Canadian Flyweight MMA Rankings – September 2014

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tmn rankings THUMBThis division keeps growing and growing as more and more Bantamweights drop down a weight class.   The Flyweight division seems to get top ranked fighters fighting each other more than any other division.  As a result, 125 is quickly becoming one of the most competitive in the nation.

This time around, we are expanding our top three to a top five.  It will not be long until this becomes a top 10!


Top Five Flyweights in Canada

1. Malcolm Gordon (5-0) – Previous Rank (NR) – Not too many Flyweights can boast a 80% finishing rate but Canada’s top 125 pounder can. Malcolm Gordon put the northern fight scene on notice this year first by dispatching the former number one Mike Davis via second round kimura to win the Havoc Fighting Championship title.  He then followed that up with an exciting Bellator debut where he outperformed Chris Kelades over the course of three rounds. The ATC fighter will look to continue his divisional dominance by taking on “Relentless” Randy Turner in a battle of two great wrestlers. Next fight: vs Randy Turner at PFC 3 on October 18

Malcolm Gordon wins Havoc Title (photo: Darryl Delamont | Yellow Couch Photography

Malcolm Gordon wins Havoc Title (photo: Darryl Delamont | Yellow Couch Photography

2. Chris Kelades (7-1) – Previous Rank (NR) – After a two year hiatus healing up from concussion related symptoms, Chris Kelades made his long awaited return to the cage where he took out Rick Doyle via a tricky gogoplata. The Fit Plus protégé lost an exciting fight with Malcolm Gordon at Bellator 119 but turned it around with a split decision win over the Godfather of Canadian lighter weight divisions, Adrian Woolley. Kelades will look to continue to make his name at 125 lbs, but will need to continue fighting the upper echelon talent to secure his spot. Next fight: vs TBD

3. Adrian Woolley (8-4) – Previous Rank (NR) – Before a 125 lbs division even existed in Canada, fans across the country always wondered what would happen if Adrian Woolley could finally fight guys his own size.  Once the division started taking shape, “The Bully” waded through scores of fallen through fights and last minute debacles to make his Flyweight debut a successful one by outlasting Jeimeson Saudion to earn a unanimous decision win. Eager to get back in the cage, Woolley fought again less then three months later and was narrowly defeated by Keladas, who earned the split decision nod. Next fight: vs Eric Wilson at XFFC 5 on October 24

4. Mike Davis (11-5) – Previous Rank (1) –  It has not been banner year for Canada’s former number 1 Flyweight.  It started out solid, Davis got his shot to secure his number one slot by taking on some upstart kid from Ontario. That’s when the downslide started, as Michael Davis secretly entered the bout with an injury and was not only submitted but dethroned as the country’s top Flyweight by the man now known as Malcolm “X” Gordon. Eight months later, Davis returned from surgery only to be controlled over three rounds by a fighter,  Jesse Arnett, who entered the match with a sub-.500 record. Hopefully Davis can turn it around and locate the spark that lead him to his eight fight win streak. Next fight: vs TBD

5. Abdulah Teymouri (2-0) – Previous Rank (NR) -It took two year for Teymouri to finally get his second fight but he made the most of it by displaying slick stand up and sturdy take down defense before finally TKOing Julian Villanova in the latter part of the first round. A member of the Headrush Training Centre, Abdulah Teymouri made his pro debut in November 2012 earning a split decision victory over highly touted amateur Mathieu Papineau who also was making his professional debut. While continuing to season himself at a top camp, hopefully Abdulah can start to find consistent fights so fans can see this young talent develop.

Fighters who dropped out of Top 10: Mike Banin (was 2nd, inactive), Randy Turner (was 3rd, inactive)

Just out of Top 5 (in no order):
Ahmed Kakar (1-1)
Matthew Davis (1-0)
Kyle Oliviera (2-1)
Yoni Sherbatov (1-0)
Austin Ryan (4-0)

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31 Responses to “ Canadian Flyweight MMA Rankings – September 2014 ”

  1. Remi Morvan says:

    Randy Turner will be on the list in a month after his fight.(maybe even number one???).. Should I get back to fighting again? lol… we need a top 10….

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  2. EPerez says:

    I don’t need a crystal ball to predict Brad Katona and Oliviera will be pushing Gordon for that top spot in the coming months. They’re both ridiculously good.

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  3. Canadian Flyweights says:

    FINALLY!

    I agree with the rankings, Malcom X is clear number 1 with 5-0 record and 2 back to back top notch wins and a Havoc flyweight strap.

    I give Chris Kelades #2 with his razor split decision win over the Bully.

