Fightquest 16 takes place this Saturday night in Laval. I spoke by phone this afternoon with matchmaker Benoit Lelievre, about what amateur MMA is, why he thinks young fighters should start their careers there, the difficulties of match-making at that level, and what to expect when the fights go down tomorrow night. (Interview in 2 parts, click through for the fight card line-up).
Part 1 Part 2
Here are the scheduled fights for Fightquest 16.
Official Lineup (courtesy of Top MMA News, weight division precedes matchups)
135-140: Kirk Paradis (Juvaldo) vs. Kevin Chauvette (UltimAction)
135-140: Neil Sheppard (Zahabi MMA) vs. Mick Dufort (Fight Club St-Jean)
145-150: Mo Yang (Zahabi MMA) vs. Brian Sandaga (ARA Academy)
155-160: Patrick Lafleur (Zahabi MMA) vs. Samuel DesRuisseaux (UltimAction)
155-160: Ivan Rogic (Zahabi MMA) vs. Zak Ben Brahim (Juvaldo)
160-165: Sylvain Paquette (Zahabi Rive-Sud) vs. Ricardo Moreau (Kanreikai)
165-170: Bruno-Pierre Dubois (Juvaldo) vs. James Chalice (Push MMA)
180-185: Renaud Paquette (Zahabi MMA) vs. Eric Todish (Push MMA)
180-185: Kevin Dellow (Zahabi MM) vs. Louis Mercier-Roy (Juvaldo)
180-185: Ian Perron (Zahabi MMA) vs. Emmanuel Crevier (Evolution)
HW: Chris Tinkler (TKO Fight Club) vs. Tyler Hawkney (Push MMA)
HW: Vladimir Starcencov (0-0) vs. Ike Chiplick (0-0)
Fightquest matchmaker Benoit Lelievre informed me that a previously announced bout between Tariq Ismail (FIT MMA/Zahabi MMA) and Dave Régimbald (Speedy Gym) was canceled due to Ismail having problems reaching his contracted weight.