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The Top 5 Canadian UFC Fighters

Posted by Evan Chronis on Nov 13, 2018 12:30:00 PM

The UFC® is returning to its unofficial home outside of the U.S. when it heads to Toronto for UFC 231 on December 8. 

The Great North and the UFC have seen many memorable moments together. Max Holloway won his featherweight championship at UFC 206 in the Air Canada Centre, and Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson had their first bout at UFC 165 in the same arena. 

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The UFC first set its roots in Toronto on pay-per-view for UFC 129, where Canadian supernova Georges St. Pierre defended his welterweight championship against Jake Shields. This event was a landmark and starting point for the two entities budding relationship ever since.

While the UFC has made Canada, and Toronto specifically, one if its pillars — it isn't without just cause. Some of the biggest names in the sport have come from the country and made their mark in UFC history. With that in mind, let's take a look at the five best Canadian fighters in the history of the promotion in anticipation for UFC 231. 

The 5 Best Canadian UFC Fighters

5. Carlos Newton

Record: 16-14

Division: Welterweight, Middleweight, Light Heavyweight

From: Thamesford, Ontario

Splitting time between the UFC and Pride Fighting Championships, Carlos Newton put Canadian MMA on a global scale before anyone else. As one of the few fighters who was allowed to compete for both promotions at the same time, Newton rose to prominence in the late '90s and early 2000s. His unique submission and striking styles made him must-watch when he stepped into combat, whether it was in Japan or The Octagon. 

Newton is a former welterweight champion and the runner-up of the UFC 17 Middleweight Tournament.

4. Mark Hominick

Mark Hominick

Record: 20-12

Division: Featherweight, Lightweight

From: Thamesford, Ontario

Mark 'The Machine' Hominick will go down as one of the most prolific featherweights to never touch championship gold. Hominick's rise through the featherweight ranks came right during the reign of division titan Jose Aldo, creating a ceiling that 'The Machine' could never find the right tools to break through. 

However, due to his electric fighting style, Hominick became a fan favorite and a mainstay of Canadian cards during his tenure with the UFC. He finished his career with three Fight of the Night honors, and will go down as one of the best strikers in featherweight division history. 

3. Patrick Cote

Patrick Cote

Record: 23-11

Division: Welterweight, Middleweight

From: RimouskiQuébec

Over a decade into its existence and with over 20 seasons of content, the Ultimate Fighter has become a key facet of the UFC. However, few fighters from the show end up making a career out of their appearance on the show. 

While Forrest Griffin, Stephen Bonner and Tony Ferguson are the names that come to mind when thinking of successes from the show, it's also worth mentioning someone like Patrick Cote. 'The Predator' was a finalist on The Utlimate Fighter 4, and spun an 11-year run in the UFC (with one leave of absence) out of it. 

While existing right in the prime of Georges St. Pierre, Cote was able to carve out his own spot in the history book for Canadian MMA fighters. Cote went 10-11 in his two stints with the UFC, winning Fight of the Night once and Knockout of the Night twice. 

2. Rory MacDonald

Record: 20-5

Division: Welterweight

From: Quesnel, British Columbia

It is both a blessing and a curse that Rory MacDonald's legacy in the UFC will always be his welterweight championship fight against Robbie Lawler at UFC 189. The blessing? MacDonald put in one of the greatest performances in UFC history and was involved in what some consider the greatest fight to take place in The Octagon®. The curse? MacDonald was brutally finished with his face rearranged in the process. 

Rory MacDonald Robbie Lawler

Outside of that fight, MacDonald put together quite the reputable career in the UFC. 'The Red King' went 9-4 in his six-year stint with the organization, winning Fight of the Night three times and Performance of the Night once. 

MacDonald also holds the honor of being one of two men who have beaten current welterweight champion Tyron Woodley inside of The Octagon (Jake Shields is the other).

1.Georges St. Pierre

GSP

Record: 26-2

Division: Welterweight, Middleweight

From: Montréal, Québec

Who else?

En route to becoming one of the biggest names in the history of mixed martial arts, Georges St. Pierre put Canadian MMA on the map like no other before him. 

After joining the UFC in 2004, it only took St. Pierre two years to get his first belt of gold wrapped around his waist. He won the vacant welterweight championship at UFC 65 on November 18, 2006 with a Knockout of the Night win over now-UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes. 

In his next fight, St. Pierre became the victim of arguably the biggest upset in UFC history when Matt Serra defeated him via TKO at UFC 69. It took St. Pierre a year and some change to climb his way back up to a title shot, but he was able to redeem his loss to Serra at UFC 83 in Montreal. 

With the title back in hand, 'Rush' went on one of the most monumental title runs in the sport's history, defending his welterweight championship a record nine straight times. 

After a victory over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 in 2013, St. Pierre went on a leave of absence and vacated his title. He was gone for the sport for four years until he returned at UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden to challenge Michael Bisping for the Middlweight Championship. St. Pierre finished Bisping by submission and became the fourth fighter in the history of the promotion to be a multi-division champion. 

Be in Toronto for UFC 231!

Canada's impact in the history of the UFC is immeasurable, and the Canadian culture will be out in full force at UFC 231. Be there for the UFC's return to the Great White North with an Official Ticket Package from the UFC VIP Experience. 

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