Canadian Middleweight Rankings – May 2013
It has been a while since Top MMA News visited the Middleweights and a lot has changed. Jason MacDonald, Vaughn Anderson, and Jesse Bongfeldt all have not fought over the past twelve months and their retirements or inactivity have left the door open for newcomers.
While things have changed, a lot has remained the same. The old guard of Joe Doerksen, Kalib Starnes, Denis Kang, and David Loiseau continue to get wins to hold off youngsters.
Official Canadian Heavyweight Rankings
1. Nick Ring (13-2) – Previous Rank (1) – The Promise Ring stumbled since our last rankings, having to pull out of a fight with Costa Philipou on fight day and losing a split decision to Chris Camozzi. Despite the setbacks, Nick Ring remains the top Canuck at 185 pounds with a 3-2 record in the UFC. The future is still bright for this Champions Creed fighter. Next fight: TBD
2. Patrick Cote (19-8)- Previous Rank (2) – Yes….Patrick Cote is now a Welterweight, however, his fights against Cung Le and Alessio Sakara over the past year still qualify The Predator at Middleweight. After the uninspired loss to Le, Cote was awarded a DQ win over Sakara and then dropped down to 170 lbs to win an exciting fight against Bobby Voelker. Cote stays at #2 for now, but the only Canadian to fight in three UFC weight divisions will drop out of these rankings by the end of the year. Next fight: TBD
3. Joe Doerksen (49-16) – Previous Rank (4) – Although he has not fought in 2013, Joe Doerksen jumps up a spot due to the retirement of Jason MacDonald. Doerksen had a tremendous 2012 with wins in two fight of the night performances against Kalib Starnes and Joel Powell and it gave El Dirte’s fans a glimmer of hope that he would be named to the UFC 161 card. Alas, it was not to be, however, Winnipeg fans can watch the Canadian Fighting Center’s Middleweight at CFC 8 in the fall. Next fight: vs TBD at CFC 8 on September 13.
4. Luke Harris (10-2) – Previous Rank (8) – You would not think that Luke Harris‘ MFC 37 fight was do or die for his MMA career, but that is exactly what it was. Harris had stepped up to fight Joseph Henle and was TKO’d quickly. Another quick TKO loss against Jason Zentgraf could have permanently sent the Hayabusa ace to the grappling circuit. That was not the case though as Harris impressed everyone with a dominant win over the 7-1 Zentgraf via a neck crank that left fans cringing. Incredibly, with 13 fights in his pocket, Harris has yet to see the second round. Next fight: TBD
5. Elias Theodorou (7-0) – Previous Rank (NR) – Welcome to the Top 10, Elias Theodorou! With decision wins over Simon Marini and Ali Mokdad and a quick finish of Mike Kent, The Spartan debuts at #5. It appears the sky is the limit for this 24 year old from Mississauga, Ontario. With another win or two, Theodorou should get a call from the big leagues! Next fight: TBD
6. Kalib Starnes (13-8-1) – Previous Rank (10) – Kalib Starnes gained a lot in his loss to Joe Doerksen in September 2012. After losing two rounds, Starnes found his will to win in the third and started bringing it in his fight with El Dirte. That desire to win carried over to his AFC 18 fight with David Perron where Starnes pounded out the up and comer. Now, the much-maligned Middleweight is stating his goal is a return to the UFC. Top MMA News is glad to see Starnes is mentally back in the game, because he has all the physical tools to fight in the big show. Next fight: vs Tim Hague at AFC 19 on July 5.
7. David Loiseau (21-10) – Previous Rank (NR) – Just when you think David Loiseau is done, he gets another win. With two consecutive wins, including a win over the tough Leopoldo Serao, The Crow jumps back into the top 10. Let’s just hope that Loiseau stays active and remains in the top 10. Unfortunately, Loiseau has his eye on acting. Next fight: TBD
8. Denis Kang (35-16-2) – Previous Rank (6) – Denis Kang‘s fall from #1 perch continues as he drops another two spots on these rankings. Kang, who is one of this country’s all time MMA greats, lost his fourth fight in five outings when Melvin Manhoef left Kang wincing in pain after a knee to the body 50 seconds into their bout. Kang needs to regain his mental game, because everyone knows he has the talent. Next fight: TBD
9. Brad Stewart (6-2) – Previous Rank (NR) – In 2011, Brad Stewart had just lost his second fight in a row and his once promising career was hitting the skids. Stewart took a year off and came back after Fivestar Fight League signed him. Two fights later, he has righted his listing ship with a sick KO to hand Jordan Beecroft his first pro loss and a submission win to avenge a previous close loss to Matt Baker and win a Fivestar belt! Next fight: TBD
10. Mike Kent (10-2) – Previous Rank (9) – It has been quite a 2013 for Mike Kent. First, he beat Cody Krahn in a controversial fourth round. Then he took on Elias Theodorou for the ECC Middleweight title but was quickly finished by the young stud. Following the fight, Kent, who has a full time career and is a father to a young family, retired stating he could not keep up the pace with young, full-time fighters. Will the retirement stick? Top MMA News is selfish and hope is does not as there are still some great bouts out there for Kent.
Dropped Out of the Top 10: Jason MacDonald (was 3rd, retired/inactive for year), Jesse Bongfeldt (was 5th, inactive), Vaughn Anderson (was 7th, inactive)
Just out of Top 10 (in no order):
Ali Mokdad (6-3)
Jordan Beecroft (5-1)
Chase Degenhardt (8-3)
Matt Baker (8-4)
Ryan Janes (5-1)
David Perron (5-2)
Clay Davidson (7-4)
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- Canadian Middleweight Rankings – September 2011
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- Top MMA News Middleweight Rankings – December 2009