Top Maple Leaf Match Ups In August 2016


Top 10 Maple Leaf Matchups THUMBMMA may be a burgeoning business globally but the Canadian MMA scene has officially hit the summer doldrums. We have only 3 fight cards in The Great Fight North this month but luckily for us one of them is a full fledged UFC on Fox card and other Canadians have found battles on other parts of the globe. We may not have a full fledged top 10 this month but what we have here is quality instead of quantity.

As always each fighter’s Twitter link will be listed and as more and more promotions move towards social media pay do your favorite warriors a favor and follow them from fight camp to post fight victory drinks at the after party. Now do yourself a favor grab a cool refreshing lemonade add some ice cubes and sit back, relax and take in this month’s Top Maple Leaf Match Ups:

8. Dave Hale @DaveHale13 (2-2) vs. Maxime Dubois (5-2)
Wreck MMA – Gatineau – August 18
This is the type of fight that should get fans excited about regional MMA. Sure neither man has the glossiest records or have even fought in the twelve months but when these two step into the ring or the cage they are known for leaving everything they have in the fighting confines. Hale has had a rough career even though he only has 4 bouts under his belt granted those 4 bouts came over the course of 6 years. With numerous fights cancelled and promotions canceling card it has been extremely tough for Hale to make a living in this sport. Dubois had his last outing cancelled when S-1 Fighting was forced to shut down their November 2015 event. With all that aside this is a bout between two men that fight balls to wall till either they leave victorious or are carried out on their shield. Getting into records and breaking down styles would just do this fight a disservice just grad a beer, take a seat and take in what has the possibility to be this month’s dark horse for fight of the month. This might not be the fight the sells the card but this is the fight you should pay to see.

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

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

7. Malcolm Gordon @Malcolm_X_MMA (7-2) vs. James Bazzi (4-0)
WXC 64: Redemption – Michigan – August 13
In mid 2014 Gordon was on top of the heap in the Canadian Flyweight division in fact he was one of the pioneers of the young burgeoning division. All that changed with back to back TKO loses to the likes of Randy Turner and Austin Ryan respectively. Not one to lie down and take it Gordon got right back in the gym then right back in the cage earning a hard fought unanimous decision over then then undefeated prospect Shawn Mack. “X” followed that up with a first round TKO of Andrew Cseh who prior to this bout had captured the inaugural GPG 125 lbs. title. Gordon’s victory over Mack must have turned some heads as he now returns to WXC to challenge another undefeated foe in James Bazzi. Bazzi who trains out of Michigan Top Team alongside Daron Cruickshank and Randa Markos may only have 4 pro bouts under his belt but his possess a dearth of amateur experience going 7-4 in unpaid tussles. Both men own victories over the aforementioned Mack and will now face off for WXC Flyweight crown. With the sting of his two loses now behind him Gordon will look to not only wrap gold around his waist but put together a great string of wins to get the nod for the big stage.

6. Randy Turner @RandyTurner7 (8-4) vs. Corey Gower @TheHatchet_MMA (5-3)
Wreck MMA – Gatineau – August 18
Randy Turner might not have another run left in him but he still has a few fights left, and in true warrior fashion he will put one of those on the line when he takes on the man known as “The Hatchet” Corey Gower. Turner career is actually a sad case when you take a close look at it as had it not been for a fluke 56 second guillotine loss to 24 hour replacement Michael Banin he may have had a shot at the big show as he was coming off signatures wins over Eric Perez and TUF veteran Bruce Ferguson. Instead Turner turned the Canadian Flyweight division on its head with a TKO win over then kingpin Malcolm Gordon. Unfortunately Turner was shelved for over 12 months and his return was unceremonial as he was dethroned by the young upstart Austin Ryan. Gower himself has been inactive for almost two years his last outing decision loss to then prospect now full fledged bad ass Kyle Oliveria. Prior to that Gower had picked up back to back decisions wins in the MFC over the likes of Daniel Mark and Jon Barnard. With this fight being in Turner’s backyard this is definitely a showcase fight for him but this is no easy win and Turner will need all his wrestling pedigree to turn in a victorious performance over the hard-nosed Gower.

5. Christian Lee @ChristianLeeMMA (5-0) vs. Martin Nguyen @MartinNguyenKMA (6-1)
ONE Championship: Heroes of the World – China – August 13
Vancouver born Christian Lee has set ONE Championship on fire since he debuted for the promotion as an 0-0 prospect in December of 2016. Since then he has fought 5 times against experienced opponents finishing them all in the first round, 4 by way of TKO/KO and 1 via submission. Standing across from Lee in the circular cage will be Martin Nguyen a native of Australia who trains out of KMA Top Team. “The Situ Asian” made his name by garnering stoppage wins inside the BRACE organization before getting the call to ONE. Currently riding a 2 fight win streak Nguyen has gone 3-1 in ONE Championship with his only loss coming at the hands of ONE’s undefeated Featherweight champion Marat Gafurov. Just like Lee, Nguyen is a proven finishers stopping all his foes between the bells. Since Nguyen has already had his shot at the champion this is Lee’s opportunity to put himself in title contention with a high octane win over a fellow finisher in Nguyen.

