Top MMA News Canadian Bantamweight Rankings – November 2011
Sometimes rankings can be hard trying to scour up a fighter to rank 9th or 10th in a thin Canadian division. Other times, a division is just so deep that it is very hard to rank. This is the case with the Canadian Bantamweights. These Bantamweight rankings have been the hardest rankings ever.
Consider the following:
- Three fighters dropped into the division and are top 5 material
- Five fighters have win streaks of five wins or more
- Former #1 Adrian Wooley and #2 Roland Delorme are now in the bottom half of the Top 10
- Two top 10 fighters dropped out of the top 10 just to make room for deserving newcomers.
- How can you find differences to rank Mitch Gagnon, John Fraser, and Josh Hill?
- #1 and #2 on this year’s list both have claims to KO of the Year.
Enough about Top MMA News’ hardships! Here we go! Feel free to bitch about these rankings, these guys could be ranked in a number of ways.
Top 10 Canadian Bantamweights
1. Ivan Menjivar (23-8) – Previous Rank (1) – After a stunning KO over Charlie Valencia, the Pride of El Salvador AND Canada defeated Nick Pace by Unanimous Decision at UFC 133. Menjivar retains his #1 ranking. Next fight: TBD
2. Nick Denis (10-2) – Previous Rank (NR) – Denis was dropped from the #1 perch due to his inactivity. He returns on the heels of a spectacular slam that knocked out Nick Mamalis at WRECK MMA. Oh yeah, that is the same Nick Mamalis who topped Adrian Wooley earlier this year. Denis is undefeated at Bantamweight and should be UFC bound in Top MMA News‘ eyes. Next fight: TBD
3. Yves Jabouin (16-7) – Previous Rank (NR) – Jabouin drops to the 135 division and won his first UFC fight in doing so. Tiger won a split decision over former WRECK MMA champion Ian Loveland at UFC 134 and receives the #3 spot as well. The Montreal fighter will face the Gazelle in his next fight at UFC Toronto. Next fight: vs Walel Watson at UFC 140 on December 10.
4. Michel Gagnon (8-1) – Previous Rank (NR) – Like Jabouin, Ringside Featherweight champion Mitch Gagnon debuts on the list after dropping to 135. Top MMA News gives him the number four spot because he quickly submitted Bo Harris who previously defeated the formerly ranked #2 fighter Adrian Wooley. Top MMA News realizes that there are very good arguments why John Fraser or Josh Hill should get this spot, but in our eyes, the Sudbury native is most deserving. Next fight: TBD
5. John Fraser (9-3) – Previous Rank (3) – Hey Top MMA News! Haggis Basher also beat a guy, Eric Wilson, who beat a former #2 fighter, Roland Delorme, so why should he not get the #4 spot? Good question! The answer is that Adrian Wooley was a previously ranked #1 fighter and has always been higher ranked than Eric Wilson. As expected, Fraser defeated Chucky Mady in his last fight and will now face a more appropriate level of fighter in Travis Reddinger in December. Next fight: vs Travis Reddinger at Meltdown in the Valley on December 3
6. Josh Hill (7-0) – Previous Rank (6) – Hey Top MMA News! Josh Hill was #6, is undefeated, and won two fights since the last rankings! Why did he not move up? Good question! This one is much harder to answer. He beat an unbeaten Gracie fighter in Darin Cooley, although Cooley only had a couple days notice for this fight. He also beat the 5-5 Federico Lopez on short notice. It was just felt that Gagnon and Fraser inched him out by beating Harris and Eric Wilson. Top MMA News could have wussed out and ranked these three all at #4 but instead we manned up and did our best. Regardless of the ranking, Hill is a beast at 135 and, with a perfect record, is probably closer to a UFC shot than Gagnon and Fraser. Next fight: TBD
7. Roland Delorme (6-1) – Previous Rank (4) – It has been Top MMA News policy to not penalize a fighter for inactivity when they are fighting in The Ultimate Fighter. Despite the policy, Delorme still has to drop three spots to make room for Jabouin, Gagnon, and Denis. Delorme has made Canada proud by going 1-1 in The Ultimate Fighter 14. Let’s hope it results in a fight on the TUF Finale! Next fight: TBD
8. Adrian Wooley (7-3) – Previous Rank (2) – Wooley’s stock plummets after losing two consecutive decisions. At Score Fighting Series, Wooley lost a close split decision to Nick Mamalis. Then, Wooley may have rushed back into the cage after his loss as he did not look himself in a loss to Bo Harris at Global Warriors. Wooley is a beast and is sure to get back on track in the new year. Next fight: TBD
9. Eric Wilson (5-1) – Previous Rank (5) – An Eric Wilson versus Diego Wilson matchup at Evolution FC was whetting everyone’s appetite before the Grande Prairie event was cancelled. Wilson, unfortunately, slides down a few spots due to the sudden infusion of talent in the division. Eric needs to get back in the cage and pick up a win. Next fight: TBD
10. Eric Perez (7-2) – Previous Rank (8) – Win your sixth fight in a row and drop two spots. Life is not fair. Perez outclassed Tony Bibby at CFC 7 for his sixth win in the CFC. Unfortunately, the addition of the three newcomers dropped Eric down two spots. Rumours suggest that Perez may fight the one-legged Matt Betzold at Hard Knocks next. Top MMA News hopes this one does not happen. Next fight: TBD
Fighters who dropped out of Top 10 – Hardeep Singh (was 7th, inactive), Stephane Pelletier (was 9th), Diego Wilson (was 10th)
Out of the Top 10
Chris Kelades (5-0)
Stephane Pelletier (5-1)
Diego Wilson (5-1)
Clayton Sheen (5-1)
Tyler Davis (6-2)
Not Considered Due to Inactivity:
Previous Bantamweight Rankings:
Canadian Bantamweight Rankings June 2011
Canadian Bantamweight Rankings November 2010
Canadian Bantamweight Rankings June 2010
Canadian Bantamweight Rankings February 2010
Canadian Bantamweight Rankings October 2009