Top Maple Leaf Match Ups In December 2015

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Top 10 Maple Leaf Matchups THUMBSanta Claus must be in some kind of great mood as Christmas is coming early for Canadian fight fans. With 2 Flyweight titles fights finally deciding the long debated Canadian 125 lbs ranking, a Welterweight title fight between two of the best Canadians outside the UFC, 2 Canadians getting their chance at big show greatness inside the WSOF cage, 2 big men throwing down for the fans enjoyment and plenty of young prospects strutting their stuff to make a name for themselves. Seriously how could you ask for any more? Well you actually can as 4 Canadians fight in the UFC Octagon this month as well and you get McGregor vs. Aldo and Weidman vs. Rockhold. It’s been a long time since Canadian fight fans had it this good. Now grab some hot and toasty eggnog, get a plate of gingerbread cookies and sit back and relax and chomp into this month’s Top Maple Leaf Match Ups:

Top 9 Maple Leaf Matchups

9. Brent Harvie (3-1) vs. Clay Dixon (2-0)
Havoc FC 10 – Red Deer – December 4
Oh man, is this a fun one!  Love this fight, Clay Dixon is a solid wrestler with decent stand up who has gone unbeaten in 2015.  The Kamizake fighter submitted Shadey Yellowbird in his debut and then one outpointed Kyle Coleman at the last Havoc. Does Dixon have the power to threaten Brent Harvie? Harvie’s sole loss came at the hands of Jesse Arnett, who is riding one of the longer win streaks in Canadian MMA.  No shame in that.  Harvie also fought on Havoc 9 where he tapped out promoter Jesse Fox in the second round.  Will Harvie’s standup overwhelm Dixon? Will Dixon be able to ground and pound his way to a top position victory while avoid getting subbed?  The answer to those questions will determine who wins two in a row in the Havoc cage.Parwez Ghulam LEAD

8. Parwez Ghulam (5-2) vs. Bruno Marques (2-1)
Unified MMA 25 – Edmonton – December 18
After losing his Featherweight title at Unified MMA 29, Parwez Ghulam will be looking to get back into the title picture. After a four fight win streak, Ghulam lost his title to Sabah Fadai. Now, he looks to get back into the win column against the hard punching Bruno Marques. Marques, from Black Sheep MMA, is a tough SOB who quickly put an end to James McGrath and Gurjeet Bilkhu’s nights in his last two fights. Look for Ghulam to take this to the mat and work his subs in this December tussle. If he doesn’t, it could be lights out for his attempt to get back into Unified title contention.

7. Aaron Jeffery @AajMMA (2-0) vs. Sean Brady @_S_Brady (2-0)
Cage Fury FC – December 4
Aaron Jeffery is another member of Modern Vision MMA who has flown under the radar for many hard core Canadian MMA fans as he has spent his entire career fighting in the regional USA scene. Only 2-0 in his young MMA career, Jeffery went 6-0 as an amateur with five finishes and he now looks to make a name for himself as a pro when he takes on a fellow undefeated fighter in Sean Brady. Brady, who is also 2-0 as a pro, had a similar amateur career as Jeffery going 4-0 in unpaid bouts with two finishes. Jeffery will be entering enemy territory – not only is he a Canadian fighting in the USA, but Brady is a long time CFFC veteran and will be looking to remain undefeated in his home promotion while Jeffery looks to play the part of spoiler. CFFC is a well known promotion and coming out of this bout with a victory will be very beneficial for one of the young fighters’ careers. It will all depend on which of these young, undefeated bucks can deal with the pressure better.

6. Matt Spisak (8-5) vs. Justin Nanaquawetung (3-1)
Unified MMA 25 – Edmonton – December 18
Everyone loves a comeback story. At one point, Matt Spisak was a fighter with a losing record sitting at 4-5 after being fed to lions like Dominick Blais and Joey Gambino early in his career.. A move to Hayabusa and a slow and steady diet of improving competition has seen Spisak turn things around to an 8-5 record. Although fans and Spisak himself seem to want him to drop down to 145 and take on Sabah Fadai, Spisak finds himself at 150 for this fight against Justin Nanaquawetung.  Now, Spisak is the favourite in this matchup, but Nanaquawetung has some slick jits and “The Wolf” has reeled off three straight wins in the Unified cage.  Will Spisak continue his feel good story or will his A-Team opponent love it when his plan comes together?