Shane Campbell with a Toe Stab Liver Kick to finish Jerrid Burke (photo: Rob Trudeau)

Shane Campbell with a Toe Stab Liver Kick to finish Jerrid Burke (photo: Rob Trudeau)

4. Shane Campbell @ShaolinStyleMMA (12-5) vs. Felipe Silva (7-0)
UFC on FOX 21 – Vancouver – August 27
Not sure what Shane Campbell has done to UFC matchmakers Joe Silva or Sean Shelby but it must have been bad. Campbell has gotten zero favors when it comes to matchmaking during his UFC Stint. He debuted against veteran John Makdessi then got his first official Octagon win by defeating Elias Silverio. His next two bouts were against 7 time UFC veterans James Krause and Erik Koch respectively. Now in a must win situation to keep his UFC hopes alive he welcomes undefeated Brazilian prospect Felipe Silva. A member of CM Systems, Silva got his UFC call on the back of a first round TKO of UFC veteran Anton Kuivanen playing home town spoiler finishing the Fin in Finland. Now he will look to to notch another spoiler victory when he takes on Campbell in his adoptive home province of BC. This will be a battle of strikers as Campbell is an accomplished Muay Thai fighter and kickboxer while Silva is more of a brawler earning 5 of his 7 wins by way of TKO/KO. Campbell will need to use his technique and keep the wild Silva at pay and either pick him apart for the finish or earn the decision victory. It will be Silva’s ground game and BJJ that could pose a risk for the man known as “Shaolin”.

3. Chad Laprise @ChadLaprise (10-2) vs. Thibault Gouti @GT_MMA (11-2)
UFC on FOX 21 – Vancouver – August 27
Poor Thibault Gouti the guy just can’t seem to catch a break. He made TUF 22 but lost his fight to get into the house. He made his official UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 84 but was quickly submitted by Teemu Packalen. He was then fed to Oliver Aubin Mercier who needed a win following his decision loss to Carlos Ferreira and “The Quebec Kid” submitted him in the second round. Now again Gouti is staring down the barrel of a tough tilt as he was picked to face TUF Nations Chad Laprise who is coming off back to back loses. Laprise will easily be a heavy favorite and even though 2 of Gouti 3 loses come via submission and Laprise is known for his striking prowess, Gouti is also over matched on the feet. With the UFC returning to Vancouver they need their star Canadian to get a win and the question is not if Laprise will have his hand raised but how and when.

2. Jeremy Kennedy @JeremyKennedyWC (8-0) vs. Josh Emmett @JoshEmmett155 (10-0)
UFC on FOX 21 – Vancouver – August 27
When the UFC is throwing an event in your very own back yard you do what you need to when you get the call and that’s exactly what Jeremy Kennedy did accepting a Lightweight match up one a little more than a months notice. Granted this is not the first time Kennedy has competed at 155 lbs he fought at Lightweight during his 3 fight stint in Thailand. Since returning to Canada Kennedy has made a name for himself as surging Featherweight while capturing the BFL title while defeating the likes of Mario Pereira and Drew Brokenshire. Emmett a member of Team Alpha Male made an ever shorter notice UFC debt accepting his fight with Jon Tuck on about a week’s notice. Along with his split decision victory oer the heavily favored Tuck he also owns wins over the likes of Christos Giagos, Rocky Johnson and Brandon Ricetti. Both men favor a heavy top game along with strong ground and pound so it will be wrestling that could turn the tide in this match up and Emmett will have a size advantage but with Kennedy’s time in Thailand his striking has been on point lately if “JBC” can stuff the takedowns he may be able to use his striking to earn the decision win.

Ryan Janes defeated David Perron (photo: Alicia Hamilton)

Ryan Janes defeated David Perron (photo: Alicia Hamilton)

1. Adam Hunter @AdamHunterMMA (7-1) vs. Ryan Janes @RyanJanesMMA (8-1)
UFC on FOX 21 – Vancouver – August 27
Canada’s Middleweight division has really thinned out over the past 2 years. Guys like Joe Doerksen and Luke Harris have retired. Patrick Cote and Nordine Taleb have moved down to Welterweight and no one knows what Nick Ring and Brad Stewart are up too. Luckily for Canada two amazing prospects have emerged over the past 24 months and with the UFC returning to the Great Fight North they have matched them up to see who will line up behind Elias Theodorou as Canada’s second best 185 pounder. This is very much a stylistic match up as close to grappler versus striker as you can get in 2016. Janes who trains under the tutelage of Adam Zugec is the BFL Middleweight champion and will make his UFC debut off the back of 7 straight wins with 7 of his 8 pro victories coming by way of submission. Hunter who now trains out of OAMA also will bring a 7 fight win streak into the Octagon including his most recent victory a 40 second KO of UFC Veteran Chris Dempsey. “Warhammer” has finished all 7 of his professional wins including 6 by way of TKO/KO with 6 first round stoppages. Who ever can put the fight in their wheel house will emerge victorious and garner that coveted 1-0 UFC record.


One Response to “ Top Maple Leaf Match Ups In August 2016 ”

  1. tiberious says:

    I see shaolin knocking this dude out hes too risky when it comes to standup,lets hope shaolin’s workin his TD Defense

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