Canadian Flyweight Rankings – February 2016


tmn rankings THUMBThere’s been a massive upheaval since the last time we ranked the Flyweight Division. A new #1, new blood, and some veterans hanging on hoping to have one last run at prominence!

Here are the Top 10:

Official Canadian Flyweight Rankings


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Chris Kelades (photo: Martin Blais | Aggro Photography)

1. Chris Kelades (9-2)
3 Year Stats: 4-2 – Opp combined record: 47-16 (75%) – Win 32-12 (56%)
(W-Wooley, Holohan, Beal : L-Gordon, Borg) – Previous Rank (2)
All hail the Lord of the Flyweights! Chris Kelades might not have the sexy, undefeated record like the two studs below him, but he has something they covet – a spot in the big leagues of the UFC, where he has two wins over two upper tier Flyweights (Holohan and Beal)! Sure, he has a loss to Malcolm Gordon prior to his UFC run, but that is when Gordon was at the top of his game and our #1 Fly! Since then, Kelades has gone 3-1 with a 2-1 record in the UFC and a win over Canadian MMA pioneer Adrian Woolley to start the run. “The Greek Assassin” has two young bucks nipping at his heels, but he is battle-hardened and resilient.  It’s going to take either Austin Ryan or Yoni Sherbatov fighting even more accomplished competition than they currently are and Kelades losing his next bout or two for the very top of the Flyweight rankings to change! Next fight: TBD

2. Austin Ryan (6-0)
3 Year Stats: 6-0 – Opp Combine Record 19-27 (41%) – Wins Combined Record 19-27(41%)
(W-Turner, Gordon) – Previous Rank (NR)

Both Austin Ryan and Yoni Sherbatov will have their supporters up in arms about why their guy isn’t ranked #1 and will most definitely be clamouring when they see their favourite guy is ranked third! Well, Austin Ryan is not in that position, he’s in second place. Ryan is young, undefeated and on fire having picked up back to back big time wins, first decisively over one time #1 Malcolm Gordon and, most recently, quickly dispatching long heralded multidivisional top contender Randy Turner a couple months ago in December at Havoc 10! Undefeated, with two big wins is better than undefeated with one big win! How about Ryan versus Sherbatov? Everyone wants it, someone do it… Havoc? XFFC? Somebody? Pretty Please? Next fight: vs TBD at Havoc 11 on May 7

3. Yoni Sherbatov (5-0)
3 Year Stats: 5-0 – Opp Combined Record: 23-18 (56%) – Wins Combined Record: 23-18 (56%)
(W-Woolley) – Previous Rank (NR)

The most hyped Flyweight in Canada will have many demanding he be ranked first or at least second, but unfortunately his spot is third for now! Yoni Sherbatov’s camp and supporters told us he was sensational talent and Sherbatov needed just 34 seconds to confirm that when he stopped the much-respected Adrian Woolley in December at XFFC 8! Yoni has only been fighting pro MMA for just over 18 months, but in that time he has picked up five wins and his combination of speed, power and confidence makes him a force to be reckoned with! That’s what over 20 years of martial arts experience does! Next fight: TBD

4. Malcolm Gordon (6-2)
3 Year Stats: 5-2 – Opp Combined Record: 41-16 (72%) – Wins Combined Record: 27-12 (69%)
(W-Mack, Kelades, Davis : L-Turner, Ryan) – Previous Rank (1)

The former top ranked Canadian Flyweight, Malcolm Gordon is ranked at #4! Gordon has had a roller coaster run since the last rankings. Gordon defeated our first ever top ranked Flyweight Mike Davis and then followed that up by defeating our current Lord of the Flies Chris Kelades in Bellator! All seemed golden at that time, but then he fell to the experienced blows of Randy Turner and then the lightning fast strikes of Austin Ryan. Back to back losses to Canadian talent means you lose your top spot. “X” seems to have got it back on track as his last bout was a victory over previously undefeated American Tashawn Mack. Let’s hope that Gordon is going to get on another big roll! Next fight: TBD

