Canadian Welterweight MMA Rankings – December 2012
Welterweight is the division that Canada shows its world class fighting ability! With the world champ Georges St-Pierre and potential future champions like Jordan Mein, Claude Patrick, and Rory MacDonald waiting in the wings, it always puts a smile on Top MMA News‘ face when we rank the 170ers.
Here is the Top 10:
Top 10 Canadian Welterweight Rankings
1. Georges St-Pierre (23-2) – Previous Rank (1) – Canada’s top fighter returned from lengthy injury to unify the UFC Welterweight titles at UFC 154. Carlos Condit, the second best Welterweight in the world and Interim UFC champion, was outclassed by GSP from start to finish as Georges displayed his brilliance once again. Next fight: vs Nick Diaz at UFC 158 on March 16
2. Rory MacDonald (14-1) – Previous Rank (2) - After smashing Che Mills, Rory MacDonald took on BJ Penn at UFC on FOX 5. In the fight, Rory smashed BJ Penn leaving no doubt in anyone’s mind that this Canadian prodigy had eclipsed The Prodigy. After the fight, MacDonald asked for the chance to avenge his sole loss. He got what he asked for and will face the former Interim UFC Welterweight champion next. Can Rory hold onto the victory that he let slip out of his grasp last time with only seconds left? Next Fight: vs Carlos Condit at UFC 158 on March 16.
3. Jordan Mein (26-8) – Previous Rank (4) - ‘Young Gun’ has come back strong since losing to Tyrone Woodley. First, Jordan won a decision against Tyler Stinson, which, for some reason, was on the undercard of a Strikeforce event. Then, Score Fighting Series took advantage of a lack of Strikeforce fights for Mein and booked him in the main event of their seventh show. The result was a spectacular finish of former UFC fighter Forrest Petz. Hopefully, Jordan Mein gets moved to the UFC with Strikeforce closing its doors. He belongs there! Next fight: TBD.
4. Ryan Ford (19-4) – Previous Rank (5) - The Real Deal keeps climbing the Welterweight rankings on the heels of a three fight win streak. In his last bout, the Edmonton scrapper pounded on Kyle Baker at Bellator 79 for three rounds. Despite not finishing Baker with the usual Ryan Ford flair (see Luis Santos, Ricky Goodall for that), the win was Ford’s second consecutive in Bellator and his seventh win out of his last eight fights. It would be nice to see him in a Bellator tournament! Next fight: vs TBD.
5. Sean Pierson (13-6) – Previous Rank (7) – On the verge of being released by the UFC for a third loss, Sean Pierson showed that he performs well when his back is against the wall by winning two consecutive UFC fights in three months. First, ‘The Punisher’ bested Jake Hecht and then he defeated Lance Benoist at UFC 152. Pierson displayed a ton of heart against Benoist by withstanding some tremendous blows in the third round after winning the first two. Next up for Sean is some well-deserved recovery time. Next fight: vs TBD
6. Chris Clements (11-4) – Previous Rank (6) - After defeating Keith Wisniewski at UFC 145, ‘The Menace’ had a chance to fight for the UFC in front of a Canadian audience at UFC 149. Going into the fight with an injury, Chris Clements decided to fight anyways where he was eventually submitted by Matt Riddle in the third round. After the fight, Clements went for surgery to repair his injury and he also got his loss changed to a No Contest when Riddle tested positive for marijuana. Next fight: vs TBD
7. Nordine Taleb (8-2) Previous Rank (8) – Despite a disappointing performance against Marius Zaromskis, Nordine Taleb still improves his rank by one spot due to Claude Patrick being removed from the list due to inactivity. In his Bellator 74 fight against Zaromskis, Taleb did not look like the fighter who won his previous seven consecutive fights. Let’s hope it was a bad day and Nordine rips off another seven wins in a row! Next fight: vs TBD.
8. Tyson Steele (10-1) – Previous Rank (NR) – The Man of Steele makes an impressive debut on the Top 10 Welterweights by virtue of his outstanding victory at the World Series of Fighting. In the fight, Tyson Steele maneuvered out of some Gregor Gracie submission attempts before moving in for the finish after hurting Gracie. Steele really displayed a killer instinct in the fight in what is his best performance to date. Next fight: vs TBD.
9. Alex Garcia (8-1) – Previous Rank (9) - Alex Garcia returned from his lengthy injury with a win over journeyman Stephan Lamarche. Now that the ring rust has been shaken off, Garcia is going to have to face tougher opposition or risk being leapfrogged by fighters just like Tyson Steele did to him this rankings period. Make no mistake, ‘The Dominican Nightmare’ is one of the better talents at Welterweight in Canada. He just needs to start hitting better opponents. Next fight: TBD.
10. Joel Powell (5-3) – Previous Rank (NR) – Why does a fighter like Joel Powell with a measly 5-3 record deserve to be ranked in the Top 10? Well, since his return to MMA in 2011 after a three year absence, Powell is 4-1 with his sole loss being a fight of the night against a UFC veteran Joe Doerksen at Middleweight! Quite frankly, with Derek Medler being removed due to inactivity, Powell made replacing Medler an easy decision thanks to dominating wins over ‘Outside the Top 10′ fighters like Brandt Dewsbery and Advin Omic. The only question left is ‘Why isn’t Alex Caporicci and the Score Fighting Series getting off their butts and booking Powell vs Ryan Dickson at Score Fighting Series 8?’ Next fight: TBD
Just out of Top 10 (in no order):
Brandt Dewsbery (10-2-1)
Sheldon Westcott (6-1-1)
Ryan McGillivray (12-6-1)
Advin Omic (11-3)
Ryan Dickson (5-0)
Nathan Gunn (10-3)
Ryan Machan (17-8)
Richard Arsenault (8-1)
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