Who’s Next… LAMMQ 5

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LAMMQ 5 went down Saturday night from the Centre Sportif de Ste-Foy in Quebec City, Quebec. In the main event Jonathan Meunier kept his undefeated LAMMQ THUMBrecord in tact, submitting Francis Charbonneau in the first round to capture the Welterweight Title and in the co-main event Alex Morgan scored a third round TKO over Keven Morin to become the new Featherweight champion.

Keep in mind, in most cases the match-ups listed here are hypothetical and have not been announced or rumored to be taking place unless otherwise noted.

Let us know your thoughts on who should be up next for the big winners and the rest of the card and who you think would win our hypothetical match-ups.

170lbs- Jonathan Meunier (7-0) vs. Michael Hill (9-4)
***LAMMQ Welterweight Title Fight
Meunier continued his finishing streak by submitting Charbonneau, the only remaining challenger to his best 170 pounder in Quebec throne, by RNC near the end of the first round. In fact Meunier has finished 6 of his 7 pro wins inside the first five minutes finally emerging from the shadows as one of the best Canadian Welterweights outside the UFC. The 28 year old still needs another big win or two before he can be discussed among the likes of Matt MacGrath, Ryan Machan or Brandt Dewsberry. Which is why a bout against TUF veteran and extremely durable Mike Hill makes so much sense. Hill has fought the likes of Matt McGrath, Ryan Ford and the late Joel Powell yet the only time he has been finished was late in the fifth round by Ryan Ford. Not only does Hill present Meunier with his stiffest test to date we will also get to see if he can finish Hill and if not how his cardio reacts to a five round title fight. If Meunier can not only get the win but a stoppage over someone likes Michael Hill it would send a big message (see what I did there) to the big shows’ brass.

145lbs- Alex Morgan (5-2) vs. Adrian Vilaca (6-1)
***LAMMQ Featherweight Title Fight
These two have in fact danced before all the way back in March 2014 where Vilaca had his hand raised with a mid second round submission win. Since then Vilaca has won 3 in a row while Morgan, the new champion, has strung together 4 victories. Why would Vilaca want to fight a man he already beat? Why the title belt of course and obviously a pay cheque. With Morgan currently training out of Tristar and that same gym housing all potential challenger in La Belle Province we have to look outside the province and with Vilaca making the trip to the home of poutine before the rematch just makes sense. When these two first competed both men were just beginning their MMA journey and now they are sitting at the cusps of their professional career with a win setting them apart in a tough Canadian Featherweight division and loss sending them back to a drawing board. Currently Vilaca has a tough bout lined up with Khama Worthy in June but after that this is the perfect match up for both men.

185lbs- Marc-André Barriault (4-1) vs. Jo Vallée (4-1)
Yes sir another rematch. These two first met at Hybrid Pro Series 5 in October 2015 where Vallee eked out a very close split decision over the previously unbeaten Barriault. Since their first meeting Vallee picked up the Fight Night Middleweight title this past April by submitting Markhaile Wedderburn in he first round while Barriault rebounded from his first defeat by TKOing Matt Leblanc at LAMMQ 5. With the Middleweight division in Quebec being rather thin and with a contentious split decision between them it only makes sense that these two battle again to see who really is the big kid on the block for Quebec 185 pounders. A win for Barriault would set up a nice trilogy clincher or if Vallee is victorious again a potential battle with the current Quebec Middleweight kingpin Strahinja Gavrilovic could be on the horizon as well. Either way it sets up some beauty match up for LAMMQ and the fans get some exciting fights to boot.

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155lbs- Jeremie Capony (3-0) vs. Mathieu Charette (3-0)
This is match up that requires very few words to explain mainly because it was the original bout scheduled for LAMMQ 5 before Charette has to pull out due to injury. Add in that they both hold impeccable 3-0 records and are among some of top ranked up and coming prospects in Quebec. They also both have 2 wins by decision and 1 finish on their records and surprisingly even though they came up through the Quebec amateur scene at the same time thy never met as Charette represented the Gatineau area while Capony was scrapping it out through the Montreal scene. Two undefeated professionals with mirror image records it just makes perfect sense for these to rising stars to face off as someone’s “O” has got to go.

145lbs- Maxime Poulin (3-0) vs. Eric Nadon (2-2)
Poulin took a long road to his MMA making his amateur debut in 2010 at a Team Legion smoker, from there he was supposed to make his pro debut at a UGC show in 2013 against Mario Pereia but was pulled from the card when Pereia was rescheduled. It took two more years before Poulin was again scheduled for a paid bout where he submitted Dominic Leclerc at LAMMQ 4. Since then he has won 2 more bouts including his LAMMQ 5 victory Lou Casenaz. Now before the undefeated Poulin starts climbing the ladder against some of Quebec’s Featherweight elite he needs to test himself against tough and durable competition. They don’t come much more durable than Eric Nadon and don’t let his 2-2 pro record fool you in you include his amateur bouts he has only been finished once in 11 outings. Nadon is a very competent in all aspects of MMA a true jack of all trades and if Poulin can get past him or more favorably finish him he will cement himself as a true prospect in Canada’s quickly growing 145 lbs. division.

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