Top MMA News Canadian Heavyweight Rankings – June 2010
As Top MMA News said in January, Heavyweight is a very thin division in Canada. Unfortunately, Top MMA News only sees three top Heavyweights and then a jumble of Heavyweights in the mix after that. So, with Steve Bossé out of the division after moving down to Light-Heavyweight, what is being done is only a ranking of the top three Canadian Heavyweights. Incredibly, out of those three Heavyweights and the eight that are ranked “Out of the Top 3”, only three (Woronowski, Penner, Fraser) have won their last fights.
What Top MMA News would like to get is some comments on the rest of the field after Hague, Munduruca, and Penner. Who do you think should be in the Top 10? Please help us out! There has been some fantastic discussion lately on the Light-Heavyweights and the Pound for Pounds, so lets get your opinion on the rankings. You may call this a cop out, but the participatory nature of our readers is what makes Top MMA News so great!
If we get a good discussion going, I will draw a name out of all the commenters and mail a UFC DVD for your help!
Top Canadian Heavyweight Rankings:
1. Tim Hague (10-4) – Previous Rank (1) – The country’s top Heavyweight fighter has lost his last three fights. Tim Hague has left the UFC with a 1-3 mark. Those three losses include two close decision losses to Joey Beltran and Chris Tuscherer. Regardless of his recent losses, The Thrashing Machine is still the top HW in Canada. Next Fight: vs TBD at Aggression on July 9.
2. Rodrigo Munduruca (6-1) – Previous Rank (2) – Munduruca has not fought since the last rankings but he did grapple in Abu Dhabi recently. In his last MMA fight, he lost to Dan Christison at CFC 3. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt is a world class grappler who needs to continue working on his standup to enhance his MMA game, if he decides to fight again. Next Fight: TBD
3. Nick Penner (9-1) – Previous Rank (3) – The first person on this list who won his last MMA fight. Unfortunately, he is out with an ACL injury suffered in a recent kickboxing match. The Manitoba native is a tremendous striker with a ground game to match. In his last fight at Heavyweight, Penner had real problems with an impressive up and commer, Ryan Fortin. Next Fight: rather than surgery, he is scheduled to box in Manitoba in July.
Out of Top 3
Bruno Hosier (3-1) – Bruno is a very raw fighter who lost his last bout to unbeaten Tom Murphy.
Rafael Bergmann (4-2) – KOTC Canada champ had quick loss to Tyler East recently.
Adriano Bernardo (4-2) – Lost KOTC crown to Rafael Bergman in his last fight.
Ryan Fortin (3-3) – The Hulk. Lost to Chase Gormley and Nick Penner in last fights.
Scott Fraser (3-1) – The Elite 1 champ has beaten Dan Fowler in his last two fights.
Curtis Suter (4-2) – Lost to Adriano Bernardo in his last fight.
Gary Goodridge (23-20-1) – Big Daddy lost to Pedro Rizzo last month. Reduced to journeyman status now.
Ilya Woronowski (3-1) – Was losing to Lee Mein and came back to win.
Not Considered Due to Inactivity:
Icho Larenas (5-4)
Karl Erickson (4-0)
Roy Doepker (3-0)
Andrew Pederson (4-2)
Sebastien Gauthier (5-2)
John Hachey (4-0)