Canadian Light-Heavyweight Rankings – July 2011
Not much happened in the Canadian Light-Heavyweight division in terms of rankings in the pas six months. There is no change at the number one spot as current #1 Ryan Jimmo defeated Dwayne Lewis and blown up Middleweight Zak Cummings, while the Jimmo’s challenger, the UFC’s Krzysztof Soszyinski, beat up blown up Middleweight Mike Massenzio.
The big movement in these rankings was a result of a single fight. Roger Hollett took out Martin Desilets and jumped four spots in the rankings.
Top Canadian Light-Heavyweight Rankings
1. Ryan Jimmo (15-1) – Previous Rank (1) – Jimmo stopped Dwayne Lewis in controversial fashion at MFC 28 and then won a decision against Zak Cummings in a lacklustre MFC 29 fight. With the two wins running his victory streak to 15 consecutive, Jimmo maintains his lead at the #1 spot. The Big Deal looks to defend his MFC title on October 7th, but everyone knows finding quality LHW opposition is difficult and expensive. Lets hope Mark Pavelich can bring in a name to really challenge Jimmo. Next Fight: TBD.
2. Krzysztof Soszyinski (26-11-1) – Previous Rank (2) – Krzysztof Soszyinski went through a few opponents for UFC 131 before getting Mike Massenzio. First Anthony Perosh pulled out and then Igor Pokrajac did the same. Now its KSOS who is injured. He just had his seventh knee surgery and looks to be back later this year. Next Fight: TBD
3. Roger Hollett (12-3) – Previous Rank (7) – In one of the biggest LHW matchup so far in 2011, Roger Hollett faced the former #3 ranked Martin Désilets at Ringside 10. Hollett was able to tire out Désilets in the first round and then take him out with strikes in the second round. The TKO led to a charge up the rankings to a well-deserved #3 spot. Next Fight: TBD
4. Martin Désilets (11-3) – Previous Rank (3) – An MMA career is ‘Stress’ful as things change quick in MMA. One minute you have beaten a former UFC fighter twice in a row and you appear headed for the big shows and the next you are knocked out by Roger Hollett. Martin Désilets is now forced to regroup. After finally being allowed to fight in Quebec, Martin suffered his first loss in three years. Next Fight: TBD
5. Dwayne Lewis (12-7) – Previous Rank (4) – Head butt or no head butt? Does not matter now. Lewis lost for the second time to Ryan Jimmo and drops a spot in the rankings. Worse yet, Dwayne Lewis told Top MMA News a month later that he may be forced to retire due to a back injury sustained a couple weeks prior to his Jimmo fight. Suddenly rankings do not seem so important. Hopefully Dwayne gets the treatment required to see him back in the MFC ring/cage. Next Fight: TBD
6. Steve Bossé (8-1) – Previous Rank (5) – Bossé has not fought in a long time. He was scheduled to defend his title at Ringside but pulled out, then Seth Petruzelli and then Emanuel Newton at Challenge MMA, but that whole card fell through. If Bossé wants to focus on his MMA career, let’s hope he settles his differences with Ringside and defends his title in October. He better fight soon or he is off the Top 10. Next Fight: TBD.
7. Victor Valimaki (16-8) – Previous Rank (4) – Victor Valimaki after dropping three in a row to Knothe and Désilets (twice), Valimaki has taken a break from MMA. Now he announced that he may have a fight in Finland lined up against Marcus Vanttinen in October. Vanttinen (20-3) is a tough test for Valimaki. Hopefully this trip to Finland ends better than his last scheduled fight in the Scandanavian country. Next Fight: vs Marcus Vanttinen.
8. Clay Davidson (5-3) – Previous Rank (8) – Clay Davidson remains at eight despite losing his second in a row. Davidson took on the red hot Jesse Taylor at BFL and took a beating. A step down in competition is just what the doctor orders for Davidson, who needs a win and his confidence back. Next fight: TBD
9. Tim Chemelli (10-1) – Previous Rank (10) – Chemelli handed Jon Ganshorn his first loss at EFC 7 earlier this year to move up one spot on this list. Chemelli is looking to fight stronger opposition. He was scheduled to fight Misha Cirkunov and DJ Linderman at Slammer in the Hammer but neither fight made it on the card for various reasons. Now, he is going to fight the Silent Assassin in Aggression MMA. Next Fight: vs Nick Penner at Aggression MMA September 16.
10. Misha Cirkunov (4-1) – Previous Ran (NR) – The highly regarded LHW prospect makes his debut on the top 10. After to losing to Roy Boughton, Cirkunov has reeled off three wins including his last victory over Ion Cherdivara at MMA: The Reckoning. Cirkunov was due to face Tim Chemelli before pulling out and is now scheduled to face Ryan Lopez in Oshawa. Next Fight: vs Ryan Lopez at Caged Combat Championship August 20.
Fighters who dropped out of Top 10 – Bill Mahood (retired)
Just Out of the Top 10:
Jason Kuchera (5-5)