Canadian Featherweight MMA Rankings – October 2014

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It has been a while since Top MMA News reviewed the Featherweights and a lot has happened.  Both the former #1 and #2 have been inactive which made room for the new #1, Josh Machan.

In fact, four of the past top 10 have been inactive: Antonio Carvalho, Graham Spencer, John Fraser and Gavin Tucker.  This leaves a lot of room for newcomers in the Top 10 as five make their debut on the list.

Here is the Top 10:

Top 10 Canadian Featherweights

1. Josh Machan (12-4) – Previous Rank (3) -New number one, Josh Machan, has gone an incredible 12-1 since 2007 with his only loss coming at the hands of Mitch Clarke, one of Canada’s top Lightweights.  Machan has knocked off top fighters such as Lenny Wheeler, Alex Halkias, and, most recently, Adam Lorenz.  Rumour has it that Machan is taking time away from MMA.  That is unforunate because Canada has no Featherweights in the UFC and Machan is knock knock knocking on that door.  Next fight: TBD

Josh Machan (photo: Jason Bouwmeester)

Josh Machan (photo: Jason Bouwmeester)

2. Chris Horodecki (21-5) – Previous Rank (NR) – With wins over Ed Ratcliff, Danny Downes, and many others, everyone knew Horodecki was one of Canada’s top Lightweights. Now, with a win over Luis Huete at World Series of Fighting, Chris Horodecki was able to record his first win at Featherweight and debut on Canada’s list of top 145ers.  Horodecki has the experience, the striking, and an underrated ground game that will enable him to be one of Canada’s top Featherweights for a long time.  Next fight: TBD

3. Michael Karkula (6-0) – Previous Rank (NR) – With a win over Jesse Gross a year ago, Michael Karkula put himself on the map at 145.  That fight, that you can watch HERE, won Fight of the Night at Provincial Fighting Championship 1. Karkula was scheduled to fight for the XFFC Featherweight title fight this week against Sabah Fadai, but Karkula has gone AWOL. This is extremely strange behavior for a fighter of his caliber. Let’s hope he is OK and back in the cage soon, as it is close to a year since his win over Gross.  Next fight: TBD

Jesse Gross tags Justin Jaynes (photo: Jeremy Penn | Pennography)

Jesse Gross tags Justin Jaynes (photo: Jeremy Penn | Pennography)

4. Jesse Gross (10-4) – Previous Rank (4) – Does Jesse Gross want to continue fighting at Featherweight?  He won his last two bouts but one was at 160lbs, a split win over Justin Jaynes at PFC III, and the other was at 155lbs, a decision over Tony Hervey at PFS III. “The Ghost” is a talented fighter, but he will need to get back to 145lbs if he wants to maintain his spot on this list.  Next fight: TBD

5. Tristan Johnson (9-5) – Previous Rank (5) – Tristan Johnson took a run at some fighters at the top of the 145 ladder, but came up short against Jesse Gross and Rob Font.  Johnson got right back on the horse at LAMMQ 2 this summer and got a first round KO over Keven Morin.  The only other fighter that Johnson has lost to since 2010 is Rick Glenn.  This FitPlus fighter has tons of heart and has shown that he will fight anyone, anywhere, anytime.  Next fight: TBD


Kyle Nelson defeats Maxime Dubois at UGC 32

Kyle Nelson (photo: Julian Cymbalista-Clapp)

6. Kyle Nelson (6-0) – Previous Rank (NR)Kyle Nelson is the third Featherweight making his debut in the Top 10.  “The Monster” made this list on the back of four consecutive impressive wins over tough competition.  First, he handed the previously unbeaten Maxime Dubois and Neelan Hordatt their first professional losses.  Then, he stopped Alex Halkias from taking him down and punished him over three rounds on the feet.  Most recently, he quickly ended Ainsley Robinson’s night in 42 seconds, which is a feat that TUF champion Chad Laprise could not accomplish over three rounds.  Next fight: TBD

7. Lenny Wheeler (6-3, 1 NC) – Previous Rank (8) – Following a 33 second Guillotine Choke over Adam Lorenz, Lenny Wheeler has hit a bump in his career. First, Wheeler was quickly submitted by the undefeated Ray Wood.  Next, it appeared he would lose to Will Romero before some shots to the back of Wheeler’s head caused the fight to end in No Contest. Wheeler needs to find his winning ways and he will try to do that in Kuala Lumpur against Massimo Capussela.   Next fight: vs Massimo Capussela at MIMMA on October 25.

