Top MMA News Canadian Middleweight Rankings – April 2010
Everyone is waiting for the Canadian Middleweight absentee king, Patrick Cote, to return at UFC 113 in Montreal. Until he does fight Al Belcher in Montreal, he will continue to not be ranked as he has not fought for over a year
There has been less movement in these Middleweight rankings than the previous divisions that we have ranked. However, there has been some. The also have been two new additions to these rankings with Chase Degenhardt and Nick Hinchliffe being welcomed to the list.
The most interesting debate Top MMA News had with this round of Middleweight rankings is what to do with Day, Loiseau, and Starnes. Day dropped a few spots with his loss to Jesse Taylor but should he drop below Loiseau and Starnes who only beat career Canadian journeymen Chester Post and Marcus Hicks? Top MMA News felt that Day should remain ahead of the other two as he cannot be penalized too much for fighting a tougher fighter.
Let Top MMA News know what you think!
Top 10 Canadian Middleweights – April 2010
1. Jason MacDonald (23-13) – Previous Rank (1)– Jason MacDonald keeps his number one ranking with his win over the veteran Vernon White at W-1 last month. MacDonald finished Tiger White with a Triangle Choke in the third to give him two solid wins in a row (previously beat Solomon Hutcherson). MacDonald is staying active as he will fight Matt Horwich at Lets Get it On next. Next Fight: vs Matt Horwich at LGIO April 23
2. Denis Kang (32-12-1) – Previous Rank (2)– No change for Kang as he was supposed to fight Vernon White before pulling out due to injury. Now he will headline the next W1 show. Kang actually went 21 fights in a row with out losing for almost three years between 2003 and 2006. He finally lost a split decision to Pride Grand Prix winner Kazuo Misaki after already going two rounds with Akihiro Gono earlier in the night! Kang recently has lost some fights where he seemingly had control of the fight – Mousasi, Belcher, and Bisping. Kang has also had some recent wins against Professor X in the UFC and quick KO over Marvin Eastman. Next fight: vs Dae Won Kim at W1
3. Joe Doerksen (43-12) – Previous Rank (3)– Winnipeg’s El Dirte could arguably be the number one Middleweight as he has been on a four fight win streak. However, the quality of his Sengoku opponents have not been as high as the top two and it is hard to place him over Jason MacDonald as he holds two wins over Doerksen. With over 50 fights, Doerksen has faced and beaten many of Canada’s top Middleweights including the #2 ranked Kang in a great fight (watch it here), Patrick Cote, and Travis Galbraith. Next fight: vs Chad Herrick at KOTC on April 16.
4. Nick Ring (10-0) – Previous Rank (5)– Nick Ring is on the The Ultimate Fighter 11. The undefeated Canadian Middleweight defeated Woody Weatherby in the first episode of the show to earn his way into the house. Ring dominated the fight and impressed Tito Ortiz so much that Ring was the first pick out of all the fighters. Next fight: TBD on TUF 11.
5. Jesse Bongfeldt (20-5) – Previous Rank (6)– The Rumble in the Cage Middleweight champ is a dominating force at whatever weight he fights at. He is 3-0 over the past year including wins over Nolan Clark and Chris Fontaine. There is no word when Jesse will fight next and there are even rumors he may move up to 205. Next fight: TBD
6. Jason Day (18-9) – Previous Rank (4)– At Aggression MMA 2, Jason Day was not in top form and he was quickly submitted by Jesse Taylor. Is Day the fighter who lost to Taylor, Bisping and Grove or is Day the fighter who beat Belcher, Loiseau, Goulet, and Fontaine? Hopefully Day will turn it around in his next fight against Nick Hinchliffe. Next fight: vs Nick Hinchliffe at Aggression MMA 2 on May 21.
7. David Loiseau (19-9) – Previous Rank (7)– Loiseau rose up to the top of this ladder in 2006 and faced Rich Franklin for the UFC title. As we all know, Loiseau was picked apart in that final and has had underwhelming performances since then including losses to Mike Swick, Ed Herman, and Jason Day. Loiseau easily beat Chester Post in his last fight in the main event at MFL 2, but a victory over the 6-19 Post does not do much to improve the Crow’s ranking. Next fight: TBD
8. Kalib Starnes (10-5-1) – Previous Rank (8)– Kalib Starnes is beating guys he should beat but losing to tougher opposition. After losing to Bellator champion Hector Lombard last year, Starnes fought twice so far in 2010. At AFC 2, Starnes quickly dispatched the 10-20 Marcus Hicks, but two weeks later, Kalib quickly lost to Falaniko Vitale. Starnes needs improved results against better competition to remain on this list. Next fight: TBD
9. Chase Degenhardt (6-0) – Previous Rank (NR)– Degenhardt has stormed up the rankings in Canada from obscurity. With three wins in the past year, this undefeated Muay Thai expert deserves his number 9 ranking. In his last fight, he won a unanimous decision over the very tough Chris Stranger in CFC 4. However, any other opponent would have been stopped by the six perfect knees in the first round. Even still, Stranger finished the fight with a broken rib and hand. Degenhardt needs to win his next fight to maintain his spot in these rankings. Next Fight: vs Craig Brown at WRECK MMA on April 16
10. Nick Hinchliffe (13-5) – Previous Rank (NR)– In a fantastic bit of matchmaking, Armageddon’s Darren Owen had Nick Hinchliffe fight the unbeaten Dan MacIver at AFC 2. The winner got the number 10 spot on these rankings. Many fighters say they will fight anybody, but most are quite picky (especially once managers get involved). Hinchliffe will fight anyone! If he had the opportunity, Hinchliffe would fight every month in any weight class against anybody. He has fought Rory MacDonald at 170 and Travis Galbraith at 205 and 185. A prolonged stay at Middleweight would be beneficial to his career and a win in his next fight will vault him up the rankings. Next Fight: vs Jason Day at Aggression MMA 3 on May 21
Just out of Top 10 (in no order):
Luke Harris (4-1)
Dan MacIver (6-1)
Steve Vigneault (12-6)
Shawn Marchand (8-5)
Travis Galbraith (17-7) – Next Fight: vs Ninja Rua at Shine Fights
Chris Fontaine (18-12) – Previous rank (10)
Not Considered Due to Inactivity:
Patrick Cote (13-5)
Jason St Louis (12-11)
Brent Beauparlant (8-5)
Keto Allen (3-0)
Chad Cox (5-1)
Kyle Sandford (7-1)