Top MMA News Canadian Light-Heavyweight Rankings – May 2010
The Light-Heavyweights are getting so thin that Top MMA News considered moving Light-Heavyweight to a Top 5! With the departure of Travis Galbraith and the up and coming Craig Brown down to Middleweight, Top MMA News had a tough time ranking the Canadian Light-Heavyweights. The bottom spots are wide open, so lets see who claims them over the next few months.
However, in one surprising move, Top MMA News moved Ryan Jimmo to the number one spot. With his recent dominant win over Wilson Gouveia, Jimmo overtook Krzysztof Soszyinski in our eyes. This is a tough decision and it is possible to consider them 1 a) and 1 b), however that is not Top MMA News‘ style. Krzysztof Soszyinski did get a controversial win over Stephan Bonnar but it should have been scored a No Contest due to a accidental head butt. That, combined with a loss to Brandon Vera, dropped Krzysztof Soszyinski to second behind a terrific athlete who has won thirteen fights in a row.
Top Canadian Light-Heavyweight Rankings
1. Ryan Jimmo (13-1) – Previous Rank (2) – Thirteen in a row. A demolition of Wilson Gouveia. The best in Canada! Who will stop The Big Deal? No fight is lined up for Jimmo after his MFC 25 win but how about bringing Trevor Prangley back for a title bout? How about Antwain Britt who beat him on TUF? Next Fight: TBD
2. Krzysztof Soszyinski (21-9-1) – Previous Rank (1) – Winnipeg’s Krzysztof Soszyinski won his last bout against Stephan Bonnar when the referee missed an unintentional head butt. K.S is 4-1 now in the big show with the only loss coming against Brandon Vera. Does this warrant a demotion to #2 in Canada? Arguably not. However with a loss and what should have been a No Contest by Soszyinski, Jimmo was able to leap frog Krzysztof. The demotion could be short lived. With an impressive victory over Bonnar in their rematch at UFC 116, Krzysztof Soszyinsk could be back on top. Next Fight: vs Stephan Bonnar at UFC 116 on July 3.
3. Martin Désilets (10-2) – Previous Rank (7) – Désilets vs Valimaki was a well-matched TFC 9 title fight and Désilets came out on top with a victory over Valimaki who was undefeated in his previous seven fights. Martin moves up four spots in the biggest move this ranking. Who knows where he will fight next. Désilets told Top MMA News that TFC had not contacted him to defend his title and it appears he will not get licensed to fight in Ringside in Quebec. Let’s hope someone picks up this very tough fighter who makes up for his lack of polish with tremendous power. Next Fight: TBD
4. Victor Valimaki (16-6) – Previous Rank (4) – Victor Valimaki appeared to be on the track back to the UFC after reeling off seven straight wins. Then he ran into the fists of Martin Désilets. In a very entertaining round of fighting, Désilets took Valimaki’s TFC crown and possible UFC shot away. Valimaki is a tough LHW and remains one of Canada’s best. An Edmonton favorite, its possible he may wind up on the July TFC card. Some Top MMA News matchmaking would put Valimaki against Dwayne Lewis (but we know that won’t happen) or a rematch against Martin Désilets or how about Roger Hollett? Next Fight: TBD
5. Dwayne Lewis (11-5) – Previous Rank (3) – Dwayne Lewis drops two spots on the Top MMA News list amidst concerns that he may not overcome the superior wrestler. It is arguable that Lewis just had a bad day against Emanuel Newton and he should be ranked ahead of Valimaki and Top MMA News agrees that this is just a matter of opinion. MFC has been hinting at a Wilson Gouveia/Dwayne Lewis bout. This is a good matchup that MFC fans would love to see. Lets hope it comes to fruition. Next Fight: TBD
6. Steve Bossé (7-1) – Previous Rank (8) – The former hockey goon (check out his stats) dropped down to 205 in 2009. He took a step up against an aging Marvin Eastman last fight and beat him in by an uninspiring decision. Bossé has reeled off five wins in a row in Quebec and looks to be a promising LHW with wins over Craig Brown and the aforementioned Eastman. However, like Martin Desilets, his problems with the Quebec commission leave his next fight up in the air. Let’s hope he gets in the cage sooner rather than later as Bossé is working his way up the LHW rankings;. Next Fight: TBD
7. Roger Hollett (10-3) – Previous Rank (6) – In 2008, The Hulk lost his MFC title to Emanuel Newton. He then went on to lose to David Heath which gave him three losses in his last four fights. That low point in Hollett’s career appears to be over with Hollett’s Armbar victory over Aron Lofton at Heat XC 4 in a matchup that many expected Hollett to lose. Now on a two fight winning streak, expect Hollett to take a run at the MFC’s ever-deepening LHW division. How about Dwayne Lewis? Next Fight: TBD
8. Bill Mahood (17-7-1) – Previous Rank (10) – An aging Bill Mahood has won three consecutive fights and the KOTC Light-Heavyweight belt since returning from retirement after losing to Bobby Southworth. Now the Butcher is saying he is retiring again and will have his last match in Prince George against journeyman Chester Post. Not much competition for Mahood but at least he retires with a win! Next Fight: vs Chester Post at XFC 10 on May 29.
9. Clay Davidson (4-1) – Previous Rank (NR) – Clay Davidson debuts on this list due to Travis Galbraith and Craig Brown moving to Middleweight and Todd Gouwenberg not fighting in the past year. By all accounts Davidson is a very tough individual who is undefeated since losing to #5 Dwayne Lewis in Davidson’s debut fight. After improving his record to 4-1, the Toshido fighter claims his spot on this list. Expect Davidson to beat Devon Neis this weekend at Aggression to further solidify his spot. Next Fight: vs Devon Neis at Aggression May 21.
10. Dana Dickeson (5-1) – Previous Rank (NR) – Dickeson enters this list with a loss in his last fight to Craig Brown. Previous to that, Dickeson was cleaning up on the East Coast of Canada. He was scheduled to fight for the Elite 1 Light-Heavyweight crown but that fight has recently been scrapped. Needless to say that the 10th spot on this list is up for grabs. Dickeson needs to win to hold on to it or someone off this list needs to step up. Next Fight: TBD
Just Out of the Top 10:
Not Considered Due to Inactivity:
Ray Penny (4-1)
Sebastien Gauthier (5-2)
Jay Whitford (3-1)
Todd Gouwenberg (9-5)
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