Top MMA News – Canadian Welterweight Rankings – September 2010
Not much changed with Welterweights this round of rankings, but one person made a major move. Top MMA News always considered Claude Patrick to be the second most talented Welterweight in the country but kept him down the rankings as he was turning down shots at the UFC and fighting weaker opposition than he Welterweight compatriots. Well, that has all changed and Patrick has now joined the UFC and recorded his first win. As a result, a big move up the rankings for the Ontario native. Patrick and the number one ranked GSP have gone an impressive combined 18 straight fights without a loss.
The other big move was Jordan Mein who lost his last fight to Jason High but has gone 4-1 in recent Welterweight action. Top MMA News felt this was worthy enough to take Cory MacDonald’s spot on the list. MacDonald has not fought in a year and moves to the inactive list even though his next fight has been booked. Unfortunately, his UGC fight against Chester Post is well above the Welterweight limit.
Top Canadian Welterweight Rankings
1. Georges St-Pierre (20-2) – Previous Rank (1) – Canada’s top fighter surprisingly had problems finishing Dan Hardy in his last title defense. Next, the TUF 12 coach will defend his title in a rematch with Josh Koscheck at UFC 124 in Montreal. Next fight: vs Josh Koscheck at UFC 124 on December 11.
2. Claude Patrick (12-1) – Previous Rank (6) – After beating Matt MacGrath, Patrick accepted a call up to the UFC where he submitted Ricardo Funch with his patented Guillotine. Patrick is undefeated since 2002 winning eleven straight fights. Everyone knew he was talented, now we are seeing that talent on the world’s biggest stage. Next fight: James Wilks at UFC 120 on October 16.
3. John Alessio (27-13) – Previous Rank (3) – Alessio has been campaigning to get back into the UFC and Top MMA News agrees that he belongs there or at least should be fighting for the MFC Welterweight title. Alessio choked out War Machine in July War Machine went to jail. Next Fight: vs TBD.
4. TJ Grant (15-4) – Previous Rank (2) – TJ Grant lost a close Majority Decision to Johny Hendricks at UFC 113 that feature a couple low blows by Grant and a late punch by Hendricks. Grant gave an impressive showing against a top wrestler. The loss drops Grant to .500 in the UFC and drops him two spots on this list. Grant will take on Julio Paulino at UFC 119. Check out his Top MMA News interview here. Next fight: vs Julio Paulino at UFC 119 on September 25.
5. Rory MacDonald (10-1) – Previous Rank (4) – Canada’s young wunderkind Rory MacDonald received his first loss against Carlos Condit at UFC Vancouver. The fight was stopped late in the third round after Rory took a lot of damage after he impressively won the first two rounds. This is a small setback in what will be a stellar career. Next Fight: vs Matt Brown at UFC 123 on November 20.
6. Jonathan Goulet (23-11) – Previous Rank (5) – Mixed results for longtime UFC fighter Jonathan Goulet since the last rankings. Goulet lost to Marcus Davis at UFC 113 and was subsequently released by the company. Now he is fighting for his local Quebec promotion Ringside where he impressively took out a tough Matt MacGrath in quick fashion at Ringside 8. Now Goulet gets to fight for the Ringside title against Chris Clements. Next fight: vs Chris Clements at Ringside 9 on November 13.
7. Ryan Ford (11-2) – Previous Rank (7) – Ryan Ford blew through former UFC figher Tom Speer since the last rankings. The Real Deal also made another one big change – he moved back to his former home – the MFC. Ford will fight later this month at MFC 26 against Douglas Lima (14-4) who is 3-3 in his last six fights.. Top MMA News hopes the MFC gives Ford tougher fights in the future. If Ford wins, how about Ford vs Alessio for the MFC Welterweight belt? Next fight: vs Douglas Lima at MFC 26 on September 10.
8. Sean Pierson (9-4) – Previous Rank (8) – Pierson was to fight Dan Hornbuckle at Bellator but an injury forced Pierson to pull out of the tournament. Now Pierson is scheduled to fight Ricky Goodall (6-2) at W1. This should be a typical Pierson ground and pound beatdown. Next fight: vs Ricky Goodall at W1 on October 23.
9. Jordan Mein (17-7) – Previous Rank (NR) – Young Gun Mein lost his last fight against Jason High at RITC 40. However, Mein look very capable against the DREAM Welterweight Grand Prix finalist and Top MMA News had the rounds even before High rode out the third round on top of Mein. Previous to that loss, Mein dispatched rival Alberta Welterweights Andrew Buckland, Victor Bachmann, and George Belanger. Next fight: TBD
10. Fabio Holanda (6-6) – Previous rank (10) – Holanda is hanging on to the number 10 spot on this list by his fingertips. Fabio has not fought since last December and will be off this list if he does not fight by Christmas 2010. Fabio last lost to Sean Pierson at WRECK MMA. Next fight: TBD
Fighters who dropped out of Top 10 – Cory MacDonald (dropped due to inactivity)
Just out of Top 10 (in no order):
Carlos Newton (15-14) – former UFC champion
Jason Heit (4-0) – Will be dropped due to inactivity soon.
Matt MacGrath (8-4) – Next fight: vs Ryan Machan at W1
Nathan Gunn (7-2)
Sheldon Westcott (4-1)
Martin Grandmont (11-5) – Next fight: vs Jess Liaudin at MFL 3
Chris Clements (7-4) – Next fight vs John Alessio at W-1 March 20
Dami Egbeyemi (4-0)
Alex Garcia (4-0) – Next fight vs TNT Jackson at Ringside 9
Simon Marini (8-3)
Advin Omic (6-1) – Born in Bosnia. Still investigating Canadian status
Not Considered Due to Inactivity:
Gary Wright (8-0)
Jeff Joslin (5-3)
Ken Calonego (5-0)
Cory MacDonald (10-2)