5. Randy Turner (8-4)
3 Year Stats: 1-2 – Opp Combined Record: 15-4 (79%) – Wins Combined Record: 6-2 (75%)
(W-Gordon : L-Ryan, Banin) – Previous Rank (NR)
Randy Turner comes in at #5! Turner has long been one of Canada’s best lighter weight fighters, but his relative inactivity in having one fight a year for the last three years effects his ranking. Turner defeated Malcolm Gordon and would most likely have been our #1 ranked fighter had a rankings been released in 2014, but shame on us as those rankings never happened and so Turner was never crowned the top Flyweight in Canada. After an over one year break, Turner went into enemy territory this past December and was stunned and finished by Austin Ryan at Havoc 10! Will Turner make it more than a fight a year and appear on WRECK MMA’s comeback show and try to right the ship? Next fight: TBD

6. Adrian Woolley (9-5)
3 Year Stats: 2-2 – Opp Combined Record: 28-14 (67%) – Wins Combined Record: 14-12 (54%)
(W-Wilson : L-Sherbatov, Kelades) – Previous Rank (3)

Once arguably Canada’s top lighter weight fighter, Adrian “The Bully” Woolley comes in at #6!Woolley did not have any fights for nearly three years from 2011 to 2014, but he’s competed four times in the last 18 months with mixed results. Unfortunately for Woolley, he’s 0-2 versus top ranked competitors that hold spots on our list, Chris Kelades and Yoni Sherbatov. Were the 2000’s Woolley’s decade or can he turn it around and still make a significant run up the rankings this decade? Next fight: TBD

7. Mike Davis (11-5)
3 Year Stats: 1-2 – Opp Combined Record: 19-8 (70%) – Wins Combined Record: 3-2 (60%)
(W-Banin : L-Gordon) – Previous Rank (4)

The inaugural Lord of the Flyweights is now ranked at #7! Inactivity and injury have really hurt Mike Davis‘ ranking. By the time Davis fights next, he will have been out of competition for over 18 months. Will Davis get back his mojo or was his time a couple years back before new blood invaded the division? The surging Keegan Oliver will be his first challenge back! Next fight: vs Keegan Oliver at Hard Knocks 49 on April 22

8. Andrew Cseh (7-4)
3 Year Stats: 3-1 – Opp Combined Record: 24-25 (49%) – Wins Combined Record: 13-13 (50%)
Previous Rank (NR)

Andrew Cseh is #8! Don’t you love when a fighter turns his career around and starts kicking ass? Andrew Cseh has done just that! He started his career going 2-3. But after further review, he lost to studs like Randy Turner and Mike Imperato. Since then, Cseh has won five of his last six fights including the Global Proving Ground Flyweight title in his last fight against Desmond Moore. I love happy endings! Next fight: TBD

9. Derek Falk (1-0)
3 Year Stats: 1-0 – Opp Combined Record: 3-4 (43%) – Wins Combined Record: 3-4 (43%)
Previous Rank (NR)

At #9, Derek “The Manchild” Falk! Falk is only 1 and 0 but in a shallow and relatively new division like Flyweight this gets you ranked. Falk didn’t take the easy road in his debut as he fought veteran Keegan Oliver in a Hard Knocks bout and finished Oliver in just 30 seconds. Nice start Manchild! Hopefully you will stay active! Next fight: TBD

10. Matthew Davis (2-0)
3 Year Stats: 2-0 – Opp Combined Record: 0-3 (0%) – Wins Combined Record: 0-3 (0%)
Previous Rank (NR)
#10, At 2-0, Matthew Davis has proven to be a very strong Canadian MMA prospect! Too bad his best prospects are at Strawweight. Davis qualifies for this Flyweight Top 10 because he usually fights at a 120 lb catchweight. However, the Tristar fighter would rather compete at 115. The only problem with that is finding Canadian opponents at that weight. In the meantime, he might as well keep knocking off 125ers in the first round! Next fight: TBD

Fighters who dropped out of Top 10:  Abdulah Teymouri (was 5th, inactive)


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12 Responses to “ Canadian Flyweight Rankings – February 2016 ”

  1. Alister says:

    Glad to see the Rankings are Finally done. I’m not quite sure I agree that Ryan is over Sherbatov especially seeing as Ryan has flat out refused to fight Sherbatov for 2 years. We all know Yoni Sherbatov was down!

