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)

17 Responses to “ Canadian Welterweight Rankings – October 2011 ”

  1. Ryan Ford says:

    The loss didn’t cost me anything but more time to train and get better.

    Hot debate. What do you think? Thumb up 8 Thumb down 8

  2. ShittyBill780 says:

    When did Ellenberger challenge for the title?

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  3. ShittyBill780…bad wording on my part…just mean Ellenberger is one of the top UFC Welterweight and must be in line for a title shot soon.

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  4. ryan farse says:

    Ford is still under contract with MFC. This guy has no loyalty to anyone that’s why he will never go anywhere in MMA.

    Hot debate. What do you think? Thumb up 7 Thumb down 12

  5. Jamie Locke says:

    Young Guns
    The Prince

    The rest are the same, but could change with any fight.

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  6. Robin Black says:

    Claude is #2 man. Dude’s talent is on another level, people just haven’t seen as much of him yet.

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  7. ShittyBill780 says:

    You really think Patrick would take Macdonald?
    Both are great that’d be quite a scrap.

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  8. Jamie Locke says:

    I don’t think Claude would beat RoMac or Mein, but since we won’t ever see that we’ll have to see who takes on the tougher competition.

    Right now Rory has a crazy tough fight and the win will put him above Claude without question.

    Lets see who’s next for Mein.

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  9. DeViLBoY says:


    Rory has fought better comp in Mike Pyle, Nate Diaz and Carlos Condit and has won. He dominated Condit before getting caught in the end and would win a rematch.

    Claude Patricks biggest win is Daniel Roberts.

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  10. Jamie…I think Ebersole is an easier fight than Pyle, but harder than Attonito.

    Devilboy… I agree that Rory has beaten tougher competition in the UFC. He also beat the easiest opponent as well (Guymon) and lost to Condit.

    Please remember that Claude has not lost since 2002 and has a 13 fight win streak going and has never lost in the UFC. I wish he would get that next level of UFC competition. I think Claude needs more exciting victories for the UFC to give him those shots.

    Well-loved! Thumb up 5 Thumb down 0

  11. Ryan Ford says:

    Lol Ryan Farse Aka MFC Associate @ being Loyal Im the realest dude you will meet ask around. Not loyal to those not loyal back. Under contract but have fought 4x Lol

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  12. david letourneau says:

    Im not sure what ford being under contract with an organization has to do with his rankings, he deserves to be where he is if not further.

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  13. Unzelle says:

    Best of luck at Tristar Ryan Ford. Hey Robin Black – are you managing Matt Macgrath now? Seems like he takes all the tough fights.

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  14. ccanadx says:

    good to see Derek Medler recognized.

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  15. Medler Man says:

    Derek Medler should by on their above Ryan Ford.

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  16. Jamie Locke says:

    If Patrick can get by Ebersol, he can stay ahead of RoMac in the rankings… Otherwise I stand by last comment.

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  17. Gunner says:

    2)Rory Macdonald
    3)TJ Grant
    4)Jordan Mein
    5)Claude Patrick
    6)Chris Clements
    7)Sean Pierson
    8)RYan Ford

    i gave up at 8 just cause i think the rest is a cluster f&^k of very well matched guys no one really stands out to definatly trump anyone else that i can see

    but then again my wife says i am wrong 99%$ of the time about everything

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