Top 10 Canadian UFC Fighters of All Time
Top MMA News looked at the records of all 47 fighters and eliminated all fighters with less than four fights. Why four fights? At the start of your UFC career, fighters generally face easier opposition. Unless you are John Alessio or Patrick Cote, you generally face other UFC newcomers in your debut and gradually work your way up to harder opposition. No one with a 1-0 or 2-0 record deserves to be on this list (sorry Roland Delorme and Chris Clements) as they have yet to face the constant grind of high level opponent after high level opponent in the Octagon.
When removing fighters with less than four fights, a list of 23 fighters remains and Top MMA News ranked them according to winning percentage inside the UFC. No subjectivity here – this list is all about how many times Bruce Buffer has called a fighter’s name out as the winner.
The Top 10 Canadian UFC Fighters:
(based on winning percentage)
1. Georges St-Pierre (.889, 16-2) – GSP is simply the greatest Canadian mixed martial artist ever. No Canadian has fought more in the Octagon or won more in the Octagon. He was the second Canadian to win a UFC title and the only one to ever successfully defend it.
2. Rory MacDonald (.800, 4-1) – If GSP is the Great One, is Rory MacDonald the Next One? Rory MacDonald has taken the UFC by storm and is the future for Canada in the Welterweight division. The British Columbia native could have been on the top of this list had he held on for another seven seconds against Carlos Condit.
3a. Yves Jabouin (.750, 3-1) – After losing to a much bigger Pablo Garza by flying triangle in his UFC debut, Jabouin moved down to Bantamweight and has not lost since. If Yves beats Brad Pickett at UFC on Fuel 5, there will be no doubt that “The Tiger” is for real and is a UFC Bantamweight title contender.
3b. Claude Patrick (.750, 3-1) – “The Prince” continues Canada’s strong bloodline of Welterweights. Patrick as well could have been at the top of this list had he defeated Brian Ebersole. Unfortunately Patrick could not lock on the sub tight enough and gave up top position in the fight to lose a split decision. Patrick is a strong student of the MMA game. He will be back and is another future possible Canadian UFC champion.
5. Krzysztof Soszynski (.667, 6-3) – Soszynski is a rarity in Canadian MMA – a big man with a winning record in the UFC. While never quite reaching that upper echeleon level in the UFC’s stacked Light-Heavyweight division, KSOS might have reached those heights had he beat Brandon Vera at UFC 102. A multiple time UFC bonus winner, Soszynski is best known for splitting a pair of exciting bouts with Stephan Bonnar.
6. Mark Bocek (.636, 7-4) – Top MMA News has ranked Canadian Lightweights six times since 2009 and Bocek has been #1 every time. His success is also shown by his longevity in the UFC – only four Canadians out of 47 have fought for the UFC more than Bocek (he is one of only five with 10+ UFC fights). Since starting his UFC career with a 1-2 record, Bocek has been dominating in the cage – losing only twice, once to current champion Benson Henderson and close decision to Jim Miller that many thought he won, while winning 6 fights during that time.
7. TJ Grant (.625, 5-3) – TJ Grant’s pattern was to win a fight, then lose a fight as a UFC Welterweight. However, that all changed when he dropped down to Lightweight. Grant has ripped off two consecutive wins against Shane Roller and Carlo Prater and looks to have found a good home at 155lbs.
8. Ivan Menjivar (.600, 3-2) – If not for a Lightweight fight at UFC 48 against Matt Serra, Ivan Menjivar would be up at #3 on this list. Since that 2004 UFC fight, smaller weight divisions have become prevelant as have Ivan Menjivar wins in the UFC. Ivan has gone 3-1 in his return to the UFC, losing a recent decision to Mike Easton.
9. Sam Stout (7-6, .538) – A consistent Fight of the Night winner and recent victor of a trilogy with Spencer Fisher, Stout is another Canadian stalwart of the UFC’s Lightweight division. Having fought in the UFC thirteen times in seven consecutive years, Stout has managed to carve out a spot in the UFC due to his exciting three round wars – the majority ending with his hand raised.
10. Gary Goodridge (4-4, .500) – Six fighters have four or more fights and .500 records in the UFC, however out of all those competitors “Big Daddy” has had the most fights in the UFC, so he receives the #10 spot. Who can forget Goodridge’s debut at UFC 8 where he destroyed Paul Herrera with elbows 13 seconds in? That finish is a contender for the best KO in Canadian UFC history! There is no doubt that Goodridge is the best Canadian Heavyweight who has competed in the UFC to date.
Others with .500 records and 4+ fights: Sean Pierson, Dave Beneteau, Mark Hominick, John Makdessi, Ivan Salaverry