Tim Hague (photo: Rob Trudeau)

Tim Hague (photo: Rob Trudeau)

5. Tim Hague @Tim_Hague (20-10) vs. Tony Lopez (39-18)
Unified MMA 25 – Edmonton – December 18
This fight is just plain fun and, let’s be honest here, both guys are past their primes.  While neither are staring down the barrel of a big show contract, both men enjoy chucking leather and that’s exactly what fans will get to witness here. Tim Hague, who prior to taking on one of Russia toughest heavyweights, Evgeny Erokhin, was riding a four fight win streak with finishes of the likes of Craig Hudson and Tanner Boser. Fans may enjoy giving “The Thrashing Machine” a hard time and his time against elite fighters are over, but he can still compete against other journeymen and be enjoyable to watch while doing so. Tony Lopez has fought professionally since 2005 and is best known for being a 2 division champion in KOTC. Despite being 42 “Kryptonite” continues to fight often with 7 bouts already under his belt in 2015, he went 5-2 with wins over the likes of Jeremy Horn and Houston Alexander. There is only on stat that fans should care about coming into this fight and that is finish rate, Lopez has ended 34 of his 35 wins while Tim has finished 18 of his 20 victories so no matter what fans are going to see fireworks inside the cage.

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4. Adrian Woolley @WoolleyDaBully (9-4) vs. Yoni Sherbatov (4-0)
XFFC 8 – Grande Prairie – December 11
Two top Canadian Flyweights on complete opposite ends of the career spectrum look to lock horns for the XFFC 125 lbs title. With so many differences between them, these two men do share one similarity, nobody wants to fight them as they both have had an extremely rough time finding fights.  Luckily for us fans, the only thing to do was to face off against each other. Adrian Woolley started off his career 7-1 but has hit a rougher stretch. Granted his only losses since have come by way of very close split decision. That does not mean “The Bully” is a sitting duck as he went 2-1 in 2014 with wins over Jeimeson Saudino and Eric Wilson. Yoni Sherbatov, the young upstart in this bout, comes in as the challenger with four wins under his belt and a very recent impressive TKO of Freddy Arteaga just a month removed from this tilt. One might hate to admit it, but this could be Woolley’s last shot at a UFC contract. A loss here would almost close the door on his dream and that puts Sherbatov in a rough situation because there is no scarier bully than one with their back against the wall.

Randy Turner throws kick (photo: Mike Fischl)

Randy Turner throws kick (photo: Mike Fischl)

3. Austin Ryan (5-0) vs. Randy Turner @RandyTurner7 (8-3)
Havoc FC 10 – Red Deer – December 4
Two men who hold recent wins over former number 1 Canadian Flyweight Malcolm Gordon will square off for the Havoc FC 125 lbs title and the rights to be named Canada’s top Flyweight. Austin Ryan, who fights out of Arashi-Do Red Deer, has really taken the Canadian scene by storm. After racking up quality wins over the likes of Robert Nelson, Keegan Oliver and Bojan Kladnjakovic, he put in a superb performance by finishing Malcolm Gordon to capture the Havoc FC title. Randy Turner, a member of OAMA, has looked great since dropping down to 125 lbs. besides a hiccup against Michael Banin (who was a late switch with less than 24 hours notice) “Relentless” has racked up wins over Eric Perez, BJ Ferguson and the aforementioned Malcolm Gordon. With all that being said this will determine who is Canada’s top flyweight and who is prepared to take the next step in their career, which means we will see who can deal with the pressure the best.

2. Hakeem Dawodu @MeanHakeem (5-0) vs. Marat Magomedov (7-0)
World Series of Fighting 26 – December 18
Since transitioning from Kickboxing to MMA, Hakeem Dawodu has been on an absolute tear and has done it against nothing but stiff competition. “Mean” made his pro debut against a experienced Behrang Yousefi and followed that up by handing the then undefeated Jake Macdonald and Mike Malott their first professional losses. In 2015, Dawodu earned back to back TKO wins over Tristan Johnson and the previously undefeated Chuka Willis. Marat Magomedov continues WSOF’s trend of bringing in undefeated Russian prospects.  His six submissions in seven fights makes him the perfect opponent for the striking kingpin in Dawodu. Fans have yet to see much submission defence from Dawodu as his stand up prowess has been enough to handle each opponent fairly easily. With such a ground heavy game, Magomedov could prove to be Dawodu kryptonite and fans will get to see how well the coaching staff at Champion’s Creed MMA have rounded out “Mean’s” overall game.

