It is quite outstanding to see the complete change in the UFC history for Canadians. Until the last decade, the Canadian UFC fighters couldn’t win the UFC. However, in the late 2000s, Canadians paved their way to the top.
If you had to list down the best of the best Canadian fighters, who would you pick? Most internet surfers will give you a list of great fighters like Patrick Cote, Rory MacDonald, or Hakeem Dawodu. But, the list of the best Canadian MMA fighters keeps getting better as each year passes.
The best UFC fighters have the best kind of stories. Whether it is a fight story in an important round or a silly habit they picked up in practice, some facts and stories will amaze us. The best fighters had faced the toughest challenges in the UFC.
1. Facts About Jason MacDonald
1.1 The Three-Time Winner of Submission of The Night
The submission specialist has won the bonus of Submission of the Night three times. One of the most memorable submission events was the fight round with Ed Herman in October 2006. Hence, the Canadian fighter was one of the many fighters who soon earned the bonus in their UFC career. Moreover, this should remind you that Jason also has won the Knockout of the Night bonus once.
1.2 Jason ‘Athlete’ MacDonald
Jason MacDonald was given the nickname “the Athlete” during his early fight in the UFC. His outstanding skill sets made him the ultimate MMA athlete to win 25 MMA fights. Thus, his martial arts training from a young age paid off with a name in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
1.3 Post-Retirement Career
After years of pain and fights, the Canadian fighter retired from his professional MMA career on 4 November 2013. Now, the former UFC middleweight champion is a professional instructor in the MMA field. Hence, you will see a new generation of Canadian fighters under MacDonald’s influence.
2. Facts About Patrick Cote
2.1 The UFC Middleweight Title Fight
On 25 October 2008, The UFC Middleweight Champion fought against Anderson Silva in the UFC Middleweight Championship at UFC 90. However, the fight ended badly for Cote as he faced a knee injury. The bout was big MMA news, resulting in a TKO loss.
2.2 Winning Spree From 2006 to 2008
The middleweight champion was the best Canadian fighter from 2006 to 2008. His four-fight winning streak during these years was a highlight of his MMA career. Through these years, he had notable fights with famous MMA fighters like Kendall Grove, Drew Mcfedries, and Scott Smith.
2.3 Shift To The Welterweight Division
3. Facts About Former UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St Pierre
St-Pierre’s time in UFC has been a big success in Canadian MMA. People believe that St-Pierre is the most incredible MMA fighter to ever exist. Hence, Canada’s UFC GOAT debate is still on. Moreover, he was given the UFC title “Rush” for his striking way of making quick knockouts.
3.1. The UFC Hall of Fame
3.2. Hiatus and Come Back
Georges St-Pierre last appeared at UFC 217 in 2017, returning to the cage after a four-year absence to fight Michael Bisping for the middleweight championship. After figuring out that he was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, Georges St-Pierre, who made a submission win in the third round, gave up the championship belt.
Earlier, St-Pierre had stayed out of MMA in 2013 after saying that most MMA fighters use PEDs even during matches.
3.3. The UFC Debut
The UFC veteran made his UFC debut on 31st January 2004. His fight with Karo Parisyan earned him the biggest victory of his career. Interestingly, the UFC welterweight champion won the fight by unanimous decision. Hence, a stepping stone for his upcoming records.
4. Facts About Carlos Newton
4.1 Only Canadian Fighter With The Best Bulldog Choke
4.2. Carlos Newton’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Newton is a black belt in jiu-jitsu, getting his training under the Warrior MMA Newmarket. Newton’s “Dragon Ball Jiu-Jitsu” combines conventional Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, wrestling, and boxing, making a unique fighting technique. Newton was a fan of the anime series Dragon Ball, and this technique was a reference to the show. Also, his nickname “The Ronin” is a tribute to Japan’s martial arts tradition.
5. Facts About Mark Hominick
5.1. World Extreme Cagefighting Champion
5.2. Hominick vs Aldo
5.3. Legacy For The Canadian Fighters
6. Facts About Jordan Mein
6.1. Kickboxing and Welterweight Contender
Mein has always been a pro at fighting professionally all over the state of Alberta. He joined classes for martial arts at the age of four, started with kickboxing at the age of 11, then became a pro-MMA fighter at the age of 14. Now, Mein is in the UFC, competing in the welterweight division.
6.2. Early Retirement and Comeback
After Jordan Mein lost his matches in the UFC 183 tournament, he made a surprising retirement plan from his entire MMA journey. ‘Young Gun’ had been a professional fighter since his early teens, and by the time he quit MMA at 25, he had already racked up an incredible record. Mein, however, returned to the sport in 2016 and wanted to deliver the performance of his life.
Unfortunately, that didn’t go too well at first. He lost fights against MMA fighters Emil Weber Meek and Belal Muhammad right after his hiatus.
6.3. The Ultimate UFC Debut
In his first fight as a professional, Mein fought against Canadian MMA fighter Rory MacDonald but a rear-naked choke in the first round had him losing the bout. At UFC 158, Mein went against the mighty Dan Miller in the first round, passing his first UFC test with no sweat. Miller had never been finished before, and it was a strong beginning for his UFC career.
