Canadian Middleweight Rankings – September 2011
With a couple of losses since the last rankings, Denis Kang was unseated as the number one Middleweight. Taking the spot with his second UFC win is the unbeaten Nick Ring.
Elsewhere on the rankings, there is quite a lot of movement. Kalib Starnes retired which left a hole – a hole that was filled by a newcomer at #10.
These rankings may not stay like this for long. All of the top three fighters have bouts scheduled over the next two months so you never know where they will end up at the end of October.
Here is the top 10:
Top 10 Canadian Middleweights – September 2011
1. Nick Ring (12-0) – Previous Rank (4) – Nick Ring has made the slow move up the rankings to finally achieve the #1 spot. At UFC 131, Ring submitted James Head with a Rear Naked Choke for his second UFC win. As he climbs the UFC ladder, his competition is getting stiffer and stiffer. Next up is Tim Boetsch, who won his Middleweight debut. Next fight: vs Tim Boetsch on September 24 on UFC 135
2. Patrick Cote (14-7)- Previous Rank (3) – Since last rankings, Cote defeated former UFC Light-Heavyweight Todd Brown at Ringside 11. The win was Cote’s second since his UFC release. Cote joins up with former manager Stephane Patry’s Instinct MMA promotion for his next fight against his third former UFCer in a row – Crafton Wallace. Next fight: vs Crafton Wallace on October 7 on Instinct MMA.
3. Jason MacDonald (25-14) – Previous Rank (2)– Jason MacDonald drops one spot to make room for the winning Patrick Cote and Nick Ring. JMac fans need not worry. A win over Alan Belcher should move the former #1 Canadian back up the rankings, he has just not been as active as others lately. That will change September 17th. Next Fight: vs Alan Belcher on September 17 at UFC Fight Night 25.
4. Denis Kang (34-14-2) – Previous Rank (1) – Denis Kang drops out of his #1 perch and takes the biggest drop in the rankings due to his losses to Jesse Taylor and Seung Bae Whi. Let’s hope that Kang regroups and takes another run at the top. Next fight: TBD
5. Jesse Bongfeldt (21-5-1) – Previous Rank (5)– Bongfeldt followed up his draw against Rafael Natal at UFC 124 with a first round loss to the undefeated Chris Weidman at UFC 131. Despite fighting in the UFC, Bongfeldt has not won a fight in the past two years. He needs to win his next fight to remain in the UFC and to retain his #5 spot. Next fight: TBD
6. Joe Doerksen (47-15) – Previous Rank (6)– After three consecutive losses, Winnipeg’s Joe Doerksen got back in the win column with a solid victory over Luigi Fioravanti at the Score Fighting Series. Doerksen showed off his ever improving standup as well as his solid chin en route to a decision victory. Next fight: TBD
7. David Loiseau (20-10) – Previous Rank (8) – The Tachi Palace Middleweight champ gets bumped up a spot with the retirement of Kalib Starnes. The Crow was to make his first title defence on August 5 against Givanildo Santana, but had to pull out due to injury. Top MMA News wished Loiseau a speedy recovery. Next fight: TBD.
8. Jordan Mein (22-7) – Previous Rank (9) – Having won two fights at Middleweight in the past twelve months, Lethbridge’s Jordan Mein is number eight on this list. Now in Strikeforce after beating Marius Zaromskis, Mein will be off this list in a year as he is truly a Welterweight. Next fight: vs Cyborg Santos on September 10 in Strikeforce.
9. Bastien Huveneers (9-3) – Previous Rank (10) – Bastien moves up one spot despite not fighting. Huveneers big win in the past year was 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
10. Matt Baker (7-2) – Previous Rank (NR) – Its hard to decide between Matt Baker, Luke Harris, and Mike Kent. All three are pretty much undefeated at Middleweight (only Harris has lost his debut fight) and none have defeated a big name. After heated debate, Baker gets the tenth spot. It was felt that Luke Harris is relatively inactive and Baker had better wins (.500 Ballingal, gave first loss to Brad Stewart) than Mike Kent in the past few years, so the Riotmaker gets #10. Baker just beat Marcus Vinicios in the BFL main event. Baker will have to keep on winning as other Middleweights are hot on his heels. Next fight: TBD
Dropped Out of the Top 10: Kalib Starnes (was 7th)
Just out of Top 10 (in no order):
Mike Hackert (4-1)
Luke Harris (6-1)
Ali Mokdad (4-1) – Next fight: vs Jason Bissonette on September 10 on Freedom Fight
Chase Degenhardt (7-2)
Mike Kent (6-0) – Next fight: vs Dan Fowler on October 15 on Elite 1
Josh Powell (5-1)