Canadian Lightweight MMA Rankings – December 2011
Top 10 Canadian Lightweight Rankings
1. Mark Bocek (10-4) – Previous Rank (1) – Ontario’s Bocek took home a convincing win over Nik Lentz in front of his home crowd. It was an impressive victory as Lentz was unbeaten in 7 UFC fights prior to Bocek controlling him from start to finish. Bocek is near the top of the Lightweight division and has only lost to Jim Miller and Benson Henderson in his last seven UFC fights. Next Fight: TBD.
2. Sam Stout (17-6-1) – Previous Rank (2) – Stout will have had a six month layoff before his next UFC fight since his KO over Yves Edwards. A lot has happened in that time, including the passing of his coach Shawn Tompkins. Stout will face Thiago Tavares at UFC 142 next. Hopefully, Stout can overcome the loss of his mentor and continue his winning ways. Next Fight: Thiago Tavares at UFC 142 on January 14.
3. TJ Grant (17-5) – Previous Rank (NR) – TJ Grant, the sixth ranked Welterweight, dropped down to Lightweight at UFC Live 6. The result was his most impressive victory in the octagon yet, tapping Shane Roller. Grant was going to take on Jacob Volkmann at the end of December, but had to pull out due to injury. Maybe he can return in time for the Montreal card. Next fight: TBD
4. John Makdessi (9-1) – Previous Rank (3) – After an amazing spinning back fist KO of Kyle Watson, the Bull did something he never did before – he lost. Dennis Hallman weighed in heavy for his Lightweight debut and Makdessi still took him on. Unfortunately, Hallman’s grappling proved too strong for the Bull. John drops one spot. Lets hope he rips off another 9 wins in a row! Next Fight: vs TBD
5. Chris Horodecki (18-3-1) – Previous Rank (4) – Unbeaten in three fights, Horodecki still drops one spot to make room for TJ Grant. Horodecki finished out his Bellator contract with an incredible comeback in his fight with Mike Corey. Two judges gave Corey a 10-8 first round and the Polish Hammer stormed back winning the next two on all cards. It was an extremely impressive performance for Horodecki in his first fight since the passing of The Coach. Next fight: vs TBD
6. John Alessio (33-14) – Previous Rank (NR) – Alessio made his long-awaited drop to 155 with a win over the solid Luiz Firmino last month in the Superior Cage Combat organization. The win was The Canadian Natural’s ninth in his last ten fights. Alessio was to take on Ryan Healy at Meltdown in the Valley earlier this month, but, unfortunately, Healy sustained a training injury. There are rumours that the fight will be resurrected on the next Score card. Next fight: TBD
7. Kajan Johnson (19-11-1) – Previous Rank (8) – Kajan Johnson dominated Richie Whitson, who was on a five fight win streak, for his second consecutive strong outing for the Maximum Fighting Championship at MFC 31. Now a free agent, Johnson is trying to become a cast member on The Ultimate Fighter. If that does not work out, look for Ragin’ to fight with a Quebec promotion now that he has moved his camp to Tristar. Kajan is ready for Strikeforce or UFC. Let’s hope he gets the call in 2012. Next Fight: vs TBD.
8. Kurt Southern (9-3) – Previous Rank (5) – Southern was due to face Mike Ricci for the Ringside title. Unfortunately, Southern got injured in training and has not competed since his Jorge Britto win. Although he did not lose, Southern drops several spots to make room for Grant, Alessio, and the fast-rising Kajan Johnson. Southern is back training and will surely regain some spots after his next win. Next fight: vs TBD
9. Mike Ricci (6-2) – Previous Rank (7) – After Southern vs Ricci was cancelled for the second time in their careers, Mike Ricci took on the Daron Cruickshank. Cruickshank’s fantastic striking from all angles proved too much for Ricci and, unfortunately, Ricci took the loss and dropped two spots. Top MMA News was thinking outside the box and came up with a great idea for his next fight. How about against Kurt Southern at Ringside MMA? That one has to eventually happen. Next Fight vs TBD
10. Mitch Clarke (9-1) – Previous Rank (9) – Like John Makdessi, Mitch Clarke experienced the first loss of his career at UFC 140 in Toronto. Clarke looked solid in the first round before slowing down in the second in his loss to John Cholish. Clarke will learn a lot from his octagon debut and will become a better fighter after this experience. Next Fight: vs TBD.
Fighters who dropped out of Top 10 – Curtis Demarce (was 10th), Brad Cardinal (was 6th)
Just out of Top 10:
Curtis Demarce (12-10)
Iraj Hadin (6-3)
Jesse Ronson (8-2)
Brad Cardinal (14-9) – Next Fight: vs David Letourneau at AX Combat 3
Jose Rodriguez (7-1)
Brad Causey (9-1)
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