Top MMA News – Canadian Welterweight Rankings – April 2011
The big story with Welterweights in 2011 can be found in Lethbridge, Alberta and his name is Jordan Mein. Since the last rankings, Mein has beaten Josh Burkman, Keto Allen, and Joe Riggs – quite a 2011.
Elsewhere in the 170 division, Jonathan Goulet retires and Fabio Holanda is moved off due to inactivity. Who fills their spots? Two Ringside fighters – Chris Clements and Alex Garcia.
With GSP, Patrick, MacDonald, Pierson, and Garcia all fighting in April, these rankings will change again in a hurry. Oh well, here is where we stand now.
Top Canadian Welterweight Rankings
1. Georges St-Pierre (21-2) – Previous Rank (1) – Canada’s top fighter did not lose a round to Josh Koscheck at UFC 124 in his last title defence. Now, the pound for pound world champion will defend his title in against Jake Shields at UFC 129. Next fight: vs Jake Shields at UFC 129 on April 30.
2. Claude Patrick (13-1) – Previous Rank (6) – Prince Claude took on James Wills at UFC 120 and dominated with strong top positioning in one of the few fights that Patrick has not finished. Next fight: vs Daniel Roberts at UFC 129 on April 30.
3. John Alessio (31-14) – Previous Rank (3) – Alessio has had a lot happen to him since the last rankings. First he beat Sergey Golyaev and then he took out Phil Collins to win the Tachi Palace Fights title. Unfortunately, he got KO’d in his last outing against Siyar Bahadurzada and had to turn down a UFC contract in late 2010 as well. Lets get Alessio fighting in BC next. Either at UFC Vancouver or at AFC or BFL. Next fight: TBD
4. TJ Grant (16-5) – Previous Rank (4) – TJ Grant went 1-1 since the last rankings. First he beat Julio Paulino and then he lost to the recently retired Ricardo Almeida. Surprisingly, one will not see TJ on the two upcoming UFC cards. Let’s hope he gets in there soon. Next fight: TBD
5. Rory MacDonald (10-1) – Previous Rank (5) – Canada’s young wunderkind Rory MacDonald received his first loss against Carlos Condit at UFC Vancouver. He was scheduled to fight Matt Brown but had to pull out due to injury. After recovering from surgery, Rory finds himself matched up with Nate Diaz in UFC Toronto. Next Fight: vs Nate Diaz at UFC 129 on April 30.
Jordan Mein (21-7) – Previous Rank (9) – Mein moves up three spots after going 4-0 since the last rankings. Mein reeled off quick wins over tough Canadians Keto Allen and Chase Degenhardt and knocked off UFC veterans Joe Riggs and Josh Burkman. Mein looks ready for the UFC. How about UFC Vancouver against TJ Grant in a East vs West Canadian matchup. Next fight: TBD.
7. Sean Pierson (11-4) – Previous Rank (8) – Pierson defeated Ricky Goodall at W1 and then found himself in the big show. Pierson impressed many with his debut victory over the previously unbeaten Matt Riddle. Pierson moves a step up our rankings and then Pierson takes another step up the ladder with a battle against Brian Foster at UFC 129. Next fight: vs Brian Foster at UFC 129 on April 30.
8. Ryan Ford (14-3) – Previous Rank (7) – The Real Deal went 2-1 since the last rankings, but gets leap frogged by Jordan Mein and Sean Pierson. Since last rankings, Ford lost to future MFC champ Doug Lima, but then reeled off two in a row against Pete Spratt and Johnny Davis. The aggressive fighter now takes on a big challenge in former UFC title contender Karo Parisyan at MMA Live. Could the UFC be next? Next fight: vs Karo Parisyan at MMA Live 1 on May 19.
9. Chris Clements (8-4) – Previous Rank (NR) – The Menace debuts on the Top 10 after knocking out the formerly #6 ranked Jonathan Goulet at Ringside 9. Clements was scheduled to defend his Ringside belt against Alex Garcia but pulled out due to injury. He was also rumored to be fighting Karo Parisyan in May but Ford got that tilt. Who knows what’s next for the man with stone hands? Lets hope we see him in the cage soon. Next fight: vs TBD
10. Alex Garcia (6-0) – Previous Rank (NR) – A quick win over tough journeyman TNT Jackson is enough to squeak Garcia into the Top 10. Some may say he is too inexperienced to crack this list, but this fighter is going places. The Ringside Interim Welterweight title is next on Garcia’s sights. The sky is the limit for Garcia. Next fight: vs Seth Baczynski at Ringside 10 on April 9.
Fighters who dropped out of Top 10 – Fabio Holanda (dropped due to inactivity), Jonathan Goulet (retirement)
Just out of Top 10 (in no order):
Matt MacGrath (10-5)
Nathan Gunn (7-2) – Next fight vs: Lindsey Hawkes at WRECK on May 6
Sheldon Westcott (4-1-1)
Martin Grandmont (11-5)
Travis Briere (8-1) – Next fight: vs TBA at Evolution 9 on May 14
Cory MacDonald (12-2) – MacDonald returns from the inactive list.
Ryan McGillivray (11-4-1) – Next fight: TUF 13