Canadian Middleweight Rankings – September 2014


It has been a while since Top MMA News visited the Middleweights and a lot has changed. Jason MacDonald, Vaughn Anderson, and Jesse Bongfeldt all have not fought over the past twelve months and their retirements or inactivity have left the door open for newcomers.

While things have changed, a lot has remained the same. The old guard of Joe Doerksen, Kalib Starnes, Denis Kang, and David Loiseau continue to get wins to hold off youngsters.

Top 10 Canadian Middleweight Rankings

Nick Ring (Photo by Jason Bouwmeester)

Nick Ring (Photo by Jason Bouwmeester)

1. Nick Ring (13-3) – Previous Rank (1) – Even though Nick Ring has only fought once since our last rankings and while it was a disappointing loss to Caio Magalhaes, “The Promise” retains his hold on the number one spot. His record in the UFC is now at an even 3-3 and since he has dropped back to back losses, he will need a big win in his next trip to the Octagon to avoid being given the dreaded pink slip. Next Fight: TBD

2. Joe Doerksen (50-16) – Previous Rank (3) – With Patrick Cote drooping down to 170 lbs, “El Dirte” gets the lift to spot number 2. Like Ring, Joe Doerksen has only fought once since our last rankings earning a first round submission win over Mike Kent last September. Doerksen, nearing the end of his career, has been enjoying his relaxation and has been choosey when selecting his next fight. His next bout will take place up a weight class at 205 lbs. Next Fight: (LHW) vs. Tony Lopez at KOTC: Madness on September 19th

3. Elias Theodorou (9-0) – Previous Rank (5) – In our last rankings, Elias Theodorou entered in to the top 5, now he climbs two more spots to put himself in the top 3. The last 12 months have been kind to “The Spartan” winning the NAAFS Middleweight crown then taking on the Australians in TUF Nations where he met fellow Canadian Sheldon Westcott in finals and finished him off in the second round to capture the elusive UFC contract. Now, Elias will look to prove he belongs among the world’s best as he looks to pick up a few wins inside the Octagon.  Next Fight: vs. Bruno Santos at UFC Fight Night 54 on October 4th

photo: Jeremy Penn

photo: Jeremy Penn

4. Nordine Taleb (9-2) – Previous Rank (NR)Nordine Taleb makes his first appearance on the Middleweight rankings, after a brief run in Bellator that saw him earn wins over Matt Secor and Matt MacGrath at Welterweight, he earned a shot at TUF 19 at 185. Nordine dropped a close decision to Mike King and failed to earn a spot in the house but the fight was so good he was granted a spot on TUF: Nations. Even though he was defeated by Tyler Manawaroa in the quarterfinals, Taleb equated himself well enough to earn a shot at the Finale. Taleb made the most of his Octagon debut defeating Vik Grujic via unanimous decision.  Next Fight: (WW) Jingliang Li at UFC Fight Night 54 on October 4th

5. Luke Harris (10-2) – Previous Rank (4) – With Taleb earning a win at the TUF: Nations Finale over the man that defeated Luke Harris in the house, the Hayabusa Training Centre falls one spot in the rankings. Its been over 12 months since Harris last fought in a full bout when he submitted Jason Zentgraf via spectacular neck crank but his time on TUF: Nations keeps him relevant. Now, Harris has signed with WSOF and will look to finally achieve the success many had tapped him for. Next Fight: (LHW) Jared Hamman at WSOF 14 on October 11th

6. Ryan Janes (6-1) – Previous Rank (NR) – The Zugec Ultimate Martial Arts product vaults up to inside the top ten with a second round submission win over David Perron. With names like Ryan Ballingall, Marcus Hicks, Duncan Wilson and Keto Allen in his win column, Ryan Janes has consistently upped his competition level with each fight he takes. Now with a win over the likes of Perron, Janes will need to tackle a fellow top ten ranked Middleweight to continue his rise up the ranks. Next Fight: TBD

Ryan Janes defeated David Perron (photo: Alicia Hamilton)

Ryan Janes defeated David Perron (photo: Alicia Hamilton)

7. Brad Stewart (7-2) – Previous Rank (NR) – After dropping his KOTC: Canada Middleweight title to Elmer Waterhen,  Brad Stewart took a few months off before signing with the then upstart Five Star Fight League and has since rejuvenated his career. The current FSFL Middleweight champion has gone 3-0 under the banner with three impressive finishes over the likes of Jordan Beecroft, Matt Baker and Cody Krahn. Now having found his stride and looking to fight more then once a year, Stewart could finally live up to his early hype. Next Fight: vs. Brendan Kornberger at Fivestar Fight League 13 on October 3rd

8. David Perron (7-3) – Previous Rank (NR) – “Showtime” may have a issue with consistency but his losses come against some of the better Middleweights in the country. David Perron did right the ship recently with a first round TKO over the serviceable Ryan Ballingall. Now signed with BFL, Perron will have the time and competition to build back up his record while constantly fighting in front of his hometown crowd. Next Fight: TBD

