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. Cody Rempel says:

    Teddy Ash could make a push for the Top 10 pretty early into his pro career… Adam MacDonald seems like a perfect next step for him!

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  2. mike kent says:

    Teddy just easily made 195 against gorny on a weeks notice. He’s going down to 85. Trying out for tough in September

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  3. BOOBOO says:




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  4. anon says:

    not only is he a loser, but he is a rapist, woman beating rat. i am tired of reading his name on the internet. and will no longer visit a website that supports someone who hits women , rapes women, and leaves them for dead. it doesnt matter if he has “changed” what about the girl, where is her public apology?

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  5. Just because Top MMA News reports on Todd Stoute for his fighting abilities does not mean we condone what he has done in the past. We report on MMA and if Todd Stoute keeps fighting, we will report on those fights.

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  6. anon says:

    thank you for the response. it was unfair of me to attack the website to which it is just doing its job. by no means did you or your staff support the actions of this animal. glad to hear you do not condone his behaviour and i am sure you are just as disgusted as the rest of us.

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  7. hasslehoff says:

    I agree committing sexual assault is a heinous, disgusting act, but I’m sure this website is judging all on their fighting records and ability. There are quite a few fighters with past criminal records, some known, others not. It would be a shame to see the hard work and dedication put in by these athletes, be dismissed because of stupid mistakes or errors in judgement as youths(although Stoute shouldn’t qualify in this category for his vicious actions)

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  8. Demitri (trev) says:

    Would love to see Chemelli vs Nolan but I don’t think nolan has the nuts to take that fight

    Very excited to see bosse fight some top competition. Interested in what His wrestling/ground game will be like. Canada has some good strikers but that won’t get you far in the UFC unfortunately

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  9. Pretty Boy Floyd says:

    Chemelli already said no and turned down fighting Nolan, as well as rescheduling a fight with Cirkunov. He will be out of the top ten soon enough, though he should be already

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  10. Demitri (trev) says:

    Chemelli is literally the one guy I know who will not turn down a fight. Not sure where you are getting your information from.

    Get Nolan’s management to contact chemelli and I guarantee that fight was not turned down. If it was, there was a schedule conflict. Chemelli has fought much tougher guys than Nolan. So to say that fight was turned down is garbage

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  11. Pretty Boy Floyd says:

    Nolan fough Gauthier and Grummet on a days notice. He will fight anyone, anywhere, anytime, as do all his teammates.
    Maybe the only balls you understand, are when their banging on your chin

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  12. GI Jane says:

    Chemilli is a true fighter and would never turn down a fight, if any fights were turned down it was his manager, slash fight announcer, slash fight judge, you get the hint, the guy who wears too many hats and should pick and wear only one, that woulda made the decision to turn down certain fights.

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  13. Nothing wrong with either guy or their managers or their coaches turning down the fight, if either of them did turn it down. Lots of valid reasons for this.

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  14. mike kent says:

    it would be awesome when people post under fake names bashing fighters/managers kieth just instantly exposed them to everyone

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  15. Aaron Robinson says:

    Hmmmmmm lets sit and think about this for a second. Tim has fought 3 of the top 10 Light Heavies in Canada(I’m including Victor because he would be in there if he got his act together), fought Dwayne Lewis on 2 weeks notice and you are accusing him of ducking who???? Peter Nolan, Give your fuckin head a shake.

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  16. Aaron Robinson says:

    Just another fuckin Tap Star nut hugger.

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  17. Don’t forget former UFCer Razak Al-Hassan.

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  18. RickRoll says:

    I think Lewis should fight Cirkunov or Nolan.

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  19. RickRoll says:

    Lewis fights Nolan and Chemelli fights Cirkunov. Not really looking fwd to a Lewis/Chemelli rematch

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  20. Tim chemelli says:

    Well if your not looking forward to the rematch don’t watch it then.

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  21. hasslehoff says:

    And I guess Aaron Robinson is just another fanboy nuthugger on every fighters dick. Does Chemelli know you have his poster over your bed? How many mma autographs in your collection? I bet you’re wearing a tapout tshirt at this moment. Does this mean if anyone likes GSP, TJ Grant or Rory McDonald, they are jumping on their bandwagons just because they are winning fights? Some people know a winner when they see one.
    2 top ten light heavyweight fighters in Canada…most gyms should wish they could develop such deep talent in one division. All the hating shows is that gym is one of the best and at the top of the sport, hence all those attempting to discredit them.
    Winning results time and time again don’t lie…know-it-all fanboys/keyboard fighters do

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  22. Demitri (trev) says:

    Haha hasslehoff actually makes me laugh.

