|Battlefield Fight League 13 (BFL 13) will be headlined by Matt Baker in a title fight for the Vacant Battlefield Fight League Pro Middleweight Title.|
Battlefield Fight League 13 (BFL 13) Fight Card:
Main Event for the BFL Middleweight Title Fight:
Matt Baker (7-2 )vs. Andrew Buckland (14 - 8 - 1)
BFL Featherweight Title Fight:
Graham Spencer(6-1) vs. TBA
Micah Brakefield vs. Ryan Allen (for Brakefield’s amateur BFL Middleweight title)
Shawn Albrecht (7-4) vs. Baz Cunnigham (6-3)
Matt Dwyer (4-3) vs. Ash Mashreghi (2-1)
Dan Lin (3-1) vs. Gary Mangat (1-0)
Marcus Aurelio (3-1) vs. TBA
Bill Fraser (3-6) vs. TBA
Chris Day vs. TBA
Battlefield Fight League 13 (BFL 13) will be headlined by Matt Baker in a title fight for the Vacant Battlefield Fight League Pro Middleweight Title. Impact MMA’s Graham Spencer will Co-headline Battlefield Fight League 13 (BFL 13) in a Featherweight title fight. The maincard card will also include a much anticipated Welterweight bout between Kelowna’s Matt Dwyer and Ash Mashreghi. Axe Capoeira’s international super star Marcus Aurelio will also make his return to the cage at Battlefield Fight League 13 (BFL 13).
Battlefield Fight League has also announced the signing of top-flight bantamweight Dan “The Samurai” Lin to an exclusive contract with Battlefield Fight League!
A product of Chris Franco’s FKP MMA dojo, the ornately-tattooed Lin is widely renowned for his seamless blend of aggressive striking and lethal catch wrestling skills. With the sole blemish on his five-fight record coming from a controversial stoppage that had none other than UFC champion Bas Rutten calling for an immediate rematch, Lin has cleaned out the bantamweight ranks in EFC, XFC and Armageddon Fighting Championships, and now sets his sights on the best of the best.
And the best is exactly who will welcome him to the Battlefield cage, as Lin will make his Battlefield Fight League (BFL) debut against none other than the wildly popular Indo-Canadian superstar Gurdarshan “St. Lion” Mangat!
Fighting out of Mamba MMA under Shooto, K-1, Dream and bodogFIGHT veteran Kultar “The Black Mamba” Gill, Mangat represents BFL’s cream of the crop at 135. After going undefeated on his way to winning the BFL amateur title, Mangat became one of only three amateur fighters to be elevated to the Battlefield Fight League professional ranks. His momentum continued in his pro debut when he dispatched the dangerous Mark Delgado in the first round, firmly establishing himself as the man to beat in the bantamweight division.
On February 11th, 2012 at Vernon, BC’s Wesbild Centre, the widespread speculation will finally end as the flashing blade of the samurai clashes with the razor claws of the lion! Don’t miss your chance to witness this long-awaited showdown of the province’s top two bantamweight warriors in a superfight that could only be made by BATTLEFIELD FIGHT LEAGUE!
Battlefield Fight League 13 (BFL 13) will be headlined by Matt Baker in a title fight for the Vacant Battlefield Fight League Pro Middleweight Title. Impact MMA’s Graham Spencer will Co-headline BFL 13 in a Featherweight title fight. The maincard card will also include a much anticipated Welterweight bout between Kelowna’s Matt Dwyer and Ash Mashreghi. Axe Capoeira’s international super star Marcus Aurelio will also make his return to the cage at BFL13.
After weeks of speculation, the main event at Battlefield Fight League 13 (BFL 13), set for Vernon, B.C. on February 11th, 2012, is official and it’s one of the biggest title fights in Battlefield Fight League history.
Local fan-favourite Matt “The Riotmaker” Baker (7-2), who is the most successful Battlefield Fight League (BFL) pro fighter so far with three wins by stoppage, will face red-hot veteran Andrew Buckland (14-8-1), who will make his Battlefield Fight League (BFL) debut for the vacant middleweight championship!
Especially to fight fans in the Thompson-Okanagan, Kamloops, B.C.’s own Matt Baker needs little introduction. One of the biggest draws in the region, Baker scored a hard-fought submission victory this August over Marcus Vinicius in the main event at Battlefield Fight League 13 (BFL 13) Vernon debut. The twenty-seven-year-old, who debuted in July, 2009, has competed nine times as a professional with nearly half those fights taking place close to home despite a sometimes frustrating lack of viable events.
Over that span, “The Riotmaker” has thoroughly earned his cage-name, repeatedly thrilling crowds to near-dangerous levels with his aggressive style, while also ending all but one victory with a clear-cut finish. Baker remains undefeated at middleweight, which is his natural weight-class, and is best known for scoring highlight reel KOs.
Still, perhaps partly in response to having lost twice by submission at 205lbs., Baker made the bold cross-equator move to begin training at a BJJ mecca in Team Nogueira Rio. After winning his last two consecutive fights by submission, it has become clear to MMA enthusiasts across Canada that Matt Baker is a well-rounded fighter to watch. Earning a Battlefield Fight League pro title this February would surely catch the attention of an even wider audience.
But don’t get out your pitchforks just yet “Riotmaker” fans, standing in Baker’s way is a stalwart member of Canada’s MMA elite. Although only three years Baker’s senior, at thirty, and having debuted only two years earlier, in 2007, Calgary, Alberta’s Andrew Buckland holds over a dozen more fights on his record. Buckland also holds twice the number of victories, two more (T)KOs, and vastly more matches against internationally established names, including bouts with Dan Hornbuckle, David Loiseau, John Alessio, and Jordan Mein.
In addition, Buckland has broken-out in 2011 and is currently riding a career-resurgent tear. After setting a furious pace of roughly one bout every two months for nearly four years, mostly on the Alberta MMA scene, Buckland knew last year that he needed a change. He moved to the comparatively laid back climes of Nanaimo, B.C. and joined the talented group at John Punt’s Impact MMA. Over his last three appearances, Buckland has gone 3-0 against opponents with combined records of 16-3 on fight night.
In his most recent fight, Buckland picked up a welterweight title last September in an Alberta based promotion. At Battlefield Fight League 13 (BFL 13), he will look to add to that hardware at middleweight, which is not his traditional home.
The outcome of Baker versus Buckland is absolutely anyone’s guess with factors ranging from age, experience, comfort at a weight class, and all-around skill nearly cancelling each other out.
Luckily, that leaves Battlefield Fight League (BFL) fight fans with what they crave most: the strong prospect of a well-matched brawl for championship gold that could easily go a full twenty-five minutes.