What Provinces Produce Canada’s Top Fighters?
What provinces are Canada’s top fighters from? Top MMA News has been asked this question a few times by fans and gyms across the country. There are great gyms all across the country were fighters seem to congregate like TriStar in Montreal, but what province of birth has the greatest number of top fighters.
Now this study is completely non-scientific. For this study, Top MMA News simply took its Top 10 ranked fighters in each weight division (Top 3 Heavyweights) and marked what province they were from. Of course, if the reader believes that the rankings are flawed, then these figures would be flawed as well.
What province has the most Top 10 fighters? British Columbia with 15.
Here are the totals:
British Columbia 15
Nova Scotia 4
New Brunswick 1
Its not surprising that the three provinces with the top population, Ontario, Quebec, and BC, have the most fighters in the Top 10. What is surprising is that Manitoba has so many more than Saskatchewan and that Halifax has so many more than the rest of the Maritime provinces.
My belief is that Manitoba is so much higher than Saskatchewan because Manitoba allows professional MMA while Saskatchewan does not. Both have great gyms, but Saskatchewan fighters just cannot get as many fights to showcase their skills and get the wins required to make the Top 10.
Why is Nova Scotia so much higher than other New Brunswick, Newfoundland, and PEI? An educated guess is that FitPlus and Titans MMA are providing higher quality training and training partners like TJ Grant and Roger Hollett which produces higher calibre fighters. This may slowly change as Dana Dickeson, from New Brunswick, debuted on the Light-Heavyweight rankings and became the sole NB fighter on the lists. Time will tell.
* Training location is not considered. Ryan Diaz lives in Arizona but was born in Kelowna. Ryan Jimmo trains in Alberta but is considered a Nova Scotia fighter.