Canadian Lightweight MMA Rankings – August 2012
With Chris Horodecki moving to Featherweight and Kurt Southern inactive, two spots freed up in the Top 10. Read on to learn the new arrivals to Canada’s Top 10 Lightweights!
Top 10 Canadian Lightweight Rankings
1. Mark Bocek (11-4) – Previous Rank (1) – Bocek has been the #1 Canadian Lightweight since these rankings began and Top MMA News is not about to remove him from his lofty perch after he earned the unanimous decision win against John Alessio at UFC 145. His next fight should be against a title contender. Next Fight: TBD.
2. Sam Stout (18-7-1) – Previous Rank (2)– Stout has fought twice in 2012. First, he lost to Thiago Tavares at UFC 142 and then he incorporated the takedown into his game en route to winning the Spencer Fisher trilogy. Stout remains a solid UFC fighter, who entertains the fans, but is not near the title contender level at this point in his career. Next Fight: TBD.
3. TJ Grant (18-5) – Previous Rank (3) – Following an excellent win over Shane Roller, the Nova Scotia fighter defeated Carlo Prater by Unanimous Decision to keep his record unblemished at 155. Grant, who is on his first two fight winning streak in the UFC, faces a big test in Evan Dunham next. If he gets past Dunham, expect Grant to keep climbing this ladder. Next Fight: vs Evan Dunham at UFC 152 on September 22.
4. John Makdessi (9-2) – Previous Rank (4) – After being dismantled by an overweight Dennis Hallman last December, Makdessi decided to bulk up his frame to better handle the larger UFC Lightweights. Unfortunately, the result this time had Makdessi missing weight and not looking sharp in a poor showing against Anthony Njokuani. Makdessi is taking some time off to regroup right now. The Bull needs to gain confidence in his solid all around game and possibly head down to Featherweight as he is undersized against UFC 155ers. Regardless of any criticism, Makdessi is still #4 in Canada. Next Fight: TBD
5. John Alessio (34-16) – Previous Rank (6) – John Alessio finally got the call back to the UFC in 2012, however, Canada’s Natural went 0-2 in the big show and got his walking papers. First, Alessio lost in three rounds to the aforementioned Bocek and then Shane Roller won a decision over him. Despite the losses, Alessio improves one spot on these rankings due to Chris Horodecki dropping to 145. Next Fight: TBD
6. Kajan Johnson (19-11-1) – Previous Rank (7) – 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. Since then, Ragin’ has been inactive due to a broken orbital bone suffered in training. Let’s hope we see Kajan back in the cage soon! Next Fight: TBD.
7. Mike Ricci (7-2) – Previous Rank (9) – After losing a Ringside title fight to Daron Cruickshank, Ricci returned to action against Tony Hervey and got back in the win column with a unanimous decision. Thanks to the win, and the inactivity of Kurt Southern, Ricci moves up two spots in these rankings. No word on his next fight at this time. Next Fight: TBD
8. Mitch Clarke (9-2) – Previous Rank (10) – Like Alessio, Clarke moves up in the rankings despite losing two in a row in the UFC. Clarke fought bravely against Anton Kuivanen at UFC 149 after injuring his leg in the first minute of their fight and even won the fight on one judge’s scorecard. Unlike Alessio, it appears that Clarke will get another shot in the UFC. Next Fight: TBD
9. Jesse Ronson (10-2) – Previous Rank (NR) – The first of two new fighters to Canada’s Top Ten is Jesse Ronson. The Bodysnatcher has been the busiest Lightweight on this list by fighting, and winning, four times in the past year. Two of those wins came against highly regarded Canadians – Jason Saggo and Brad Causey. Now on a five fight win streak, Ronson’s next opponent will be Alex Ricci in a fight that will see the winner vault up these rankings and, more importantly, possibly receive an invite to the UFC. Next Fight: vs Alex Ricci at SFS on August 25.
10. Alex Ricci (5-0) – Previous Rank (NR) – Ricci has progressed through better and better opposition in his young MMA career. Although, reluctant to place a fighter with five fights on the Top 10, Alex Ricci has forced Top MMA News’ hands with impressive wins over Iraj Hadin and Tim Smith in his last fights. Next is an all important fight against the #9 ranked Jesse Ronson. A win means Ricci solidifies his spot in the Top 10, while a loss will surely leave him outside the Top 10 as Guillaume de Lorenzi is anxiously awaiting to regain his rightful spot in these rankings. Next Fight: vs Jesse Ronson at SFS on August 25.
Fighters who dropped out of Top 10 – Chris Horodecki (dropped to Featherweight, was 5th), Kurt Southern (inactive, was 8th)
Just out of Top 10:
Curtis Demarce (12-10)
Shane Campbell (6-1) – Next Fight: vs Steve Beaumont at Unified Aggression on October 12
Brad Cardinal (16-8)
Steve Beaumont (6-0) – Next Fight: vs Shane Campbell at Unified Aggression on October 12
Jose Rodriguez (7-1)
Mukai Maromo (7-2) – Next Fight: vs Adam Lynn at MFC 34 on August 10
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