Canadian Welterweight Rankings – October 2011
Canada’s Welterweight division has easily become the most competitive when it comes to world competition. Even if one disregards the domination by Georges St-Pierre, the number one 170 in the world, Canada still has Claude Patrick, Jordan Mein, and Rory MacDonald who have beaten a who’s who of 170ers.
What is also exciting is how busy the bottom of the rankings and ‘Just outside the Top 10’ are. This division will shake up even more in the near future.
Top Canadian Welterweight Rankings
1. Georges St-Pierre (22-2) – Previous Rank (1) – Canada’s top fighter actually lost a round against Jake Shields, however he still retained his UFC championship belt in a five round decision. Next fight: vs Carlos Condit at UFC 137 on October 29.
2. Claude Patrick (14-1) – Previous Rank (2) – Claude Patrick has the best UFC winning percentage out of all Canadian fighters batting a perfect 1.000 after three victories. Patrick won a decision against Daniel Roberts in his last visit to the octagon and next he will face Rich Attonito, who also beat Daniel Roberts by UD in his last trip to the octagon. Next fight: vs Rich Attonito at UFC 140 on December 10.
3. Rory MacDonald (12-1) – Previous Rank (5) – Believe the hype! The future star has become a star right before our eyes. Going 2-0 since the April rankings, Rory MacDonald rises to #3 on this list. First he suplexed Nate Diaz infinitely at UFC 133 and then he smashed a well-regarded Mike Pyle at UFC 133. Expect Rory to claim the #2 and #1 spots on this list sometime in his career and it will be sooner than any of us think! Next Fight: vs Brian Ebersole at UFC 140 on December 10.
4. Jordan Mein (23-7) – Previous Rank (6) – Another fast mover! Mein was #9 two ranking periods ago. Last rank he moved to #6. Now, with a win over the DREAM champ and an elbow smashing over Cyborg, Mein moves up to #4. He’s gone an incredible 5-0 in 2011 over tough competition. The sky is the limit for Young Gun! Next fight: TBD.
5. John Alessio (32-14) – Previous Rank (3) – Alessio got leapfrogged despite winning his last Welterweight fight against Shawn Fitzsimmons. After Waachiim Spiritwolf pulled out of his scheduled fight with Alessio, Fitzsimmons, a fighter who won two of his last six fights, saved the fight by taking it on two days notice. Unfortunately for Alessio, Mein and MacDonald were busy beating superior opposition and passed him. Next for Alessio is a move to Lightweight. Next fight: TBD
6. TJ Grant (17-5) – Previous Rank (4) – TJ Grant also drops to spots despite winning his last UFC bout in dominant fashion. The reasoning behind this is his win over Shane Roller, although dominant, was at Lightweight. Look for TJ to debut on the Lightweight rankings and slowly disappear from the Welterweight top 10. Next fight: TBD
7. Sean Pierson (11-5) – Previous Rank (7) – Some guys are slowly built up in the UFC and some get thrown in with the best immediately. Pierson is the latter. After being given Matt Riddle who was 5-1 in the UFC at the time, to start his UFC career, Pierson then received Welterweight title challenger Jake Ellenberger after Brian Foster pulled out of their scheduled UFC 129 fight. Pierson got KO’d and there is no shame in losing to one of the best in the division so Pierson does not drop a spot. Unfortunately for Sean, he gets another tough test against Dong Hyun Kim. Next fight: vs Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 141 on December 30.
8. Ryan Ford (16-4) – Previous Rank (8) – Like Pierson and everyone below him, The Real Deal stays put at #8. Ford looked terrible against David Hulett at the last Aggression, but he did beat Karo Parisyan and Nick Hinchliffe since the last rankings, so he does not move down. Unfortunately, the loss to Hulett may have cost him his November fight with Bellator. Let’s hope he rebounds in November. Next fight: vs TBD at Aggression in November 25
9. Chris Clements (9-4) – Previous Rank (9) – After winning the Ringside Welterweight title, Clements took on the Unified MMA title holder Travis Briere for the newly minted Professional Fighting Championship Welterweight title. Guess what? Clements spinning back kicked his way to another title. For his next challenge, Clements took on the institute of marriage and got hitched. Let’s hope he has recovered from the honeymoon and gets back in the cage soon. Next fight: vs TBD
10. Alex Garcia (6-1) – Previous Rank (10) – Garcia took on his biggest test, Seth Baczynski, at Ringside 10 and lost the Interim Ringside Welterweight title (see #9 for the true champion). Unfortunately, it was too big a step up for Garcia and he lost to Baczynski, who immediately made it back to the UFC on the heels over his Garcia win. Will Garcia get back in the win column against Matt MacGrath next? Next fight: vs Matt MacGrath at Ringside 12 on October 21
Fighters who dropped out of Top 10 – no one.
Just out of Top 10 (in no order):
Matt MacGrath (10-6) – Next fight: vs Alex Garcia at Ringside 12 on October 21
Nathan Gunn (8-2) – Next fight: vs Nabil Khatib at WRECK MMA on October 28
Derek Medler (6-0) – Next fight: vs: Brian Grimshaw at AFC 7 on November 5
Sheldon Westcott (5-1-1)
Martin Grandmont (12-5) – Next fight: vs Phil Baroni at Instinct 2 on December 2
Cory MacDonald (12-2)
Ryan McGillivray (11-5-1) – Next fight: vs TBD at Aggression MMA 9 on November 25
Andrew Buckland (14-8-1)