Top Maple Leaf UFC Match Ups for March 2016


Top 10 Maple Leaf Matchups THUMBBeware the Ides of March! Especially in the Octagon!

There are four UFC fights in March 2016 that feature Canadians. The test for each fighter in every match up is the ability to rebound. Why? Every single one of the eight fighters listed is coming into their March bout on the heels of a loss (or losses). Can they get back on a winning streak or can they avoid the dreaded UFC pink slip following a pair of losses?

Top 4 Maple Leaf UFC Match Ups in March 2016

4. Jason Saggo @JasonSaggo (10-2, 1-1 UFC) vs. Justin Salas  @JustinSalasMMA (12-6, 3-3 UFC)
Following a TKO victory in his UFC debut against Josh Shockley, Jason Saggo put on a solid performance versus Paul Felder but he lost a split decision. Now, after recuperating from a torn ACL that saw him out of action for 17 months, Saggo will look to bounce back to the win column. Justin Salas, like Saggo, is retuning from an extended layoff. It is almost 20 months since he last saw Octagon action in July 2014, which was a TKO loss to Joe Proctor. “J-Bomb” brings a 3-3 UFC record with him dwarfing Saggo in terms of 8 sided cage experience. What Saggo is missing in terms of experience, he makes up in finishing prowess earning all 10 of his victories by stoppage while Salas has only had 7 of his 12 wins not got to judges cards. Along with his penchant for finishes, both of Saggo’s losses have come by way of decision while all six of Salas’ losses were stopped between the bells. With that being said, this is a well matched fight for Wulfrun MMA’s Saggo, who will attempt to shake off the ring rust quickly and continue his 100% finish streak.

3. Steve Bossé  @TheBossUFC (10-2, 0-1 UFC) vs. James Te Huna @JamesTeHuna (16-8, 5-4 UFC)
A contest between two fighters who have not won since 2013!  Pretty odd to see that in the UFC. Two years ago, James Te Huna dropped down to Middleweight and headlined UFC Fight Night 43 where he was submitted in the first round by Nate Marquardt after being caught early with a knee while shooting a takedown. That loss was Te Huna’s third in a row after reeling off four consecutive wins including one over Ryan Jimmo. Like Te Huna, Steve Bossé also lost his last fight in the first round.  That was the UFC debut for The Boss, who’s head may still be ringing from that Thiago Santos Head Kick.  Bossé will have to avoid being put on his back by Te Huna in this one.  If he does, maybe he can put together another long win streak like the the eight fight streak that got him to the UFC.

3. Nordine Taleb @TNT83MMA (11-3, 3-1 UFC) vs. Erick Silva @ErickSilvaMMA (18-6, 6-5 UFC)
Erick Silva was once one of the most feared Welterweights in the UFC.  It was never his record that caused fighters to think twice before signing the bout agreement, but his passion for brutal submissions. Years have passed and Silva’s inability to string together consecutive wins have allowed him to slide down the 170 lb ranks and leave him ripe for the picking for an up and comer. Enter Tristar’s own Nordine Taleb, who started his UFC career with a 3-0 record earning decision wins over Vik Grujic, JingLiang Li and Chris Clements before succumbing to uber prospect Warlley Alves. After being used as a stepping stone in his last bout, Taleb will look to swing the pendulum back the other way and make his name off the back of Silva’s. Taleb will need to be careful and enter this bout with a solid, planned to perfection game plan to avoid the tricky submission game of Silva. Now it won’t be pretty, but if Taleb can keep Silva at bay with the famed Tristar jab and avoid scrambles, he should be able to out work and out condition the Brasillian en route to the biggest win of his career.

1. Chad Laprise @ChadLaprise (10-1, 3-1 UFC) vs. Alan Patrick @AlanNuguette (12-1, 2-1 UFC)
Can Chad Laprise rebound from his first career loss?  Can the TUF Nations champ get back to his winning ways?  Laprise was 10-0 and 3-0 in the UFC before running into Francisco Trinaldo last August.  Hopefully Laprise has his head and hands back in the game because the last time Alan Patrick faced a Canadian, he won a decision against John Makdessi.  Like Laprise, Patrick is also entering the Octagon on the heels of his first ever loss.  Will they play it safe to avoid that second loss in a row?  Will they do everything possible to get back in the win column?  Any way you look at it, it is the most interesting fight featuring a Canadian in the UFC this month.  Catch it March 20th!

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