Joker Means Business at WRECK
Louis-Philippe “The Joker” Carle, a good natured, up-and-coming mixed martial arts welterweight, said his nice-guy smile will be gone but not his nerves once in the ring for a ninth professional fight Friday night in Gatineau, Que.
“The switch will get turned on when the ref will put Vaseline on my eyes,” said Carle, a 25-year-old forklift driver who will fight Simon ‘The Mutant’ Marini of Hamilton (7-2) in one of 10 scheduled bouts at WreckMMA’s Unite for Brian’s Fight. “Then I turn into another person.”
Carle, who earned his seventh victory against one loss at a February card in Montreal, trains largely at Ottawa’s FIT MMA but spars occasionally at Montreal’s famed Tristar gym, once with star UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.
The Fort Coulonge, Que. native suffers butterflies thinking of his upcoming match in front of scores of family and friends at the Robert Guertin Arena. “At this fight I have more people coming to see me. That arena is going to be packed,” said Carle, an ex-hockey player who switched to MMA three years ago. “Every fight feels like the first fight still.”
Carle said he has no long-term plan while training 30 hours per week and trying to get noticed in a clogged MMA weight class.
“I don’t put years on my career … just keep training and everything will come together,” Carle said. “When I started this I didn’t want to fight but just train and have fun…. Three years later I am 7-1. It’s a lot of dedication but if you like what you do, it is no problem.”
WreckMMA’s April 16th event will raise money for the family of Brian Dyck, an Ottawa police officer and former member of the Canadian military diagnosed last fall with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Tickets available through ticketmaster.ca.
Unite for Brian’s Fight
Friday, April 16