TUF Nations: Episode 10 Recap – Johnson vs Laprise
The show starts out with Vik Grujic in a van with his Aussie teammates discussing his win over Luke Harris. Grujic says it was his first KO and that he threw “nasty” elbows.
Luke Harris says “that’s the way it goes.” Harris said the left hook hurt him and that was the “last thing I remember.” Harris tells the camera that he is “unhappy with his performance and things did not go my way.”
Sheldon Westcott comes into the TUF House with good news. “Great news,” he said. He strained ligaments in his neck strained his brachiatus (sp?) and it pushed on his spine to make his arm go numb. “I am so f#n happy he said.”
Welterweights talk with Dana White
Dana White appears on video conference with the fighters. Kajan says he cares about how White thinks about his fights more than anybody. Kajan Johnson says that he thinks Richard Walsh would be his best matchups. Johnson says he thinks he is the best and knows he has to fight the best to win, so he is willing to fight anybody.
Richard Walsh joins Kyle Noke and Patrick Cote and Dana White and says he wants to fight Kajan Johnson because he beat a teammate and has “the biggest mouth.”
Chad Laprise is next. Laprise says he wants to face Richard Walsh and that the two strikers would have a great bout.
Olivier Aubin-Mercier is next. He also wants to fight Richard Walsh and take him down and knock him out.
Middleweights talk with Dana White
Elias Theodorou speaks with Dana White next. He says he wants to be the first Canadian Ultimate Fighter. He wants to fight Tyler Manawaroa.
Manawaroa says he wants to fight Theodorou.
Sheldon Westcott says a fight between him and Vik Grujic would be so good that Dana White would want to fly down to Canada to watch it. He also wants to be the last fight of the season as he wants to “close the season.”
Vik Grujic says he wants to fight a tough fight so he request the toughest guy in the house – Sheldon Westcott.
Patrick Cote and Kyle Noke announces the semi-final fights.
Welterweight Fight 1: Kajan Johnson vs Chad Laprise
Middleweight Fight 1: Tyler Manawaroa vs Elias Theodorou
Welterweight Fight 2: Richard Walsh vs Olivier Aubin-Mercier
Middleweight Fight 2: Sheldon Westcott vs Vik Grujic
The two Canadian teammates don’t like the thought of facing each other.
Kru Ash says he will corner Chad Laprise as they are closer. Kajan Johnson will go with Fabio Holanda. Cote will not coach anyone. Chad Laprise asks to take the corner that Team Canada corner.
Kyle Noke says that he thinks Chad Laprise will win. He asks the Aussie BJJ coach to corner him for the fight because he wants a ground coach there. (I like Chad’s thinking on the corner and the coach).
Kajan Johnson says the “next couple of days will be a rollercoaster.”
Kajan Johnson says a friend asked him to train with some no holds barred fighters and that is how he started. He got a KO and was hooked. He says he lives in a ghetto and does not know if he can pay rent and does not have food to eat at times. His dreams and life are at stake for this fight.
Chad Laprise says people think he has everything together but he was never like that. He started fighting “for all the wrong reasons”. He was born into an abusive relationship and became very aggressive. He wanted to hurt people and that was why he started to train. His goal was to train and get revenge. He had a lot of hate and rage inside. When he met God, all the rage and hate went away. Now he fights to honor God, not to hurt people. He wants to be a role model. Once he is done fighting, he is going to become a pastor of a fight church. After training, fighters can learn about God with him.
Weigh-Ins: Kajan Johnson (170) vs Chad Laprise (171)
Friendships are on hold as these two warriors are going to try to knock each other out.
They were going to flip for the Canadian dressing room. Johnson says he does not care and if Laprise is more comfortable in the Canadian room, he can have it. Laprise accepts Johnson’s generous offer.
Johnson says if he “doesn’t do everything to let (Laprise) fight him at his best, then it will play on (Johnson)’s mind.”
Cote is telling Laprise that it is the same game plan. Box from the outside. Get in and get out of there.
Richard Walsh says that when Laprise asked him to fight, it made Walsh want to fight him less. Jake Matthews says Laprise is getting more friendly with the Aussies. He thinks that Laprise wants them to cheer for him. Based on that principle, Matthews is going for Johnson.
