Top Maple Leaf Match Ups In August 2015

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Top 10 Maple Leaf Matchups THUMBWhat this month lacks in quantity in makes up for in quality. We may be short of a complete top 10, but each match up this month is a career defining tilt as far as each Canadian combatant is concerned. From title match ups, redemption match ups and career defining match ups, every single fight listed this month can make or break a fighter’s career and, in a select few, even give them a possibility at the big show. To top it off, with the exception of the two WXF fights, all matches will be streamed live so Canadian hardcore fans will have a chance to watch the consequence heavy tussles unfold.

As always this list features match ups taking place outside the UFC’s Octagon as they will get plenty of dissection on other areas of the site especially the UFC’s upcoming debut in Saskatchewan. Now enough with the fluff, let’s get down to the nitty gritty – this month’s Top Maple Leaf Match Ups:

Lindsay Garbatt (photo: Darren Langlois)

Lindsay Garbatt (photo: Darren Langlois)

6. Lindsay Garbatt @Linzgarbs (2-0) vs. Calie Cutler @CalieCutlerMMA (3-1)
Warrior Xtreme Cagefighting 59 – August 8
Canada has had a long history in Woman’s MMA. Even though we have managed only a small contingent of fighters, those that climbed the ranks became some of the best on the planet and Lindsay Garbatt has proven she has the potential to follow in their footsteps. Garbatt may only have two fights under her belt but has shown plenty of potential in those outings, earning a decision over the more experienced Stephanie Essensa and punching out Shirori Hori in just 61 seconds. Across the cage from Garbatt will be Calie Cutler. Known as “The Honey Badger”, she finished her first three opponents before dropping her first and only career loss to Kaline Medeiros this past April. While Cutler will look to rebound and get herself back in the win column, Garbatt will look to pounce on the wounded badger and continue chalking up the W’s.

Malcolm Gordon wins Havoc Title (photo: Darryl Delamont | Yellow Couch Photography

Malcolm Gordon wins Havoc Title (photo: Darryl Delamont | Yellow Couch Photography

5. Malcom Gordon @Malcolm_X_MMA (5-2) vs. Tashawn Mack @ (3-0)
Warrior Xtreme Cagefighting 59 – August 8
Since it’s inception, Flyweight has been a fickle division for Canadians. First it was Michael Davis, then Malcolm Gordon dethroned him and begun his reign only to suffer the same fate as Davis, a two fight losing skid. Now Gordon will look to put his first career road bump behind him and try to return to his unbeaten ways and potentially regain his throne. Gordon meets a fellow young upstart in Tashawn Mack, who unlike “X” is still in his unbeaten phase and will look to use Gordon as a stepping stone for his own career aspirations. Mack has only been fighting professionally since late 2014 and in his three paid bouts he has earned three first round stoppages, one TKO/KO and two submissions. For Gordon, he will need to enter this bout with the Dracula effect – either he sucks the unbeaten soul out of his opponent and regains his “strength” or Mack will summon his inner Van Helsing becoming a hero on the back of Gordon’s defeat. Either way, Canada’s 125 pound story will be rewritten as a fairy tale or horror story. It’s up to “X” to finish the book.

 

Chase Degenhardt stops Dan Chambers. (photo by Jason Bouwmeester)

Chase Degenhardt stops Dan Chambers. (photo by Jason Bouwmeester)

4. Chase Degenhardt @ChaseDeggy (8-3) vs. Micah Brakefield @MicahBrakefield (6-5)
Fight Night at the Corral – Calgary – August 15
As soon as Super Fight League jumped on board as a co-promoter, this match up just got a lot more intriguing for both men.  Not only will a belt be on the line but a chance at much more cash as being the reigning SFL Middleweight will give each man a chance at more match ups with more eyeballs. Chase Degenhardt returns from a three year layoff and is spending his time training at Complete MMA. Before his sabbatical, Chase shrugged of a three fight skid with back to back TKO wins over Sheldon Doll and Chad Sherman. Micah Brakefield also got back in the win column after suffering two back to back losses with a pair of first round submissions over Josh Griffin and Brad Stewart. This is a classic striker versus grappler match up.  Either Degenhardt will send “Mitey” crashing to the canvas or Brakefield will get Chase to snap, tap or crack. The best part for Canadian hardcore fans is no matter the victor, one man will get a shot at bigger and better match ups and a chance to increase their career.

