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.

Jordan Mein finishes Forrest Petz at Score Fighting Series 7

Jordan Mein finishes Forrest Petz (photo: Jeremy Penn | Pennography)

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

Tyson Steele pounds on Gregor Gracie. (photo: Lucas Noonan/World Series of Fighting)

Tyson Steele pounds on Gracie. (photo: Lucas Noonan/World Series of Fighting)

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.

Joel Powell defeats Advin Omic

Joel Powell defeats Advin Omic

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

Fighters who dropped out of Top 10Claude Patrick (was 3rd, inactive for year), Derek Medler (was 10th, inactive)

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)

Related Links:
Canadian Welterweight Rankings – May 2012
Canadian Welterweight Rankings – October 2011
Canadian Welterweight Rankings – April 2011
Canadian Welterweight Rankings – September 2010
Canadian Welterweight Rankings – March 2010
Canadian Welterweight Rankings – November 2009

35 Responses to “ Canadian Welterweight MMA Rankings – December 2012 ”

  1. Dennis Steele says:

    Congrats Tyson on making #8.

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  2. G.i joe shmo show says:

    Dickson vs Powell make it happen Score!

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  3. Harris says:

    Why wouldn’t Powell fight someone in the top 10 or a former ufc guy? hey i am a powell fan after the joe d fight. like i said, If Powell is going to make the UFC he is going need to fight a former UFC /strikeforce type guys not Dickson. Powell is getting up with didn’t see chris clements fight guys not ranked or who weren’t in the ufc etc.. chris beat top guys and that is why he got the call…No disrespect to Dickson but dickson has nothing to gain at this point in his career. He is still climbing the ladder and still needs to grow…a couple of more fights and Dickson will be ready but for now powell needs to fight top guys like Forrest Petz or someone like that..if Powell wants the UFC he is going to have to beat top guys..Just my thought!

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  4. Bobby Karimi says:

    The Man of Steele! What a beast that guy is, watching him smash Gracie is awesome no matter how many times you watch that shit!

    Solid list of guys, I’d love to see Dickson vs Powell. Powell has really impressed me.

    What the hell happened to Omic and Medler, neither guy has fought in forever!

    Also let’s get Sheldon Westcott back in the mix!
    No love for the Milkman Jared Milko?

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  5. Tyler Davis says:

    when is Jordan going to get the call to the ufc? its getting ridiculous now the guy is a monster in the cage

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  6. ASSASSIN says:

    I’m working on a nice match up for Mr. Powell for March 15th in Calgary. Hopefully to the liking of the “rankers”. And ya! when does Mein get the Nod to got to the show??

    PS: Westcott is comin back too in March….

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  7. Kid Lightning says:

    With Westcott’s return and Nathan Gunn’s last W, why not set the fight up between them that Bellator almost had.
    Westcott and Gunn has a lot of appeal and makes sense for them to face off in the rankings.

    A test to see who belongs. Late Christmas wish for that.

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  8. R*pe Choke says:

    Westcott v. Gunn isn’t going to happen. As much as we beat this thing to death, it’s clear only one of them wants it. We should just put it to bed before it turns into the next Kent/Allen fiasco.

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  9. Adam Lorenz says:

    Man of Steele, awesome!

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  10. Darren Owen says:

    Medler is returning soon as well.

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  11. Harris says:

    Assassin, if Jordan is not in the UFC in the next few months it would be great to see Jordan fight locally again before he gets the call to the about Mein vs Powell..what a great test for Powell….I’ll be there if in Calgary or anywhere in Alberta…In fact, I just watched Mein on the SFS..what a stud, he destroyed Forrest Petz..or Powell vs Petz..Petz has heart and would be a good win for anyone if they can beat him. Powell has heart as well so it would be a great fight.

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  12. dan chambers says:

    that powel vs mein fight will not happen jord won’t fight localy any time soon

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  13. Cody Rempel says:

    There’s no way the UFC doesn’t bring Mein over from Strikeforce, they’ve already brought over much weaker guys than him!

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  14. EPerez says:

    Ford’s last win was sick. Wasnt a fan before, I am now.

