Top Maple Leaf Match Ups In September 2016

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Top 10 Maple Leaf Matchups THUMBWelcome to this month’s Top Maple Leaf Match Ups which shows a slightly different format as the breakdowns as shorter, tighter and briefer which will allow us to write closer to the month’s end deadline which should mean less cancelled fights being listed. September features 4 professional cards in the great fight north mostly focused on western Canada but the northern territories will also get a taste of 5 ounce violence as XFFC will travel out to NWT to hold their 11th event.

As always the fighter’s respective twitter handles will be featured next to their name with promotions putting more and more focus on a fighter’s social media presence please follow your favorite fighters and give them a much needed boost as the prepare for their battle this month.

Now sit back relax crack open a cool refreshing beverage and enjoy this month’s Top Maple Leaf Match Ups:

10. Xavier Nash @SpartacusMMA (2-1) vs. Devonte Smith @KOTCJohnnyKage (3-0)
Pinnacle FC 14 – Pennsylvania – September 2
Nash is relatively unknown in the Canadian scene as he spent all of his amateur career and much of his pro career competing in the USA. He will now look for some Canadian redemption by stripping Smith of his undefeated record. Smith’s last outing was a brutal KO of then undefeated Canadian Fred Stonehouse who had to be stretchered from the cage. Now Nash will look to redeem Canada and capitalize on defeating Smith who has quickly garnered a name for himself for his vicious striking style.

Ash Mashreghi (photo: Don Osborne)

Ash Mashreghi (photo: Don Osborne)

9. Ash Mashreghi @AshSmashMMA (6-4) vs. Tristan Connelly @MMATristan (5-5)
BFL 45 – Coquitlam – September 17
After winning 6 in a row inside the BFL cage and capturing the BFL Welterweight title, Mashreghi was rag dolled by Curtis Harriot and has decided to move down to the Lightweight division. After a 8 months of training Mashreghi will debut at 155 lbs and take on one of BC’s toughest veterans. Connelly has fought professionally since 2010 from as high as Middleweight to as low as Featherweight and will look to make another run when he meets Connelly at BFL 45. Both men have 10 pro outings under their belt but none are more important to their career then this one as it will determine where they are positioned in deep Canadian Lightweight division.

8. Nick Campbell @NickBCampbell (9-7) vs. Denny Houle @DennyHoule (5-0)
Unified MMA 28 – Edmonton – September 30
The heavy handed and much feared Denny Houle will make another return to MMA when he challenges Nick Campbell for the vacant Unified MMA crown. Houle will return from his second layoff of over 2 years but they say power is the last to go and Houle posses very heavy hands earning all 5 of his professional wins by TKO/KO. Campbell has had a tremendous 2016 campaign currently on a 2 fight win streak both by way of stoppage. Soon Alberta will find out who has the hardest punching power in the province at 205 lbs.

photo: Rob Trudeau

photo: Rob Trudeau

7. Elmer Waterhen (15-18) vs. Anton Tokarchuk @AntonTokarchuk (4-2)
KOTC Canada – Lethbridge – September 23
KOTC Canada current Middleweight champion and promotion legend will not rest on his laurels or past accomplishments as he will put his name on the line when he moves up a weight class to take on the young prospect Tokarchuk. Tokarchuck, a 6’6″ protégé from Dynamic MMA, will have a massive size and strength advantage in this bout he will need to rely heavily on this as Waterhen posses a massve experience advantage and legendary durability. Will the legend live on or will Tokarchuk make his name on the heels of a big win.

6. Parwez Ghulam @PWolfMMA (6-2) vs. Curtis Demarce @DemonDemarceMMA (16-12)
Unified MMA 28 – Edmonton – September 30
With Sabah Fadai being stripped of his Unified MMA Featherweight title Ghulam will look to regain the belt Fadai defeated him for when he takes on the 28 fight veteran Demarce who makes his 145 lbs debut. Ghulam. The “Wolf” returned to his winning ways by defeating Bruno Marques at Unified 25 and holds notable wins over Behrang Yousefi and Magomed Dibirov. Demarce has turned his career around of late winning back to back fights for the first time since 2013 and will look to reinvent himself at Featherweight by wrapping Unified gold around his waist.

Adam Lorenz (photo by Jason Bouwmeester|TKO Photography.com)

Adam Lorenz (photo by Jason Bouwmeester|TKO Photography.com)

5. Adam Lorenz @AdamLorenz1 (7-4) vs. Tom O’Connor @BigNastysLife (4-1)
KOTC Canada – Lethbridge – September 23
Once a top contender in the Canadian Featherweight division Lorenz will return from a 2 year hiatus to see if he can regain his old form and once again make waves at 145 lbs. Known as “Big Nasty” O’Connor will be taking a huge step up in competition against Lorenz. Currently riding a 3 fight win steak including 2 submissions O’Connor will need to use all the tools he has learned from coach Brad Wall to get past the superior wrestling of Lorenz in this 150 Catchweight bout.

4. Matt DiMarcantonio @DiMarcs15 (9-6) vs. Billy Quarantillo @BillyQMMA (7-2)
King of the Cage – New York – September 24th
DiMarcantonio scored the biggest win of his career by defeating Pride Fighting veteran Charles Bennett this past March. The “Cat” will look to build on that victory when he headlines his second KOTC card in a row and challenges TUF 22 veteran Bill Quarantillo. Quarantillo a Florida native made the TUF 22 house but was eliminated by Saul Rogers in the quarterfinals. Coming off a lost in his last bout Quarantillo will look to rebound while DiMarcantonio will look to put back to back wins together over named opponents and make his own name in a crowded Featherweight division.

3. Craig Shintani @ShintaniMMA (5-1) vs. Scott Hudson (5-2-1)
XFFC 11 – Yellowknife – September 17
Currently riding a 5 fight win streak Shintani will look to fight for the first time in 2016 and will look to capitalize on his spectacular first round KO of Wolfgang Janssen at Hard Knocks 45. Hudson moved to Thailand in 2015 to train at Team Quest Thailand he went 2-0-1 in the far east most recently fighting to a draw at WSOF Global with the then 6-1 Islam Makoev. This is a fantastic match up between two high level strikers looking to make their name in a crowded Canadian Lightweight division.

2. Arjan Bhullar @1ArjanSingh (3-0) vs. Ryan Pokryfky @RyanPokie (5-2)
BFL 45 – Coquitlam – September 17
Former Olympic wrestler and BFL Heavyweight champion will face his most experienced opponent to date when he defends his title against Ryan Pokryfky. Bhullar is 3-0 as a professional and has won two of his bout by stoppage TKOing both Adam Santos and Blake Nash. Pokryfky a native of Livonia, Michigan has won 3 in a row 2 by way of finish but this will be his first bout in 2016. Holding a win streak in the Heavyweight division is not an easy feat and the winner here will start to get looks for the bigger organizations.

Tanner Boser (photo: Rob Trudeau)

Tanner Boser (photo: Rob Trudeau)

1. Tanner Boser @BulldozerBoser (10-2) vs. Joe Yager @JoeyYagerBombz (11-4)
Unified MMA 28 – Edmonton – September 30
Boser has gone 4-1 in his last 5 outings including wins over the likes of Victor Valimaki, Tim Hague and Tony Lopez but a decision lose to Kazbek Saidaliev hurt his big show aspirations. Yager has won bouts over the likes of Lopez, Josh Bryant and Levi Avera but also suffered a disappointing loss to Marcus Sursa while halted his shot at the big leagues. Now not only is the Unified MMA Heavyweight title up for grabs but in a thin division this win could provide the winner with a shot at a big show contract.

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