Johnson says there is no unknown. He knows all of Laprise’s moves and Laprise knows all of Johnson’s moves.
Johnson wants Taleb in his corner, but Nordine says he does not want to corner against Laprise, who is also his brother. Taleb says he would rather sit and watch.
Johnson says he always has doubts. He says he can’t control the outcome, only his performance. Johnson says to Theodorou that Laprise may be a hair better at striking, but he is better at wrestling and BJJ.
Laprise says his wrestling coach David Zimmerman will also be in his corner. Luke Harris realizes that Laprise has three coaches and Johnson only has one.
Kru Ash says that he wants Laprise to throw first. Laprise wants to keep “a little pressure on him so he can’t throw his fancy shit.” Laprise tells Kru to be loud during the fight. Cote says that Johnson already sees himself in the final. He says to Laprise “If I was you, I would be pissed.”
Fabio Holanda says he has a hard time taking down Laprise. “If I have a hard time taking you down, do you think an OK wrestler can take you down?”
Kajan Johnson shows up in the Canadian room. He asks Zimmerman to be in his corner. Zimmerman says he is going in Chad’s. All of Team Canada is hanging in the Team Canada room and Kajan goes solo to the Australian room. Later we see Johnson warming up with Taleb.
Johnson dives into the cage while Laprise does the big stomp.
Kajan Johnson vs Chad Laprise
R1. 5″ reach advantage for Johnson. Right by Laprise lands. Leg kick by Johnson. Lots of punches falling short while they figure out the distance. Exchange jabs. Laprise slips. Harder right lands by Laprise. These two stay on outside. Johnson jabs. Exchange of jabs. Johnson high kick blocked. Left jab Johnson at halfway mark. Left hook by Laprise lands and they clinch. Break. Jab Laprise. Leg kick Johnson. Johnson scores with a combo. Johnson shoots but is stuffed. Exchange jabs. Rights exchanged. Laprise stumbled slightly. Hard leg kick Johnson. Leg kick Laprise. Laprise lands a couple at the end. Johnson ducks under a spinning back elbow with less than 10 seconds left and tries to take him down. Laprise holds the cage. Round ends with Yves Lavigne warning that if Laprise grabs cage again a point will be taken away. All in all a very close, uneventful round.
Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 Johnson
R2. Leg kick by Johnson. Front kick by Johnson. Shot by Johnson stuffed by Laprise and lands a left hook on Johnson for good measure. Right scores by Laprise. Left jab by Johnson. Counter left by Laprise. Jabs by Laprise. Jab by Johnson. Leg kick by Johnson. Left jab by Johnson. Again. Jab by Laprise. Again. Right by Laprise. Jab by Laprise. Jumping right by Johnson. Leg kick by Johnson but Laprise steps into a right at the same time. They throw rights at the same time and Chad Laprise is faster with his overhand right and knocks out Kajan Johnson with less than a minute left.
Chad Laprise defeats Kajan Johnson by KO in Round 2
Full Fight Video:
Very weird scene as there is no celebration and Johnson’s jaw could be fractured, he is very upset, and blood is coming out of his mouth. Not even a smile from Laprise.
Laprise says to Johnson that it was a good fight and it was fun. Johnson said it was fun until he woke up. Laprise finally is showing elation in the dressing room but he admits it is a bittersweet victory. Johnson is heartbroken.
Laprise asks if it was knockout of the season and Cote says it was for sure.
Olivier Aubin-Mercier said that there should have been two coaches in each corner. “It was a little bit unfair.”
Johnson says that “everybody just helped him. Nobody said anything to me. It was like I was fighting everybody.”
Vik Grujik says he felt bad that Johnson was “fighting the fight by himself.” Grujic said he was very vocal for Kajan and wished he was in Johnson’s corner to give him support. Johnson said “Fabio didn’t say one thing except ‘keep your hands up’. Still my fault.”
Taleb says he wished them both a good fight. He did not want anyone to get hurt and it to go to a decision.
Johnson said Laprise had two people all screaming and he only had Fabio, “so it was pretty ***** for me.”
(It is hard watching Kajan Johnson so distraught. You feel for the guy. He wanted it so badly.)
“I didn’t want my face to break again. I didn’t want to lose the biggest fight of my life.”
“It’s just another test…. I don’t know why I am tested so much.”