5 Canadian MMA fighters that will dominate in 2023

Canada, home of UFC Hall of Famer Georges St-Pierre, has a rich history of producing some stellar MMA fighters. Over the years, hundreds of MMA artists from Canada have entertained combat sports fans. Mixed martial arts (MMA) is a popular sport that has gained a large following in recent years. Along with this increased popularity has come the emergence of sports betting on MMA events.

Betting on MMA fights can be a thrilling and exciting way to engage with the sport, but it is important to be aware of the risks and potential pitfalls. To minimize the risks of sports betting in MMA, it is important to do your research and make informed bets.

Like every year, this year many Canadian fighters have joined the biggest MMA promotion. Let’s dig a little deeper into their professional MMA careers and find out who has the potential to become Dana White’s “dark horse” in the upcoming year.

#1. Gavin Tucker

UFC 256_ Tucker v Quarantillo
UFC 256_ Tucker v Quarantillo-min (credit: getty)

The former Extreme Cage Combat featherweight champion Gavin Tucker was an undefeated fighter prior to joining the UFC in 2017; since then, this Canadian fighter has made six octagon appearances, out of which he secured four victories while losing twice.

In his last bout, Tucker tasted a knockout defeat to Dan Ige at UFC Fight Night 187, but his victory against Justin Jaynes was awarded “Performance of the Night.” Though he is 36 years old, Tucker has so much left in him to show his natural potential in the octagon.

#2. Malcolm Gordon

UFC Fight Night_ Gordon v Bondar
UFC Fight Night_ Gordon v Bondar (credit: getty)

Malcolm Gordon currently competes in the flyweight division of the UFC. The former HFC, TKO, and WXC Flyweight Champion holds a professional record of fourteen wins out of his twenty MMA appearances.

Gordon didn’t get off to a good start in the UFC, losing three of his five fights, but his enticing striking and grappling abilities could propel him into the top fifteen next year.

#3. Hakeem Dawodu

UFC Fight Night_ Dawodu v Trizano
UFC Fight Night_ Dawodu v Trizano (Credit: getty)

Coming from a kickboxing background, Hakeem Dawodu is a highly anticipated Canadian fighter in the featherweight division of the UFC. Dawodu secured six victories while losing three times in the UFC. 

Despite the fact that in his last appearance, “Mean” lost to Julian Erosa at UFC 279, the next year could bring fortune for this 31-year-old fighter because of his attacking capability.

#4. Gillian Robertson

UFC 269_ Gillian Robertson v Priscila Cachoeira
UFC 269_ Gillian Robertson v Priscila Cachoeira (Credit: getty)

Fighting since 2017 in the women’s flyweight division of the UFC, Gillian Robertson holds a professional record of eleven wins in her eighteen MMA appearances. 

In her last bout, this Canadian fighter tasted a submission victory over Mariya Agapova last September at UFC Fight Night 210. Given her recent dominating victory and fighting abilities, she will undoubtedly receive some big-name bouts next year.

#5. John Makdessi

UFC 124_ Makdessi v Audinwood
UFC 124_ Makdessi v Audinwood (Credit: getty)

Makdessi, the most experienced fighter on this list [according to UFC appearances (19)], debuted in the UFC in December 2010, and now this 37-year-old is fighting with pride.

Though he is in the final stage of his career, with his skill set and massive experience, there is a high chance that Makdessi will end his career in style.

Saifullah Nayem

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Business undergrad and has been a culer since childhood, currently working as a combat sportswriter at SportsZion. Aside from sports, he is passionate about marketing and business-related activities.


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