Top Maple Leaf Match Ups In October 2016


Top 10 Maple Leaf Matchups THUMBConsidering how well October was slated for Canadian MMA fans, it could have been an amazing month. With the Ryan Janes’ UFC fight falling through, Hard Knocks 51 losing more bouts than I have khaki pants, Elite 1 MMA cancelling an entire card, and various other fights being snuffed out, it could have been a rough month ! However, Z Promotions, Hard Knocks and Hybrid Combat still cobbled together some great fights, so Canadian fans still have plenty to be thankful for other than turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie.

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Now sit back, relax and enjoy some pumpkin spiced something or other and enjoy this month’s Top Maple Leaf Match Ups:

Honorable Mentions:



Miles Anstead (photo: Alicia Hamilton)

Miles Anstead (photo: Alicia Hamilton)

10. Miles Anstead @MilesAnsteadMMA (8-1) vs. Adrian Miles @ArchAngelMiles (15-8)
Hard Knocks 51 – Calgary – October 14
Miles Anstead has quietly become one of the more solid Welterweight/Middleweight prospects in the country. The fact that he consistently switches between the two weights is probably why he does not get the recognition by media pundits. Besides his loss to top Welterweight Brandt Dewsberry, “Deep” has won many tough outings like Jared McComb and Ash Mashreghi. Adrian Miles, a veteran of TUF 19, has been fighting professionally since 2009. Along with being a 20+ fight veteran, he has tangled with the likes of Sabah Homasi, Dave Menne, Brian Rogers, and Rodney Wallace – the latter being a loss for the Hard Knocks Light-Heavyweight title. Now Anstead gets a chance to make a name for himself with a win over a TUF and Bellator veteran, while Miles will need to prove he still has some fight left in him when he takes on the young upstart.

9. Alex Morgan (5-2) vs. Jacob Born(5-2)
Hybrid Pro Series 5 – Montreal – October 15
The Hybrid Featherweight title is on the line when Quebec’s burgeoning Featherweight Alex Morgan takes on CFFC mainstay Jacob Bohn. Morgan started off his career 1-2 but once he found his footing, he put together a string of four straight victories including capturing the vacant Hybrid strap by finishing the incredibly durable Keven Morin. Bohn, also known as the “Jaguar”, most recently competed under the CFFC banner going 2-1 in the New Jersey based promotion. This bout features two young and hungry bucks looking to make a name for themselves and a win here will not only let them drape gold around their waist but also up their standing on the international scene.

8. Alexi Argyriou @AlexiArgyriou (4-0) vs. Adam Smith (9-6)
Hard Knocks 51 – Calgary – October 14
At 16 years of age, Alexi Argyriou was known as “MMA’s number 1 draft pick”.  Now he has another moniker as one of Canada’s brightest Lightweight prospects. 4-0 with four finishes, the Adam Zugec product has upped his competition level each and every outing and he will continue that trend in both competition and experience level when he faces 15 fight veteran Adam Smith. Smith has fought twice under the Hard Knocks’ banner – a first round TKO of KOTC Canada Welterweight champion Chris Mattock and TKO loss to then title contender Joel Powell. The native of Spokane, Washington has dropped three straight and will be looking for redemption against the young upstart.

Austin Ryan (photo: Havoc)

Austin Ryan (photo: Havoc)

7. Austin Ryan (6-0) vs. Joe Murphy @JoeMurphyBJJ (8-4)
Fight Night 2 – Medicine Hat – October 28
Austin Ryan continues to impress each and every time he steps into the cage.  His continued progression from one fight to another has been staggering especially for anyone that has watched every single one of his bouts. Seemingly out of nowhere, the 25 year old became one of Canada’s top Flyweights not just beating the competition but destroying the likes of Malcolm Gordon and Randy Turner by TKO. In a division known more for technical prowess than violence-based stoppages, Ryan has finished five of his six outings between the bells. Now returning back to 135 lbs, Ryan will look to challenge an opponent from across the border for his first time. Joe Murphy, a WSOF veteran, has spent his past four bouts in the UFC feeder league RFA where he won his promotional debut but has since dropped three straight albeit to stern and tough up and comers. Now making his first stop in Canada, Murphy will look to use Ryan as a springboard back to the high end regional scene, while Ryan will try and springboard that whole scene with a win and get on the UFC’a radar.

6. Noah Ali @TheNoahAli (7-3) vs. Michael Imperato @ImperatoMMA (7-2)
Hard Knocks 51 – Calgary – October 14
Screw the records, screw the stats, hell even throw the style match up out the window!  This bout’s intrigue comes completely from the story of Michael Imperato. Sure, in one corner you have Noah Ali, probably one of Canada’s most entertaining Bantamweights to watch when the match up is right. Ali will look to put back to back wins together for the first time in almost three years. But what will bring fans, media, and pundits alike to the cage October 24th, will be the return of Michael Imperato. From weigh in spats and racial slurs being broadcast on reality TV, Imperato seems to bring controversy wherever he goes. A short lived UFC contract was torn up when use of the “N” word on Fight Xchange was brought to light to the UFC’s brass. Now, the always promising Bantamweight stand out will look to put all the “talk” behind him and look to have his performance in the cage do his talking instead of his antics outside it.

