Canadian Light-Heavyweight Rankings – July 2012
On a disappointing note, a stalwart of the top Canadian Light-Heavyweights has hung up his gloves. Top MMA News would like to thank Dwayne Lewis for his great fights he has given his legion of fans. Who can forget Lewis’ KO over Marvin Eastman at MFC 23? Lewis will be remembered as a outstanding fighter in the cage and an outstanding person outside of it.
Official Canadian Light-Heavyweight Rankings
1. Ryan Jimmo (16-1) – Previous Rank (1)– Jimmo pulled out of his Karlos Vemola fight earlier this year so his long-awaited UFC debut will finally happen at UFC 149 against Anthony Perosh. Can Jimmo stop the Hippo’s three fight UFC win streak
and extend his own 16 fight streak? Next fight: vs Anthony Perosh at UFC 149 on July 21.
2. Krzysztof Soszynski (26-12-1) – Previous Rank (2) – Is Krzysztof Soszynski’s career over? Soszynski has been throwing around the word ‘retirement’ around as he is coming into fights around 60% due to injuries suffered throughout his career. Depending on his doctors’ advice and his training results, KSOS may be done. If all goes well, we may see him in Toronto at the end of the year. Next Fight: TBD
3. Roger Hollett (13-3) – Previous Rank (3) – Hollett got an invitation to Bellator and defeated John Hawk. He was to fight Jeremy Horn and then enter the Bellator Light-Heavyweight tourney, but injuries forced The Hulk to pull out of both. Good thing is that Hollett is cleared to train again. Maybe we will see him by the end of 2012. Next Fight: TBD
4. Steve Bossé (9-1) – Previous Rank (4) – 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. Unfortunately, Bossé is still recovering from his injuries and, like Soszynski and Hollett, will not be in the cage until late 2012 or 2013, so the expected Babalu bout will be further delayed. Next Fight: vs TBD
5. Nick Penner (11-2) – Previous Rank (7) – Despite losing his UFC debut, the Silent Assassin moves up two spots. Penner lost to Anthony Perosh in his UFC debut as the rookie jitters caught up with the Manitoba native and he was stopped with a second remaining in the first round. Penner is also currently injured as his previously shot hip is acting up in training. No word on
when, or if, Penner will be able to resume training. Next fight: vs TBD.
6. Victor Valimaki (17-8) – Previous Rank (9) – Valimaki moves up three spots thanks to the retirement of Dwayne Lewis and the inactivity of Martin Desilets. More importantly, Valimaki moves up after decisively stopping #8 Canadian Light-Heavyweight, Tim Chemelli, and halting his three fight losing streak in the process. Next fight: TBD.
7. Peter Nolan (4-1) – Previous Rank (NR) – The Bus Driver was the busiest fighter in this Top 10 since our last ranking going 2-1 since December 2011. The Tap Star MMA fighter, also ranked at Heavyweight, defeated Caleb Grummett and Sebastien Gauthier before losing to Cody Donovan at Instinct MMA 4. Next fight: TBD
8. Tim Chemelli (10-3) – Previous Rank (10) – After losing to the highly-ranked Nick Penner and Victor Valimaki, Chemelli returned to action and defeated Simon Marini, who fought at 205 for the first time. With the win, Chemelli passed Misha Cirkunov in the rankings. Next fight: TBD
9. Zach Blaber (7-2) – Previous Rank (NR) – The Burden forces his way into the top 10 thanks to a six fight winning streak. Blaber’s most recent victims were the always tough Elmer Waterhen and Andrew Buckland. Word is that Blaber is not long for this list as he is heading down to Middleweight. Before dropping to 185, how about a bout with Tim Chemelli? Pretty please? Next fight: TBD
10. Misha Cirkunov (5-2) – Previous Rank (8) – Cirkunov submitted to an Aaron Johnson Heel Hook in Atlanta this past March. The loss stopped the four fight win streak momentum that the much-hyped fighter was riding. One is left wondering where the uber-talented Cirkunov’s career is headed. Will he attain the greatness predicted by many or will he plateau as a mid-level 205er? Let’s hope the former! Next Fight: TBD.
Fighters who dropped out of Top 10 – Martin Desilets (was 5th, inactive), Dwayne Lewis (was 6th, retired)
Just Out of the Top 10:
Todd Stoute (4-0)
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