Top MMA News – Canadian Bantamweight Rankings – October 2009
Top MMA News is going to be introducing its rankings of Canadian fighters over the next few weeks. With W1 recently holding a Bantamweight championship fight between two of the top 135 pounders in Canada, it seemed fitting for Top MMA News to start at that division.
One has to be thin to be a 135 pound Bantamweight and the Canadian Bantamweight division is just as thin. Top fighters, such as Nick Denis, generally can make 135 but have moved up to Featherweight for stiffer competition. Top MMA News found the division very sparse and with few 135ers active in the past year, Top MMA News decided to rank the top five Bantamweights.
It is much harder to rank fighters that are not in top promotions like UFC, WEC, or Strikeforce. Admittedly, Top MMA News has not seen every fight by every fighter on the list. We came up with this list and passed it by other industry experts to see if we have missed anyone. Even after taking these precautions, we will have missed someone.
The criteria to make this list is that you have to have fought at 135 in the past year. Unfortunately, some MMA Math has to be used to rank as well. If fighter A has beaten fighter B, A will be ranked higher. If fighter B has beaten fighter C, fighter C will most likely be behind A and B. Recent wins over tough competition have more value than older wins over tough competition. Strenth of opponents is also definitely a factor.
With that said, here are the Top MMA News Top 5 Bantamweights in Canada. Please comment if you agree or disagree or if we have missed a 135er ! Sensible comments will be taken into consideration when Top MMA News revisits their Bantamweight rankings (it will be interesting because Nick Denis will be at 135 in his next two fights).
Top Canadian Bantamweights
1. Adrian Wooley (6-1) – This Toronto native’s W-1 decision victory over top Canadian Bantamweight Remi Morvan pushed him to his number one ranking. Other wins over the tough Danny Martinez and Guillaume Lamarche help this talented wrestler take top position. Top MMA News hopes to see Wooley more active as he has only fought once in 2009. Next fight: TBD.
2. Ryan Diaz (13-11). The Lion has been fighting for the past 10 years and is the elder statesman of this list. Diaz is a tough BJJ practitioner who has fought top fighters in his career – coming up short agains Hominick, Cullum, and Phan but defeating Quenneville and Claveau. Diaz last beat the debuting Niclas Odell in April 2009. He will have to get a win over tougher competition to maintain his #2 ranking. Next fight: TBD.
3. Remi Morvan (6-1) – The OAMA fighter lost a five round decision to top ranked Adrian Wooley in the biggest test of his career. Morvan also stopped Regina native Sean Quinn at Warrior 1 earlier this year and outlasted another tough Canadian Ian Dawe by pulling out a third round submission in the third round of their fight. Next fight: TBD.
4. Sean Quinn (2-2) – In the thin Canadian Bantamweight division, 2-2 is good enough to put Sean Quinn in the top five. Quinn’s ground and pound victory over Eric Perez is the highlight of Quinn’s resume. Quinn lost to Remi Morvan earlier this year. Next fights: CFC 3 vs François Haché Lacombe, Wreck MMA vs Nick Denis.
5. Jason Towns (5-2) – Jason has mainly been a promoter as of late but he recently jumped out of retirement. After not fighting since 2002, Towns impressively defeated Ryan Knysh at King of the Cage’s Disturbed card. Towns is promising to keep fighting in 2009 and is tentatively scheduled to fight at KOTC’s Vernon card. Needs to keep winning to keep Eric Perez and Xavier Desrochers from passing him. Next fight: KOTC Vernon.
Out of the Top 5:
Eric Perez – (4-3) – fighting at CFC 3
Dmitri Waardenburg (3-4) – beat Marcoux at MFL
Robin Black (2-2) Elite 1 MMA champion. Fighting at Aggression MMA.
Ryan Knysh (3-3)
Xavier Desrochers (2-0) Recently won at W1.
Stephane Pelletier (1-0)
Not Considered Due to Inactivity:
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