Victory MMA 5 Recap – 3 New Amateur Champions Crowned
Three amateur titles were on the line Saturday as Victory MMA returned for its fifth amateur card. The event, titled Strikers Collide, included 14 bouts (two of those kick-boxing), drawing approximately 325 fans up to the third floor Academie Sportive gym located in Montreal’s Park Extension neighbourhood.
All evening long, the crowd alternated between Pride FC-like silences and fervent eruption, depending on how fights were going. Treated to seven submission finishes, they were not left wanting for action.
Bussieres chokes his way to a championship
In the main event, Team Bergeron’s Remy Bussieres (9-2) bounced back from a title fight loss at Orion MMA 5 in January to capture Victory MMA’s new amateur Middleweight title via third round rear-naked choke.
Losing the first round after being lit up early on the feet by opponent Domenic Ruccolo (6-2) via a series of jabs, hooks, and uppercuts, Bussieres closed the round with a late takedown.
Things were closer in the second, a round spent almost entirely in the clinch, with both fighters landing evenly.
The fight took a decisive turn in the third, when after trading hooks, Bussieres was taken down by Ruccolo. Quickly improving his position as both fighters scrambled on the ground, Bussieres made his way to Ruccolo’s back, and began working for his neck. Soon sinking in the rear-naked, Bussieres got the tap and was awarded his new belt.
Chauvette gives fight-of-the-night performance on way to title
In the co-main event, Ultimaction’s Kevin Chauvette (5-2) and home-gym favourite Alex Baez (5-3) delivered a closely-fought 15-minute Bantamweight contest, much to the crowd’s delight.
Chauvette seemed on way to a unanimous decision after five rounds, having clearly taken the opening frame, along with the fourth and fifth rounds, mostly via takedowns and ground control, neutralizing Baez’s superior stand-up game.
Baez managed to take the second round with his landed punches, and probably a close third round, where he again outlanded and recovered from Chauvette achieving mount via an arm-bar attempt as time ran out.
Somewhat surprisingly, though not too surprising given Quebec amateur MMA’s murky judging system, the fight was announced as a split decision for Chauvette, who captures his first amateur belt at 21 years of age.
Aloui hits an inverted triangle in title bout rematch
Xavier Aloui (8-0) and Mathieu Boisvert (8-5) first fought for a Victory MMA belt last November at Victory MMA 4, with Aloui escaping from a fully sunk in rear-naked choke to finish with an identical submission. Four months later, they again fought for a title, this time a weight division higher at Featherweight.
From the staredown, it was immediately clear there was no love lost between the two, as they verbally taunted each other and opted not to touch gloves.
For the most of the bout’s five and a half minutes, Aloui was in control. Repeatedly utilizing his judo background for takedowns, Aloui achieved full mount before peppering Boisvert with with punches and kicks from his feet in the opening round.
Landing a takedown in the second, Alouis soon got caught in a guillotine. Escaping by moving from half-guard to side-control, Aloui continued to rotate, eventually ending up behind Boisvert’s head, wrapping his legs around his neck, and sinking in a fight-ending inverted triangle choke.
Later attributing his behaviour to pre-fight trash talk, the bad blood continued to flow post-bout, as Aloui briefly taunted his downed opponent, before playing it up for the crowd upon being declared winner. Attitude or not, the undefeated Aloui continues to impress, scoring his third straight submission finish under the Victory MMA banner.
In other undercard action, 0-2 pro fighter Tony Doolittle was successful in a tune-up bout ahead of his pro return on April 7 bout in Montreal at UGC 29. Controlling the bout for the first two rounds, Doolitle sunk in the finish in the third, rear-naked choking his opponent Kyle Petryla.
Former UCC/TKO fighter Yannick Loof, and Simon Cormier split the refereeing duties for the evening’s 14 bouts. Sanctioned by the Federation Quebecois de Boxe Mixte Amateur (FQBM), Saturday’s fights took place under amateur rules – fighters wear 12 ounce gloves and shin pads. Elbow and knee strikes, as well as submissions involving twisting (e.g. heel hooks) are prohibited.
Quick Results (all records amateur)
185lbs – Remy Bussieres (9-2) submits Domenic Ruccolo (6-2) via rear-naked choke at 1:13 of Round 3. Bussieres becomes the inaugural Victory MMA Middleweight champion.
135lbs – Kevin Chauvette (5-2) def. Alex Baez (5-3) via split judges’ decision. Chauvette captures the vacant Victory MMA Bantamweight title.
145lbs – Xavier Aloui (8-0) submits Mathieu Boisvert (8-5) via inverted triangle choke at 2:28 of Round 2. Xavier earns the vacant Victory MMA Featherweight title.
155lbs – Joe Elliot (2-1) submits Francis Paquette (5-4) via guillotine choke at 0:31 of Round 3.
205lbs – Chris Cleveland (3-1) submits Draghici Daniel (3-1) via arm-triangle choke at 1:27 of Round 1.
165lbs – Stephen Oppong (4-1) def. Josh Williamson (0-2) via unanimous judges’ decision.
185lbs – Tony Doolittle (2-0) submits Kyle Petryla (0-1) via rear-naked choke at 0:58 of Round 3.
165lbs – Darnell Jones (2-1) def. Joshua Vincze (0-2) via unanimous judges’ decision.
145lbs – Kevin Walker (2-0) def. Justin Fisher (0-1) via unanimous judges’ decision.
155lbs – Alex Codeau (1-0) submits Marc-Lucien Delice (0-2) via rear-naked choke at 1:18 of Round 2.
150lbs – Nicholas Sauvageau (2-0) submits Simon Doyon (0-2) via rear-naked choke at 1:27 of Round 1.
160lbs – Kevin Paquette (2-0) submits Giovanni Corado (0-1) via guillotine choke at 1:01 of Round 1.
150lbs – Christophe Alfonzo (7-0) def. Merouane Ghalmi (3-1) via split judges’ decision.
170lbs – Sophie Leroux (1-1) def. Jennifer Spies (0-1) via unanimous judges’ decision.
Victory MMA returns for its fifth event May 26 at the Club Soda in Montreal.
*All photos by Julian Cymbalista-Clapp. Follow him on Twitter @JulianCClapp