Canadian Welterweight Rankings – May 2012
It has been a while since we ranked our Welterweights and a lot has changed. John Alessio and TJ Grant have both dropped out of the division to focus on Lightweight, so two Canadians get to join the top 10 in their absence.
Here is the Top 10:
Top Canadian Welterweight Rankings
1. Georges St-Pierre (22-2) – Previous Rank (1) – Canada’s top fighter has not fought in a while as he has been nursing injuries. Look for GSP to return later in 2013 at either the UFC Toronto or Montreal cards. Next fight: TBD
2. Rory MacDonald (13-1) – Previous Rank (3) - After recovering from injuries that prevented him from facing Brian Ebersole at UFC 140, Rory MacDonald smashed the promising Che Mills. After that incredible display of vicious ground and pound, Rory leapfrogs Claude Patrick in these rankings. How about facing Ebersole next? Next Fight: vs TBD.
3. Claude Patrick (14-2) – Previous Rank (2)- Incredibly, The Prince’s unbeaten streak was approaching ten years until he lost to Brian Ebersole at UFC 140 and he lost that fight by the slimmest of margins – a split decision. Patrick was to face Rich Attonito on the card before stepping up in competition once MacDonald was injured. Patrick drops one spot with the loss. Let’s hope Patrick goes on another nine year win streak! Next fight: vs James Head at UFC 149 on July 21.
4. Jordan Mein (24-8) – Previous Rank (4) – Mein stays at #4 despite losing to Tyron Woodley this past January at Strikeforce. Woodley is a stud wrestler who would give must on this list from #4 down problems and he will most likely become Strikeforce’s next Welterweight champ. No shame losing to him. Now 9-1 in his last ten fights, Mein must get back on the winning road. It sounds like that road will be on a Strikeforce card this summer. Next fight: TBD.
5. Ryan Ford (18-4) – Previous Rank (8) - Ford starts 2012 on a two fight win streak by beating Luis Santos and Ricky Goodall. His most recent fight against Santos show Ford’s resiliency. After being rocked in the first round, Ford rebounds in the second to finish Santos, a veteran of almost 60 fights. It was comeback of the year material and left Top MMA News eager to see him back in the Bellator cage. Next fight: vs TBD.
6. Chris Clements (11-4) – Previous Rank (9) - A big win over Rich Clementi finally got The Menace to the show. At UFC 145, Clements Rockin’ Robined his way to a split decision win over Keith Wisniewski for his debut win in the UFC. Like Ford, Clements is the biggest mover this rankings period and moves up three spots up this list. Next fight: vs TBD
7. Sean Pierson (11-5) – Previous Rank (7) – After beating Matt Riddle in his UFC debut, Pierson has had some extremely tough opposition. First he faced Jake Ellenberger and then Dong Hyun Kim. Now he is up against Jake Hecht in June. Let’s hope Pierson gets back on the right track with a W! Next fight: vs Jake Hecht at UFC on FX 3 on June 8.
8. Nordine Taleb (8-1) Previous Rank (NR) – The French-born Taleb moved to Canada with his girlfriend many years ago and started training at Tristar. Under our Fabio Holando rule, Taleb is in the process of becoming a citizen and that makes him eligible for this list and what a great addition Nordine is! A dominant win over Pete Sell, followed by two Bellator victories sealed his debut at number 8. One has to wonder if Ford and Taleb are both being considered for Bellator’s next Welterweight tourney – they are teammates at Tristar now. Next fight: vs TBD.
9. Alex Garcia (7-1) – Previous Rank (10) – Like Taleb, Garcia’s last win was over Matt MacGrath. While it took Taleb two rounds to get the win, Garcia was able to KO the same opponent in 34 seconds. The put Alex back in the win column as he lost his first fight ever to Seth Baczynski in his previous fight. Next fight: TBD.
10. Derek Medler (7-0) – Previous Rank (NR) – Medler has reeled off seven consecutive wins against progressively tougher and tougher opposition. Surprisingly, the former football standout did not fight on Armageddon Fighting Championships latest card after appearing on AFC 1 through 7 before that. Next fight: TBD
Fighters who dropped out of Top 10 – TJ Grant was 6th (dropped to Lightweight), John Alessio was 5th (dropped to Lightweight)
Just out of Top 10 (in no order):
Brandt Dewsbery (9-1-1)
Sheldon Westcott (6-1-1)
Joel Powell (4-2)
Ryan McGillivray (12-6-1)
Andrew Buckland (14-8-1)
Advin Omic (11-3)
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