Who’s Next… WSOF Canada


WSOF-Canada-THUMBWorld Series of Fighting held another one of their stacked Canadian cards this past Friday and in this article we’ll explore who could be next for some of the notable Canadian fighters from the WSOF 21 card. Keep in mind, in most cases the matchups listed here are hypothetical and have not been announced or rumored to be taking place unless otherwise noted.

Let us know who you think should be up next for the big winners and the rest of the card.

Hakeem Dawodu (5-0) vs. Josh Machan (12-4)
Hakeem Dawodu has left a path of destruction in his wake after a 5-0 start to his MMA career with all of his wins coming by KO or TKO. The names on Dawodu’s record have been impressive for a young fighter but it’s time to take it to the next level and step up to a more established Featherweight contender. Josh Machan has not fought in over a year when he defeated Adam Lorenz at WSOF Canada: Ford vs. Powell but has won twelve of his last thirteen after an 0-3 start to his career. Machan would provide a great test to see if Dawodu is ready to make the jump to the next level and start a WSOF Featherweight title run as well as provide a challenge for Dawodu’s ground game. Let’s hope someone can coax Machan back to the cage soon for a dynamite match-up.

Stephen Beaumont (8-2) vs. Andrew McInnis (6-1)
Stephen Beaumont showed a ton of heart in his fight against Jose Rodriguez this past Friday night. After taking a huge knee to the head from Jose Rodriguez while grounded, Beaumont took only about half of his alotted time to recover and proceeded to dominate Rodriguez over the next two and a half rounds for a well deserved victory and Fight of the Night performance. Andrew McInnis’ last bout ended in some controversy and speculation. Many have said that McInnis took the easy way out against Cody McKenzie. A clearly intentional headbutt prompted the disqualification after McInnis was unable to continue. McInnis would get the chance to silence the doubters with a bout against Beaumont. Beaumont is from Hayabusa Training Centre, a gym that McInnis has had little good to say about, making this a great next chapter in the rivalry between Hayabusa and Complete Fitness and Martial Arts.

Michael Hill (8-3) vs. Brandt Dewsbery (13-3-1)
Michael Hill was able to pull out a split decision against Mark Drummond at WSOF 21 and has won three of his last four fights after a pair of losses to Ryan Ford and Joel Powell after his stint on The Ultimate Fighter. WSOF has a stacked Welterweight division and it’s going to take some climbing to get to the upper rungs of the ladder. A good next step would be a match-up with Brandt Dewsbery who is scheduled to fight Miles Anstead at Hard Knocks 44 but should be ready to fight again in the fall or winter. Dewsbery also holds a win over Mark Drummond whom he defeated by rear-naked choke in the first round of their WSOF Canada 1 bout. A matchup between these often exciting Welterweights would be a good way to see who’s ready to take a step up to the next level.

Smealinho Rama (9-2) vs. Mike Kyle (21-12-1)
Smealinho Rama was holding his own in the Heavyweight title defense at WSOF 21 until he got caught in a Guillotine choke and was forced to tap midway through the third round. Rama has one fight left on his contract with WSOF and has not seemed to be completely happy with some of the circumstances surrounding this title defense like not being the main event and having to fight a challenger coming off a loss. In any event, Rama has one more fight on his contract to showcase himself and put himself in a good position whether it be re-signing with WSOF or moving on to another promotion like UFC or Bellator. A bout with Mike Kyle would give Rama a well known name on his record if he could get the win and although Kyle has lost three of his last four and has an upcoming bout with Tyrone Spong, a couple of those losses have been to Anthony Johnson and Andrei Arlovski. Mike Kyle most recently righted the ship against Baga Agaev in Abu Dhabi.

Chris Horodecki (21-6-1) vs. Rick Glenn (15-3-1)
Chris Horodecki fell short in an attempt to unseat Lance Palmer for the Featherweight crown this weekend and in that sense he has a little bit in common with his proposed opponent here as Palmer actually took the title from Rick Glenn in his previous bout and therefore a bout between Palmer’s last two victims just makes sense. With the recent signing of Magomedrasul Khasbulaev… and yes I spelled that without having to Google it, impressed? Khasbulaev makes a lot of sense to be the next challenger to the Featherweight crown which means Horodecki and Glenn both are in need of a big win to keep pace with the division if they hope to work towards another shot at whomever may be champion in the near future.



12 Responses to “ Who’s Next… WSOF Canada ”

  1. mmafan says:

    Was listening to a podcast with Hill on it last week, and he kept saying he wanted to fight Ash smash Mashreghi for BFL, either fight would be a good one tho.

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  2. Sherwood Park Rangers says:

    Pfft there is no rivalry between Hyabusa and Complete. The boys from Complete are on quite the loosing streak. The only time they win is when Sunny lets them fight on a Unified Card against fighters from non-established gyms from Saskatchewan, then they win and act like they just won their UFC debuts. Steve is a born killer and would give Mcinness a dirty beating. The boys from Complete are way overhyped.

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  3. Really?!? says:

    Phil you’ve been in the game 3 years and left a trail of angry fighters and promotions in your wake, please never speak of your higher mma education, everybody who knows you in mma knows to stay at least a province away. Jeez

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  4. Ryan Machan says:

    I would love to fight Mike Hill on the next wsof in Edmonton.

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  5. GGod says:

    Who’s next? We should be askig if theres gonna be a next…

    With Ryan Ford gone i dont think its isnt going to be financially beneficial for WSOF canada to do big shows or even be here.

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  6. Cody Rempel says:

    Ryan Machan, I love that idea… That would be a great fight!

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  7. The fighters out of Hayabusa have represented very well on the last shows, especially Big Bad Steve Beaumont with his fight of the night performance, Nasty Nybaken with his K.O win, Not bad for fighters training out of a gym whos jits coach apparently bought his belts and from a gym whos wrassling coach recently switched allegiance.

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  8. GGod says:

    But there not enough to draw in our bigger venues. Talented MMA fighters in edmonton? Hell yes! Draws for tv? Dont think so. Darren can prove me wrong

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  9. mmafan says:

    Who do you guys think is the best welterweight in the country, outside of the ufc now that Ford has stepped away? Ive been thinking about it can’t really come up with a clear cut #1.

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  10. Sherwood Park Rangers says:

    If you were to ask Andrew Mcinness that question (on a social media forum or internet forum) mmafan he would tell you that he is the number #1 lightweight and WW outside of the UFC. He would also tell you that he is pound for pound the greatest Canadian MMA fighter that this country has ever produced.

    I’m actually not even kidding. His ego is that big and he is actually that deluded.But only when he is typing on a mobile device or behind a computer….

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  11. MMA-Opinion says:

    What’s next?
    Fold that’s what’s next !
    Blame is on the promoters for not promoting!

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  12. Cooperstown says:

    Sergej juskevic by far #1 outside UFC

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