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  15. Robert Q says:

    Even though Claude Patrick has been inactive recovering, he would obviously be in the top ten

    Pierson would beat Ford in a fight. Ford may have a big fanbase, he still in not a complete fighter, his ground game needs a lot of work

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  16. fightsquad says:

    Robert Q come on man give Ford some credit guy goes out fights anyone and puts it all on the line. Its funny people say who can beat who but at the end of the day you will never know what would happen unless the fight goes down.

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  17. Robin Black says:

    Claude is still the 3rd best welterweight in Canada, time off or no time off.

    Claude is even better than we’ve all seen.

    Agree that Sean should be ahead of Ryan skill ranking wise. I am a big fan of both tho. Ford is getting better and better but Sean is one of the best ww’s in Canada and has been for nearly a decade.

    Ford has looked fantastic in Bellator.

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  18. Graham Weenk says:

    Congrats Tyson!

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  19. Old School Jake says:

    I think Gunner needs to be in that top ten with his record.

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  20. Oilcity30 says:

    Any one no when ford might be cleared to fight in the USA? Or will fight locally anytime soon? Gossip queen no ford rumours?

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  21. Brent Keryluke says:

    Not ripping on Claude but if he was clearly better than Ford, why didn’t he take a fight against him. This is known that he refused this fight..

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  22. Jerobe says:

    LOL How the fuck is Westcott just out of the top 10? His major wins include lol Jay Jenson, a washed up Thomas Denny lol. Westcott is notorious for handpicking opponents and turning down fights that are tough. I would love for him to fight Omic, Steele or Gunn. Wont happen tho.

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  23. Zach b says:

    I would like to see omic or gunn vs Westcott !

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  24. K.L says:

    Patrick never turned down a fight with Ford…ever. That is just more of some Internet gossip bs. Patrick was signing with the UFC when forum talkers wanted that fight. So that would be a huge step down in competition to fight local and someone trying to make himself a name from fighting you, instead of the biggest organization in the world

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  25. Sheldon westcott says:

    I try not to come on here that often but jerobe wants to constantly talk a boat load of shit. I’m extremely happy to be even considered on this list every fighter on this list is a fantastic fighter.
    Jerobe every fighter I have fought I have the most respect for no matter what your opinion is of them. As for me not deserving to be on this list your entitled to your own opinion but at least Try to be respectful of the fighters who fight. Man hate me all you want cause guess what I don’t fight for you and your not going to like the opponents I fight and in all honesty I don’t care. I am still learning and trying to get better and get cage time. I have taken almost a year off to get my gym off the ground and so far it’s been a great year for my guys and that’s who’s opinion I care about the people who support and help me get better.


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  26. Cam Yallits says:


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  27. The goods says:

    I’d love to see gunner throw down with dewsberry

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  28. dan chambers says:

    top three are in the right order,, after that it’s a toss up between 4-8… so many good WW in canada… great division to watch and the possiabilty so many good match ups

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  29. Brent Keryluke says:

    @K.L. Didn’t get my information from the internet, I did an interview with Ryan Ford where he made it public that Claude Patrick turned down a fight with him on more than one occasion. I find it funny that you say a huge step down in competition when he won’t take the fight. Now I do understand that it would be a risky move to fight Ford, as he had his mindset on the UFC. Anyways just clarifying that “ever” in your statement is actually 3 times.

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  30. Oilcity30 says:

    Pretty sure that shit is in the past Ryan and Claude have trained together since then at Tristar I believe.

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  31. Graham Weenk says:

    Tyson Steele has a big 2013 in store! hopefully see him climb the incredibly stacked welterweight division

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  32. Django says:

    I would like to see Gunn vs Garcia.. Gunn said he wants to fight a top guy why not make that jump by fighting a guy like Garcia. Just throwing it out there!

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  33. Gunner says:

    Alex is a tough and skilled dude for sure but lets not get carried away in the step up area yes he is a big skilled guy but ummm he is 8-1 i am 10-3 i would have to say according to both our pretty similiar opponents and him from the top gym in Canada he has beat no one up and above me!! Would it be a tough fight hell yea but step up NOPE just the next fight win or lose

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  34. K.Rasmus says:

    I would like to see that fight Gunner . I also think their would be a lot of Canadian interest and hype . I like to see the TRI Star guys get humbled .

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  35. Gunner says:

    Sorry and just to clarify i have not beat anyone up and above Mr Garcia either, no disrespect intended as it would be a more of a who is GETTING TO the next step. (if it ever happened)

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