Top MMA News Canadian Middleweight Rankings – April 2010


Jason Macdonald Kicks Hutcherson (photo by Jason Bouwmeester)

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

Chase Degenhardt at CFC 4 (photo by Sean McManus)

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)

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70 Responses to “ Top MMA News Canadian Middleweight Rankings – April 2010 ”

  1. Bobby Karimi says:

    Here is the prob with Hinchliffe, for every good win he’s got, he’s got at least 1 loss to that fighter.
    (MacIver – loss then win)
    (Galbraith – win then loss then loss)

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  2. Bobby Karimi says:

    I’d have Hinchliffe at 7

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  3. If Farmer Brown stays at 185 (which I believe he will be) he’ll be storming these ranks very soon.

    Also he just layed a one sided beating on Chase Degenhardt this past friday at wreckmma. Which helps prove my point.

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  4. Darren Owen says:

    I had some time to kill so I put together my top 10.

    1.Denis Kang
    2.Jason MacDonald
    3.Nick Ring
    4.Jason Day
    5.David Loiseau
    6.Kalib Starnes
    7.Joe Doerksen
    8.Jesse Bongfeldt
    9.Nick Hinchliffe
    10.Travis Galbriath

    Now I’m sure there are a lot of people saying this guys and idiot, right about now but I’ll explain:
    Kang #1 I think he has just done better against the better opponents and good wins over Gono, Professor X, Eastman, M. Rua and Healy. Where his more recent loses are to Bisping, Belcher, Mousassi, Mayhem Miler. Yes he also has a lose to Doerksen but that was 8 yrs ago. Kang also has a ridiculous amount of wins over quality opponents.
    J Mac #2 This was close Jason has 7 really good wins over White, Hutcherson, Doerksen x2, Singer, Leben, Herman. He also has 9 loses against very strong competition Lutter, Quarry, Gouivea, Maia, Okami, Franklin, Starnes, Carter, Eastman. He’s also 2-1 against guys on this list.
    Ring #3 He’s undefeated, yes he hasn’t had the same competion the other guys on this list have had but he’s still on his way up and is getting his shot to prove what he can do against the elite. (#3-#7 were very close for me)
    Day #4 big wins over Belcher, Loiseau and Goulet and the fact that the Belcher win was recent put him at #4 although recent loses to Taylor, Grove, Bisping as well losing to Cote and Valimaki. If Day loses to Hinch he would move down to #9. 1-0 vs guys on this list
    Loiseau #5 his lose against Day has him here and not #4 notable wins over Hutherson, Tanner, McCarthy, Doerksen are impressive and 5 of his loses at the hands of Herman, Day, Swick, Franklin, Horn are nothing to be ashamed off. The Crow could potential slip fast if he doesn’t get active over decent opponents. He’s 1-1 vs guys on this list.
    Starnes #6 All 5 of his loses have been against very legite guys Vitale, Lombard, Quarry, Belcher and Okami. He hasn’t lost to anyone that isn’t an A level fighter. Big wins over Leben and J Mac also a lesser Abbaddi. He’s 1-0 against guys on this list.
    Doerksen #7 I think this is where people may question my sanity but if you look at what he’s done lately, his most recent big win was 5 yrs ago against Cote and in the last 5 yrs has lost to MacDonald x2, Herman, Filho, Marquardt and Lindland as well a previous lose the Loiseau. I would have had Doerksen at #1 in 2005 but he needs a big win to move back up. 1-3 against guys on this list
    Bongfeldt #8 Again I have my reason, he hasn’t fought the same competition 1-7 have fought and his biggest wins have come over guys at 170 Grant and Pierson and his toughest opponent a loss to Goulet. I believe with fights with top level guys we would get the opportunity to see what Jesse is really capable of. I think he’s a beast at 170.
    Hinchliffe #9 Nick is on the verge of making a huge jump up to #4 if he can beat Day. Again him being at 9 is the fact he hasn’t really had the opportunity to fight the upper class at 185. He is getting his chance now. His 3 of his 5 loses I don’t see them hurting his stock. The Waterboy is just sick and that fight was at 170, the Valimaki fight Nick was winning that fight untill he got poked in the eye and went down from that and the ref didn’t stop the action. As well the 2nd Galbriath fight Nick had a severe neck injury and shouldn’t have fought but was convinced to and funny enough somehow Travis new to go right after his neck. Anything to do with him fighting in Galbriaths hometown??? Let’s see what Nick can do in the next 97 days…
    Galbriath #10 Travis has had some very tough fights with loses to GSP, Nakamura, Goulet, Doerksen he also has some big wins Hinch, Heath, Desilets, Brown. Interesting to see how he does against Ninja Rua.
    There’s my top 10 I expect a lot of movement soon and a lot of people questioning my list. The fact of the matter is all these guys are very good fighters and I have the utmost respect for all these men and anyone who steps into battle. This is also just 1 mans opinion.

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  5. Great post, Darren.

    It shows how hard it is to rank MW. Some are calling for Loiseau and Starnes to move off our list and you move them back up.

    I definitely disagree with your Doerksen pick being so low. He does have two Sengoku wins in 2009.

    Galbraith is a good addition to the list. He was fighting 205 and now he’s back at 185. These guys who move around play havoc with rankings.

    I assume you would rank Cote #1 when he returns to action?

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  6. Bobby Karimi says:

    Come on now, pulling at straws. Some examples.
    Mentioning The Crow vs Loiseau, GSP vs Galbraith, Kang vs Gono, Ninja and Mayhem (lol)

    Come on man.

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  7. Bobby…the crow vs loiseau is a fight that I really want to see.

    What are you talking about?

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  8. Bobby Karimi says:

    LOL, meant Crow vs Tanner

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  9. Darren Owen says:

    I think there’s 3 Tiers:
    Tier 1 Cote, Kang, MacDonald
    Tier 2 Doerksen, Day, Starnes, Loiseau, Ring
    Tier 3 Hinchliffe, Bongfeldt, Galbriath

    Atleast as Canadians it’s nice to be able to struggle over such great fighters. I think we can all agree on that.

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  10. I add Doerksen to the Tier 1. Besides Ring and Cote, he may be the closest to getting back to the UFC due to his 5 wins in a row since losing in 2008 in the UFC.

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  11. Darren Owen says:

    Keith, I guess you can now tell me I told you so. Congrats to Joe, we all wish him the best of luck.

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  12. As you can tell from our rankings, I always thought Joe was Tier 1. To be honest, I heard he was going to the UFC yesterday.

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  13. Bobby Karimi says:

    I love being right! I’m awesome. You are welcome Top MMA News for my input in placing Joe so high, I see the future.

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  14. Is Bobby Karimi the screen name for Joe Silva?

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  15. James Locke says:

    Sweet middleweight bout lined up for AMMA 3 in May! Hinch vs Deg!

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  16. Phil Baroni says:

    travis G is top 10 for sure

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  17. Travis says:

    Am I the only one who would absolutely love to see a Doerksen vs Kang rematch?

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  18. Bobby Karimi says:

    I’m such a good ranker :)

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  19. Jamie Locke says:

    Chad Cox came out of innactivity at the W1 card in Oct. I hear that fight was one hell of a war.

    Hinchliffe vs Cox is on for the TFC title. I see fireworks.

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