Hakeem Dawodu (photo: Alicia Hamilton | Red Statyk)

Hakeem Dawodu (photo: Alicia Hamilton | Red Statyk)

8. Hakeem Dawodu (3-0) – Previous Rank (NR) – The fourth previously unranked fighter to enter the Top 10 is Hakeem Dawodu.  This Calgary fighter is smashing everything in sight in a fantastic 2014 in the World Series of Fighting’s Featherweight division.  Dawodu kicked things off by blitzing Behrang Yousefi in February.  Then, he smashed through two highly regarded unbeaten prospects in Jake Macdonald and Mike Malott.  The sky is the limit for Dawodu!  Next fight: vs TBD

9. Luis Huete (6-2) – Previous Rank (NR) – It is not often that fighters debut on a Top 10 list after a loss, but that is exactly the case for Luis Huete.  Despite losing to the #2 Featherweight on this list, Huete debuts on the back of a great 2014.  After a five year absence from the sport, Huete finished Noah Ali, Corey Houston, and then the unbeaten Wolfgang Janssen. Let’s just hope his loss to Chris Horodecki does not make fans wait another five years to see Huete in the cage like the last time he tasted defeat.  Next fight: TBD

Luis Huete took on Noah Ali in his return (photo: Twitchy Finger Photography)

Luis Huete took on Noah Ali in his return (photo: Twitchy Finger Photography)

10. William Romero (9-4) – Previous Rank (10) –   Will Romero has not had a victory since 2012.  Injuries, a close loss to Tristan Johnson, and a No Contest that stole apparent victory from his grasp all conspired against Romero having recent success.   Now, Romero will go looking for victory at Bantamweight in the future.  Top MMA News wishes him all the best at 135.  Next fight: vs Dimitri Waardenburg at Fight4Pride 2 on November 22.

Fighters who dropped out of Top 10: Antonio Carvalho (was 1st, inactivity), Graham Spencer (was 2nd, inactivity), John Fraser (was 6th, retired), Gavin Tucker (was 7th, inactivity), Adam Lorenz (was 9th, dropped out of top 10)

Close to the Top 10:
Adam Lorenz (7-4)
Parwez Ghulam (5-1)
Mario Pereira (4-0)
Jeremy Kennedy (6-0)

Previous rankings: 

Canadian Featherweight Rankings – June 2013
Canadian Featherweight Rankings – October 2012
Canadian Featherweight Rankings – February 2012
Canadian Featherweight Rankings – September 2011
Canadian Featherweight Rankings – March 2011
Canadian Featherweight Rankings – July 2010
Canadian Featherweight Rankings – February 2010 
Canadian Featherweight Rankings – October 2009

6 Responses to “ Canadian Featherweight MMA Rankings – October 2014 ”

  1. Mike kent says:

    Josh machans a beast. Great fighter and super nice guy

    Well-loved! Thumb up 19 Thumb down 3

  2. M.F.M says:

    By the end of 2015 Adrian Vilaca will be in the top of this list.

    Hot debate. What do you think? Thumb up 8 Thumb down 9

  3. mmafan says:

    Is bruno capdeville not near the top ten? I read something on fb about one of his teammates complaining that he is the best at the weight class and was wanting a fight with jeremy kennedy

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  4. let us take time out to honour the courage of one of Canadas greatest fighters, Cpl. Nathan Cirillo R.I.P brother.

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  5. Agreed @BigPoppaGroove69. Let’s not forget Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent as well.

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  6. agreed, justifiable so.

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