(This article has been updated to reflect the new main event).
Montreal – Ringside MMA‘s sister promotion Rising Star is back for a second go-round. As the name suggests, the cards showcase up-and-coming fighters with only a handful of professional bouts.
Rising Star 2 will go down March 26th at the Metropolis, after a successful first event at Club Soda in January. Five fighters from that card are back.
After fracturing Max Fecteau‘s nose on way to a 2nd round TKO in his last fight, bantamweight Stephane Pelletier (3-1) will battle Michael Pellerin (1-2) in the evening’s co-main event.
“I’m building up new skills to destroy what’s in my path,” says Pelletier of his training camp. He’s predicting Pellerin will be his “next victim.”
Heavyweight Jeff Breau (1-0), coming off a TKO win via liver kick at Rising Star 1, faces off against Chris “Wrecking Ball” Tinkler (0-0) in the latter’s professional debut.
“I’m extremely motivated,” says Breau, a member of Team Bergeron. “I’ve watched a few of his (Tinkler’s) amateur fights. He’s a good opponent, but I intend to prove why I belong in the professionals.”
Team Legion Bantamweight Maxime Dubois (1-0) finished Eric Daigneault via rear-naked choke in the high paced lead-off fight at Rising Star 1. He’ll go up against Gregory Carpenter (0-2).
Dubois’s teammate Tommy Côté (2-0) pulled off a thrilling 3rd round arm-bar against previously undefeated Danny St-Gelais (2-1) in his last fight. His opponent for Rising Star 2 will be Mustafa Khalil (2-1), who is coming off a KO victory in his last fight two weeks ago at Wreck MMA – Strong and Proud.
Rising Star 2 will be headlined by a lightweight bout between Yohan Gariépy (2-2), and Steve Simms (0-1) (more details).
Keven Pellerin won his two final amateur fights within this last month. He’ll be one of three fighters making their professional debut at Rising Star 1.
Here is the evening’s fight card as it currently stands (weight division in bold, hyperlinked names link to past interviews with the fighter):
155 – Yohan Gariépy (2-2) vs. Steve Simms (1-0) (Main Event)
155 – Luc Nadeau (2-0) vs. Christopher Boisvert (2-2) (Main Event)
135 – Michael Pellerin (1-2) vs. Stéphane Pelletier (3-1) (Co-Main Event)
155 – David Lafond (0-1) vs. Samuel Charbonneau (1-0)
Heavyweight – Chris Tinkler (0-0) vs. Jeff Breau (1-0)
170 – Chris Franck (0-1) vs. Francis Charbonneau (0-0)
155 – Keven Pellerin (0-0) vs. Pierre Melon (0-0)
135 – Maxime Dubois (1-0) vs. Gregory Carpenter (0-2)
145 – Tommy Côté (2-0) vs Mustafa Khalil (2-1)
All fights will be three 5-minute rounds, and take place in an octagon. Normal unified MMA rules will be in use (minus foot stomping).
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