Who’s Next… XFFC 18

By:

XFFC 18 went down Saturday night from The Penticton Convention Centre in Pentiction, British Columbia  (Check out the full results HERE). The card featured a stacked lineup as Matt Dwyer was crowned Middleweight Champ with a first round KO of fellow UFC veteran Dominique Steele and Tom O’Connor took home the Featherweight Title with a third round TKO of Chris Day.

Keep in mind, in most cases the match-ups listed here are hypothetical and have not been announced or rumored to be taking place unless otherwise noted.

Let us know your thoughts on who should be up next for the big winners and the rest of the card and who you think would win our hypothetical match-ups.

185lbs- Matt Dwyer (11-4) vs. Marc-Andre Barriault (10-1)
***Middleweight Title Fight
Matt Dwyer is likely the top Middleweight in Canada not currently signed to the UFC and it would be great to see Dwyer defend his title against a high profile name who could propel him towards a UFC return. Many of the top Middleweights outside of UFC and Bellator are tied up with the Professional Fighters League or other promotions. While a match-up with arguably the #2 unsigned Middleweight in Canada Marc-Andre Barriault could prove difficult to put together it would be the most compelling match-up available. Let’s hope there’s some way this bout can be made sometime in the near future.

145lbs- Tom O’Connor (8-1) vs. Kyle Nelson (11-1)
***Featherweight Title Fight
Tom O’Connor extended his win streak to 8 in a row with his Featherweight Title win over Chris Day this weekend. The Lethbridge native has lost just once as a pro in addition to a pair wins in his two Amateur outings and has a big win over tough veteran Curtis Demarce. If O’Connor really wants to make an impact on the Canadian Featherweight division a win over would be a great way to do so. Kyle Nelson has also only been defeated once in his career, compiling an 11-1 record as a pro and 1-0 as an Amateur. Nelson holds solid wins over Jonathan Brookins and Khama Worthy among others. The winner of this bout would cement his place among the elite Canadian Featherweights.

265lbs- Grayson Wells (4-2) vs. Christian Larsen (3-1)
Grayson Wells rebounded from a title loss to Dustin Joynson with a hard fought third round TKO over Josh Heinz this past weekend. Wells is a solid prospect in the Heavyweight division and would benefit from a quick return to the cage. Christian Larsen is another exciting up and comer at Heavyweight and recently avenged a loss to Jared Kilkenny with a win over his coach Lee Mein. A win by either man would likely shoot them right towards the top 3 in the Heavyweight ranks.
__________________________________________________________________________


__________________________________________________________________________
170lbs- Damian Johnston (4-1) vs. Menad Abella (5-1)
Damian Johnston got back into the win column with a Unanimous Decision victory over Jared Feuring this weekend following his first career loss to top prospect Alex Martinez. Johnston is undefeated at Welterweight with the loss to Martinez being at Lightweight. Menad Abella is coming off a close decision loss against UFC veteran Jonathan Meunier on less than a week’s notice, the first loss of his pro career. Either man could put themselves in solid footing on the Welterweight ladder with a win.

205lbs- Steven MacDonald (2-0) vs. Sheldon Doll (6-3)
Steven MacDonald is 2-0 in his young career and has wins over two tough experienced veterans in Kyle Francotti and Jeff Porter. The Toshido product can put himself on the fast track at Light-Heavyweight with another solid win. Sheldon Doll found mixed results early in his career putting together a 3-3 record before taking 4 years away from the cage. When Doll returned he tore through his competition with finishes over Devon Smith, Justin Schmit and Brad Robinson at Light-Heavyweight in under three minutes combined. While MacDonald is only 2-0 he would likely provide the biggest challenge since Doll’s return and give a strong indication of where both men fall in the pecking

125lbs- Terrence Chan (4-1) vs. Austin Ryan (6-1)
Terrence Chan has quietly put together a 4-1 record in one of the more overlooked divisions in Canada at Flyweight. Sporting a 4-0 amateur record as well, Chan just picked up the biggest win of his pro career over Bojan Kladnjakovic at XFFC 18. Austin Ryan is coming off his first career loss to Brad Katona at Bantamweight but is undefeated at Flyweight with wins over Randy Turner, Malcolm Gordon and the aforementioned Kladnjakovic. This bout would show us if Chan really has what it takes to be one of the elite Flyweights in Canada.

On the Rebound:
145lbs- Chris Day (5-5) vs. Nick Ghaeni (3-3)
265lbs- Josh Heinz (4-2) vs. Devon Neis (5-5)
205lbs- Jeff Porter (4-6) vs. Devon Smith (3-5)

One Response to “ Who’s Next… XFFC 18 ”

  1. Joe Dirt says:

    Dwyer vs Barriault could be good.

    Thumb up 3 Thumb down 0

Leave a Reply

Some HTML is OK