Canadian Light-Heavyweight Rankings – December 2011
Wow. The #1 Canadian Light-Heavyweight has finally made the UFC and it only took SIXTEEN consecutive wins to get there. At the same time, the #2 Canadian Light-Heavyweight, who is in the UFC, is considering retirement after due to repeated injuries. Lastly, a new Light-Heavyweight enters the list who sounds like he will get a shot at the UFC as well.
Top Canadian Light-Heavyweight Rankings
1. Ryan Jimmo (16-1) – Previous Rank (1) – Jimmo eked out a five round unanimous decision over Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou at MFC 31. Not only was it enough to retain his MFC crown, but his 16th consecutive win was also enough to get into the UFC. Jimmo enters the big leagues in January where he will face Karlos Vemola in Nashville. Next Fight: vs Karlos Vemola at UFC on FX 1 on January 20.
2. Krzysztof Soszyinski (26-12-1) – Previous Rank (2) – Krzysztof Soszyinski’s scheduled UFC 131 opponent, Igor Pokrajac, finally was healthy enough to face him at UFC 140. Unfortunately, KSOS got caught by Pokrajac’s and took the first round TKO loss. Worse yet, Soszyinski has been throwing around the word ‘retirement’ as he is coming into fights around 60% due to injuries suffered throughout his career. Let’s hope KSOS can get his health back and return to his winning ways. Next Fight: TBD
3. Roger Hollett (13-3) – Previous Rank (3) – After stopping the formerly third ranked Martin Désilets, Hollett got an invitation to Bellator. At Casino Rama, Hollett faced John Hawk at Bellator 57 and squeaked out a split decision victory. The much shorter Hulk managed to win the standup in the slow paced bout and the win was enough to keep his #3 spot in a hard charging field and a spot in the Bellator LHW tourney in 2012. Next Fight: TBD
4. Steve Bossé (9-1) – Previous Rank (6) – There was no ring rust for Steve Bossé. After not fighting for a year, Bossé looked impressive in his win over Houston Alexander at Instinct MMA. Despite breaking his hand, Bossé managed to KO ‘The Assassin’ with a vicious right elbow for his seventh consecutive victory. Next Fight: TBD
5. Martin Désilets (11-3) – Previous Rank (4) – Since losing to Roger Hollett, Stress has been inactive and drops a spot to let Bossé pass him. He recently posted that he was looking for a fight. Wouldn’t a Désilets vs Bossé fight sell some tickets in Montreal? Top MMA News thinks so. Next Fight: TBD.
6. Dwayne Lewis (12-7) – Previous Rank (5) – Lewis also drops a spot to make room for Bossé. D-Bomb has not fought since his loss to Ryan Jimmo and was thinking about retirement due to a bad back. Luckily for fans, Dwayne’s back problems are behind him and he is scheduled to face Wilson Gouveia next in one of the top fights to look forward to in January 2012. Next Fight: vs Wilson Gouveia at MFC 32 on January 27.
7. Nick Penner (11-1) – Previous Rank (NR) – Former Heavyweight Nick Penner made his Light-Heavyweight debut at Aggression MMA 8. Penner defeated Tim Chemelli at the show knowing that a UFC contract hung in the balance. With his win, Penner makes his debut on this list. As for the UFC, Penner seems tied up with a MFC contract although there are rumours that he may appear on the UFC 143 card. Next Fight: TBD.
8. Misha Cirkunov (5-1) – Previous Rank (10) – Cirkunov and Steve Bossé are the only two Canadian Light-Heavyweights to improve their position in these rankings. Cirkunov defeated Ali Mokdad by Unanimous Decision in a Meltdown in the Valley card. The win was Cirkunov’s third in 2011 and his fourth in a row. Next Fight: TBD.
9. Victor Valimaki (16-8) – Previous Rank (7) – Valimaki drops two spots since the last rankings period. Victor has lost three consecutive fights and needs a win to right his fighting career. After dropping out of a proposed fight in Finland, Valimaki now hopes to get the ‘W’ at Aggression MMA 9 versus Tim Chemelli Next Fight: vs Tim Chemelli at Aggression MMA 9 on February 11.
10. Tim Chemelli (10-2) – Previous Rank (9) – A tough call between Chemelli and Clay Davidson on who gets the 10 spot. Both are coming off losses to top oppposition. Chemelli to Nick Penner and Davidson to Robert Drysdale and Jesse Taylor. However, with 2011 win over Jon Ganshorn, Chemelli edges Davidson out for the 10 spot. Next Fight: vs Victor Valimaki at Aggression MMA 9 on February 11.
Fighters who dropped out of Top 10 – Clay Davidson (was 9th)
Just Out of the Top 10:
Todd Stoute (4-0)
Clay Davidson (5-3)
Zach Blaber (6-2)