    The Godfather of Canadian Flyweights Adrian Wooley is rightfully in 3rd place.

    I believe his opponent Eric Wilson should be #4 as his 6-5 record is against some of the best 135ers, still he has yet to compete at the weight so we will have to wait till the next rankings and after the very important XFFC flyweight title fight.

    Mike Davis despite his rough patch as of late was the top ranked flyweight in Canada for some time still holds the Unified 125lb belt and should still be top 5 and #5 in my books.

    Mike Banin has been inactive too long and Randy Turner should be back in the rankings and in the top 5 regardless of the outcome on Oct 18th.

    the rest of the rankings are difficult to manage, I think Austin Ryan deserves to have Abdulah’s spot (maybe they should fight for it) at 4-0 Austin has the better record however he has only one legit win in his last outing over a very tough and highly regarded Bojan Kladnjakovic. while Teymouri has 2 wins over legit flyweights in Papineau and Villanova.

    we also have Yoni Sherbatov putting his hype on the line on the 19th and a few other flyweight fights that could lead to potential tough match ups down the line

    exciting time to be a flyweight

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  4. Nice to see two of Canada’s best in Remi Morvan and Eric Perez posting on the site. Thanks guys.

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  5. Louis Fisette says:

    Yea I actually agree with these 100% as long as my cut to 125 goes to plan, I’ll hope to shake things up a bit!

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  6. John Doe says:

    @ EPerez, Wilson fought at 125 back in March against Pelletier. Made 125lbs on the dot.

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  7. Kyle Oliveira says:

    Not for long till me and my teammates run this… WAMMA!

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  8. EPerez says:

    Keith, my name first next time.

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  9. I think Brad Katona may be on this list in 2020 when he has his first fight.

    Kyle Oliveira needs more fights. Why are you not on the KOTC card this weekend in Winnipeg?

    Even though Eric Wilson has made 125, he has no win at 125 so we don’t rank him. Just like Horodecki at 145.

    Louis Fisette and Rick Pfeifer would be great additions to this list. Make your fight at 125 already so we can make a top 10 !

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  10. Cameron Loutitt says:

    Why are there fighters out of the top 10 when only 5 fighters are ranked? Why aren’t the 5 guys out of the top 5 ranked and make it a proper top 10 list?

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  11. CanadianFightFan says:

    Things have shaken up a lot as of late but look forward to the retun of Turner than if Louis Fisette and Rick Pfeifer both get to 125 things would be a lot more intresting. A return from Remi Morvan would be fantastic then sudden active guys and up and comers like Austin Ryan, Yoni Sherbatov, and Kyle Oliviera we can see a very competative top 10 than the super tough Eric Wilson. Finally this divison has picked up. Too bad guys like Corey Lauchister & Michael Banin are no longer active would be a deep divison than. Hopefully enough for a top 10 soon

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  12. @Cameron Loutitt…. you just pointed out an error. That should say Fighters Outside the Top 5.

    Reason for no Top 10 is that we have no way of differentiating guys like this:

    Matthew Davis (1-0)
    Kyle Oliviera (2-1)
    Yoni Sherbatov (1-0)

    We will only rank what I can defend on the comment boards.

    eg. I have no rationale to say Oliveira is 6, Sherbatov #7, and Davis #8.

    I won’t just pick names out of a hat to rank them.

    We generallly will rank Top 3,5, or 10.

    That said, when there are only 1 or 2 fighters in a division, we will rank a top 1 or top 2.

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  13. Oliveira is a touch guy to match. I’ve been able to use him twice over the years on various cards, and looked great in both getting the knockout win.

    I had 2 different guys for him this show, one broke his thumb, and the other couldn’t secure time off work/school.

    Next time!

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  14. Bobby Karimi-Busheri says:

    EPerez says:
    September 15, 2014 at 10:17 am
    Keith, my name first next time.

    This cracked me up! LOL!

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  15. BOOBOO says:

    I KWOW THESE GUYS HAVE NT FOUGHT IN A WHILE , BUT IF TINK AND WILSON GOT BACK IN THERE , THE BOTTOM HALF OF THIS LIST WOULD BE DIFFERENT .

    JUST SAYING

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  16. Kyle Oliveira says:

    Yea Keith, Marc said it, didn’t work out again. (Thanks for the hard work Marc)

    Possibly be on the MFC October 3rd card in Etown, should know tonight!

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  17. keep in mind kyle is literally a welterweight lol

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  18. I'll Say It says:

    I heard from some good sources Kyle turned down fights with Sherbatov a couple of times.

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  19. I’ll say it, Kyle turns down no fights, i decide who he fights.

