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Super Seven: Great Performances by Canadian Fighters

Look at seven standout performances from some of Canada's finest fighters.

UFC Fight Night: Chiesa vs Magny will be exclusively broadcast on UFC FIGHT PASS this Wednesday. While there aren’t any Canadians fighting on the card, now is still the perfect time to get familiar with combat sports’ largest streaming platform.

Take a look at these seven spectacular performances from some of Canada’s finest, which can all be found on UFC FIGHT PASS.

Misha Cirkunov Submits Nikita Crylov

December 10, 2016 – UFC 206

Misha Cirkunov secures a guillotine choke submission against Nikita Krylov of Ukraine in their light heavyweight bout during the UFC 206 event inside the Air Canada Centre on December 10, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)
Misha Cirkunov secures a guillotine choke submission against Nikita Krylov of Ukraine in their light heavyweight bout during the UFC 206 event inside the Air Canada Centre on December 10, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Canadian light heavyweight prospect Misha Cirkunov made quick work of Nikita Krylov, which was his toughest test to date inside the Octagon, winning by submission due to a guillotine choke in the first round. Cirkunov landed a big shot on the feet before winding up on his back with Krylov’s head secured under his arm. That snapped a five-fight finishing streak for Krylov and Cirkunov improved, at the time, to a perfect 4-0 in the UFC (all finishes).

(Watch Cirkunov’s Submission Victory On UFC Fight Pass)

Robbie Lawler TKOs Rory MacDonald

July 11, 2015 – UFC 189

Rory MacDonald punches Robbie Lawler in their UFC welterweight title fight during the UFC 189 event inside MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 11, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)
Rory MacDonald punches Robbie Lawler in their UFC welterweight title fight during the UFC 189 event inside MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 11, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

This fight makes the list even though Canadian Rory MacDonald came up short in his welterweight title fight against Robbie Lawler.

The battle between MacDonald and Lawler is one of the craziest title fights we’ve ever seen and fight fans were given an absolute treat from start to finish. Both men laid everything they had on the line and by the end of the fight there was not one person sitting in the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

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After four back-and-forth rounds, the thriller finally came to end early in the fifth round when MacDonald collapsed following a straight left from Lawler. The punch connected directly with MacDonald’s broken nose and forced him to hit the canvas, forcing a referee stoppage.

Immediately following the fight, Joe Rogan spoke for all fans when he told Lawler, “Thank you for one of the best fights I have ever seen in my life. That was one of the greatest championship battles in the history of this division.”

That’s how good it was.

(Watch The Incredible Title Fight On UFC Fight Pass)

TJ Grant TKOs Gray Maynard

May 25, 2013 – UFC 160

T.J. Grant knees Gray Maynard in their lightweight bout during UFC 160 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 25, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Zuffa LLC)
T.J. Grant knees Gray Maynard in their lightweight bout during UFC 160 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 25, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Zuffa LLC)

The lightweight division was in for rude awakening when Halifax’s TJ Grant faced Gray Maynard at UFC 160. The Canadian entered the bout on a four-fight win streak and was on a mission to earn a shot at the 155-pound throne.

The first minute belonged to Maynard, who found the mark a few times before Grant was able to find his groove. But once Grant did, there was no stopping him.

Grant stunned Maynard with a right hand, and as Maynard stood up, Grant swarmed him, catching him with multiple strikes and a knee up against the fence, which sent Maynard to the ground again. Maynard was able to get back to his feet before Grant landed another knee and a flurry of punches that put Maynard down for good.

It was the best performance of Grant’s budding career and unfortunately the last time we saw him compete in the Octagon.

(Watch Grant’s TKO Victory On UFC Fight Pass)

David Loiseau KOs Charles McCarthy

June 3, 2005 – UFC 53

Montreal’s David Loiseau couldn’t have pictured a better ending to his UFC 53 bout with Charles McCarthy.

The athletic Canadian middleweight landed on the UFC’s highlight reel after connecting with a spinning back kick to the mid-section of McCarthy, which sent him retreating in clear pain. Loiseau chased him down, launching a flying knee that bounced McCarthy from the fence to the floor and that was all she wrote.

(Watch Losieau’s Spinning Back Kick KO On UFC Fight Pass)

Hakeem Dawodu KOs Yoshinori Hori

July 27, 2019 - UFC 240

Hakeem Dawodu of Canada kicks Yoshinori Horie in their featherweight bout during the UFC 240 event at Rogers Place on July 27, 2019 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)
Hakeem Dawodu of Canada kicks Yoshinori Horie in their featherweight bout during the UFC 240 event at Rogers Place on July 27, 2019 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Calgary’s Hakeem Dawodu made it three in a row in featherweight action, as he stopped Japanese newcomer Yoshinori Horie in the third round of their UFC 240 bout.

Horie’s movement and unorthodox attack kept Dawodu off balance throughout the first round, and it led to the Tokyo product landing some flush shots on the surprised Canadian. Dawodu began to time Horie in the second, and as Horie slowed, Dawodu got back in the driver’s seat. In the third, a knee to the body stunned Horie and Dawodu stepped on the gas in an attempt to finish the fight. Horie gamely hung on for as long as he could, but when a left kick to the head put him on the seat of his pants with a little less than a minute left, referee Kyle Cardinal decided that he had enough, halting the fight at the 4:09 mark of round three.

(Watch Dawodu’s Head Kick KO On UFC Fight Pass)

Georges St-Pierre KOs Matt Serra

April 19, 2008 - UFC 83

Georges St-Pierre def. Matt Serra - TKO - 4:45 round 2 during the UFC 83 at Bell Centre on April,19,2008 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by: Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)
Georges St-Pierre def. Matt Serra - TKO - 4:45 round 2 during the UFC 83 at Bell Centre on April,19,2008 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by: Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

The company’s first event in Canada produced the biggest attendance figure in UFC history (at the time) and featured the “Champion vs. Champion” rematch between Matt Serra and the country’s favorite fighting son, Georges St-Pierre.

Serra’s win over St-Pierre a year earlier was shocking, as the veteran turned his win on Season 4 of The Ultimate Fighter into a victory over a fighter who was expected to reign supreme in the welterweight division after winning the title from long-time champion Matt Hughes. The build-up to this bout was heated and tensions ran high as they hit the cage.

And then St-Pierre wrecked shop, finishing Serra with knees to the body in the second round to reclaim the title he would retain throughout the rest of his career.

(Watch GSP Get Revenge On UFC Fight Pass)

Georges St-Pierre KOs Matt Hughes

November 18, 2006 – UFC 65

Georges St-Pierre def. Matt Hughes - Submission (arm bar) - 4:54 round 2 during UFC 79 at Mandalay Bay Events Center on December 29, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)
Georges St-Pierre def. Matt Hughes - Submission (arm bar) - 4:54 round 2 during UFC 79 at Mandalay Bay Events Center on December 29, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

St-Pierre more than earned a second title shot at the first man to beat him, Matt Hughes, after five straight wins against top-notch competition, and he was a different fighter than he was two years earlier. Hughes, one of the strongest fighters ever to step into the Octagon, found that out early on when he tried to lock the challenger up and St-Pierre tossed him away with little, if any, effort.

By round two, the result was academic, and when the Montrealer dropped Hughes with a kick to the head in round two, seconds later a new champ was crowned.

(Watch GSP Defeat Hughes On UFC Fight Pass)

 

On Wednesday Jan 20th, UFC Fight Night: Chiesa vs Magny will be exclusively broadcast for Canadian residents on UFC Fight Pass. Sing up today!

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