Top MMA News – Canadian Bantamweight Rankings – February 2010
“One has to be thin to be a 135 pound Bantamweight and the Canadian Bantamweight division is just as thin.” This quote was from Top MMA News‘ first crack at the Canadian Bantamweights. Well, after more research and a renewed interest in the 135ers, Top MMA News has increased this list from the Top 5 to the Top 10.
Another reason why this list could be expanded is that top fighters like Nick Denis moved down to Bantamweight. Hardeep Singh came back from the inactive list to having a victory at Aggression. Lastly, lessor known fighters like Roland Delorme and Clayton Sheen became visible after big wins in that past months.
With that said, here are the updates to the Top 10 Bantamweights in Canada. Please comment if you agree or disagree or if we have missed a 135er !
Top Canadian Bantamweights
1. Nick Denis (9-1) – Previous Rank (NR) –After a strong showing in Sengoku, Nick Denis came back to Canada at the end of 2010 and recorded a pair of solid victories. First, he took on the previous #5 Bantamweight Jason Towns at Aggression where he stopped Towns in the second. Then, Nick took a beating at the hands of the #4 Bantamweight Sean Quinn before turning the tide and knocking out Quinn in the first round. For his efforts and for beating two of the previously-ranked top 5, Denis enters the Bantamweight list in the number one spot. Next fight: vs Ian Loveland at Wreck April 16
2. Adrian Wooley (6-1) – Previous Rank (1) –This Toronto native’s W-1 decision victory over top Canadian Bantamweight Remi Morvan had pushed him to the number one ranking in October and he has not fought since. Is it fair that he drops to number two without losing? No. However, Top MMA News just sees Denis as the fighter with the better record and the better wins at this point in their careers. Also, Denis has beaten two tough guys since the October rankings and Wooley has been unable to secure a fight. It no wonder he has a hard time getting a fight – he is a tough SOB who, like Denis, should be in Bellator or WEC! Next fight: TBD
3. Hardeep Singh (10-1) – Previous Rank (NR) –Hardeep had his first fight since 2008 last month at Aggression MMA. There Singh showed that he had not missed a step in his time off as he rolled over Ryan Brigham in the first round. Lets hope that Singh stays active rather than going back into hiding after this impressive victory. Maybe a British Columbia promotion like the AFC or KOTC will pick this Vancouver native up? Next fight: TBD
4. Ryan Diaz (13-11) – Previous Rank (3) – The Lion has been fighting for the past 10 years but has not fought since April 2009. 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 will be returning to the KOTC cage in a rare Thursday fight on February 25. Next fight: vs Reuben Duran at KOTC San Miguel.
5. Roland Delorme (4-0) – Previous Rank (NR) – This guy fights in Top MMA News‘ back yard but when he was scheduled to face Remi Morvan in Morvan’s hometown in WRECK, no one, including Top MMA News, picked Delorme to win. Delorme showed everyone just how good he was when he Arm Barred Morvan late in the first round (watch it here). With a 3-0 record over the past year, Delorme has forced his way into the top five. Next fight: vs Remi Morvan at CFC 4 Feb 26
6. Remi Morvan (6-2) – Previous Rank (3) –The OAMA fighter lhas dropped his last two fights to Adrian Wooley and then Roland Delorme and he drops his ranking from number three to number six. Morvan makes no excuses for his losses but Top MMA News will give him one – his daughter was born a couple days prior to his Delorme fight. So what is in Morvan’s future (besides diapers)? A Rolly Delorme rematch at CFC 4is the fight Morvan wanted and the fight Morvan got. Someone will not leave unhappy after their February 26th fight, but it will not be the fans. This is a can’t miss rematch. Next fight: vs Roland Delorme at CFC 4 Feb 26.
7. Sean Quinn (4-3) – Previous Rank (4) –Like Morvan, Quinn moves down three spots. Quinn could have been moved up the rankings at Bantamweight if he only he could have finished Nick Denis at WRECK MMA (watch it here). Amazingly, Quinn stood with Denis and had Denis rocked. However, he could not finish and the Ninja of Love came back to KO Quinn. Quinn was to fight on CFC 4 but had to pull out due to injury. Next fight: TBD.
8. Jason Towns (5-3) – Previous Rank (5) – Jason Towns follows the Quinn pattern exactly. Lose to Denis, drop three spots, and get injured. Towns drops three spots after losing to Nick Denis at Aggression’s first card. Jason hung on until the second round before the number one ranked Denis finished him. Towns recently suffered a severe hand injury at work and its unknown if he will be fighting in the near future. Next fight: TBD.
9. Clayton Sheen (5-0) – Previous Rank (NR) –Sheen, a British Columbia fire fighter, is an undefeated athlete out of Sholty’s. Like his teammate Adriano Bernardo, Clayton has recently done well at KOTC where he debuted by choking out Ryan Knysh. Sheen is a submission specialist and defeats all opposition by submission in the first round. Top MMA News is going to keep our eye on Sheen to see if he continues his undefeated streak against tougher opponents. Next fight: TBD.
10. Stephane Pelletier (2-0) – Previous Rank (NR) –Number ten was a hard spot to fill and it came down to Josh Hill or Stephane Pelletier. Pelletier got the nod for defeating the higher calibre fighter Francois Lacombe. Pelletier stopped Lacombe at Ringside: Triple Threat this past January. Pelletier’s grasp on tenth is tenuous. An impressive win by Hill or others could knock him from the list. Next fight: vs Mike Hong at WRECK April 16.
Out of the Top 5:
Xavier Desrochers (2-0)
Josh Hill (2-0)
Eric Perez (4-3)
Marc Beausoleil (2-0)
Not Considered Due to Inactivity: