UFC 129 is going to be the largest MMA event in North America holding over 55,000+, and it’s going to be in Rogers Centra at Toronto, Canada. Being that there’s 10 Canadian MMA fighters on the UFC 129 card, I think it’s due to show what Canada has been able to produce for MMA. The following are the best Canadian MMA fighters of all-time:
10. Chris Horodecki — Lightweight (16-3)
Chris Horodecki is a young MMA fighter coming out of Canada who’s already made a big splash both in the IFL and the WEC. Look for him to do more damage in the future since he’s only 23 years old.
Notable Wins: Bart Palaszewski, Danny Downes, Ed Ratcliff
9. Jason MacDonald — Middleweight (24-14)
Jason MacDonald helped represent the Canadian flag during the early days of MMA in the MFC and the UFC. This MMA veteran has been able to keep himself relevant in the MMA game and will continue his second stint in the UFC.
Notable Wins: Bill Mahood, Joe Doerksen, Chris Leben, Vernon White
8. Denis Kang — Middleweight (34-12-2-2)
Denis Kang has built his MMA resume over seas in Japan. Considered one of the most underrated fighters coming out of Canada, he’s a Brazilian Jui-Jitsu blackbelt with heavy hands. He hasn’t been able to get the wild success he’s had in the past here in the States, but he continues to string along wins.
Notable Wins: Murilo Rua, Akihiro Gono, Marvin Eastman
7. Sam Stout — Lightweight (16-6-1)
Sam Stout always brings the fight, and never backs down to anyone. When you come to watch “Hands of Stone” he’s going to put on a show, where he’s won 5 UFC Fight of the Night bonuses. During his UFC career, he’s had some great wins over top contenders and looks to climb the mountain again.
Notable Wins: Matt Wiman, Joe Lauzon, Paul Taylor
6. Carlos Newton — Welterweight (15-14)
Carlos Newton is one of those MMA fighters who’s fought all the best fighters during his era and always put on a good fight. Newton has dubbed his personal fighting style— a combination of traditional Jujutsu, Judo and Wrestling —”Dragon Ball Jujutsu”.
Notable Wins: Pat Militich, Renzo Gracie, Shonie Carter
5. Mark Hominick — Featherweight (20-8)
Mark Hominick has become one of the premier strikers in the Featherweight Division and has climbed the ladder to challenge current UFC Champion, Jose Aldo. Look for him to put on some fireworks on the feet for a long time to come.
Notable Wins: Yves Edwards, Jorge Gurgel, Leonard Garcia, George Roop
4. David Loiseau — Middleweight (20-10)
David Loiseau was the first fighter who came out of Canada who had this dynamic fighting style. David brought the flying knees and spinning leg kicks to the UFC and amazed all of the MMA fans with his precise striking. A lot of Canadians have looked up to David when going into MMA, so he’s made his mark.
Notable Wins: Shawn Tompkins, Joe Doerksen, Evan Tanner
3. Patrick Côté — Middleweight (14-7)
Patrick Cote has been one of the most successful Canadian MMA fighters and tore through the UFC Middleweight Division en route to a title shot with Anderson Silva. It seemed like post-Silva fight, Cote has never been the same although you can’t deny his rise to becoming one of the best Middleweights in the UFC.
Notable Wins: Bill Mahood, Jason MacDonald, Scott Smith, Kendall Grove, Ricardo Almeida
2. Joe Doerksen — Middleweight (46-15)
Joe Doerksen is #2 due to sheer volume. He’s fought a lot of fights representing the Canadian flag and has won a ton of his fights. Joe is probably the epitome of an MMA veteran who’s fought everyone and was able to string along some great wins along the way. He continues to compete the best in the UFC and I don’t see him slowing down anytime soon.
Notable Wins: Lee Murray, John Alessio, Denis Kang, Chris Leben, Patrick Cote, Brian Foster, Tom Lawler
1. Georges St. Pierre — Welterweight (21-2)
Georges St. Pierre is the best Canadian MMA fighter ever. Period. This comes no surprise to anyone since he’s a 2-time UFC Welterweight Champion and is wildly considered the best pound-for-pound MMA fighter in the world competing only with UFC Middleweight Champion, Anderson Silva. GSP is probably one of the most complete fighters in striking, wrestling and Brazilian Jui-Jitsu. Amazing.
Notable Wins: Matt Hughes, BJ Penn, Sean Sherk, Jon Fitch, Jason Miller, Matt Serra, Josh Koscheck, Thiago Alves, Dan Hardy
BONUS: Rory MacDonald — Welterweight (10-1)
Rory MacDonald is here because he’s the future for Canadian MMA. A fighter who grew up watching a lot of the fighters above, he’s been on the rise and has all the all-around tools to build upon to become one of the best. Look out for Rory in the next 5 years.
QUESTION: Are there other Canadian MMA Fighters I missed?