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

Ryan Jimmo

Ryan Jimmo at UFC 161 (photo: Mike Fischl)

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.

Dwayne Lewis AFC 19

Dwayne Lewis at AFC 19 (photo: Rob Trudeau)

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.

Tim Chemelli AFC 19

Tim Chemelli at AFC 19 (photo: Rob Trudeau)

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

Todd Stoute

Todd Stoute at SCC 1 (photo: Mike Fischl)

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.

Fighters who dropped out of Top 10 – Krzysztof Soszynski (was 2nd, inactivity), Victor Valimaki (was 6th, inactivity), Zach Blaber (was 9th, inactivity)

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.


Related Posts:
Canadian Light-Heavyweight Rankings – July 2012
Canadian Light-Heavyweight Rankings – December 2011
Canadian Light-Heavyweight Rankings – July 2011
Top MMA News Canadian Light-Heavyweight Rankings – December 2010
Top MMA News Canadian Light-Heavyweight Rankings – May 2010

87 Responses to “ Canadian Light-Heavyweight Rankings – July 2013 ”

  1. RickRoll says:

    I think Chemelli should go to heavyweight and beat up Tim Hague for his first fight. He could be the #2 HWT pretty quickly and I agree give Rama his toughest test to date. How much does Rama weighin at?

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  2. Teddy Ash says:

    thanks everyone for the support.. im not trying to be a tough guy by saying i would fight anyone, all tho i am not scared, that doesnt mean i should just fight anyone. i will take the fights that are given to me by my manager sandy bowman, i will not say no to any fight that he gives me, like snyper said he will put me on the right track and give me the proper fights for my career.. thanks again, and i promise to be as exciting as possible for you all .. cheers everyone! untill next time

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  3. Zach B says:

    Bigpappagroove69 teddy would destroy me eh ? You could tell all this after he fought Bobby K and Jason Gorny ? I’m down to fight teddy anytime any weight ! 205 would be better as I no longer live in edmonton , so training is hard to come by . I would really like to do it at prestiges next card ! If teddy and sandy are interested I’m down ! I would think it would be best for teddy to fight someone with a winning record first , but I will be more than happy to let him destroy me ! The guy wins three fights and putting him in the same conversation as Perron , janes and Bhullar !

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  5. LOL says:

    LOL at how Zach Blaber went into retirement because of the thought of fighting Misha C….and now Zach wants to fight again LOL

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  6. Winner of Clay Davidson vs Kalib Starnes in Fivestar in August should get the next FFL title shot.

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  7. AMLEHTC says:

    LOL is a tool

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  8. T-Bone says:

    LOL is correct. Re-read blabbers posts from a thread on this site. Only person looking stupid is amlehtc. Both truths hurt doesn’t it

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  9. AMLEHTC says:

    I believe Blaber stated before he wanted to retire because he was moving away and wouldn’t have time to train and make 185 properly. I think LOL is a tool because he’s on of the tapstar fanboys who refuses to listen to anyone else’s opinion. I think Misha is overrated and hates to get punched and I think Zach would punch him… Repeatedly….in the face. I’m not here to debate misha vs Zach. I also think Misha should fight someone better than Jon Ganshorn who has a mediocre record and who misha will dominate

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  10. @Zach blubber, Zach you should stay retired from the mma scene, cause your missing your true calling which is as a Shrek look a like.

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  11. Zach B says:

    @ lol aka Sam , your right the thought of fight your boys retired me , get off the meth and speed balls buddy , The only thing avoiding you guys is a clean urine sample .

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  12. T-Bone says:

    Why does Blabber not want to fight these guys? Making unfounded accusations like a true keyboard gangsta is hardly how a professional should act. Judging by his references, it would seem Zachary is much more familiar with illicit narcotics. Trying to run and hide at 185 won’t work…

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  13. T-Bone says:

    Teddy Ash or Misha Cirkunov will beat up Blabber, right back into his situational retirement

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  14. Teddy Ash says:

    thank you for the opportunity and offer zach, that would be great, maybe we can do it at the next prestige.. we’ll see what happens when Bowman starts to put together the card.. like i said i will let him set up my fights and this fight is a big possibility… and just for the record, just cause i fought bobby k and im 3-0, i do not put myself in the same catagory as anyone or say im bettter then anyone, ill just train and fight and let that happen on its own

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  15. mike kent says:

    Blaber acts like hes on some other level then the rest of us and these fights are below him when he only has one win against someone with a winning record. He had no problem fighting three guys who were 0-5, 0-4, 0-4 respectively but clowns on teddys opponents ? if you beat gorny that would be your second best win.

    Also teddy is 6-0 in the last year if you take into account his ammy fight so yeah that fight is starting to look pretty intriguing whether Zach likes to admit it or not

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  16. duh says:

    Hey Sam and all you tapsters. Teddy Ash just showed you how its done. Do you think Blaber wants to get involved in your nonsense and fight your overrated clown when you guys talk so much crap and make the sport look bad?
    Or do you think he wants to fight Teddy Ash, a classy and tough fighter who will be respectful while being dangerous. Cmon guys goive your heads a shake no one wants to deal with your crap its not worth the headache.

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  17. If I were teddy ash I would be looking at fighting other opponents rather then zack blubber, cause guaranteed come close to fight time blubber will get cold feet and pull a victor valamaki leaving teddy without a fight.

