Canadian Middleweight Rankings – September 2012
The rankings also receive a new entry as Luke Harris makes the jump after a busy 2012 and an old face, Kalib Starnes, returns from the ranks of the retired.
Top 10 Canadian Middleweights – September 2012
1. Nick Ring (13-1) – Previous Rank (2) – The Promise Ring rebounded after his first career loss with a win in front of his hometown fans at UFC 149. In Calgary, Ring won a close decision against his fellow The Ultimate Fighter 11 competitor Court McGee, who eventually won the show. Ring’s UFC record is a very good 3-1 and is deserving of the #1 Canadian Middleweight label. Next fight: vs Constantinos Philippou at UFC 154 on November 17.
2. Patrick Cote (17-8)- Previous Rank (1) – After defeating Gustavo Machado in the jungles of Brazil, Cote finally got the call to the UFC. The Predator drew a favourable matchup with Cung Le for his return to the Octagon but, unfortunately, he lost a three round decision give Le his first UFC win. The good news is that Cote will fight next at the Bell Centre in Montreal in front of his hometown fans. Let’s hope those fans give him the extra motivation he needs to get that next win! Next fight: vs Alessio Sakara at UFC 154 on November 17.
3. Jason MacDonald (25-16) – Previous Rank (3) – JMac took it on the chin against Tom Lawlor and suffered his second consecutive UFC loss. Worse yet, the resulting suspension due to the KO prevented MacDonald from fighting on the UFC Calgary card. Jason has not come out and said he has retired but it seems like he is taking a hiatus from the sport at the very least. Maybe the UFC will come back to Alberta in 2013 and we will be able to see MacDonald one last time. Next fight: vs TBD.
4. Joe Doerksen (49-16) – Previous Rank (6) – Doerksen has had a tremendous 2012 with wins in two fight of the night performances. First he took on a prospect Joel Powell who gave Doerksen everything he had until Doerksen got tired of punching him and eventually subbed him for the win. Next, El Dirte took on former UFCer Kalib Starnes and slugged it out for three rounds to earn the unanimous decision. It took Pat Cote four consecutive wins to return to the Octagon. With a couple more wins, dare we say it, maybe El Dirte can get that call from Joe Silva once again. Next fight: vs TBD.
5. Jesse Bongfeldt (21-5-1) – Previous Rank (4) – After being dropped by the UFC on the heels of only a single loss in the big show, Bongfeldt took on journeyman Brandon MacArthur at Rumble in the Cage 45. He submitted MacArthur for his first ‘W’ since 2009. So far in 2012, Bongfeldt has remained on the shelf. Has Jesse permanently hung up the gloves? Next fight: vs TBD.
6. Denis Kang (35-15-2) – Previous Rank (5) – Kang’s fall from #1 perch continues as he drops another spot on these rankings. After losing three fights in a row, Kang finally righted his ship with a win over Hae Suk Son at Road FC. Let’s hope Kang can string a few more wins against better and better opposition. Next fight: TBD
7. Vaughn Anderson (16-1-1) – Previous Rank (10) – After winning a single day grand prix a year ago, Vaughn Anderson faced his toughest competition Haejun Yang, who was 7-2 at the time, and won a decision. Anderson would like to try something new for once – fight in Canada. He is looking to fight in the Great White North this winter and will schedule his Canadian visit around any fight a promoter offers him. Next fight: TBD.
8. Luke Harris (9-2) – Previous Rank (NR) – Harris debuts on this list despite losing his last fight to Joseph Henle. Henle is an undefeated stud and Top MMA News feels that many on this list would have problems against ‘Leonidas’. Harris, a BJJ Black belt, also won three times since our last rankings, which vaulted him onto this list. Next fight: TBD.
9. Mike Kent (8-0) – Previous Rank (NR) – Despite winning his sole fight since the last rankings, Mike Kent remains at his #9 spot. That last fight was against Chester Post and a fighter does not score too many points for beating a fighter who has not won since 2007. Kent was supposed to fight Cody Krahn at MFC 24, but reoccurring hand injuries forced him out of the bout. Let’s hope these broken hands do not force him out of MMA. Next fight: TBD.
10. Kalib Starnes (12-8-1) – Previous Rank (Retired) – Now why would a guy who has lost three consecutive fights regain a spot on the list. 1) He was 7th on this list when he retired. 2) He has beaten Matt MacGrath and Nick Hinchliffe over the past two years. 3) Would any other Middleweight below the 10th spot go 2-3 against MacGrath, Hinchliffe, John Salter, Joe Doerksen, and Pat Cote? Top MMA News thinks not! Welcome back Kalib. If you keep fighting like you did against Doerksen in the third round, there is no doubt that you will advance up this list. Next fight: TBD.
Dropped Out of the Top 10: David Loiseau (was 7th, inactive), Matt Baker (was 8th, lost to Buckland)
Just out of Top 10 (in no order):
Ali Mokdad (4-2) – Next fight: vs Mikkel Parlo at Bellator 76 on October 12
Jordan Beecroft (4-0)
Andrew Buckland (15-10-1)
Cody Krahn (11-5) – Next fight: vs Sabah Fadai at WW at MFC 35 on October 26
Elias Theodorou (5-0)
Matt Baker (8-3)