Canadian Light-Heavyweight Rankings – July 2013
It has been too long since we looked over the Light-Heavyweight rankings. With the loss of Krzysztof Soszynski and Victor Valimaki due to inactivity, quite a bit of movement occurred in this division.
Top 10 Canadian Light-Heavyweights
1. Ryan Jimmo (18-2) – Previous Rank (1) – Since our last rankings, Ryan Jimmo made his UFC debut in a spectacular seven seconds, lost his first career bout since 2007, and then rebounded at UFC 161 to go 2-1 in the big show. Unarguably, “The Big Deal” is the top Light-Heavyweight in Canada. Next fight: TBD
2. Steve Bossé (10-1) – Previous Rank (4) – With Krzysztof Soszynski leaving the rankings due to inactivity and Roger Hollett losing his last two fights, Steve Bossé jumps up to the number two spot. After beating Houston Alexander, Bossé took a year and a half off before main eventing the first Challenge MMA show. He dispatched Caleb Grummet in that bout and was due to fight Victor Valimaki next before he pulled out of that August fight. Maybe fans will see him in the UFC next. Next fight: TBD
3. Roger Hollett (13-5) – Previous Rank (3) – Halifax native Roger Hollett had two UFC fights since the last rankings. Following his Bellator win against John Hawk, Hollett lost decisions to Matt Hamill and Fabio Maldonado. Unfortunately, Hollett was released from the big show. This could be “The Hulk’s” last time on these rankings as there is talk he is headed to Middleweight. Next fight: TBD
4. Nick Penner (11-3) – Previous Rank (5) – Like Hollett, Nick Penner also made his UFC debut since the last rankings. Like Hollett, Penner lost to both opponents, Anthony Perosh and Cody Donovan, that he faced. Like Hollett, Penner is not long for this list as well as “The Silent Assassin” announced that he was retiring from MMA. Top MMA News is keeping Nick on this list for now, as we are unsure if this retirement will stick. Next fight: boxing match.
5. Dwayne Lewis (13-8) – Previous Rank (Inactive) – It is good to see D-Bomb back from the ranks of the retired. Dwayne Lewis returned to the cage at AFC 19 following a 16 month absence and scored a win over Tim Chemelli. Unfortunately, a pulled hamstring and some ring rust contributed to a lacklustre three rounds. The good news is that Lewis promises to continue fighting and he will be coming back better than ever. Next fight: TBD
6. Peter Nolan (5-1) – Previous Rank (7) – Five wins, five subs. Peter Nolan became the Fivestar Fight League Light-Heavyweight champion by, submitting Adam MacDonald in their April 2013 fight. Now, “The Bus Driver” must defend his title in September up in Yellowknife against Nick Campbell. Next fight: vs Nick Campbell at Fivestar Fight League 9 on September 7.
From this point down, fighters with recent losses move up the rankings mainly due to the lack of depth in the 205 division.
7. Tim Chemelli (10-4) – Previous Rank (8) – Tim Chemelli just can’t seem to showcase his offensive talents in fights with higher ranked opponents. In his last two bouts, Chemelli lost a close decision to Dwayne Lewis and was submitted by former UFCer Razak Al-Hassan. Once Chemelli shows confidence in himself, Top MMA News has a feeling he will start showing more aggression in the cage and start rising up these rankings. Next fight: TBD
8. Misha Cirkunov (5-2) – Previous Rank (10) – Misha Cirkunov maintains a place on the rankings despite not having fought in the past year due to the fact that he has a fight scheduled with Jon Ganshorn in the fall. Cirkunov’s last bout was in March 2012 where he submitted to an Aaron Johnson Heel Hook. The loss stopped the four fight win streak momentum that the much-hyped fighter was riding. Next fight: vs Jon Ganshorn at Fivestar Fight League 9 on September 7.
9. Adam MacDonald (3-1) – Previous Rank (NR) – Not much separates Adam MacDonald with Todd Stoute – both have relatively similar records and are coming off of their first losses. However, MacDonald’s only loss was to the highly regarded Peter Nolan and he has beaten a just outside the top 10 Canadian Light-Heavyweight with a good record so Top MMA News is giving MacDonald the nine spot by a nose. Next fight: TBD
10. Todd Stoute (4-1) – Previous Rank (NR) – Like the three fighters ahead of him, Todd Stoute is coming off a loss. Stoute had the perfect record heading into the first Substance Cage Combat card but ended up taking his first career loss on that Toronto card. Expect Stoute to learn from defeat and come back stronger than ever in his fight with Sebastien Gauthier in October. If not, Gauthier could be the one taking his spot on this list. Next fight: vs Sebastien Gauthier at LAMMQ on October 5.
Out of the Top 10
Chris Johnson (5-5)
Teddy Ash (3-0)
Jon Ganshorn (5-3) – Next fight: vs Misha Cirkunov at Fivestar Fight League 9 on September 7.
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