Who’s Next… Hybrid Pro Series 5
Hybrid Pro Series held their 5th event on October 15th from the Pierre-Charbonneau Center in Montreal, Quebec. The card featured a Featherweight title fight as Alex Morgan defended his title against the American Jacob Bohn while Marc-André Barriault defeated Strahinja Gavrilovic after three hard fought rounds to win the vacant Middleweight strap.
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.
145lbs- Alex Morgan (6-2) vs. Adrian Vilaca (6-2)
Alex Morgan made his first successful title defence by defeating the American Jacob Bohn by decision. Now with the belt firmly in his grasp, he should look to avenge his last career defeat. Since his submission to Adrian Vilaca in 2014, Morgan has switched camps to Tristar and picked up five wins in a row. With his new training camp and his much improved overall game, the time is right for the rematch. Vilaca had won three straight after defeating Morgan but was submitted in his last outing with only 12 seconds left in the fight by Khama Worthy. With Morgan looking for revenge and Vilaca looking to get back on the winning track, it’s a win win for both fighters and especially the lucky fans that could be in attendance.
185lbs- Marc-Andre Barriault (5-1) vs. Winner of Jo Vallee (4-1) vs. Fritz Paul (10-3)
The man known as “Power Bar” Marc-Andre Barriault pulled off what most would see as a huge upset when he defeated Strahinja Gavrilovic. Gavrilovic was all set to take on the winner of Vallee versus Paul for TKO but with Barriault getting the decision win, he now deserves to slide into the position. With Jo Vallee holding a win over Barriault, I’m sure Power Bar would love the chance to avenge his only career loss or a chance to tangle with the veteran Fritz Paul, if Paul comes out victorious. It’s been over three years since fans last saw Fritz “The Animal” Paul in action and it’s an intriguing comeback he is making, but both Vallee and Barriault have become hot prospects since he last set foot in the cage. Fans will be treated to a slug fest when Vallee and Paul square off and Barriault has definitely earned his shot at the winner whether it be under the Hybrid or TKO banner.
155lbs- Jeremie Capony (4-0) vs. Matt Long (2-0)
Jeremie Capony kept his record unblemished with a decision win over the previously unbeaten Mathieu Charette. Capony has fought all over the Quebec regional scene to gain his 4-0 record but Hybrid has a born and raised undefeated Lightweight of their own who has fought all his amateur and pro fights under their banner in the form of Matt “All Night” Long. Capony has only finished one of his four pro wins while Long has earned two submission wins in two pro outings. Long will provide Capony with a great test and push him to find the finish. Can Capony continue his streak and submit the undefeated fighter or will Long hold onto his spotless record and finish another fight? Not only will this be a great test for both men’s careers but the fans in attendance would be treated to a great scrap between two young and hungry prospects. Either way someone’s “0” has got to go.
170lbs- Julien Leblanc (3-0) vs. Francis Charbonneau (3-1)
Julien Leblanc has been a mainstay for Hybrid from amateur to pro. He won their Middleweight title as an amateur and has garnered a 3-0 pro record exclusively in their promotion. With three finishes in three pro outings, Leblanc has proven himself not only to be a fan favorite but quite the prospect as well. But Quebec has always been a hotbed for Welterweight prospects and Francis Charbonneau is no exception. Before his latest loss to UFC signee Jonathan Meunier, he was 3-0 with three finishes over the likes of Christ Franck and Stephane Lamarche. These two were set to meet in November 2014 but the fight fell through. Now that both men have proven themselves as prospects, it makes nothing but sense for them to square off and see who truly is Quebec’s next 170 lbs rising star.
135lbs- Thomas Godin (3-0) vs. Gabe Sagman (3-1)
Thomas Godin put on a quality performance at Hybrid Pro Series 5 dispatching Kevin Walker via TKO in the first. Godin not only kept his record spotless, but also continued his finishing streak having now finished all three of his amateur and all three pro outings (5 by submission and 1 via TKO) between the bells which given his weight class is all the more impressive. Gabe Sagman may have lost his pro debut but since then he has strung together a three fight win streak with two of them coming by way of submission. This will not only be a tremendous match up between two grappling aces but between two rising young talents. The winner here would be set for bigger and better things inside the Canadian Bantamweight division.