    We don’t even need to give a response to his comments. They are just plain silly. Not even pathetic, or stupid…just silly.

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  23. Demitri (trev) says:

    On a serious note though.

    Let’s start bumpin misha and Nolan’s nuts when they actually take and win some big fights. And dont get me wrong, I wish them the best but neither have done anything in MMA.

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  24. Aaron Robinson says:

    MMA autographs? I have none, perhaps you could provide me with my first? You must be semi famous by now, I mean not everyone is talented enough to dangle from two guys sets of nuts at once and only let go long enough to type out some sort of half assed insult in an attempt to make himself seem relevant in this world. Go on fanboy, continue to entertain us with weighing in on topics you know nothing about.
    P.S: Does anyone know where I can get a Tim Chemelli poster?

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  25. Aaron Robinson says:

    I just noticed there is a surplus of testicle talk on this thread. If you ever needed a reason to visit this website I’d say that’s enough right there.

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  26. Aaron Robinson says:

    I just noticed there is a surplus of testicle talk on this thread. If you ever needed a reason to visit this website I’d say that’s a pretty dang good one right there.

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  27. hasslehoff says:

    Not accomplishing anything in mma can be said about any fighter who hasn’t fought in the UFC or possibly the other big promotions, which applies to the majority. Sadly enough, how many fighters can you think of that will never realize their dream of fighting in the big show.
    It don’t want to turn this into putting down a fighter for the opponents they’ve fought. An argument can be made against all of those on this list. Not to mention, according to this forum, no fighter has ever backed out or declined a fight, which of course is false.
    We could argue back and forth who would beat who, but until a fight happens, it’s all talk.
    My point is, I would like to see any of the non UFC fighter compete against each other and regardless of their number on this list, they are equally ranked if we take in account of everyone’s opinion

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  28. Hyan Desouza says:

    You should really stop posting Aaron. It only shows how stupid you are and your love of balls. I wish some people knew how to read, but what do you expect from a grade 9 education. Take your time to sound out the words, so you can understand you are being made fun of by everyone Aaron

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  29. Aaron Robinson says:

    I remember the first time I called someone stupid, it made me feel so high and mighty.

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  30. Kevin says:

    The end of this comment is for Chemelli and Nolan to read.

    Hasslehoff, why are you bashing chemelli?

    The fact is, he has fought much better competition. You say “i don’t want to turn this into putting down a fighter for the opponents they fought” If you don’t want to put down fighters, why are you putting down chemelli saying he backed out of fights? Maybe just check yourself before you write dumb shit. Chemelli is a real classy dude, no sense of bashing him. Especially when the shit you say makes zero sense.

    Anyone can say anything on here. Which is to bad people don’t use their real names, but that makes it easy for idiots like you to post ridiculous shit.

    Im assuming you know Nolan and Misha well. Probably from their gym because you guys are full of jack asses who talk non sense on here. So why don’t you get Nolan to ask Chemelli. And why don’t you get Misha to call out a bigger name. Whos he fighting next again?? Ganshorn? okay… I like ganshorn. But stop talking this guy up if hes fighting ganshorn.

    I bet you anything Chemelli will read this and accept it pretty quickly. But, at the end of the day, Nolan will not fight him.

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  31. berg says:

    The only thing that we know for sure is that Chemelli, Cirkunov, Nolan and the majority of other fighters don’t really give a shit what anybody on here is posting about them.

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  32. Darren Owen says:

    Chemelli fights for the AFC, Nolan is the 5 star champ and is exclusive I believe so I don’t think you will be seeing that fight in the ver near future but who knows maybe in 2014. Chemelli is as tough as nails and has dynamite in his hands and Nolan has nasty ground and pound and a very solid Bjj game. Both are very talented fighters.

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  33. Jamie Locke says:

    I’m not sure why people care who turns fights down and for what reason…

    Just enjoy the fights we get to see, talk about putting together these dream matches enough and promoters will make it happen.

    Fighters and their managers have all the right they want to take a fight or turn it down, there are many reasons why they do it, I don’t think it should matter so much to fans.

    If a fighter talks shit about not being able to get fights, then turns one down that is too risky, then they shouldn’t be complaining.

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  34. MMA TEAM says:

    Well it seems Chemilli needs a real camp some wheres 8 weeks or so & to lose the Panas pickle. Then he will proceed to victory.

    Just a thought.