9. Mike Kent (10-5) – Previous Rank (9) – Its been almost a full year since Mike Kent last fought in a true Middleweight bout but the fact that he will fight anyone anywhere especially top competition has kept himself relevant. His most recent losses have come against the likes of Elias Theodorou, Joe Doerksen and David Loiseau. Even though his fight career continues his time at 185 lbs. may have come to end, so expect some new blood in the next rankings and also expect Kent to make a push to the top ten in the Light-Heavyweight rankings. Next Fight: (LHW) vs. Cody Krahn at Prestige FC 6 on September 19th

10. Adam Hunter (3-1) – Previous Rank (NR) – Coming in at the final spot of these Middleweight rankings is Adam Hunter who fights out of Fredricton, NB. Hunter had a rough outing in his pro debut taking on Mike Kent while Kent was on his undefeated roll. Since then, Hunter has gone on a roll winning three in a row with three first round finishes capping it off with  a 6 second TKO of the rising prospect Teddy Ash. One of the brightest young studs at 185 lbs, Hunter needs to sign with a top Canadian promotion to see if he can continue his rise against stern competition.  Next Fight: TBD

Dropped Out of the Top 10: Patrick Cote (was 2nd, now a Welterweight), Kalib Starnes (was 6th, now a LHW/Heavyweight), David Loiseau (was 7th, now a Light-Heavyweight), Denis Kang (was 8th, retired/inactive for year)

Just out of Top 10 (in no order):
Miles Anstead (4-0)
Jared McComb (7-3-1)
Cody Krahn (14-9)
Brendan Kornberger (4-0)
Matt Baker (10-7)

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19 Responses to “ Canadian Middleweight Rankings – September 2014 ”

  1. Bobby Karimi-Busheri says:

    How is Adam Hunter ranked above Miles Anstead when they both have the same “marquee” win, as well as Anstead has more wins and no losses?

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  2. Anstead is a WW who has only fought once at MW.

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  3. Bobby Karimi-Busheri says:

    You got him on your list man, either he’s a MW or he’s not.

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  4. LBoutin says:

    What weights were Anstead’s fights at ?

    Teddy Ash was at MW

    Fraser was at a Middleweight Catchweight (180)

    I’m guessing Mashreghi was at 170 (since Ash is a WW)

    No idea on the Brad Froust fight.

    His Next one against McComb is at MW isn’t it ?

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  5. Please Don't Delete My Comment TMN says:

    How is Hunter ranked above Anstead, Mccomb or Kornberger!?!
    And Ryan Janes ahead of Stewart for that matter.

    This is more of a fan list than actual rankings

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  6. Actually BKB, you know a guy can be on multiple lists in our rankings if they actively compete in multiple weight divisions. So, it is not “either he’s a MW or he’s not”, it is “he’s a MW and a WW”.

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  7. I did not research the weights of Anstead from weigh-in results. I talked with him in person after his Ash win and he told me it was his first MW fight and he was going back down to WW. I see he is fighting McComb next at MW. If he wins, I think he would make the top 10.

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  8. @Please Don’t Delete My Comment TMN…I agree that Kornberger could be #10. It gets tight near the bottom of the list.

    As for Janes vs Stewart, Janes has the better name on his resume – David Perron. Perron has beaten Dan McIver (who was a top 10 guy) and Baker (who Stewart is only .500 against).

    Also… I am more of a fan of Janes because Stewart would not autograph our Tapout shirts.

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  9. Bobby Karimi-Busheri says:

    “Actually BKB, you know a guy can be on multiple lists in our rankings if they actively compete in multiple weight divisions. So, it is not “either he’s a MW or he’s not”, it is “he’s a MW and a WW”.”

    What I meant was don’t use the he was a WW arguement when he fought at MW his last fight, got his biggest win at MW, and is fighting a good MW next month.

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  11. Lloyd Christmas says:


    I disagree, Sheldon isnt the number 1 ranked MW in Canada. But I will say this. Sheldon would beat every MW on this list except Nick Ring and Elias. I think he would win a decision against El Dirte.

    But all the others I do think Sheldon would beat in the 1st round.

    Soon you will all…..


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  12. BunkRankings says:

    Who decides these? Cause whoever it is needs to go for a piss test

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  13. Jared McComb says:

    Yeti does not approve

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  14. LOL says:

    @Lloyd Christmas

    El Dirte would finish Sheldon….GUARANTEED!

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  15. Graham Weenk says:

    I would love to the yeti in the top 10! been really impressed with that guy’s improvement over the past year and a half or so.

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  16. Joe Doerksen says:

    @LOL. Nothing in life is guaranteed. But if be willing to see what happens.

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  17. Cody Krahn says:

    Mike hasn’t win a fight at 185 for awhile now and is going up to 205. McComb on the other hand has been on a tear and has only lost a close decision to Teddy. I’d say Yeti and Anstead deserve to be on that list more than hunter or kent.

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  18. mike kent says:

    I agree with Cody, Miles and McComb are fighting great and at that weight consistently and winning.

    I see the other side as well though with the only three people on that list I lost too was all people in the top 5 loiseau, Elias and doerkson and I beat two of the guys just outside.

    I wouldn’t mind if they were picked instead of me for sure. Im going to fight at 85 again, hopefully by years end and then will see where I stand against 5-10

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  19. Nick Ring simply deserves the top spot for The Top 10 Canadian Middleweight Rankings for having the record of 3-3 in the UFC.

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