With a shot at Ringside‘s vacant Bantamweight (135 lbs) title on the line, Stéphane Pelletier (4-1) stepped up Saturday night at Rising Star 2 with a 1st round arm-bar victory. I spoke to him backstage after the fight, where we discussed how he locked in the hold, what the title shot means for his future, the role his family plays in his career, and how his tryouts for the Ultimate Fighter went last Monday. (5:25, click play below to listen, or download here)
Listen to my pre-fight interview w/ Pelletierhere.
Michael Pellerin defended the arm-bar attempt, forcing Pelletier (black shorts) to attack his ribs to free the arm. Courtesy of CombatPix.com Photo by: Deejay Sherman
Pelletier's arm-bar marked the 2nd time in his 5 pro fights he'd won by submission. He made his debut in 2009. Courtesy of CombatPix.com Photo by: Deejay Sherman
Pelletier improved to 4-1 with the win. He's now set to fight for Ringside's Bantamweight title at Ringside 11 in Quebec. Courtesy of Combatpix.com Photo by: Deejay Sherman
Pelletier's supporters were bussed in from Val d'Or for the event, a 6-hour drive. They joined in the celebration. Courtesy of CombatPix.com Photo by: Deejay Sherman