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.

Ivan Menjivar

Ivan Menjivar

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

Louis Fisette pounding away.

Louis Fisette pounding away.

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

Fighters who dropped out of Top 10Nick Denis (was 5th, retired), Randy Turner (was 9th), Stephane Pelletier (was 10th)

Out of the Top 10
Stephane Pelletier  (6-2)
Randy Turner (7-3)
Diego Wilson (6-2)
Eric Wilson (6-3)
Tyler Davis (9-2)
Curtis Brigham (11-5)
Mike Imperato (6-1)

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17 Responses to “ Canadian Bantamweight Rankings – August 2013 ”

  1. Darren Owen says:

    I demand a recall! Curtis Brigham top 10 for sure.

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  2. BOOBOO says:


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  3. Gunner says:

    I agree I have Brigham at 7 in Fisette’s spot then Haggis then Fissete then the rest

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  4. GNP says:

    Haggis lost one fight to josh hill , Curtis Brigham should be in the top ten but not above haggis or fissette , yes he one the strap but he has only had 2 outings since his return….how bout Brigham vs haggis …. Or haggis vs fissette….. How is a guy from brazil in Canadian rankings .. How is the pride of El Salvador Canadian … I banged a chick in Florida once… Does that make me American….

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  5. Donald Duck says:



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  6. Jerobe says:

    Curtis Brigham would roll Mike Davis

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  7. Hawkes says:

    No one believes in Curtis more than me, but these rankings are based on competition and he hasn’t had enough fights recently to showcase his skills. That being said he would probably tap half this list in the first 5 mins.

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  8. I would love to have Curtis in this top 10 but can’t do it as he is 1-0 at 135.

    I would put Curtis Brigham in a top 10 list of most talented 135ers and he could be #1 in Canada for nicest guys in the sport.

    Reality is that he has fought at 135 once and in that fight, he beat a very talented Featherweight, who is 0-2 at Bantamweight.

    I wish that the AFC would have kept to their plans to make Curtis defend this spring in one of their shows. A second win against a tough opponent would have sealed a spot in this top 10.

    Instead of a recall Darren, why not get Curtis on a show this fall and get him to earn his spot in the top 10!

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  9. @Jerobe…this is not a list of who will beat who.

    @Hawkes…perfectly said.

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  10. Jerobe says:

    Hi Keith. With respect, clearly the 8 people that thumbs up’d my comment feel otherwise.

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  11. Hawkes says:

    @jerobe. Curtis is patient.

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  12. @Jerobe… They all agree that Brigham would beat Davis.

    Even if I agree that Curtis would beat Davis, it does not affect these rankings.

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  13. GNP says:

    I still think Curtis and Fraser would be a great fight, we could all see if Curtis is as good as some people think he is , also give Fraser a chance to rebound from his loss against machan … ????somebody make that fight happen

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  14. Big Pun says:

    Delorme and Gagnon should both be above jabouin. Even Hill would be a bad fight for him, not to mention a few others who just missed making the list. He had not looked impressive at all in the UFC, has never beaten anyone ranked and has been very lucky to have won all those close decisions. There is a good chance he won’t even be on this list in a year.

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  15. Marv says:

    Delorme.. Maybe. Gagnon.. No. Jabouin was dominant against houghland and was fighting well against Pickett before he got caught.

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  16. Louis Fisette says:

    Honnored to make that #7 spot! Don’t worry Curtis will crack this lost in no time. Although the 135er list isn’t easy to make, top 5 guys in elite organizations. I’d like to see top 10 outside of ZUFFA

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  17. Nigel Guerin says:

    Barnier vs Fraser would be awesome. MAke it happen Wreck. (Although I think Syd is injured.)

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