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.

Goulet debuts at Ringside (photo by Eric Gaudreault)

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)

Related Links:

Canadian Welterweight Rankings – March 2010
Canadian Welterweight Rankings – November 2009

28 Responses to “ Top MMA News – Canadian Welterweight Rankings – September 2010 ”

  1. Phil Baroni says:

    allesio over macdonald ?

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  2. We think Rory is great but lets not forget that Rory is 3-1 as a Welterweight with wins over Hinchliffe, Waterhen, and Guymon.

    Alessio has won 5 in a row and 7 of 9 with wins over Spratt, Ray, Fioravanti, Clements and War Machine among others in the past two years.

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  3. Mark Sinclair says:

    Where is “The Kid” Ryan McGillivray on this list (10-4)??????

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  4. mary jane says:

    Garett Davis should get some mention as well.
    Since 2005, Garett is 11-2 (8 submissions, 2 tko’s, 1 draw) at welter weight and just recently won the vacant King of the Cage welter weight belt vs Ryan Chiappe(the current King of the Cage middle weight champion).

    No disrespect, but Fabio Holanda at number 10 for welter weight doesn’t make sense. Correct me if i’m wrong, but it looks to me like his record at welter weight is 1-4. His light weight record is pretty tight though…

    some of Garett’s bigger wins =
    submission win vs Jessie Bongfeldt
    submission win vs Rowan Cunningham
    submission win vs Derek Downey
    submission win vs Ryan Chiappe

    Just my two cents…


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  5. Bobby Karimi says:

    I agree Davis and McGillivray should get consideration.

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  6. Davis is 3-3 from 2008. While he has put 3 in a row, lets not forget he fought Nolan Clark and Shannon Ritch in those three. Chiappe is a decent win. We are watching but feel he needs to put some more wins together.

    McGillivray is pretty close to the out of top 10. He is 5-2-1 since 2008. He has an impressive win over Buckland in his most recent fight. With a big win at TFC, I think he makes Out of Top 10.

    King Solomon has had a good start to his pro career. However, he needs to rack up a lot more wins than Davis and McGillivray to rate consideration for this list.

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  7. Vicious Beast says:

    no mitch clarke, i know hes goin to 55 but how hes not on here is beyond me, 6-0

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  8. V.B., I agree this is mistake. We made a cut/paste when we should have copy/pasted.

    Mitch should not be on the Out of Top 10 for LW and should be on this list. However, we realized the mistake after publishing the LW list and decided to live with it and keep him off the WW list.

    Appreciate the comment.

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  9. Mitch Clarke says:

    I plan on making an impact at LW!!

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  10. Canadiana says:

    Taking a look at the… Just out of Top 10 (in no order) listing…
    How would Louis-Philippe Carles not make the list with a record of 7-2. This may be an oversite, however I believe all Canadian fighters deserve to be properly acknowledged.

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  11. Mike Davis says:

    good list ion my eye well besides Holanda but what can you do, opinionated matters like this you cant please everyone.

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  12. To be honest, MAD and I did not like Holanda at 10 either, but who should be #10? We feel that someone will jump up from the pile by the next rankings and Holanda will drop off.

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  13. Carle fits under the Ryan McGillivray category. Needs some wins over some names. I am sure he would be on there if he beat Marini.

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  14. chris says:

    how can the kid be up ther and he aint got past showtying……wow what a understatement…

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  15. Bobby Karimi says:

    Victor Bachman needs to be considered “Out of the Top 10”
    Carlos Newton needs to be removed, as far as I know he has 1 win at WW in the last 4 years (approx).

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  16. Matt Dunning says:

    King Solomon will be there soon enough guys!!He is leaving this week to go out and train with Randy Couture’s Camp and will come back better then ever!# pro fights and all 3 wins by finish

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  17. Matt Dunning says:

    Oh and Keith thanks for mentioning him!!

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  18. Bobby Karimi says:

    Holanda? (not sure of last spot)

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  19. Bobby, that looks very similar to our list and we both do not know who to put into 10th.

    You copying or are we all just brilliant?

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  20. Bobby Karimi says:

    Similar but more accurate.

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  21. Bobby Karimi says:

    I think TFC, Aggression, and MFL may force changes to the list.

    McGillvray, Bachman and Grandmont fighting might help one or two of them jump into 9 or 10.

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  22. Mitch Clarke says:

    McGillvray vs Bachmann for the number 9 or 10 spot!

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  23. fight fan says:

    westcott #10 period

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  24. Vicious Beast says:

    westcott vs mckid, id love to see this. pretty boy all the way

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  25. sheldon westcott says:

    i dont know who pretty boy is lol but me and ryan often train together and we are friends so you wont be seeing that fight. i wont be fighting training partners or friends they are the people who got me to where i am and i think its a slap in the face to them and there are hundreds of other fights out there. also i feel very fortunate to even be considered for these lists.

    sheldon westcott

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  26. Cody Rempel says:

    I think with McGillivray’s win against Showtying, he should probably take the place of Fabio Holanda as nobody is really sure about his placement there anyways!

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  27. Omic has contacted Top MMA News and let us know that he is a Canadian.

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  28. odept says:

    Nice list of Canadians.

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