Top MMA News – Canadian Lightweight Rankings – December 2010
Since the last rankings in August, quite a bit has happened with the Canadian Lightweights. First and foremost, Canada’s #1 Lightweight showed why he was number one by submitting Dustin Hazelett at UFC 124. Another Lightweight, John Makdessi, debuted at UFC 124, landed an axe and made a ton of new fans on the way to a dominating win over Pat Audinwood.
Other fighters doing well since the last rankings include Brad Cardinal, Kajan Johnson, Mitch Clarke, and Curtis Demarce who, coincidentally, all recorded victories against solid competition on September 10th at either TFC or MFC.
Not all Canadian Lightweights had wins unfortunately, Mark Holst and Chris Horodecki both recorded losses in major promotions.
Top 10 Canadian Lightweight Rankings
1. Mark Bocek (9-3) – Previous Rank (1) – After losing a very close unanimous decision to Jim Miller at UFC 111, Bocek responded with a Submission of the Night performance against Dustin Hazelett. Not only did his Triangle victory earn him $50,000, it also made him 4-1 in his last five UFC bouts. After the fight, the normally humble Canadian stated that he had the best jiu-jitsu in the UFC Lightweight division and he called out George Sotiropoulos. Top MMA News cannot disagree with our #1 LW. Next Fight: TBD.
2. Sam Stout (16-6-1) – Previous Rank (2) – Similar to Bocek, Stout lost his fight to Jeremy Stephens, but got back in the win column with victory over Paul Taylor at UFC 121. Like the Stephens fight, this ended in a close Split Decision victory. Regardless of the outcome, Stout improves to 3-1 in his last four UFC fights. Next, Stout faces another British citizen, Paul Kelly. Expect another exciting fight going to a decision for this Canadian brawler. Next Fight: vs Paul Kelly at UFC 126 on February 5.
3. Guillaume De Lorenzi (9-1) – Previous Rank (3) – Guillaume De Lorenzi, recently named Canada’s Top Prospect for 2010, was on solid run in 2010 – finishing Ryan Machan and Dale Hartt. He then had fights lined up in the Shine LW Tournament and in Ringside. However, De Lorenzi got injured in training and put his stellar career on hold. Next Fight: Injured.
4. John Makdessi (8-0) – Previous Rank (9) – Quite a bull run in 2010. After beating Lindsey Hawkes, Makdessi won a decision against former WEC fighter Bendy Casimir at MFL 3 and then he got called up to the big leagues. Makdessi outgunned Pat Audinwood in his UFC debuted and jabbed, axed-kicked, and spinning back kicked his way to a win in his home town. Makdessi moves up five spots for his fantastic performance. Next Fight: vs TBD
5. Chris Horodecki (15-3) – Previous Rank (4) – Chris Horodecki won his second WEC fight in a row against Ed Ratcliff and then drew a big name fighter for his last bout in the WEC. The London native fought Donald Cerrone and lost due to Triangle in the second round. No word yet on whether Horodecki makes the UFC roster or not, but Top MMA News would love to see him at UFC 129 in Toronto. Next fight: TBD
6. Brad Cardinal (11-5) – Previous Rank (5) – Cardinal moves down one spot despite winning seven fights in a row. This is no disrespect to the Alberta fighter, Top MMA News just had to make room for Makdessi. Since last rankings, Cardinal submitted the very tough Musa Toliver at MFC 27 and also got the win over Max Dalsin at Pure. Next, Top MMA News would like to see Cardinal on the main card at MFC 28 in February against more tough competition. Next Fight: TBD.
7. Kajan Johnson (18-11-1) – Previous Rank (NR) – Kajan Johnson is back on the Top 10 where he belongs. After losing to Ryan Machan and losing his Revolution gym, Johnson took almost a year off between fights, created his own camp, and finally got back to his winning ways at MFC 27. Johnson resoundly beat Ryan Healy on the ground, on the feet, and everywhere in between and proclaimed to everyone that he wants a shot at the MFC Lightweight belt. Ragin’ is not 11-2-1 in his last 13 fights. Pavelich should give him a crack at that belt. Next Fight: vs TBD at MFC 28 on February 25
8. Mike Ricci (5-1) – Previous Rank (7) – Mike Ricci was Bellator bound and ended up getting KO’d by the future tournament winner Pat Curran (here is the video). He as been rumored to return at MFL 3, but did not fight there, and there have also been rumblings that he may not fight again. Canadian fight fans should hope he decides to return and not end his career due to one Curran punch. Next Fight vs TBD.
9. Gavin Neil (8-1) – Previous Rank (10) – The Maximum Fighting Championship’s third fighter on these rankings! Gavin Neil did not fight since the last rankings, but moves up a spot due to a few fighters that were ranked ahead of him dropping from the list. Top MMA News has not heard any rumors on Gavin’s next fight, but a MFC 28 bout makes sense. Next Fight: TBD.
10. Mitch Clarke (8-0) – Previous Rank (NR) – The Fight Club’s Lightweight champion makes his debut on the list. There was much debate between Mark Holst, Mitch Clarke, and Curtis Demarce for the tenth spot. Clarke got the spot with his wins over Josh Machan, who had won seven in a row, and Travis Briere, who had won four in a row, prior to Clarke handing them their losses. What is next for Mitch Clarke? All Top MMA News knows is based on a Clarke tweet which says he is fighting in February. Let’s hope it is a TFC title defense against tough competition. Next Fight: vs TBD at TBD in February.
Fighters who dropped out of Top 10 – Ryan Machan (was 6th and now fights at Welterweight), Mark Holst (was 8th, lost two fights in the UFC and was released)
Just out of Top 10:
Mark Holst (8-3) – Next Fight: vs Markhaile Wedderburn at Welterweight at WRECK MMA on Jan 28
Samuel Guillet (9-6)
Kurt Southern (7-3)
Brad Causey (8-1)
Iraj Hadin (5-3)
Curtis Demarce (10-7)
Jesse Gross (4-0) – Next Fight: vs Pablo Santos at Wreck MMA on January 28