Canadian Bantamweight Rankings – August 2013
Some serious changes in the Canadian Top 10 Bantamweights with the retirement of longtime Top 135/145 staple Nick Denis and new blood pushing to get into the rankings. The Top 4 stay the same, but 5 through 10 get shuffled around with 3 new faces entering the rankings, one being a Davis, but maybe not the brother one would suspect.
Top 10 Canadian Bantamweights
1. Bibiano Fernandes (14-3) – Previous Rank (1) – Bibiano Fernandes retains his top spot after a pair of wins in Asia. First, “The Flash” quickly submitted Yoshiro Maeda in DREAM. He then won his second fight in One FC, his home promotion, in May against Koestu Okazaki. Next Fight: TBD.
2. Ivan Menjivar (25-10) – Previous Rank (2) – Ivan Menjivar went 1-1 in the UFC since our last rankings. “The Pride of El Salvador” quickly dispatched Azamat Gashimov in Montreal with a nice Arm Bar. He then rematched with “The California Kid”, he lost the first via DQ in TKO, but was on the receiving end of a quick Urijah Faber Rear Naked Choke. Next up is a great matchup with Kid Yamamota that has old timers drooling. Next Fight: vs Norifumi Yamamoto at UFC 165 on September 21.
3. Yves Jabouin (19-8) – Previous Rank (3) – “Tiger” Yves Jabouin got back in the win column at UFC 161 with a razor thin split decision victory over Dustin Pague to hold onto spot #3. The win gave the Montreal fighter an impressive four wins in his past five UFC fights. No fight announced for Yves yet, but expect him to be on the TUF Nations Finale as that card is expected to be held in Quebec. Next fight: vs TBD
4. Roland Delorme (9-1, 1 NC) – Previous Rank (4) – “Rolly, Rolly, Rolly” were the loud chants at the MTS Centre for Winnipeg’s Rolly Delorme. Delorme responded with a unanimous decision victory for his 15,000+ fans. The win kept the WAMMA product’s record perfect in the UFC at 3-0 (1 NC). Next up for the Delorme is another former The Ultimate Fighter cast member Alex Caceres, who many will remember as Bruce Leeroy. A great chance to go 4-0 at UFC 165! Next fight: vs Alex Caceres at UFC 165 on September 21.
5. Michel Gagnon (9-2) – Previous Rank (6) – Thanks to another injury, it will be a year between Mitch Gagnon UFC fights. He got his first win in the big show over Walel Watson last September and Dustin Kimura will be his next opponent in the UFC. Kimura and Gagnon love the subs. Should be interesting at UFC 165! Next Fight: vs Dustin Kimura at UFC 165 on September 21.
6. Josh Hill (9-0) – Previous Rank (7) – Hill has been inactive professionally for almost a year. However, word is that he has had a few exhibition fights on TUF. This is a great step for Canada’s best Bantamweight prospect. Mind you…many say Hill is no prospect and may be the best Canadian Bantamweight. Either way, let’s agree that having Josh Hill on TUF makes next season much more interesting for us Canadians! Next tight: The Ultimate Fighter
7. Louis Fisette (6-1) – Previous Rank (NR) – Louis Fisette has come from relative obscurity to become the second WAMMA fighter in the Top 10 in Canada. After losing his first pro fight to Daniel Mark, Fisette has reeled off six consecutive victories. His last two wins were the most impressive: a 37 second KO over well-regarded Diego Wilson and a submission win over Canadian wrestler Brent Fryia. Like Josh Hill, Fisette’s future has a rumoured gig on The Ultimate Fighter. Next fight: The Ultimate Fighter
8. John Fraser (11-5) – Previous Rank (8) – John Fraser took a couple Featherweight fights since his last fight at 135 when he lost to #6 Josh Hill. First he beat one time UFC fighter Tyler Toner but then he was quickly finished by Josh Machan. Fraser still qualifies for these rankings with the one Bantamweight fight over the past year. He needs another fight at 135 soon if he is to be considered for the next rankings. Next fight: TBD.
9. Syd Barnier (5-3) – Previous Rank (NR) – With a split decision win over Stephane Pelletier at ECC 15, Syd Barnier accomplished many things: won three fights in a row, moved out of his tough journeyman Bantamweight status, knocked Pelletier from the Top 10, entered Canada’s Top 10, and received the Extreme Caged Combat Bantamweight title. Well deserved, Syd! Next fight: TBD
10. Mike Davis (11-3) – Previous Rank (NR) – The #1 Flyweight in Canada is also the #10 Bantamweight in Canada! It was a tough call but Davis has won eight in a row with wins over the guy, Mike Banin, who beat the former #9 Bantamweight (Randy Turner) and the guy, Daniel Mark, who beat the current #7 Bantamweight (Louis Fisette). He also topped Eric Wilson, although TMN does not count that DQ win in its rankings. How can you argue with these stats? Next fight: TBD
Previous Bantamweight Rankings:
- Canadian Bantamweight Rankings – October 2012
- Canadian Bantamweight Rankings – April 2012
- Canadian Bantamweight Rankings June 2011
- Canadian Bantamweight Rankings November 2010
- Canadian Bantamweight Rankings June 2010
- Canadian Bantamweight Rankings February 2010
- Canadian Bantamweight Rankings October 2009