Top Maple Leaf Match Ups In September 2015


Top 10 Maple Leaf Matchups THUMBEven though many fantastic bouts saw cancellations this month, there is still plenty to be excited about. We have one title on the line, two number one contender fights and plenty of prospects getting a chance to show their worth on a big stage.

All in all you really can’t complain and even though this month’s list is only a top 6 there are plenty of other delicious bouts featuring Canadians on and off our native soil. With the fighter’s Twitter handles being featured next to their name, why not give them a follow so you can witness their lead up to fight time first hand.

Now without further ado, let’s get ready to tangle this month’s Top Maple Leaf Match Ups:

Ash Mashreghi (photo: Don Osborne)

Ash Mashreghi (photo: Don Osborne)

6. Ash Mashreghi @AshSmashMMA (6-3) vs. Leo Xavier @LeoXavierMMA (1-0-1)
Battlefield Fight League 38 – Vancouver – September 11
Based on Leo Xavier’s professional record, it’s hard to make an argument as to why he is getting a BFL title shot.  However, if you saw the altercation between the two at BFL 37 (SEE HERE), you can tell there is no love lost between these two. Leo Xavier, who only has two pro bouts under his belt, has a plethora of amateur experience and was probably one of BFL ‘s most successful amateur fighters going 7-1 in unpaid bouts. Ash Mashreghi is probably one of Canada’s most improved fighters. He started off his career with three straight losses then went on a six fight win streak all by way of stoppage and capped it off by capturing BFL’s Welterweight strap this past May by submitting Dejan Kajic. BFL is one of the few promotions that sells itself as much on it’s brand as it does by promoting its fighters and this bout is no exception. Sure fans coast to coast may not understand the match up, but fans in BC get it and they will be the ones throwing down their hard earned dollars to attend the card and the way BFL sees it, that’s what matters the most.

5. Wolfgang Janssen @AirwolfMMA (5-1) vs. Craig Shintani @ShintaniMMA (4-1)
Hard Knocks 45 – Calgary – September 25
An intriguing Lightweight bout co-main events Hard Knocks 45 as two young up and comers look to put a stamp on their blossoming career by defeating the other. Wolfgang Janssen is most remembered for his flying reverse triangle of Aaron Armstrong (SEE HERE). Since the sub seen around the world, “Airwolf” has gone 2-1 dropping a heartbreaking KO loss to Luis Huete. However, Janssen rebounded with a two fight win streak including a decision win over Curtis Demarce. Craig Shintani, a member of The Fire Martial Arts and Fitness, has not tasted defeat since 2011 in his pro debut. Since then, he has gone 4-0 with four stoppages mixing things up with two submissions and two TKOs. Being that both men are still young in their careers and only have one loss apiece, there is a lot of pressure for each to perform. The winner will not only climb Hard Knock’s ranks but the nation’s as well and could set themselves up for bigger and more prestigious bouts.

josh powell

Josh Powell (photo: Mike Fischl|Great Fight North)

4. Joel Powell @PowellMMASwag (9-5) vs. Adam Smith (9-4)
Hard Knocks 45 – Calgary – September 25
A bout that could be easily overlooked but is a shoe in for dark horse of the month pits two grizzled Welterweights with loads of potential against each other in what could easily be a number 1 contenders bout. Joel Powell has been in the MMA game since 2008 but continues to show loads of improvement in each and every bout he throws down in. Currently riding a two fight win streak, his only losses in the last three years have come against the best of best like Ryan Ford and Joe Doerksen. Adam Smith, a native of Spokane, Washington, had a fantastic showing in his last Hard Knocks bout where he defeated KOTC Canada’s Welterweight champion Chris Mattock via first round TKO. A master of submissions, Smith has earned seven of his nine wins by tap out and one by way of TKO only letting one of pro victories go to the scorecards. Both men have loads of experience and this could be one of the most exciting bouts this month. With Sergej Juskevic having the title firmly in his grasp, the winner here will make a strong case for a title shot.