7. Facts About Sam Stout
Sam Stout, one of the best former Canadian MMA fighters, is a former TKO Lightweight Champion. From 2003 through 2015, Stout has been a professional, but his 20 face-offs in the UFC, where he earned seven Fight of the Night awards, are what made him a renowned Canadian. Therefore, you might know him as a fellow Canadian MMA, but Stout’s legacy is a gift to Canadian MMA.
7.1. The Debut of The Ultimate Fighter
With an 8-1-1 professional MMA record, Stout appeared in his first UFC fight against Spencer Fisher on March 4, 2006, competing on the preliminary card of UFC 58: USA vs. Canada. Stout has engaged in a total of 20 additional UFC fights since making his debut. Hence, his UFC record was 9-11-0 at that time.
7.2. Sam Stout and His First Knockout of The Night
7.3. The fight for Fight of the Night bonus
Phillipe Nover and Stout were scheduled to square off at UFC Fight Night 19. Nover backed off from a seizure on September 16, 2009, the match day. Thus, the game was called off.
Thereafter, at UFC 108 on January 2, 2010, Stout got the win by a unanimous decision over Joe Lauzon. Eventually, Stout won his fourth Fight of the Night award for the match, adding to his four Fight of the Night honours.
8. Facts About Mark Bocek
8.1. Bocek’s Passion For MMA After Watching UFC 2
Mark Bocek’s life had never been the same after Ultimate Fighting Championship 2: No Way Out in March 1994. He was a 13-year-old kid when he wanted to learn the art of martial arts and combat. Mark Bocek had a great love for Bruce Lee and Jean-Claude Van Damme’s films.
8.2. The 2014 Finale
On April 16, 2014, at The Ultimate Fighter: Nations Finale, Bocek was scheduled to compete against Evan Dunham. Dunham, however, backed out from the match the week before the event due to an unforeseen circumstance. Instead, Mike De La Torre, a promotional rookie, fought the match. Fortunately, Bocek prevailed in a close decision.
8.3. Uncalled Retirement
MMark Bocek didn’t agree with taking PEDs and claimed them as far bigger problems in MMA than most people hear. So, he called his retirement from the Canadian MMA sport in 2014 mostly because he thought that the competition was getting unfair. Therefore, you will probably not see Bocek in the cage, but the fighter in him has left a legacy for upcoming Canadian fighters.
9. Facts About Rory MacDonald
The former sixth-place finisher in the average weight category, Rory MacDonald, is a gem of Canada. Outside the MMA platforms, Rory is a simple guy with conciseness who might not break off a bone or two in your body. Although Rory has over twenty champion titles under his name, including the contest for the MMA champion title, Rory Macdonald has fought the best of the best.
9.1. One of The Youngest MMA fighters in Trystar Gym
9.2. Canadian MMA Pioneer
Rory Macdonald’s fighting career has increased love for MMA in Canada. The brutal fight between MacDonald and former welterweight champion (Ruthless) Robbie Lawler at UFC 189 in July 2015, is supposed to be trained at the UFC Hall of Fame’s “Fight Wing” before the end of 2023. Hence, you might be able to watch the UFC ceremony live by the end of 2023.
9.3. The UFC 174 Tournament
10. Notable Wins and Fights From Canadian MMA Legends
Until now, we walked you through some facts about your favorite Canadian fighters. Hence, it is only fair to recall the great moments in Canadian UFC history to date. Now, let’s reminisce about some of the notable wins and fights of these legends.
10.1 Rory MacDonald Vs Demian Maia
Rory MacDonald’s 2014 UFC rundown was a changing point. He went against former middleweight title contender Demian Maia, whom Jake Shields beat by a split decision in 2014.
In the first round, MacDonald remained composed despite Maia attempting to get a submission against the MMA champ. Fortunately, he charged back in the second round, and finally, in the last round, Maia was defeated.
10.2. Dan Hardy Vs Georges St-Pierre
10.3. Mark Hominick Vs George Roop
Mark Hominick had the best performance of his career when he fought against George Roop on January 22, 2011, by way of a TKO in the opening frame. With a record of 20-8 (16 finish wins), the 28-year-old slammed Roop. Roop, who was, brought out the best of Hominick’s skills. Out of all the bouts Hominick has participated in, this one had the best performance.
10.4. Carlos Newton Vs Kazushi Sakuraba:
10.5. Sam Stout Vs Joe Lauzon
Sam Stout defeated Joe Lauzon in a lightweight event throughout three rounds, earning a unanimous decision victory on January 2, 2010. Lauzon entered the bout as the winner of the match, but Stout was a champ thanks to the immense striking potential he has. Finally, Stout escaped a choke in the final round, leading him to a big win.
11.1 How many fighters from Canada won the UFC 289?
All six participants that contended in the UFC 289 won their sets. This was a crucial time for Canadian MMA as both Rory MacDonald and St. Pierre were out of shape in most of their matches. Thus, these results brought and retained the pride of Canada in the MMA world.
11.2 When was the last time the UFC came to Canada before 2023?
UFC was last held in Canada on 14 September 2019. The bout took place between Cowboy and Gaethje. The Championship took place in Vancouver, capturing some of the best fight moments.
11.3 Is the UFC coming to Canada in 2023?
UFC has already held its match in Vancouver, Canada. The fight took place on 10th June 2023, declaring the Ultimate Fighting Championship 289. This fight ring started with Women’s UFC rounds.