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  18. Shane BTP Mountney says:

    I know I’ll get raked over coals here for this but….I got Don Wonch for Teddy…just sayin

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  19. Zach B says:

    I have pulled out of one fight idiot , that’s when I had my orbital bone smashed ! I don’t think I am on any other level mr kent ! Ask anyone who knows me . You would know this if you didn’t pull out of our fight for AFC with your faux retirement , than agree to another fight one week later ( in which u pulled out of) . So instead of commenting on my situation , should you not be working on your next excuse for your next fight ? Hopefully teddy and I can line something up .

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  20. Shane BTP Mountney says:

    He hasn’t fought pro yet…but is very experienced…19-2 Muay Thai..15-6 boxing…5-0 MMA all amateur…so he has had a lot of ring/cage experience….he would fight Teddy at 205…

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  21. mike kent says:

    I don’t make excused. I had legitimate reasons to pull out of any fight I did. Me and your fight ? I was never supposed to fight you Zach . Our names were thrown around but never anything was line up or signed or even a contract offered. I said that I was no longer going to fight again after my Elias loss when I was still upset about loss and knew a week later that wasn’t true. Ive pulled out of three fights in my life Krahn twice with my hand and loiseau. Never have pulled out of any other fight I was signed up for.

    How about me and you fight at any weight you want 85, 205 or heavyweight before you and teddy fight at the prestige ? Any card you want as soon as my suspension from whatever happens at CFC is gone. Lets just do a winner takes all purse. Im sure someone will set that up.

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  22. LOL says:

    Zach b is a funny guy LOLOL

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  23. Zach B says:

    Listen here Farley Mowat , Im not interested in your tales … As for a fight winner take all purse ( means you have to show up ) ill fight you on one condition that when I smash your face in ( you retire from mma and retire from talking or typing about it , I will also donate my entire purse as part of your pension plan .

    I would much rather fight teddy as we know he will show up , but if you agree to those terms I am def down , but if you also pull out of the fight you have to follow the same terms ,

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  24. AMLEHTC says:


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  25. AMLEHTC says:

    Now where’s the rumor mill?

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  26. Mike kent says:

    Hahah your a funny guy zach. I don’t need money to fight I just do it because I love it. Obviously win or lose any fight I will continue to fight so fuck yourself. Sounds like a roundabout way to say you don’t accept what I offered Which is A winner takes all fight not a retirement fight its not the wwe, I’m 29 I’m not quitting fighting or typing any time soon.

    I’ve pulled out of three fights with injuries . How many fights against legit opponents have u turned down ?

    My offer stands. And hey if you win and smash my face in then you’ve beaten two guy with winning records ! You’d be big time .

    Now ill go and train for the fight I have while you keep talking about the fight you would take but so and so needs another win or how misha is no good for your career or how your manager has a clear path for you . Any excuse to avoid people . 3 fights ago you fought a guy 0-5 so shut just shut up

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  27. Mike kent says:

    And after joe my last four fights will be:

    Tim chemilli
    Cody krahn
    Elias Theodore
    Joe doerkson

    What other mw has fought those 4 in the last year ? So don’t talk to me about showing up . I fought the middle two badly injured and still showed up

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  28. Zach B says:

    Just open the choke and pull the cord … Eh Mr Kent ,
    But you already retired once , just thought when I beat you it would save you from doing it and embarrassing yourself . Ill fight you whenever and wherever you want !
    Give me notice.

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  29. Zach B says:

    Also mike out of those four guys who did you beat ?
    Don’t say Cody cause we all know the truth , only person I turned down that was not a training partner was Clay Davidson , because he was fighting three weeks earlier on the MFC card also Marcus Hicks for obvious reasons , I said yes verbslly to the Mischa fight , to Darren Owen . But got my job that started June 5th . But let me guess you already knew that ,

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  30. mike kent says:

    are you not retired now? talking about fighting me and teddy ? sound a bit hypocritical ? anyway will chat after the CFC about a date to fight. I have to go to water aerobics ( new training to ensure zero injuries )

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  31. mike kent says:

    well me and cody have different views on what happened that night. My contract said 5 rounds, The announcer said 5 rounds the officials said five rounds but he heard 3. in the 4th round the ref pulled me off cody so I felt I won by 4th round TKO and cody disagrees , I respect Cody Krahn so don’t really wanna get into this whole thing again but yeah I lost the other two. Will see how September goes. If I beat Joe then what excuse will you have not to fight me

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  32. Zach B says:

    I never once said I was retired !

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  33. Hyan Desouza says:

    That’s a lot of fights Blaber has agreed to,
    Mike Kent
    Misha C
    Teddy ‘classy’ Ash(although ‘Duh’ makes it sound like Ted is bringing flowers and chocolate for a date)
    Farley Mowat

    If we take Blaber for his word, then none of these fights will ever happen and instead he will fight the always tough bobby kalmakoff

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  34. Joe Dirt says:

    How DARE you bring Farley Mowat into this? He deserves so much better!

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  35. BOOBOO says:


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  36. harry balls says:

    Farley Mowat. Haha that’s pretty good. I’m gonna go make some popcorn….

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  37. that guy says:

    Hey fellas why don’t you actually get a fight instead of talking about them, then just maybe but doubtfully you could be on this list instead of reading about it. Less typing more training douche bags. Why do all these blogs turn into the Zach B show?

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