Top MMA News Canadian Middleweight Rankings – May 2011
Denis Kang solidifies his hold on the Middleweight rankings with a win in Korea over Eun Soo Lee, but Jason MacDonald, Patrick Cote, Nick Ring, and Jesse Bongfeldt are hot on his heels with victories (or draws in Bongfeldt’s case) of their own.
A couple of new faces show up on the list this time as well: Welterweight prospect Jordan Mein debuts on the Middleweight list with three 185 wins in the past year and Bastien Huveneers gets ranked for his win over the formerly 8th ranked Nick Hinchliffe.
An old friend also rejoins the list. David Loiseau wins the Tachi Middleweight title and gets back to his old winning ways.
Here is the top 10.
Top 10 Canadian Middleweights – April 2011
1. Denis Kang (34-12-2) – Previous Rank (1)- Denis Kang retains his #1 in Canada spot with a win over Eun Soo Lee. The fight, which was held in Korea at Light-Heavyweight, was won by Unanimous Decision. This win makes Kang 2-0-1 since hs release from the UFC. Surely a win over Jesse Taylor will get him back into the big show. Next fight: vs Jesse Taylor on May 28 at BFL 8
2. Jason MacDonald (25-14) – Previous Rank (3)- Jason MacDonald moves up to #2 with a Triangle submission over Kyle Jensen at UFC 129. The win was an emotional one for MacDonald who suffered a terrible leg injury in his last fight with John Salter. Next Fight: TBD
3. Patrick Cote (14-7)- Previous Rank (4) – After a rough ride since fighting Anderson Silva for the Middleweight title, Patrick Cote finally recorded a win. After sitting out all of 2009 with a knee injury, Cote lost to Alan Belcher and Tom Lawlor. At Ringside 10, Cote got the big decision win against the #7 ranked Kalib Starnes. Let’s hope the Predator can string a couple more in a row! Next fight: vs Todd Brown on June 4 at Ringside 11
4. Nick Ring (11-0) – Previous Rank (5)– Nick Ring joined the ranks of Canadians with UFC wins at UFC 127. Ring scored a unanimous decision win against Riki Fukuda at the event. Ring returns to the cage in June at UFC Vancouver against James Head. Next fight: vs James Head on June 11 at UFC 131
5. Jesse Bongfeldt (21-7) – Previous Rank (6)– Bongfeldt recorded a rare draw against Rafael Natal at UFC 124. Jesse stormed back in the third round to come back from looked to be a loss. Like Ring, Bongfeldt will appear on the UFC 131 card next. Next fight: vs Chris Weidman on June 11 at UFC 131
6. Joe Doerksen (46-15) – Previous Rank (2)– The Winnipeg fighter raced up the rankings on his way to the UFC. Unfortunately, he is now dropping down the rankings with three consecutive losses to high level fighters – CB Dolloway, Dan Miller, and Hector Lombard. El Dirte hopes to right the ship against Luigi Fioravanti next. Next fight: vs Luigi Fioravanti on June 10 at Score Fighting Series.
7. Kalib Starnes (11-6-1) – Previous Rank (7)– After finishing up and comers Nick Hinchliffe and Matt MacGrath, Kalib Starnes took a decision loss against #3 ranked Pat Cote. Starnes looked good, winning the first round, before Cote took control of the bout. It sounds like Starnes will have a tough challenge at AFC next where he is rumoured to be fighting John Salter. Next fight: TBD
8. David Loiseau (20-10) – Previous Rank (NR) – The Crow is a welcome return to the MW rankings. Something was just not quite right without him here. Loiseau won the Tachi Palace Fights Middlweight title against Leopoldo Serao to return to where he rightfully belongs. Next fight: TBD.
9. Jordan Mein (21-7) – Previous Rank (NR) – After considerable debate, Top MMA News decided to rank Mein in the top 10 Middleweights in addition to his top 10 Welterweight ranking. Mein beat Andrew Buckland, the previously #10 ranked Chase Degenhardt, and Joe Riggs at Middleweight competition in the past year, so he deserves to be here. Next fight: vs Marius Zaromskis on June 10 at Score Fighting Series (Welterweight).
10. Bastien Huveneers (9-3) – Previous Rank (NR) – Bastien debuts on the Middleweight rankings thanks to a big win over Nick Hinchliffe at TFC, where Huveneers won the TFC Middleweight belt in a close decision. Next, Huveneers was due to fight Mike Hackert at BFL 7, but Huveneers smartly pulled out when his opponent, Mike Hackert, showed up 10+ pounds over weight. Next fight: TBD
Dropped Out of the Top 10: Nick Hinchliffe (was 8th), Craig Brown (was 9th), Chase Degenhardt (was 10th)
Just out of Top 10 (in no order):
Jason Day (19-11) – Next fight: vs Francis Carmont on June 17 at Slammer in the Hammer
Mike Hackert (4-1) – Next fight: TBD
Luke Harris (6-1) – Next fight: TBD
Ali Mokdad (4-0)
Chase Degenhardt (7-2) – Next fight: vs Andrew Buckland on June 18 at AFC 6
Craig Brown (7-3) – Next fight: vs Dan Chambers on May 6 at WRECK MMA
Travis Galbraith (18-7)
Nick Hinchliffe (18-7)