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  35. mike kent says:

    Chemilli Trains with good guys works his butt off and will fight anyone. He has real skills. Also is one of the nicest guys ive met. IMO he was cheap shotted bad in the razak fight right off the touch of gloves and never regained his footing and in the Dwayne lewis fight he did fight conservative and at a slower pace but he only had 2 weeks training in the gas tank so who could blame him.

    Of all the guys who get shit on in here I don’t think Tim should be one. He is a fighters fighter.

    Even in defeat he was still my favorite fight. I learned a lot and it was my first time fighting a legit guy in a bigger show. we had a good few rounds and then I forget what happened :) he hits very hard

    As for dean and old school Management…. Dean is the nicest guy you can meet. Genuinely cares about his fighters and isn’t in this to get rich he loves the sport. I was very lucky to have met up with dean and for him to have been such a big help since ive moved out west!

    Everyone should worry about there own or there friends careers. If tim wasn’t happy with dean he would leave. I think were all happy with old school.

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  36. AJ says:

    Chemelli is a very tough fighter and a good test for any LHW. Tim hasn’t been bashed in any way, whereas the same can’t be said how quick trash is talked about others. Does it not make sense for the top ten LHW’s to want to fight each other? Isn’t that how you progress, improve and move UP the rankngs. After September 7, more of these options will open up. Who cares what anybody on these forums think. Even when facts and logic is used, people still beleive what they want. Fighters, coaches, trainers from all camps around Canada have respect for one another and have said so, if people actually knew what they were talking about. It’s hard to know this sitting in the stands or behind a screen

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  37. Tim chemelli says:

    I’m very happy with my management team and the guys I train with.
    People need to realize that I live 3 hrs away from a proper club to train at. What I’ve accomplished in mma with the facilitys at my disposal I’m happy with and wouldnt change a thing.
    Since I been working with old school they’ve introduced me to frank lees and SVPT (which are awesome places)

    I work a full time job with a young family to support.
    mma has always been a hobby for me I’m lucky enough to have a great job and at the same time be involved in a great sport.

    I have no issues with people speaking there mind it’s a free country.

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  38. RickRoll says:

    Chemelli you already lost to Lewis. Period.

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  39. RickRoll says:

    Chemelli, if you want a for sure win to get back on track, go back to HWT and beat up Tim Hague.

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  40. Demitri (trev) says:

    Shut up pavelich

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  41. Robin Black says:

    Tim Chemelli is a very good fighter and a very great human being.

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  42. AJ says:

    Chemelli would beat up Hague. He could do quite well at heavyweight, if that’s what he wants. He would run over wardoggie and definitely give Rama his toughest fight yet. But I do think other light heavyweights could do the same. Would Teddy Ash fight Chemelli or does he want to fight kalmakoff type fighters to pad his record?

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  43. Demitri (trev) says:

    Sounds like teddy has the balls to fight anyone. Chemellis a tough test and I’m sure since his former training partner, mike kent fought and lost to chemelli im not sure if teddy would fight him just yet.

    Soon I’m sure. Hopefully im wrong. Teddy brings exciting fights

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  44. Mike kent says:

    Former training partner ? I’ve trained with teddy ever since I’ve moved out West and me we still train together ever day . Teddy will fight anyone at anytime and just takes them as they come . His second pro fight he fought a guy with thirteen fights . Bobby was a replacement on three days notice he was supposed to fight Denny Houle who’s 4-0 so padding his record isn’t in his plans. He’s definitely someone to watch out for. Him and tim would be a very good fight . At this point I dont see an upside for Tim who’s more experienced but teddy doesn’t turn down fights so if it was offered I’m sure he’d say yes.

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  45. Cody Rempel says:

    I think Ash vs. Blaber makes a lot of sense now that Teddy is moving down to 185! AFC… whaddya think?

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  46. Teddy will demolish babber!!

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  47. snyper mcgrath says:

    Big fan of Teddy and his passion for fighting. The Bowmans crewcrew will steer him the right way.

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  48. Darren Owen says:

    Would be a fun fight to watch. Would just have to convince Blaber to come out of retirement, which could be difficult. Ash vs Ryan Janes, David Perron, KB Bhullar would be a few interesting matchups that come to mind.

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  49. Cody Rempel says:

    My vote is for Perron or Janes then… I don’t wanna see KB or Teddy lose! I’m a big fan of both of those guys! haha

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  50. I agree afc with Teddy And KB has two potential star fighters on their roster , why give either one of them a loss this early in their young careers, build them up so they have 10 to 15 wins on their resume and then if you have to match them up in a headlineing super fight somewhere down the road. If not there are a lot of other potential lineups with fighters from other organizations.

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