Victor Valimaki at Aggression MMA 9

Victor Valimaki (photo: Jason Bouwmeester)

3. Victor Valimaki @V2MMA (18-9) vs. Tanner Boser @BulldozerBoser (7-1)
Unified MMA 24 – Edmonton – September 25
This scrap is just plain fun.  First, it’s two big boys chucking heavy leather and two, it’s a passing of the torch as a grizzled UFC veteran looks to hold on to his time in the cage against the young buck looking to making his name off of the old guard. Victor Valimaki has long been a staple of high level Canadian MMA competing in most Canadian promotions from coast to coast along with a two fight stint in the UFC. Now training at Complete Fitness and Martial Arts, “The Finnisher” has gone 1-1 since returning to MMA in 2014. Tanner Boser started off his career 6-0 with five stoppages before running into the Canadian brick wall known as Tim Hague where he was stopped in the first round and lost his chance at the Unified MMA Heavyweight crown. Three months later, “The Bulldozer” got back on the horse earning a first round TKO stoppage over Jared Henderson at KOTC Mach 3. Now these two proven finishers will meet in what can only be described as a coup for Unified as these two are sure to draw a crowd. No matter the victor, the real winner is Unified MMA as Valimaki versus Unified champ Tim Hague is a sure fire ticket seller as is a Hague vs. Boser rematch.

2. Mike Malott @Michael_Malott (4-1) vs. Ousmane Thomas Diagne @ThomasDiagneMMA (5-4)
Bellator MMA 141: Dynamite – September 19
Going down to Team Alpha Male not only improved Mike Malott‘s overall fight game but it also got him a Bellator MMA fight when he meets Ousmane Thomas Diagne. “The Main Attraction” started his career in the east coast which makes sense for a Halifax native and he went 3-0 with three first round stoppages – in fact, he never went past the two minute mark. From there, Malott traveled to Ontario for SCC 2 where he continued with his quick wins stopping Allan Wilson in 89 seconds. Unfortunately, the undefeated Featherweight ran into another undefeated 145 pounder and suffered his first career loss at the hands of Hakeem Dawodu at WSOF 14 in October of 2014. Ousmane Thomas Diagne, who now trains out of AKA, recently had a four fight win streak snapped with a second round submission loss to Brandon Ricetti in June of last year. The Paris native’s record might not be as glossy as Malott’s but he started his career in the Strikeforce Challenger series with bouts against the likes of Kaleo Kwan and Caros Fodor. Since both men possess KO power and both will be looking to catch the eyes of Bellator’s brass, expect each man to leave it all in the cage come September 19th.

Kyle Nelson defeats Maxime Dubois at UGC 32

Kyle Nelson (photo: Julian Cymbalista-Clapp)

1. Kyle Nelson @The__Monster (6-0) vs Adrian Hadribeaj @TheEagleMMA (4-1)
TXC Legends 6: TXC MMA Undisputed – September 12 Michigan
Talk about getting lost in the shuffle, Canada has four undefeated prospects at 145lbs – Jeremy Kennedy is the BFL champ, Gavin Tucker is the ECC champ and Hakeem Dawodu is a breakout WSOF star. Question is where does that leave Kyle “The Monster” Nelson? Sadly, in MMA purgatory as every time a big fight comes up, it seems to fall through the cracks.  However, that has not soured him on chasing the dream. It has not been a row of cans for Nelson as over his past four bouts he’s faced tough opposition from the extremely durable Maxime Dubois to the bright prospects in Alex Halkias and Neelan Hordatt-Reece to a national level wrestler in Ainsley Robinson.  Things definitely have not been easy for “The Monster”. Adrian Hadribeaj is also no easy task for Nelson, as the Michigan native is a two time Bellator MMA veteran earning two split decision victories in the Coker run promotion. Two men young in their careers looking for a big “W” to further their passion how could this fight not a get hard care fan’s blood pumping?


One Response to “ Top Maple Leaf Match Ups In September 2015 ”

  1. RickRoss76 says:

    Hague vs Valimaki would make sense. The question is which guy would duck the other first and or pull out of the fight with an “injury”

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