does have a date listed for a Provincial Fighting Championship’s card in Windsor, but it appears that card has been pushed back to TBA.

There may be a lack of regional cards this month but Canada will be represented very well in the UFC with Mitch Clarke fighting on April 4th, Sheldon Westcott on April 11th and a slue of Canadian UFCer’s throwing down on the Montreal card April 25th. So Canadian fight fans will not be starved for content this month. Anyway without further pandering let’s get to this month’s shorten edition of Top Maple Leaf Match Ups:

3. Duncan Wilson (6-4) vs. Aaron Shmyr (5-4)
Fivestar Fight League 14 – Fort St. John – April 24
They might not have the glossiest of records but Fivestar Fight League will make sure the belt is all shined up when these two step in the cage and Wilson will look to keep what is his while Shmyr will look to take the title home to Manitoba. Duncan Wilson is not only the Fivestar Fight League champion but he also trains out of the Fivestar Training Centre. “The Heartbreak Kid” is 4-1 over his past 5 outings with a late second round TKO loss to Cody Krahn being the only blemish on his record during that time. Aaron Shmyr, a member of The Pumphouse, had two rough losses under the Fivestar banner in 2013 dropping bouts to Sheldon Westcott and Ryan Chiappe but righted his ship in 2014 with a third round submission win over former Unified MMA title challenger Ryan Rother. This is a big fight for both men as when they step up in competition they seem to falter but while each have a win under their belt in their last fight building on that would be huge for their careers. It will also be a year since they last stepped foot in the cage so the man who was training the most and can shake off the ring rust the quickest will be the one with their hand raised in the end and their career on track.



2. Paul Cheng @TyphoonCheng (5-1) vs. Igor Subora (5-2)
One Fighting Championship 26 – Philippines – April 24
Even though most recently Cheng’s time has been spent on the silver screen rather than the OneFC canvas, “Typhoon” looks to prove that acting hasn’t made him soft when he meets Ukrainian Igor Subora at OneFC. As mentioned before, Paul Cheng hasn’t fought often but when he does he makes it count, he is currently riding a four fight win streak with four stoppages over the course of the last four years. “Typhoon” owns two wins under the OneFC banner a first round submission due to strikes over Alain Ngalani and a second round TKO retirement over Mahmoud Hassan. Subora may be of Ukrainian descent but he has spent his combat career fighting out of the Philippines as a long time veteran of URCC where he went 5-1 with five first round finishes two in under 60 seconds. Igor made his OneFC debut this December where he was TKO’d by UFC veteran Brandon Vera late in the first round. With OneFC’s Heavyweight pool being shallow but intensely brutal this bout is no exceptiom; and since both men are known for being  finishers someone is going out on their shield and going out early. If Cheng is able to get his hand raised here, it’s very possible a meeting with the aforementioned Vera could be in his future, and that would be a massive ticket seller for OneFC while being a huge step up for the “Typhoon”.

Brendan Kornberger defeated Micah Brakefield (photo: Alicia Hamilton | Red Statyk)

1. Brendan Kornberger @BKornberger185 (5-1) vs. Matt Baker @RiotMakerMMA (11-7)
Fivestar Fight League 14 – Fort St. John – April 24
A very intriguing Middleweight contest tops this months Top Maple Leaf Match Ups as Fivestar Fight League champion Brendan Kornberger defends his title for the first time when his meets fellow British Columbian Matt Baker. Brendan Kornberger, a member of Ryan’s MMA – Chackmat Vancouver, captured the Fiverstar title by defeating former champion Brad Stewart via TKO midway through the third round. After capturing the gold, Kornberger faced off against the undefeated Krasimir Mladenov at WSOF 17 where despite performing well, the Vancouver native dropped a unanimous decision. Matt Baker, who trains out of Pitbull Brothers, will actually be looking to fight for the third time in three months. “The Riotmaker” fought Ali Mokdad at WSOF 14 but an accidental clash of heads caused an early no contest, then just last weekend Baker TKO’d Ariel Gandulla early in the second round.  This will be an extremely fan friendly fight as Kornberger has never won via submission and Baker just loves to chuck leather. It will be Kornberger’s long rangy striking versus Baker’s bombs it will definitely end in a TKO/KO finish only question is who?



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