    I’m sure they’ll end up fighting somewhere someday… If Sherbatov is as good as his camp says he is, and i have no reason to doubt them, then I’d way rather have a fight with him when his record matches his skills.

    Risk reward equation.

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  20. I'll Say It says:

    Kyle is what 2-1? Yoni will have 2 fights after next weekend,, why wait? Especially now to me reward is greater now, start establishing your presence as a top Fly weight.

    You say if Sherbatov is as good as they say, Sounds like they are willing to find out, the real question is Kyle as good as you guys say. But sounds like you already answered that twice.

    Simple answer is Kyle is not ready to face a yoni, you can’t use the record excuse because even the Ontario Comission would sanction this fight 2-1 vs a 1-0 opponent

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  21. Canadian Flyweights says:

    unfortunately for Canadian flyweights easy fights are rare and hard to come by, they are all going to have to roll the dice and fight each other. Either they will win big or go back to looking for unranked opponents to pad their records. Most fighters would fight in a parking lot if it went toward their record. Everyone would love to beat up on cans, gain experience and cage time and build an impressive record…but the days of Mike Davis are gone. The competition has evolved

    It’s hard to match these up and comers up when coaches are looking out for the best interest of their fighter’s careers and doing their best to protect their records. Not really going to leave much options for all the talented flyweights that made the list.

    Last Havoc FC show was a perfect example in the tough and entertaining scrap between top prospects Austin Ryan and Bojan Kladnjakovic; the winner received an honorable mention in the top 10. These young and hungry flyweights are all going to have to fight each other early on in their careers and whoever comes back from WAR with a 5-0 record like Malcolm X is going to get the lottery ticket to the big 3 letters

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  22. Canadian Flyweights says:

    looking forward to great flyweight action for 2015 and a much deeper and more developed top 10 ranking

    best flyweight fights left in the year:

    Malcom Gordon vs Randy Turner @ PFC Oct 18th
    winner is #1 flyweight in Canada

    Adrian Wooley vs Eric Wilson @ XFFC Oct 24th
    for the XFFC Flyweight title

    and for fucks sake put down the twinkies Mr Fisette and Mr Pfeifer and lose the extra 4lbs and get your fat asses down to flyweight.

    Louise “I love cheeseburgers” Fisette vs Rick “the ice cream loving Ginger” Pfeifer should confidently be the #1 flyweight contender for XFFC

    like really? re-do the contract fight at 126lbs be professionals and make the weight gentlemen…you’ll feel all that much more accomplished for it

    catchweight just says “I can’t give up my cheat meals”

    much love and just scrap

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  23. Andy Poulos says:

    Curtis,

    I am sure Fight4Pride would love to hold the fight between these 2 great up and comers! Kyle & Yoni would be a great main event! After this week Yoni will have had his second fight therefore a fight between these guys should be a no brainer and we can see who deserves a spot in the top rankings!

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  24. Canadian Flyweights says:

    AGREED!!!

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  25. Cameron Loutitt says:

    With the wording it just didn’t make sense to me; now it does. Thanks @Keith Grienke

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  26. Andy Poulos says:

    I don’t know why the thumbs down over stating the obvious! Two top prospects and well trained individuals on head on collision course similar experience oh and btw if I’m not mistaken Yoni has over 300 amateur fights in different arts! Experience is an understatement when talking about him I don’t know of any other guy up here with that experience!

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  27. Always possible Andy, hopefully he does well this weekend and we’ll see where things go from there

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  28. Jono says:

    Serious LOL at someone questioning Curtis’ decision making and strategies. No one, and I seriously mean no one, ever took a fight with someone from Curtis’ team without expecting a war. There are very few camps that this can be said about.

    If this fight hasn’t happened yet it sure as hell has nothing to do with protecting a fighter.

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  29. Andy Poulos says:

    Curtis,
    Absolutely and I’m sure if not now later! Just wanted clarify the experience over record.

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  30. I'll Say It says:

    I stick by how I feel, Curtis without a doubt your whole team come to scrap, But why wait I don’t agree, to me the only thing this is, is avoiding the tough fights(padding records)

    Yes Yoni has a bunch of other martial arts fights but this is MMA, Here’s another fight Brad Katona vs Yoni Sherbatov.

    To be the best you have to beat the best guys quit ducking the tough fights, if you loose them learn from them, it’s the only way your going to truly test yourself.

    It’s not about making it to the UFC it’s about staying there once you get there

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  31. Lee says:

    I’ll Say it, what is your pro record? how many pro fighters from your gym? all of them in the ufc?

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