Canadian Middleweight Rankings – September 2011

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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

Nick Ring (Photo by Jason Bouwmeester)

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

Joe Doerksen

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)

36 Responses to “ Canadian Middleweight Rankings – September 2011 ”

  1. mike kent says:

    ughhhh so close but so far away !!!!! lol

    id love a fight with baker, mokdad , any of those 5 or 6 guys hovering around # 10 . there all great opponents and it would be great to test myself against any of them !

    tough division the top 8 are all serious ufc/STRIKEFORCE vets

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  2. Edmonton MMA says:

    Kent you should be up there soon! Mein’s win over santos (hopefully) should boost him up a bit. Joe is hilarious and because of that I root hard for him. This is a tough division to cut if your a middleweight in Canada

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  3. Edmonton MMA says:

    I would actually like to see kent vs harris

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  4. BigBoi says:

    Why the hell are there welterweights in this discussion?!?

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  5. Mein has fought three times at Middleweight in last year and a half.

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  6. Cj Saftic says:

    Yea I got mad love for Jordan Mein but he’s a welterweight. The win over Riggs was solid at 185 but he’s signed to Strikeforce as a welterweight. If he beats Cyborg Santos I cant see why that would help his middleweight ranking.

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  7. A win over Cyborg will not help his Middleweight ranking. However, wins over Degenhardt, Riggs, and Buckland at 185 in the past 1.5 years do count and they are better wins than anyone below him on this list.

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  8. BigBoi says:

    Let’s be honest here people. Riggs is a shell of his former self (personally I’ve also thought Riggs was overrated but he is a UFC vet) and while Chase has potential ahead of him his big mistake was in thinking Jordan didn’t hit hard. I also think Chase should be at welterweight but that’s another story.

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  9. Anonymous says:

    No disrespect but Nick Ring doesn’t deserve top spot, simply for being undefeated! J-Mac and Cote should be 1-2 yeah?

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  10. Bobby Karimi says:

    How does Ring leapfrog Cote?

    Cote was previously above Ring and both beat a “ufc” type guy since the last rankings.

    Cote should be #1

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  11. BigBoi says:

    Cote was also the first guy to take Anderson out of the first round in the UFC. Considering most people have Andy as 1 or 2 on the all time P4P list this has to be weighed.

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  12. mike kent says:

    Yeah anyone that want to crack the top 5 of this list has some crazy work ahead of them!

    Also promotor/camp that would wanna set up any of those match ups with the guys that are 9/10 or just out if the top ten that would be great

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  13. mike kent says:

    Yeah anyone that want to crack the top 5 of this list has some crazy work ahead of them! That’s a tough list and scary division lol

    Also promotor/camp that would wanna set up any of those match ups with the guys that are 9/10 or just out if the top ten that would be great

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  14. Anonymous says:

    Wait a second here fellas, lets get one thing straight. Cote didn’t take Silva out of the first round, that was just the beginning of when Silva was bored and gave people a chance to get at him, lol, sorry I couldn’t resist that one!

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  15. BigBoi says:

    Anonymous, you need to watch more MMA if you think Cote’s game plan wasn’t one of the major reasons that fight went out of the 1st round.

    A correction though, that fight was the first time in 4 years and 12 fights that Anderson was taken to the third round so the argument that that was when Anderson ‘got bored’ doesn’t hold water.

    10 times in his career (35 fights) he’s been taken to the third round and better. Clearly this was a game plan since Anderson was almost perfect in the first round and second rounds (only a loss a piece).

    Cote gets credit for executing a beautiful strategy.

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  16. Lee Mein says:

    Great bunch of fighters, last week Nick Ring, Jason MacDonald and Jordan Mein were all here training with me, it was great to work with the best guys out there, I was still 1st with everything though, 1st to gas out, 1st to wine, and 1st to finish my meals, I am number 1

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  17. Edmonton MMA says:

    Lee mein is the man

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  18. Bobby Karimi says:

    Lee also has a far better tan and tattoos than any of those guys he trained with.

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  19. Bobby Karimi says:

    Cote
    Ring
    JMac
    Kang
    Doerksen
    Bongfeldt
    Mein
    Loiseau
    Huveneers
    Baker

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  20. Graham Weenk says:

    nick is number 1 for sure! congrats buddy! keep up the good work

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  21. Robin Black says:

    I am tanning right now and my tattoos are pretty cool and I am old. I’m pretty much Mini Lee Mein.

    Who am I kidding? I wish I was that cool….

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  22. Robin Black says:

    Cote #1. Nick #2. Jay #3.

    Joe # Super1.

    Bad assed Canadian division.

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  23. Bobby Karimi says:

    You wish Robin! LOL!

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  24. Ryan says:

    Robyn, do you plan on still fighting anymore? Are you still the Elite-1 BW champ?

    Also, keep at it Mike. You’ll be in the top 8 this time next year I’m sure of it!

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  25. Ryan says:

    Jesus c]Christ, Spelt your name wrong again. If I do it one more time I’m committing E-suicide. (I’m working really hard on a screenplay, the main characters name is Robyn, it’s a habit. Lol)

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  26. Anonymous says:

    Big Boi, you make some good points! You know I was only kidding though! Cote did execute a good game with Silva because he never let him set up anything.

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  27. Bigtoe says:

    J-Day has dropped off the planet! I think Belcher would like a re-do on that one.

    I think J-Mac has a great chance in the Belcher fight, that fight has the same feeling of J-mac vs Leben and Herman… Maybe J-mac will leave with the arm that has that horrible Cash tatoo! Ha!

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  28. Anonymous says:

    A serious questions for you fellas here though, since we know the MW class is stacked and filled with great up an comers. Which weight class for Canadian fighters is the deepest? MW or WW or???

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  29. BigBoi says:

    Deepest weight class is probably 135 or 145 in my opinion.

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  30. Bobby Karimi says:

    I would say WW

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  31. Joe Doerksen says:

    Jordan Mein should be at 170, and probably close to the top 3

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  32. Bobby Karimi says:

    He’s ranked at both weights.

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  33. Cj Saftic says:

    And I agree he’s talented enough to be be ranked at both weight classes but he’s under contract with Strikeforce as a welterweight which means he more then likely wont be taking fights at middleweight for some time.

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  34. Bobby Karimi says:

    I understand but from what I’ve gathered on how the rankings work is that if you have been active in a weight class in the last year then you will be ranked.

    So Mein has been active, that’s why he’s ranked.

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  35. Chase Degenhardt says:

    @Bigboi Chase Degenhardt should be a welterweight? Ugh that sounds unpleasant. Am I that fat lol?

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  36. BigBoi says:

    I wouldn’t say fat per say but I saw some photos from a fight you did in Lethbridge and your opponent, Kevin or Kyle, looked like he was one skipped meal away from being a lightweight and you didn’t look much bigger than him at the time. Maybe you’ve been eating your veggies and hitting the gym since though.

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