Canadian Heavyweight Rankings – November 2012
2012 has seen the rebuilding of the Canadian Heavyweight division. Last year, only two of the following five Heavyweights were ranked. This much-needed new blood has given the division the infusion needed to generate excitement once again.
Promotions have been focusing on the Heavyweights as well this year. MFC has re-introduced the Heavyweights and have provided some fantastic all-Canadian matchups between Tim Hague, Mike Hackert, Ryan Fortin and Smealinho Rama. AFC as well keeps promoting new big men with Paul Cheng and Ryan Hunter facing off recently.
Here is the Top 5:
Official Canadian Heavyweight Rankings
1. Mike Hackert (6-1) – Previous Rank (1) – “The Honey Badger” stunned the Canadian MMA scene by going up to Fort Mac and winning a decision over Tim Hague to become Canada’s #1 Heavyweight. Next, Hackert gave Hague a rematch at MFC 34 and this time he stopped “The Thrashing Machine” in the first round to solidify his #1 ranking. Next fight: vs Smealinho Rama at MFC 36 on February 15.
2. Smealinho Rama (5-0) – Previous Rank (NR) – Rama has exploded onto the MMA scene picking up five wins since debuting February 2012 at Hard Knocks. Incredibly, each outing fans see a much-improved Rama even though only months have passed since his last fight. A very nimble Rama showcased his ground game against Ryan Fortin at MFC 35. Rama schooled the much taller Fortin on the mat and debuts at #2 on this list. Next fight: vs Mike Hackert at MFC 36 on February 15.
3. Tim Hague (14-7) – Previous Rank (2) – After losing to Mike Hackert for the second consecutive time, The Thrashing Machine drops a spot to #3. Sadly, Hague announced his retirement following the MFC 34 loss. Let’s hope that announcement does not stick and we see Hague back in the cage. Next fight: Retired?
4. Ryan Fortin (6-4) – Previous Rank (3) – Fortin took on the rising prospect Smealinho Rama at MFC 35 after a year off from the sport. Rama’s speed on the ground was just too much for Fortin as Rama went from sub to sub before sinking in the Rear Naked Choke. Fortin, should take some time to work on his ground game, because with his size he could become unstoppable. Next fight: TBD.
5. Peter Nolan (4-1) – Previous Rank (4) – Nolan has headed down to Light-Heavyweight where he belongs, however he still has qualifying fights at Heavyweight in 2012 to retain his spot in these rankings. With wins over Sebastien Gauthier and Paul Cheng in the Heavweight division, Nolan has proven he is a tough Heavyweight. Next fight: TBD
Fighters who dropped out of the Top 5: Rafael Bergmann (inactive, was 5th)
Outside the Top 5
Paul Cheng (3-1)
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