Windsor, Ontario’s T.J. Laramie Fulfills UFC Dream – Contract Signed!

August 22, 2020


Windsor, Ontario’s T.J. Laramie Fulfills UFC Dream – Contract Signed!

Dalson Chen (Windsor Star) – With a standout performance on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, Windsor MMA fighter T.J. Laramie has made it into the Ultimate Fighting Championship — the fulfillment of an ambition he’s had since childhood.

The 22-year-old fighter — long considered one of Canada’s top MMA prospects — secured his first UFC contract with an exciting and violent victory on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series.

“It feels like it’s meant to be,” Laramie said after the fight. “I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time, and it’s finally here. And I feel like I’ve earned every bit of it.”

Laramie (12-3) defeated Daniel Swain (20-10) of Spokane, Washington, after one round of action in a featherweight bout at the UFC Apex venue in Las Vegas on Tuesday.

Although Swain put Laramie in trouble early with an armbar attempt, Laramie scrambled out of the submission hold and maintained top position, delivering heavy, vicious ground strikes that left Swain unable to continue into the second round.

The official result was a TKO due to doctor stoppage.

UFC president White praised Laramie as an “absolute savage.”

“He showed no fear on the ground whatsoever when he was getting locked up,” White said.

“I love savages. I love guys that fight like this kid fights. Welcome to the UFC, kid.”

The product of Windsor MMA gym Maximum Training Centre, Laramie — alongside his younger brother Tony Laramie — has made a name for himself with dominant wins in such regional organizations as London’s Prospect Fighting Championships and Montreal’s TKO.

His appearance on the Tuesday Night Contender Series represented the biggest opportunity in his fighting career so far.

“I just want people to know that no matter what hardships you may endure throughout your life, you can overcome that,” said Laramie in an emotional post-fight interview.

“You can’t live in the past. Tomorrow’s a new day. We can always get better, we can always improve.”

In a previous profile interview with the UFC, Laramie described the tragedies that marked his childhood: The deaths of his older brother and his mother, both in 2005, and the death of his aunt, who acted as a guardian for Laramie and his younger brother Tony, in 2009.

“Despite what I went through, there’s someone else out there going through worse,” Laramie told the UFC. “But it has helped me get to where I’m at.”

Laramie dedicated the victory to his late mother, whose birthday would have been on Tuesday.

Now one of the youngest fighters in the UFC’s featherweight division, Laramie joins the list of Windsor mixed martial artists who have competed in the UFC, including his lightweight teammate Kyle Prepolec (12-7) and female strawweight Randa Markos (10-8).



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