Best of 2010 – Canadian Fighter of the Year
Is there any award that has such an obvious winner as the Best Canadian Fighter of 2010? This year’s award, which goes to the Canadian fighter who has had the best year in the cage, goes unanimously to Georges St-Pierre.
Top Canadian Fighter of 2010
1. Georges St-Pierre – Georges St-Pierre fought twice in 2010 and easily won both via Unanimous Decisions. Not only did St-Pierre not lose a single round in each title defense, he has not lost a round fighting the best in the world since 2007. Not only is St-Pierre head and shoulders above his compatriot Canadian fighters, he is arguably the best fighter in the world. Is there anyone left for GSP in 2011?
2a) Mark Hominick – The London, Ontario fighter returned to the WEC in a big way in 2010. Hominick fought his way into UFC Featherweight title contention with three consecutive victories. He started with a Triangle Arm Bar over Bryan Caraway at the start of 2010. He then had a fight of the year performance against Yves Jabouin in Edmonton. He then finished up by dominating (Don’t let the judges fool you, it was dominating) Leonard Garcia. As a results, Hominick was offered a chance to face Jose Aldo for the title, but an injury held him back.
2b) John Alessio – Alessio kept busy in 2010 – fighting five times and winning each bout. After winning two in a row in the MFC in 2009, Alessio fought around the world in 2010 – winning in Canada, the USA, and the Netherlands. Along the way, he picked up the Tachi Palace Welterweight title, advanced to the second round of the United Glory tournament, and was offered a spot in the UFC which he had to decline due to other contractual obligations.
4. Sarah Kaufman – It was a rollercoaster year for Victoria’s Sarah Kaufman. Kaufman ascended to the top of the 135 pound Women’s division by capturing the Strikeforce title with a win over Takayo Hashi. She then put an exclamation mark on 2010 with a huge slam KO over Roxanne Modafferi. Unfortunately, just when it looked like Kaufman was ready to win her second title defense of the year, Sarah got caught in an Arm Bar by Marloes Coenen. It was the first loss in Kaufman’s career, but Top MMA News is looking forward to the start of another twelve consecutive victories from the former champ in 2011.
5. Claude Patrick – The Prince won three times and made his long-awaited debut in the UFC in 2010. At UFC 115, Patrick won in typical fashion with his trademark Guillotine over Ricardo Funch. At UFC 120, Patrick won his twelfth fight in a row and displayed a strong top game against James Wilks. Surprisingly, Patrick’s closest competition in 2010 came early in the year against Matt MacGrath at Aggression MMA’s second event. However, after two even rounds, Patrick Guillotined MacGrath as well. With another win in 2011, Patrick should be headed to the top ranks of the UFC’s Welterweight division.
Honourable Mentions(others receiving votes)
Martin Désilets – Two wins and a TFC title
John Makdessi – Three wins and a victorious UFC debut.