Friday February 21st will mark the promotions first event in the countries biggest MMA market Edmonton, Alberta. Playing host to this stacked card, which features arguably the deepest Canadian MMA event in history, will be the Edmonton Expo Centre. Headlined by Edmonton’s own Ryan “The Real Deal” Ford (21-4) taking on top contender Hamilton Ontario’s Joel Powell (7-3).
Joining the top billing of the card will be Ontario Welterweight standout Ryan Dickson (6-1) as he goes up against WSOF 7 winner Kelowna BC’s Michael “The Messenger” Hill (6-2).
“These are 2 of the top Welterweights in Canada.” Say’s WSOF matchmaker Darren Owen. “Dickson is one of the top Canadian prospects, he’s amassed a very impressive 6-1 record and has a 100% finish rate. His submission game is very impressive and he has the ability to finish fights at any time. With Hill, you have a tough guy with an amazing heart and very dangerous striking. He was just victorious over Richard Arsenault (9-3) at WSOF 7. It’s always a pleasure to watch Hill fight, he brings it every time, pushes the pace and looks to finish. He will step up and take on anyone and that’s the type of guy we love working with. This is an intriguing fight, will Hill get the big knockout or will Dickson get the submission?”
In other action, #3 ranked Canadian featherweight Josh Machan (11-4) will be facing off against Adam Lorenz (7-3). Machan was set to debut at WSOF 7 until an injury forced him off the card. He has won 11 out of his last 12 fights with all of them being finishes and 10 by way of submission. Lorenz has been eager to get back into action. He has the talent to beat Canada’s best, as he has shown in the past with wins over WEC and Strikeforce vet Rolando Perez (7-3) and 3 time Bellator veteran Will Romero (9-4).
Additionally added to the main card will be Mark Drummond (5-1) versus Brandt Dewsbery (10-2). Drummomd is on a 5 fight winning streak and has the potential to make a run in the Welterweight division. Dewsbery’s impressive record has only 2 blemishes respectively, to Ryan Dickson and Joel Powell and both of those fighters Dewsbery can watch in the Main and Co-Main events after his fight. In a combined 18 fights both men have only gone to a decision once so expect an action packed fight in this one.
Filling out the main card will be Will “Leon” Romero (9-4) versus Lenny “The Show Steeler” Wheeler (6-3) in Featherweight action. Romero holds a win over current UFC fighter Mitch Gagnon (10-2) and has won 3 out of his last 4 fights. Many fans have been eagerly waiting for Wheeler to fight in Canada again after submitting top ranked Adam Lorenz (7-3) in only 33 seconds. In his 9 professional fights Wheeler has had 7 of them finish within the first 3 minutes. The winner of this fight will take a jump up in the rankings.
A Hard Hitting Heavyweight fight between 5 time UFC veteran Edmonton’s Tim “The Thrashing Machine” Hague (15-8) will trade bombs with Lee “The Gladiator” Mein (6-12). Always entertaining Owen Carr (4-2-1) will be going up against Maged Hammo (5-3) and Roger Alves (1-1) the standout wrestler will be making his long anticipated return to action against Jemark Brady (2-2). While kickboxing sensation Hakeem Dawodu (0-0) will make his MMA debut against Behrang Yousefi (5-3) and Trent “Slaughter” House (2-1) takes on Dustin Greentree (1-1). To start off the night both making their pro debuts will be Justin Evans (0-0) versus Stuart Fonataine (0-0).
The World Series of Fighting Canada is bringing an exceptional MMA event to Edmonton with an outstanding fight card and top tier production in what will be a World Class event for arguably the best MMA fans in the world.
Ryan Ford 20-4 vs Joel Powell 7-3 170 Michael Hill 6-2 vs Ryan Dickson 6-1 170 Josh Machan 11-4 vs Adam Lorenz 7-3 145 Mark Drummond 5-1 vs Brandt Dewsbery 10-2 170 Lenny Wheeler 6-3 vs Will Romero 9-4 145
Tim Hague 15-8 vs Lee Mein 6-12 265 Owen Carr 4-2-1 vs Maged Hammo 5-3 135 Behrang Yousefi 5-3 vs Hakeem Dawodu 0-0 145 Roger Alves 1-1 vs Jemark Brady 2-2 155 Dustin Greentree 1-1 vs Trent House 2-1 155 Stuart Fontaine 0-0 vs Justin Evans 0-0 170
*Card subject to change
Tickets for “World Series of Fighting Canada: Ford vs. Powell,” start at just $60 and include cage side seats for just $180, available at Ticketmaster.com.
About WSOF Canada
World Series of Fighting Canada is a professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fight promotion dedicated to delivering an incredible, action-packed entertainment experience for fight fans by producing the best possible matchups with the top Canadian fighters. For more information please visit WSOFCanada.com. Follow World Series of Fighting Canada on Twitter @WSOFCanada.