Top MMA News Breaks Down Ringside 11
Ringside MMA will be making it first foray into the heart of Quebec City at the Pepsi Coliseum (Formally known as Le Colisee) for Ringside 11. Fans will be treated to lots of great match ups, lots of amateurs making their pro debut, 2 long lost Light-Heavyweights, a Bantamweight title match up and Cote returns to face another UFC vet. Tickets for the event are still available here. If you are not in Quebec, the event is available on Bell TV via PPV and The Fight Network (prelims only).
Now sit back and relax while Top MMA News breaks down the top four bouts.
Donald Brashear (0-0) vs. Mathieu Bergeron (0-0)
How do you break down a fight between the guys making their professional debut? Brashear does have some professional combative experience; he was 2-1 as an amateur boxer during the NHL’s lockout. Throughout Brashear’s professional hockey career he amassed 2,634 penalty minutes, not sure what to take away from that. Bergeron is 6’6 and 260 lbs. – not sure what to take from that either. Since not much is know about either’s strengths or weaknesses, focus shifts to what we do know. Both men are plus sized Heavyweights so power should be no problem. Expect a stand up war with lots of big punches, mostly hooks and overhands so don’t expect a jabbing clinic. Both men will probably come out looking for the early KO, so if you’re watching live do not blink this brawl should finish early and in highlight reel fashion.
Yan Pellerin (9-12) vs. Marcus Hicks (10-20)
Two pioneers of Canada’s Light-Heavyweight division will finally lock horns come June 4. Pellerin is returning to the cage after a two year lay off and will be looking to resurrect his career after mixed results. Hicks returns after a year long layoff and seems to making a serious effort to return to form. Neither fighter is known for incredible technique nor conditioning, so rule out a long drawn out technical affair. This will be the definition of a barnburner as both men will come out swinging and look for the quick finish. Pellerin should be favored if this fight hits the mat, but that’s highly unlikely. Both men are known to possess power in their fists so expect to see someone staring up at the rafters before this fight is over.
Stephane Pelletier (4-1) vs. Dimitri Waardenburg (7-4)
On June 4th, Ringside will crown their inaugural Bantamweight champion, and they’ve picked two great fighters to vie for the newly minted title. Waardenburg has to be the favorite as he has twice as many fights as Pelletier and has faced stiffer competition. Pelletier is a little more of an unknown. Pelletier maybe 4-1, but has won all four of his Ringside fights only losing a grappling heavy decision to Mike Hong (3-1-1). This bout offers a slight conflict in styles as Waardenburg is a Muay Thai based striker who has worked on his ground game. While Pelletier’s grappling has been his tool of choice to finish off opponents. Considering how good Waardenburg’s take down defense looked against Remi Morvan (7-6), expect Dimitri to keep the fight standing and use his reach and striking advantage to overwhelm Pelletier and take the TKO stoppage late in the 3rd round.
Todd Brown (15-3) vs. Patrick Cote (14-7)
Cote will finish up his two fight deal with Ringside by looking to take out another UFC veteran and regain the UFC’s attention. This fight has been tailor made for Cote to take the win and punch his ticket back to the big show. Cote definitely possesses the advantage in the stand up and neither fighter can claim an advantage on the floor. Considering this is Brown’s first foray into the Middleweight division and the fact his camp has already asked for the fight to be at a 190 lbs. catch weight, things aren’t looking good for Brown. With Cote’s mind focused on returning to Zuffa and now that he has got his confidence back with his win over Kalib Starnes (12-6-1), when the cage door closes on June 4th look for the Predator to come out guns a’ blazing. Expect to see Cote come out firing on all cylinders using his technical striking and speed to hurt Brown early or avoid his early onslaught. The fans of Quebec City will be seeing a highlight reel KO finish via the Predator mid second round.