Ryan Machan jabs Nathan Gunn (photo: Rob Trudeau)

Ryan Machan jabs Nathan Gunn (photo: Rob Trudeau)

 

3. Ryan Machan @RyanMachan (23-9) vs. Collin Reuter @CollinReuter (11-3-1)
Fight Night at the Corral – Calgary – August 15
Canadian MMA’s Rodney Dangerfield because he “don’t get no respect” Ryan Machan has long been one of Canada’s top Welterweights and will look to prove it once again when he meets Alaska’s Collin Reuter. Machan, now nicknamed the “Sylvan Lake Strangler”, is currently riding a five fight streak and has won eight of his past nine outings.  More impressively, Machan has finished every single one of his wins – 7 TKO/KOs and 16 submissions. Reuter, who fights out of Team Frostbite, has traded wins and losses over his last five bouts going 2-3 and dropping a submission loss to TUF veteran and fellow Alaskan native Nic Herron-Webb. While Machan will be making his first appearance of 2015, Reuter has fought twice since Ryan’s last outing and will be the much fresher fighter. Granted Machan has not fought the biggest names over the past couple years, he has battled some of the toughest.  With his record and penchant for violent finishes, his shot at the big show is still possible and he will need to continue his finish streak if he wants to punch his Octagon ticket.

 

Josh Hill submits Josh Rettinghouse (photo: Jeremy Penn | Pennography)

Josh Hill submits Josh Rettinghouse (photo: Jeremy Penn | Pennography)

2. Josh Hill @GentlemanJHill (11-1) vs. Florin Gârdan (11-2)
Real Xtreme Fighting 19 – August 31
2015 has been the year of international recognition for Josh Hill.  First, he got a shot at WSOF gold against Marlon Moraes, then a battle against former WSOF title challenger, and now he will travel to Romania for a shot at RXF champ Florin Gârdan. Hill suffered his first career loss to the aforementioned Moraes but proved he could hang on the world stage by taking the champ five rounds. Earlier in his career, the “Gentleman” received criticism for his decision based fighting style but in his last two victories, he has earned highlight stoppages over Mike Adams and Josh Rettinghouse. Gârdan, a native of Romania, trains out of Team KIBOJU and is currently ridding a four fight win streak. Both men are known for their grinding style while Hill definitely has the edge in terms of competition but Gârdan is no easy win and Hill will need to use his extreme conditioning to stay on top round over round. Even though Hill will be competing half way around the world, fans will still get to see his tussle live at RXFlive.com.

 

Jesse Arnett (photo: Rob Trudeau)

Jesse Arnett (photo: Rob Trudeau)

1. Roland Delorme @RolandDelorme1 (9-4) vs. Jesse Arnett @BigCatsReal (7-4)
Fight Night at the Corral – Calgary – August 15
It’s really hard for fights to get much tastier than this.  In one corner you have the UFC veteran looking to get his carer back on track, while in the opposite corner you have a fighter who has finally put his game together and is looking to make his mark by defeating the veteran. Roland Delorme, a stalwart among the top Canadian Bantamweights for many years, went 3-3-1 inside the UFC’s Octagon before receiving his walking papers following a three fight skid. Jesse Arnett, a former national stand out wrestler, started out his MMA career roughly going 3-4 before finally taking his training seriously and training BJJ/submissions.  Since switching up his training regimen, he’s gone 4-0 with impressive wins over the likes of Mike Davis, Souksavanh Khampasath and Vince Murdock. Things get even more intriguing when you start to take a look at each man’s game.  While Delorme is a BJJ standout out with very slick submissions, his takedown defence has much to be desired.  Arnett obviously has tremendous wrestling but all four of his losses have come via submission. Both men need this victory to further their career either to save it or start it.  The crossroads this fight creates is almost as palpable as the match up itself.

 

 

 

4 Responses to “ Top Maple Leaf Match Ups In August 2015 ”

  1. topmmafan says:

    Sherdog says Gardan is 8-2. Anyone know what his real record is?

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  2. Cody Rempel says:

    His record is different on all three major record keeping sites… I try to use a combination of all three when I’m posting records on the site! I usually find Sherdog and Tapology to be the most complete with the “Official” record keeper MMA.tv missing lots of results and info.

    Tapology record is 11-2
    Sherdog record is 8-2
    MMA.tv record is 7-0

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  3. EPerez says:

    Ronald Delmore

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  4. Bobby Karimi-Busheri says:

    Garbatt TKO
    Gordon Dec
    Degenhardt TKO
    Machan Sub
    Hill TKO
    Delorme Sub

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