Top MMA News – Canadian Featherweight Rankings – July 2010
- In a fight of the year performance, Mark Hominick and Yves Jabouin battled in a match of #1 vs #3 in Edmonton at WEC 49.
- Pato returned with a Fight of the Night and a KO of the Night performances in two W1 fights.
- Mitch Gagnon bested Guillaume Lamarche to win the Ringside Featherweight title
- John Fraser stunned Thierry Quenneville to win the W1 Featherweight title
- William Romero debuted in Bellator
Quite the deep division and very difficult to rank, but Top MMA News gave it our best shot.
Top Canadian Featherweights
1. Mark Hominick (18-8) – Previous Rank (1) – Mark Hominick topped Yves Jabouin at WEC 49 in a fantastic fight between two stellar Canadian Featherweights. Hominick called out Leonard Garcia in the post-fight interview and wouldn’t that be another exciting tilt? One more win could see him challenging Jose Aldo for the WEC crown. Canada’s next World Champion? Next Fight: TBD
2. Yves Jabouin (14-6) – Previous Rank (3) – A fighter loses his last two fights and he should move down the rankings, right? Not the case for Yves Jabouin. The TriStar fighter impressed fans world wide with his performances against top competition – a loss the aforementioned Mark Hominick and a split decision loss to Raphael Assuncao. What’s next for Tiger? Nothing yet, but Top MMA News would love to see him fight the Korean Zombie, Chan Sung Jung. Next Fight: TBD
3. Nick Denis (9-2) – Previous Rank (2)– Since last rankings, Denis recorded his second straight Featherweight loss in Sengoku. This time to Yuji Hoshino. Denis is dominating the Bantamweight scene in Canada but is falling down the 145 lb ladder. Next Fight: TBD
4. Antonio Carvalho (12-4) – Previous Rank (NR) – Since the February rankings, Pato has fought twice. First he beat Eddie Fyvie at W1 and then he KO’d Juan Barrantes. The former top three world Featherweight is definitely a top five talent in Canada could be as high as number two. In the last three years, Carvalho is 5-3 with one of those wins over Hatsu Hioki. Top MMA News would like to see Carvalho move to the WEC next or, at the very least, challenge John Fraser for the W1 belt. Next fight: TBD
5. William Romero (5-1) – Previous Rank (4)– Patrcio Friere was Romero’s first round opponent for the Bellator tournament and, unfortunately, William lost the first bout of his career. Friere was too much for Romero and Top MMA News believes that Pitbull should have won the tournament. Regardless, this will be a small bump in a successful career for the former paratrooper. Next fight: TBD although we hear a Tristan Johnson in the fall rumor.
6. John Fraser (7-3) – Previous Rank (NR) – John Fraser took on the number five ranked Thierry Quenneville at W1 and pounded him out to win the W1 Featherweight belt. The win was The Haggis Basher’s fourth in a row since taking a three year layoff from the sport of MMA. Next fight: TBD
7. Mitch Gagnon (6-1) – Previous Rank (NR) – When I introduced myself to Mitch and Yves Charette following Mitch’s quick Ringside championship win over Guillaume Lamarche, Yves’ first comment to me was “Does this put Mitch into the Top 10?” Top MMA News‘ answer then is the same now as it was then, “How could it not?” Not only did Gagnon beat the formerly 8th ranked Lamarche, Mitch has reeled off four wins since losing to the number five ranked William Romero in a decision. Next is another step up for Gagnon as he fights former WEC athlete John Franchi. Next fight: vs John Franchi at Ringside 8.
8. Thierry Quenneville (15-9) – Previous Rank (5)– Quenneville did not make the Featherweight limit for his W1 title bout against John Fraser. However, the fight remained scheduled for a five round title fight despite both fighters not weighing in under the limit. The result? Quenneville lost in the fourth to John Fraser. What is interesting (yet completely meaningless) is that Top MMA News had Quenneville winning the fight 29-28 after the third round, which is how many rounds should have been fought with the fighters missing weight. Regardless, Quenneville got the loss on his record and dropped three spots. Next fight: TBD
9. Mike Adams (6-0) – Previous Rank (NR) – Something is in the water at Team Toshido. Everyone knows Rory MacDonald and Gary Wright is very good as well. Now Mike Adams is taking a run up his weight division. Adams finished the formerly 7th ranked Graham Spencer to keep his record perfect at Aggression MMA 3 in May. With the win, he finds himself in the Top 10. Next fight: TBD
10. Graham Spencer (5-1) – Previous Rank (7)– Like Quenneville, Graham Spencer drops three spots after losing to the aforementioned Adams. After beating Shawn Albrecht and Wesley Neil, Spencer was climbing the ranks. However, the small set back to Adams is not enough to knock Spencer from the rankings and Top MMA News is sure that Spencer will return stronger than ever. Next fight: TBD
Fighters who dropped out of Top 10 – Ben Greer (inactive list, was 6th), Guillaume Lamarche (was 8th), Tristan Johnson (was 9th), Diego Wilson (moved to BW, was 10th)
Out of the Top 10:
Guillaume Lamarche (6-3) – Previous rank (8) – Next fight: vs Tristan Johnson at Ringside 8
Adam Lorenz (6-1) – Next fight: TBD
Tristan Johnson (5-0) – Previous rank (9) – Next fight vs Guillaume Lamarche at Ringside 8
Shawn Albrecht (7-3)
Tim Wadsworth (5-0)
Stephane Bernadel (5-2)
Baz Cunningham (5-0) – Next fight vs Nick Driedger at AFC 3
Not Considered Due to Inactivity: