Best of 2010 – Top Canadian Prospect of the Year
Let’s define the term ‘prospect’ first – Top MMA News sees a prospect as any Canadian who has not ever fought in the UFC or Strikeforce (Strikeforce Challengers not included). Here are a few examples – Sarah Kaufman is not a prospect as she fought in Strikeforce. John Makdessi is not a prospect as he fought in the UFC. John Alessio is not a prospect because he fought in the UFC. Dwayne Lewis, although in his 30s, remains a prospect.
Once again, seven Top MMA News correspondents voted on the top Canadian prospects based on their 2010 performance. Fans should watch out for these guys. They are definitely heading for big things.
Top Canadian Prospects of 2010
1. (tie) Guillaume De Lorenzi and Jordan Mein
1a) Guillaume De Lorenzi – had a great start to 2010. First, Guilllaume took out Ryan Machan, who at the time was the #4 ranked Canadian Lightweight, to win the Ringside Lightweight title. Then he defended his belt against former UFC fighter Dale Hartt – stopping Hartt in the second round. Scheduled next for “Il Toro” in late 2010 was a spot in the one day Shine Lightweight tournament and another Ringside title defense. Guillaume was on his way to the big time but, unfortunately, De Lorenzi had a serious injury near the end of the year which will take an extended recovery period.
1b)Jordan Mein – Mein is one of the few Canadian fighters considered for this list who actually had a loss in 2010. Amazingly, “Young Gun” Mein went 5-1 in 2010. Mein defeated, in order, Tim Skidmore, Andrew Buckland, Victor Bachmann, George Belanger, and Chase Degenhardt in various Welterweight and Middleweight fights. Mein’s only loss was a solid effort against former DREAM Grand Prix finalist Jason High where Mein held his own in a fight that was primarily a grappling battle. Mein starts 2011 with a fight against Martin Grandmont. One must expect a call to the UFC soon after that.
3)Martin Desilets – Desilets was a lower-ranked Light-Heavyweight prior to 2010. Then a pair of victories over Victor Valimaki really put him on the map. The XMMA champ first took Valimaki’s belt in controversial fashion in one of the best rounds on 2010 at TFC 10. Desilets then defended his belt against Valimaki in a rematch. The result? An even quicker stoppage for the powerful and sometimes wild Quebec fighter. Desilets also received the news that he will be allowed to fight in Quebec once again near the end of 2010. Great news for the fighter who ended up number three on the Top MMA News Light-Heavyweight list.
4)Alex Garcia – Garcia is a powerful Welterweight with KO power who was born in the Dominican Republic but now living in Montreal. Another Ringside fighter, Garcia was always considered a potential top Welterweight. However, being a Tristar athlete, that meant that he was going to be brought up very slowly. That changed in 2010 as Garcia fought some better competition. Each fight that Garcia had in 2010 was a gradual progression up the ladder – first he TKO’d Matt Northcott, then he took out Jaret MacIntosh, next a submission over Ricky Goodall, and finally a submission over TNT Jackson. In 2011, Garcia may fight Ringside Welterweight champion Chris Clements next. If he wins that, a trip to the UFC where teammates John Makdessi and Georges St-Pierre already reside should come soon after.
5)Dwayne Lewis – Fort MacMurray’s favorite fighter, Dwayne Lewis kept his eyes on the MFC title in 2010. Going 3-1 in the year, the oldest fighter on this list comes in as the fifth best prospect. Lewis used his power to finish Mike Nickels and Ryan Mclain earlier this year before stumbling against Emanuel Newton. In his last fight, Lewis won a controversial close decision against Razak Al-Hassan at MFC 27. For his successful 2010, Lewis finally gets a rematch against the #1 Light-Heavyweight in Canada. “D-Bomb” will take his hands of stone into a MFC title fight against Ryan Jimmo in February 2011.
Honourable Mentions (Others receiving votes)
John Fraser – 2-0 in 2010 and W1 Featherweight champion
Brad Cardinal – 3-0 and a win over TUF fighter Alan Berube
Eric Wilson – 3-0 and a surprise win over Roland Delorme
Mitch Clarke – 2-0 and a TFC title win over Josh Machan
Curtis Demarce – 4-0 and a MFC win over Tyson Steele
Shane Campbell – 2-0 and a big win over Tony Hervey
Rejean Groulx – 2-0 and a win over Stephane Bernadel
Chase Maxwell – 5-0 in his first full year of pro fights
Best of 2010 – Canadian Story of the Year