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

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

1. Josh Hill @GentlemanJHill (12-1) vs. Bekbulat Magomedov (16-0)
World Series of Fighting 26 – December 18
It took 10 months but finally WSOF have found an opponent and a fight for Josh Hill. Granted, they may have taken exception to some of the unpleasant things Hill has said about the promotion as they have matched him up against an extremely tough yet basically unknown Bekbulat Magomedov. In 13 bouts, Hill has only lost one fight, a highly competitive decision against reigning WSOF champion Marlon Moraes. For some reason, WSOF decided not to capitalize on Hill’s performance as the “Gentleman” had to look outside of WSOF to find paydays. He submitted Josh Rettinghouse in Burlington and defeating Ion Vranceanu in Romania. Magomedov will be making his long anticipated North American debut. Another in a long line of top notch prospects from the Dagestan region of Russia, Magomedov has mainly fought for M-1 and Oplot Challenge throughout his career earning an impressive 16-0 record with 11 finishes in a divison that seems to be plagued by decisions. While Hill’s career record is an impressive 12-1, this is still an extremely important fight for him as a second straight loss under the WSOF banner will all but kill his chances at a Moraes rematch and would seriously hinder his chances at getting a contract in another big show. With Magomedov’s lack of name value in North America, this bout is a huge gamble for Hill with little reward but it is a bout that is a must win for the “Gentleman”.

8 Responses to “ Top Maple Leaf Match Ups In December 2015 ”

  1. Ryan D says:

    Go Hague!

    Hot debate. What do you think? Thumb up 4 Thumb down 11

  2. I am your father says:

    Awesome fights!

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  3. Graham Weenk says:

    Woolley and Sherbatov is a great match, great test for the very promising sherbatov against a well established top level fighter in woolley. Sherbatov definitely not picking and choosing at 4-0 this is a tough test.

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  4. Everybody says:

    Parwez is a bum who fights nobodies. You’d have to be high to give him another title shot

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  5. Appels and oranges says:

    What’s wrong with being high?

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  6. Bruce Leeroy says:

    Parwez Ghulam is in trouble, the guy he’s fighting doesn’t have a losing/0-0 record.

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  7. Everyone says:

    Lost to Sabah (11-4)
    Beat Yousefi (5-5)
    Beat Dibirov (0-1)
    Beat Doty (4-6)
    Beat Shorrock (0-1)
    Lost to Park (2-0)
    Beat Isadoro (0-1)

    Now he’s fighting a guy who’s (2-1) who is going to kick his ass. How is this #8? Is no one else fighting this month? The only winner here is Marques who have padded his record with what looks to be a good fighter on first glance.

    My prediction: Marques by KO first round.

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  8. Cody Saftic says:

    I’ve got him ranked in the top 20:

    1. Chris Horodecki (21-6-1)
    2. Hakeem Dawodu (5-0) WSOF
    3. Kurt Southern (13-6)
    4. Lenny Wheeler (9-3)
    5. Josh Machan (12-4)
    6. Jeremy Kennedy (7-0)
    7. Gavin Tucker (8-0)
    8. Luis Huete (6-2)
    9. Kyle Nelson (6-1)
    10. Sabah Fadai (11-4)
    11. Tristan Johnson (9-6)
    12. Mario Pereira (5-1)
    13. Adrian Vilaca (5-1)
    14. Will Romero (9-5)
    15. Mike Malott (4-1-1)
    16. Adam Lorenz (7-4)
    17. Matt DiMarcantobio (8-6)
    18. Neelan Nordatt-Reece (4-1)
    19. Parwez Ghulam (5-2)
    20. Keven Morin (8-7)
    21. Shawn Albrecht (11-7)
    22. Maxime Dubois (5-2)
    23. Alex Morgan (4-2)
    24. Justin Bourgeois (7-5)
    25. TJ Laramie (2-0)
    26. Mitch Fryia (5-3)
    27. Corey Houston (5-4)
    28. Dave Hale (2-2)
    29. Clay Dixon (3-0)
    30. David Moon (3-1)

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