Victory MMA to crown three new champions this Saturday in Quebec

May 16, 2013

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Victory MMA to crown three new champions this Saturday in Quebec



Montreal, Quebec – The goal of any and all amateur mixed martial arts promotions is to provide an opportunity for young fighters to hone their skills before making the jump to the pro ranks.  In the last few months however, Victory MMA has seen many of its champions graduate to the local and, in some cases, international promotions.  This has thus opened the door for new fighters to get championship opportunities and fans can get to know the next generation of mixed martial artists this Saturday, May 18 at 7:30 PM (doors open at 6:30 PM) at Montreal’s Plaza Theater as the promotion presents VICTORY MMA 9: NEW BLOOD.

The evening’s card will feature 3 championship matches, the semi-finals of a tournament to crown a new welterweight champion as well as the first women’s bout in Victory MMA. All in all, the nearly 500 fans expected will witness a card featuring 14 amateur mixed martial arts matches, sanctioned by the Fédération Québécoise de boxe mixte.

In the main event, Lighweight (155 lbs.) champion Joe Elliott (6-3) of Bethany, Ontario will defend his title against Montreal’s Darnell Jones (3-2).  This bout will mark Elliott’s first defense of the championship he won last February. Jones, a basketball coach and future teacher, has done battle with the champion once before.  These two men met in November 2011, Jones’ amateur debut.  Elliott was deemed the winner via unanimous decision on that night however Jones would be the first to admit that he is a much better, more experienced fighter today.

A new king of the heavyweights will also be crowned on Saturday night as Sorel’s Mathieu Langlais (8-2-1) will square off with Martin Trempe (2-4) of the Laurentians for the vacant championship.  Don’t be fooled by the latter’s record, the hard hitting striker is extremely dangerous, has some professional experience under his belt and is one of the most explosive heavyweights on the circuit.  Langlais will be moving up in weight for this fight in an attempt to hold championships in two weight classes at the same time as he is also the current Victory MMA Light Heavyweight (205 lbs.) champion.  Given what we’ve seen in the past from these men, it seems highly unlikely that this fight will go the distance.

To contrast with the previously mentioned heavyweights, fans will also be treated to the high energy, fast-paced style of the flyweights (125 lbs.) as Victory crowns its first ever champion in that weight class.  Doing battle for that crown will be Montreal’s Matthew Davis (2-1) and Toronto’s Gabe Sagman (1-0).  This contest promises to be the classic contrast of styles.  Davis is a dangerous striker who has also competed in amateur boxing.  His strongest asset is the power of the punch however will that be sufficient to snag the victory, and the title, from Sagman, a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu who has much experience in the latter sport.  He is known for his slick submissions and will undoubtedly be looking to take the fight to the ground where he can impose his game plan.

In addition to these championship matches, the fans will be treated to the welterweight (170 lbs.) tournament semi-finals, Mathieu Desrosiers (4-3) vs Jean-François Lépine (5-1) and Bruno-Pierre Dubois (10-6) vs Domenic Ruccolo (4-3).  The winners of these two matches will face off at the next Victory MMA event, August 24, for the championship.

Furthermore, Saturday’s event will see the first ever women’s fight in the promotion’s nearly 2-year history.  Analysts are expecting a stand-up war between St-Jean-sur-Richelieu’s Tricia Gaucher (1-0) and the debuting Sophie Blais of Val d’Or given both’s boxing and kickboxing backgrounds.  The promotion hopes this will be the first of many women’s fights in Victory MMA.

The undercard will feature many other up and coming young talents from Quebec, Ontario and even Labrador including some making their debuts.  Few will be doing so with as much fanfare as Mathieu Collin of the Karate Sportif Mascouche gym, the first mixed martial artist to emerge from the popular network of schools.

Tickets for the event are still available via the Admission network at www.admission.com, by calling 1-855-790-1245 or at the door on the night of the event.  The Plaza Theatre is located near Beaubien Metro at 6505 St-Hubert, Montreal, H2S 2M5.  Fans can attend the weigh-ins free of charge on Saturday at 4 PM at the Victory Training Centre near Jean-Talon metro, 7143 St-André, Montreal, H2R 1V4.  For more information on Victory MMA, please visit www.victorymma.tv.

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