Todd Stoute at XFFC 7 (photo: Rob Trudeau | Rob T Sports Photography)

Todd Stoute at XFFC 7 (photo: Rob Trudeau | Rob T Sports Photography)

5. Todd Stoute @BlackHulkNation (8-3) vs. Victor Valimaki @V2MMA (18-10)
Fight Night 2 – Medicine Hat – October 28
For a long time, Todd Stoute has been pegged as the next big thing in the Canadian Light-Heavyweight division mostly due to the devastating nature of his fighting style. Sure, he had his hiccups when he went on a 1-3 stretch and, yes, due to past atrocious deeds, he will probably never make the big show, but the man can still follow his dream. Follow he has, putting together an impressive fight streak littered with high light violence. Now Black Hulk steps into the cage to face Canada’s modern MMA legend in Victor Valimaki. “The Matrix” has been at the forefront of the sport, but he still has a name and in a incredibly thin league of big men in Canada, he still is the most famous and decorated. This could be seen as the passing of the torch, but it will more likely resemble someone taking the torch and beating the other over the head with it.

4. Matt MacGrath @MattMacGrathMMA (18-8) vs. Ryan Quinn @MightyQuinnATT (12-6-1)
Fight Night 2 – Medicine Hat – October 28
With two Canadian titles up for grabs in the month of October, it’s a shame that “The Belt Collector” is fighting for neither. Still, Matt MacGrath is currently riding an eight fight win streak and looking to get the big shows to take notice so not only does he need a win, but a finish as he has garnered a disappointing four decisions in a row. Looking to play spoiler to MacGrath’s big show dreams is Ryan Quinn, who is 5-2 over his past seven bouts including three wins inside the Bellator cage. This is the perfect opportunity for MacGrath to notch an exciting finish and garner attention but Quinn is no slouch with big show experience and with American Top Team behind him, he could be one of MacGarth’s toughest tests to date.

Kyle Nelson defeats Maxime Dubois at UGC 32

Kyle Nelson (photo: Julian Cymbalista-Clapp)

3. Kyle Nelson @The_Monster (8-1) vs. Jonathan Brookins @J_Brookins (15-8)
Fight Night 2 – Medicine Hat – October 28
Kyle Nelson, who is currently undefeated at Featherweight and recently captured the Elite 1 Featherweight title, will look to finally notch his signature career win when he meets TUF 12 champion Jonathan Brookins. 2016 has been a stellar year for the Huntsville, Ontario native.  First off, Nelson TKO’d Justin Bourgeois for the aforementioned Elite 1 title, then he traveled to Romania earning a third round submission over Zoltan Turi. Brookins, a TUF winner and seven time WEC/UFC veteran, has gone 2-3 since leaving the UFC and fluctuating in weight from Flyweight to Featherweight. For Nelson, this is a chance to put himself on bigger promotion’s radar while Brookins needs a win to continue to garner higher paydays on the regional scene. Either way, this tussle has plenty of pressure for both men.

2. Julia Budd @JuliaBudd (8-2) vs. Arlene Blencowe @ArleneAngerFist (7-5)
Bellator 162: Shlemenko vs. Grove – October 21
When Julia Budd was forced to withdraw from her Bellator 155 bout with Marloes Coenen, it really threw a wrench into Bellator’s plans for their Women’s Featherweight division as short notice opponent Alexis Dufresne submitted Coenen in the first round. Now, Budd will need to continue amassing wins under the Bellator banner before her once promised title shot will come to fruition. Arlene Blencowe, currently 2-1 under the Bellator banner, will be looking for her signature career win when she meets Budd. The Jewel is currently riding a six fight win streak and is ranked in the top three for Women’s Featherweight division. A win over Blencowe will hopefully set up the much anticipated meeting with Coenen or Alexis Dufresne, whichever Scott Coker and Bellator prefer.  Either way, let’s just get this Jewel a shiny belt.

Jesse Arnett (photo: Darren Langlois)

Jesse Arnett (photo: Darren Langlois)

1. Jesse Arnett @BigCatsReal (11-4) vs. Johnny Bedford @BrutalBedford (20-12-1)
Fight Night 2 – Medicine Hat – October 28
Jesse Arnett has put together an incredible run lately, capturing the Hard Knocks title while compiling an eight fight win streak with seven finishes. Arnett already has one 1 UFC veteran on his resume with a TKO of Roland Delorme and will will look to add a second in the form of Johnny Bedford. Bedford, a seven time UFC veteran, received his pink slip in 2014 after a 0-3-1 slide. “Brutal” has since picked up three straight wins in WXC including capturing their Bantamweight title and defending it twice. Another spectacular finish here could potentially put Arnett on the UFC radar.  On the other hand, a win for Bedford could do the same for him.

4 Responses to “ Top Maple Leaf Match Ups In October 2016 ”

  1. The Law says:

    Imperato – how can this guy even be listed as a fight to watch…I didn’t know anything about the guy until the other day…after all the shit imperato said about the promoters in interviews…how can they even want him on the card..unless they just want to watch him get beat up. He is a racist prick! I just watched the reality show for the first time and wow, I can believe he cried and wanted his mommy…he literally cried😭Because someone wasn’t nice to him…

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  2. John says:

    Todd stoute will never make the big show? Lol I know he has a bad past and all but what if one 205er gets injured for the toronto card and they call him? Never know

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  3. The Law says:

    No way, the UFC will take anyone with a checker past that involves – Racism and Sexual Assaults…they also did..

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  4. EPerez says:

    Where’s the rumours?

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