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  2. Bobby Karimi-Busheri says:

    Alister, I thought it was real close between Ryan and Sherbatov. No arguing Yoni is an awesome talent.

    The rankings aren’t based on talent or the perception of who would beat who etc.
    They’re based on the idea of who’s done the best based on record, achievements etc. Mainly based on a rolling 3 year cycle.

    Biggest difference was that Yoni had 1 good win (Woolley) where Austin had 2 (Gordon & Turner) with the rest of their wins not making too much of a difference.

    That’s why Ryan scored a spot higher than Sherbatov. But it’s super close man, some big shot on this site agrees with you and not with me LOL.

    A rankings based on judgement of talent, skill, and achievements may be done soon enough.

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  3. Alister says:

    Bobby I agree it is Super close but why are we discarding Freddy Arteaga he was a classed opponent and Ryan’s percentage of quality fighters win loss ratio is the lowest of all up there.

    I am sure you will disagree.

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  4. Bobby Karimi-Busheri says:

    Yes at first look Freddy Arteaga looks like a good win, and I think it was a great choice by Yoni and his team to pick Arteaga has his first “good” opponent. But then when you actually look into Freddy Arteaga’s record you see that prior to fighting Yoni he was 6-3 with all 9 fights (including his 3 losses) coming to fighters with currently a losing record.
    So really Arteaga’s record is deceiving. He’s got a blown up “good” record.

    In regards to Austin Ryan’s poor opp record, I agree but really it’s his first 2 fights (Nelson and Glover) that really skew his number negatively. Now take those two out which were nothing more than record padding fights and his % is similar to Yoni’s.

    At the end of the day, it’s not the record padding fights that build the fighters resume (most of the time), it’s the quality wins. Even if we give Arteaga some credit (despite what I mentioned above) I think Arteaga and Woolley don’t equal Gordon and Turner.

    To be honest, when I first thought about doing the ranks I was expecting to put Yoni at #2.
    Very close.

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  5. Alister says:

    Bobby again not taking away fron what you’re saying but the Fact remains not one of those guys you mentioned wanted to fight Sherbatov including Ryan. I wouldn’t be surprised if Ryan jumped weight classes to to avoid fighting Sherbatov.

    Regardless we can do this all month you’re of your opinion I am of mine. One thing for sure I don’t see Yoni fighting anyone in Canada anymore unless it’s Chris Kelades!

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  6. Alister says:

    Bobby again not taking away fron what you’re saying but the Fact remains not one of those guys you mentioned wanted to fight Sherbatov including Ryan. I wouldn’t be surprised if Ryan jumped weight classes to to avoid fighting Sherbatov.

    Regardless we can do this all month you’re of your opinion I am of mine. One thing for sure I don’t see Yoni fighting anyone in Canada anymore unless it’s Chris Kelades especially since he refused him for not being on his level but in the UFC he won’t have that ducking option.

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  7. Orangina says:

    As the article mentions, Yoni should be #2. Bigger wins against tougher competition. I also think he’s looked more dominant in his fights as well.

    God help Austin if those two ever fought.

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  8. Sherbatov and Ryan are two talented fighters. I hope they don’t meet until the UFC.

    I know this list is not based on potential, but, in my book, Yoni will be #1 on this list at some point, if he can find more fights.

    Both Ryan and Sherbatov are at the point where a fight with a released UFCer like Scott Jorgensen or Chico Camus makes sense.

    Let’s hope XFFC, Fight4Pride or Havoc can bring someone like that up to fight them.

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  9. Tanner says:

    Alister as a training partner of Austin’s and friend trust me this kid isn’t ducking anyone. At the end of the day do rankings really matter?

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  10. Alister says:

    Tanner no doubt the kids got Talent that’s not in question. Just stating his coaches made some smart carreer choices and made sure he never paired up with Sherbatov.

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  11. Tanner says:

    No what your stating is that Austin is ducking this guy. I don’t know u but I am guessing your either a friend or a super fan of sherbayov who I am sure is a fantastic guy. But to imply that a guy is ducking someone is a little disrespectful.

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  12. Raga says:

    Fight rankings are flawed, and that’s a fact. No matter who does them, you never actually know who’s better until you fight. It’s meant to give an idea.

    Any person who’s argues that shit simply has too much time on their hanfs

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