Top MMA News – Canadian Featherweight Rankings – October 2009
Top Canadian Featherweights
1. Nick Denis (8-1) – The Ottawa native is a fantastic striker who has knocked out almost 90% of all of his opponents. He built his reputation at King of the Cage and became their 145 lb champ. He graduated to Sengoku this year where he finished 1-1 in their Featherweight Grand Prix. He last fought at Aggression this weekend and beat Top MMA News #5 Bantamweight Jason Townes. This signals a move to the lower weight class for Denis. That and the fact that Mark Hominick will fight again means his stay atop the Featherweight list could be short lived. Next Fight: vs Sean Quinn at Wreck MMA.
2. Yves Jabouin (12-5) – When Top MMA News first pencilled this list, Jabouin was ranked lower than #2. Then Jabouin lost to Rafael Assuncao in the WEC and we had to move him higher. This is clearly a case of looking very good in a loss and his performance forced us to rank GSP’s training partner higher than previously thought. Previously, Yves was not fighting top competition, Brad Cardinal excluded, but his WEC loss shows that he can hang with anybody and beat most! Next fight: TBD
3. William Romero (5-0) – The little guy from Iron Tiger has done big things! Romero came from obscurity to claim the IMMAC Featherweight title. Now he’s taking the Quebec scene by storm – first beating Mitch Gagnon (and knocking him from this list and then KOing Guillaume Lamarche in 17 seconds at Ringside (watch it here). Romero is no doubt a surprise at #3 to most, but this kid is tough. Next fight: vs Tristan Johnson at IMMAC 8.
4. Thierry Quenneville (15-8) – Quenneville may be the best Featherweight on this list. At 4-1 over the last two years, Thierry has beaten Bellator’s Ben Greer and ex-UFCer Doug Evans and has only lost to Hatsu Hioki, maybe the top Featherweight in the world. However, Thierry has not made the Featherweight weight limit for his past two fights and Top MMA News has dropped him a few spots in response to this negligence. Can Thierry still make 145 lbs? Lets hope he does his next time out! Next fight: TBD
5. Ben Greer (11-5) – Greer may have had the toughest past five fights of all the Featherweights – Quenneville (win), Hominick (loss), Vigneault (win), Quenneville (loss), and then losing to Bellator champion Joe Soto. Bottom line is that Vancouver’s Ben Greer is a great fighter who would be beat most of the guys on this list. Lets hope he gets matched up against a few as he does need to get some wins behind him. Next fight: TBD
After #5, it gets much more difficult for Top MMA News to rank fighters. There is little in the way of common opponents and its a fine line between #6 and #12. Consider still that a few would not be on this list if all Canadian fighters were active over the past year. Take these with a grain of salt, they will get more refined as the fighters start facing each other.
6. Tristan Johnson (5-0) – The Nova Scotia native is a former pro boxer so you know he has good hands. He has been 2-0 over the past year with his last win being a gutsy victory over the 6-5 Brad Duguay. In that bout, Tristan badly hurt his arm in the first minute of battle only to suck it up and TKO Duguay in the second round. I applaud the matchmakers at IMMAC for pairing Johnson against Romero on their November 21st card. Truly a fight with big implications to the Top MMA News Featherweight Rankings. Next fight: vs William Romero at IMMAC 8.
7. Diego Wilson (4-0) – In the past year, Wilson has been 3-0 fighting for the MFC/Heat XC organization. Diego is a tremendous prospect who quickly dispatched a well-rounded Luis Huete at Heat XC 3. In fact, if you are going to face this Zuma-trained fighter, do not expect to make it out of the first round. No one has yet! Next fight: TBD
8. Adam Lorenz (5-1) – I know Dwight Sutherland fans are going to be hopping mad seeing Lorenz ranked at #8 and the guy who beat him unranked, but Lorenz vaulted up the rankings with his Aggression MMA upset victory over WEC vet Rolando Perez. Fight of the Night quality wins like his victory over Perez not only bring Adam Lorenz up a couple notches on this ranking but he brings all Saskatchewan and Canadian Mixed Martial Artists up a notch in the eyes of the world as well! Too much? Maybe, but Lorenz brought his A game back to MMA fighting Perez after perhaps being a bit too over confident over a very capable Sutherland at UCW 16. Next fight: TBD
9. Graham Spencer (4-0) – The third BC native on the list, Graham Spencer is a guy that dominates positionally by getting you on the ground and keeping you there. Spencer is a very good grappler and is 3-0 over the past twelve months. Spencer squeaks onto the end of the list due to his workmanlike victory over Shawn Albrecht who was 6-2 at the time of their fight. Next fight: vs Wesley Neil at KOTC Vernon
10. Guillaume Lamarche (4-2) – With wins over Stephane Bernadel and Justin Tavernini, it was hard to leave Lamarche off this list – especially when his only losses came at the hands of #1 Bantamweight Adrian Wooley and #3 Featherweight William Romero. Next fight: vs TBD at Ringside.
Out of the Top 10:
Mitch Gagnon (4-1) Next fight: Stephane Bernadel at Wreck MMA
Tom Waters (2-0)
Luis Huete (3-1)
Mike Adams (5-0) deserves to be on list but was inactive for years and just returned to action.
Shawn Albrecht (7-3)
Dwight Sutherland (3-1)
Stephane Bernadel (4-1) Next fight: Mitch Gagnon at Wreck MMA
Roland Delorme (2-0) Next fight: vs Stephane Denis at CFC 3
Not Considered Due to Inactivity:
*** Nick Denis photos courtesy of Jason Bouwmeester of pixelens.com. (Check out his Aggression MMA Gallery !)
*** Thierry Quenneville photo courtesy of Eric Gaudreault at firstname.lastname@example.org (Look up his MFL pix on Facebook!)