Canadian Featherweight Rankings – October 2012
While 145 is solid at the top of the division, the bottom of the Top 10 is in shambles. The once deep division continues getting thinner and thinner as quite a few Featherweight fighters have not been active.
Three new fighters enter the the Featherweight rankings this month as old stalwarts become inactive or dropped out of the top 10 due to losses, also a new pack emerges Outside the Top 10.
Top 10 Canadian Featherweights
1. Antonio Carvalho (14-5) – Previous Rank (2) – Pato overcame the UFC jitters that seemed to plague him in his UFC debut and looked great in his fight at UFC 149. In Calgary, Carvalho took apart Daniel Pineda in the standup to quickly score a highlight reel KO. The Bruckman MMA fighter will try to make it two in a row against Rodrigo Damm in Montreal next. Next Fight: vs Rodrigo Damm at UFC 154 on November 17.
2. Mark Hominick (20-11) – Previous Rank (1) – After a sloppy loss to the Korean Zombie, Hominick looked to get back on track against Eddie Yagin at UFC 145. Although this site thought Hominick did enough to win a 29-28 decision, unfortunately, the real officials did not and Hominick lost his third consecutive fight in the octagon. It is desperate times for The Machine who needs to avoid his fourth loss in a row. His UFC 154 opponent Pablo Garza is in similar straits as he is hoping to avoid his third consecutive loss. Here’s hoping that deadly left body shot by The Machine finds its mark and Hominick can once again challenge for the number one spot on this list. Next Fight: vs Pablo Garza at UFC 154 on November 17.
3. Graham Spencer (9-1, 1 NC) – Previous Rank (4) – Spencer is on a tear since losing to Mike Adams a few years ago – defeating MFC Lightweight title contender Mukai Maromo, Bruno Capdeville, Shawn Albrecht and, most recently, UFC vet Shane Nelson since May 2010. Spencer leapfrogs Tristan Johnson in his continuing surge to the top of the Canadian Featherweight Rankings. Next Fight: TBD
4. Tristan Johnson (7-3) – Previous Rank (3) – Since the last rankings, Johnson faced a fighter similar to himself – a relatively unknown Featherweight coming from a great camp. Although Tristan accounted well for himself in his fight with Rick Glenn, he came out on the short side and drops one spot in the rankings. Next up for the FitPlus fighter could be a familiar face – Will Romero in November. Next Fight: TBD.
5. John Fraser (11-4) – Previous Rank (NR) – The Top 10 Bantamweight returns to the Top 10 Featherweights thanks to his win over UFC vet Tyler Toner at the Score Fighting Series in Sarnia, Ontario. Fraser was last on this list following a win over the Thierry Quenneville in 2011 before losing eligibility when he had not fought at 145 in twelve months. That all changed when he dominated Toner from intros to the final bell in Sarnia. Next Fight: TBD.
6. Adam Lorenz (6-2) – Previous Rank (5) – Lorenz has not fought since losing a quick one to Alvin Robinson at Aggression in 2011. Adam was off this list due to inactivity, but, luckily, Aggression announced their November 23rd card prior to the publishing of this list. With a fight scheduled against Lenny Wheeler, Lorenz stays on the list but drops one to make room for Fraser. Next Fight: vs Lenny Wheeler at Aggression FC 14 on November 23.
7. William Romero (9-3) – Previous Rank (6) – Three wins in a row, yet ‘Leon’ drops a spot to make room for the Haggis Basher. Romero had a war on the Score with Matt Veal in his last fight. Now Will is enhancing his game at Tristar MMA. You only know a better, more well-rounded Will Romero will enter the cage (possibly against Tristan Johnson in November) in his next fight. Next Fight: TBD
8. Josh Machan (9-4) – Previous Rank (NR) – The newcomers enter the Featherweight Top 10 starting with Josh Machan. How can you rank a guy with only one fight at Featherweight? Well…that one fight was a quick submission victory over the previously unbeaten Behrang Yousefi. The King of the Cage champion has also been on a tear – winning nine of his last ten fights including wins against Lenny Wheeler and Derek Boyle. With Machan’s only loss since 2007 coming at the hands of the UFC’s Mitch Clarke, Josh Machan was an easy pick for #8 on this list. No longer just Ryan Machan’s brother, Josh Machan has come into his own! Next Fight: TBD
9. Bruno Capdeville (4-3) – Previous Rank (NR) – Capdeville came from nowhere to be ranked in the Top 10 by stunning the AFC audience with a first round TKO win over ZUMA’s Nick Driedger. Driedger was previously unbeaten since 2009 and was number seven on this list until Bruno kicked him off this list. Capdeville’s recent losses are from the Spencer Rohovie and #3 Graham Spencer and he has beaten the very tough Shawn Albrecht, who was close to the Top 10 at the time. Welcome to the Top 10 Bruno! Next Fight: TBD
10. Jesse Gross (7-3) – Previous Rank (NR) – It’s Halloween and the Ghost’s are out! Jesse Gross advances through a pack that included Gavin Tucker and Lyndon Whitlock to grab the final spot in the Top 10. Despite being 1-1 at Featherweight, Gross defeated a very tough Seiji Sugiman-Marangos who was 5-1 before facing the Adrenaline fighter. Expects The Ghost to ground and pound his way to the top of this list before his career is up. Next Fight: vs Gavin Tucker at ECC 15 on December 8.
Fighters who dropped out of Top 10 – Nick Driedger (was 7th, dropped out), Rejean Groulx (was 8th, inactive), Brad Duguay (was 9th, inactive), Tim Wadsworth (was 10th, dropped out)
Close to the Top 10:
Greg Welsh (6-2)
Matt Bagshaw (7-3)
Chris Horodecki (18-4-1)
Matt Veal (9-8) – Next Fight: vs Morgan Sickinger at Driller Promotions\SEG on November 10
Curtis Brigham (10-5)
Nick Driedger (5-2)
Tim Wadsworth (5-1)
Lyndon Whitlock (7-3)
Gavin Tucker (6-0) – Next Fight: vs Jesse Gross at ECC 15 on December 8.
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