Canada has produced some amazing UFC fighters over the years and this article will take a look at the best Canadian UFC fighters of all time.
Sam Stout broke into the UFC in 2006 with an overall record of 11-1-1. He ended his career in 2015 with a UFC record of 9-11 and had an career record of 20-12-1. Stout was never able to win any UFC titles, but was always competitive and the majority of his fights in the UFC went the full three rounds.
At #9 on the list is Jason MacDonald. He also broke into the UFC in 2006, starting his time in the promotion with back-to-back wins. After these initial successes, he became inconsistent, never winning back-to-back fights. He ended his MMA career with a record of 25-16 and was 6-8 in the UFC.
Nick Ring began his UFC career in 2011 and entered with an MMA record of 11-1. He started strong with two consecutive UFC wins, but never really got going as he only ended with a UFC record of 3-3 and an overall MMA record of 14-4.
Carlos Newton came into the UFC in 1998 with an MMA record of 8-6. Over his relatively short UFC career of six years, Newton accumulated a record of 8-8, ending his career with an overall MMA record of 16-14. This included a UFC welterweight title in 2001, when he beat Pat Miletich by submission.
Mark Hominick made his UFC debut in 2006, entering the promotion with a record of 13-6. Over the next six years, he fought his way to a UFC record of 7-6 and had a chance to win the featherweight title against Jose Aldo in 2011, but ultimately lost by unanimous decision.
Breaking into the top five is Patrick Cote, who finished his career with an MMA record of 23-11. He made his UFC debut in 2003 with an MMA record of 10-0 and started strong by winning his first two UFC fights.
Following those first two UFC wins, four consecutive losses derailed his career a little, but he came back strong with five-straight wins before losing a chance to win the middleweight title in 2008. Cote finished his UFC career with a record of 13-11, but is still one of the best from Canada.
While putting Mike Malott inside the top five on this list could be considered a stretch, he is certainly on track to make this selection worthwhile.
Malott is 10-1-1 in his MMA career and a perfect 4-0 in the UFC. Most notably, Malott has won all four of his UFC fights by finish and has a huge fight against Neil Magny coming up in January 2024.
Rory MacDonald first fought in the UFC in 2010, a win over Mike Guymom. He lost his following fight to Carlos Condit, but then rattled off five consecutive wins, most notably a success over Nate Diaz.
His second UFC loss did not come until 2013, and following this loss, MacDonald had three more wins in a row, including one against Tyron Woodley. MacDonald was never able to win a title fight, but finished his MMA career with an overall record of 19-4 (9-4 in the UFC).
T.J. Grant had just a four-year UFC career, but posted a UFC record of 8-3 and an overall record of 21-5. Considering he started his UFC career with a record of 3-3, he finished strong with five straight wins before leaving the UFC in 2013. He won a Knockout of the Night bonus in his final fight, a win over Gray Maynard via TKO.
Without question, the best Canadian UFC fighter of all time is Georges St-Pierre. He immediately joined the UFC in 2002 and posted a career record of 26-2. He won his first UFC title in the welterweight division in 2006 against Matt Hughes, before immediately losing it in his first title defense against Matt Serra. St-Pierre won his welterweight title back in 2007 and then began to dominate.
From 2007 to 2013, St-Pierre made nine successful title defenses, never losing the belt and vacating it instead. After a four-year hiatus, St-Pierre returned for one final UFC fight where he won the Middleweight title from Michael Bisping in what was his debut in the division. To this day, St-Pierre is regarded as one of the best UFC fighters of all time.
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