Canadian Lightweight MMA Rankings – December 2012
Unfortunately, that means that three fighters have dropped out of the Top 10. However, a new year is right around the corner for each of them to regain their lost form and recapture their spots.
Here are the Top 10 Canadian 155 pound fighters:
Top 10 Canadian Lightweight Rankings
1. TJ Grant (19-5) – Previous Rank (3) – Wow! An incredible performance by TJ Grant against Evan Dunham at UFC 152 not only gave TJ Grant a Fight of the Night bonus but it also moved him to the upper echelon of UFC Lightweights and to the #1 spot on this list. Grant has looked unbeatable since his move down to 155. Hopefully, things keep going well in the new year and Grant gets by Matt Wiman and stays on the path to a Lightweight title shot. Next Fight: vs Matt Wiman at UFC on Fox 6 on January 26.
2. Mark Bocek (11-5) – Previous Rank (1) – Mark Bocek has been ranked as the #1 Canadian Lightweight since these rankings began, that is until he lost to Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC 154. In that fight, Bocek could not take his opponent down and was outclassed on the feet. Bocek is a student of the game and the Canadian fighter will surely rebound from this setback and return to his usual winning ways. Next Fight: TBD.
3. John Makdessi (10-2) – Previous Rank (4) – Facing a possible exit from the UFC if he lost his third fight in a row, John Makdessi executed his game plan and outpointed Sam Stout at UFC 154. Makdessi showed his striking prowess and worked his jab for three rounds en route to a Unanimous Decision victory. With the win, The Bull moves ahead of Stout on this Top 10 list. Next Fight: TBD
4. Sam Stout (18-8-1) – Previous Rank (2) – After winning the Spencer Fisher trilogy, Stout took on John Makdessi at UFC 154. Did his hair make Makdessi’s punches look worse than they were? Did Makdessi not engage as he should? Neither matter when it comes to the rankings. Makdessi won, Stout lost. Sam Stout is a consummate professional and will be back better than ever at UFC 157 against Strikeforce’s Caros Fodor Next Fight: vs Caros Fodor at UFC 157 on February 23.
5. John Alessio (34-16) – Previous Rank (5) – Since the last rankings period, Alessio had two AFC fights scheduled. Unfortunately, the first fight ended in a No Contest after John Alessio was inadvertently poked in the eye by Dave Mazany. Due to the injury, the second fight was cancelled as well. Top MMA News felt that Jesse Ronson could have taken the number five spot, but Alessio managed to hold onto the spot due to his fantastic record over a who’s who of international fighters over the last three years. Next Fight: TBD
6. Jesse Ronson (10-2) – Previous Rank (9) – With two huge wins since the last rankings period, Jesse Ronson advances three spots on this list. First, the Bodysnatcher defeated former #10 Lightweight Alex Ricci and then Ronson dominated the ultra-tough Ryan Healy. It was felt that his impressive seven consecutive win streak was enough to vault over Mike Ricci, who was the fighter who handed Ronson his last loss. Let’s hope that, like Mike Ricci, Ronson gets the call to the big leagues. Next Fight: TBD
7. Mike Ricci (7-3) – Previous Rank (7) – 2012 was a stellar year for Mike Ricci. The Quebec Lightweight was called by the UFC to appear on The Ultimate Fighter at Welterweight and Ricci rose to prominence on the show. Ricci won all his fights en route to the Finale where he lost a decision to Colton Smith. Unfortunately, all the fights except the Finale loss are exhibition fights and are not considered for rankings. After the Finale loss, Ricci vowed to return to 155 and we may see him on the March Montreal card. Next Fight: TBD
8. Guillaume De Lorenzi (10-1) – Previous Rank (NR) – Guillaume De Lorenzi was #3 on this list two years ago. Then injury struck and De Lorenzi disappeared from the MMA scene. The former Ringside champion returned in November at Bellator 79 where he manhandled Jonny Carson. Next is a big task for Il Toro, who will face Patricky ‘Pitbull’ Freire in the 2013 Bellator Lightweight Tournament. Does De Lorenzi have what it takes to become Canada’s first Bellator tournament winner? Next Fight: vs Patricky Freire at Bellator 87 on January 31
9. Mukai Maromo (8-2) – Previous Rank (NR) – Fans said that Mukai Maromo should not have been awarded a Split Decision victory over Adam Lynn at MFC 33. A rematch was granted and The Afrikan Assassin silenced all critics with a highlight reel knockout. Maromo has impressed since losing fights against Graham Spencer and Kurt Southern in 2010. In fact, he has reeled off five consecutive wins since then. In Maromo’s MFC future are the two fighters who have handed him his sole losses. If he manages to get by Spencer at MFC 36, he will finally get the Lightweight title he has already earned. Next Fight: vs Graham Spencer at MFC 36 on February 15
10. Shane Campbell (6-1) – Previous Rank (NR) – Shane Campbell squeaks past fellow Lightweights Mitch Clarke, Jason Saggo, Alex Ricci, and Brad Cardinal into the tenth spot. In his last fight, Shaolin dominated the previously unbeaten Steve Beaumont to win the AFC Lightweight title. Campbell, who also holds the Unified MMA Welterweight title, has been greatly improving his all around MMA game and has not lost in close to two years with wins over the highly thought of Derek Boyle, Unified Lightweight champ Tim Smith, and Beaumont among others. Next Fight: vs TBD.
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