Canada has become a hotbed for mixed martial arts talent and a lucrative destination for the world’s top promotions to run their highly entertaining shows. The UFC, Bellator and a host of other promotions have run shows across the country and featured big name talent that even casual fans of the sport have caught on to and through these shows Canadian talent has flourished. From being “well-kept secrets” to staring roles on PPV, Canadian talent has seen a boom in the MMA world and lofty goals are about to become reality for yet another of these fighting Canucks.
Kurt Southern trains out of Alliance Martial Arts Systems in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and in four years as a professional has developed a reputation across Canada as one of the brightest young stars the country has to offer and one of its toughest. Starting his career in the Legacy FC promotion, Southern would run his record to 2-0 out of the gate with a pair of stoppage victories (by way of devastating KO and submission). In his third pro fight Southern would find himself in tough however, facing fast-rising Canadian lightweight prospect Brad Cardinal. Southern would loose by way of submission sparking an 8-fight for Cardinal. Southern would not stay on the loosing end for long however as the loss to Cardinal set Southern off on a rampage, he would win his next three fights all by submission (all of which came inside the first round) within the next twelve months and once again cementing his spot as one of Canada’s top prospects.
Southern’s streak would be broken in his next fight by a lightning quick armbar loss to Len Bentley to end 2009 but in January 2010 he got right back on the winning track, knocking off Martin Grandmont by rear-naked choke before Samuel Guillet would force him to tap out at his WRECK debut. Once again however Southern would quickly recover. Heading back to AMMA, where he tasted defeat to Bentley, Southern would triumph where he once failed defeating the feared striker Mukai Maromo via triangle-choke in a highlight reel finish. Then it was time to avenge his first career loss, at AMMA 6 in Edmonton it would be Brad Cardinal once again standing across the cage from Southern. In a hard fought battle, Southern and Cardinal would go to decision but this time it was Cardinal who would have his hand raised.
That fight led Southern to his biggest stage yet, when the Score Fighting Series promoted their inaugural show in Mississauga, Ontario Southern would find himself matched up with yet another highly touted prospect in Jorge Britto. Britto was coming off just his second loss in three years when he stepped into the Hershey Centre cage with Southern. For his second straight fight Southern would engage a human chess match that turned to a war with Britto but once again it was Southern who’s hand would be raised at the end of the night.
What comes next for Southern is still up in the air as he takes in the success he’s had so far in his career and sets his sights on the UFC there is no limit to how high Southern can go. Kurt Southern is one of the best prospects Canada has to offer and is without a doubt one of the country’s toughest. Keep your eyes firmly planted on Southern as a star in the making.