Moving from its usual home at Le Skratch in Laval, Fightquest 17 goes down Saturday night at Amusement 222 in St-Constant, a suburb south-west of Montreal, with nine amateur MMA fights.
The reason for the move is Zahabi Rive Sud’s Dominic Trepanier (2-0, amateur). He’ll fight in front of his hometown crowd in a rematch of his TKO win over Push MMA’s James Challice (2-2, amateur) last December at Fightquest 15. The fight was stopped by the referee after the 2nd round due to Challice being unable to see clearly out of his left eye. (Fight video at the bottom of the post).
“I was feeling good and comfortable on the feet,” recalls Challice, who had been trading heavy punches with Trepanier prior to the stoppage. “It’s too bad we couldn’t go all 3 rounds and see what happened, but it is what it is, and now I’m just focused on Saturday’s fight.” Being in Trepanier’s hometown doesn’t bother him. “We’re from Ontario, so we’re always in someone else’s backyard.”
In what is likely his penultimate amateur fight, Jason Courchesne (9-2, am.), coming off a win against Remy Bussieres at Summum 2 in January, will face off against Rob Nickerson (1-2, am.). Nickerson defeated the more experienced Bruno-Pierre Dubois (4-3, am.) at Dynamite Fight Night two weeks ago.
“I’m looking to get a stoppage,” says Courchesne, who fights out of the Kanreikai Fight Club in Joliette. “Saturday night, I’m fighting for myself, to prove in the ring that I’ve worked harder than him, and I’ve done my homework.” Courchesne says he’s been concentrating on his wrestling and cardio endurance in anticipation of the longer rounds that will come with his expected pro debut at Rising Star 3 in May, after one last amateur fight later this April.
In the evening’s co-main event, Aiemann Zahabi (2-0, am, 1-0 Muay Thai, am.), will battle 33 year-old Derek Charbonneau, a fighter ten years his elder, who is making his amateur MMA debut after over 25 amateur boxing matches.
Zahabi returns after multiple opponents dropped out on him during the lead up to January’s Fightquest 16, forcing him off the card. “I’m very excited, like a kid going to the candy store,” he says about having the chance to fight again. His opponent’s boxing experience doesn’t worry him. “Whatever he gives me, I’ll just go with it. I’m well-rounded enough to take the fight where I need to win.”
The card also features Zahabi MMA’s Louie Sanoudakis (5-0, am), who most recently won by unanimous decision at Ring Extreme 16 in February. Also winning that night was Jeremy McNamara, who will face Zahabi’s Patrick Lafleur, last seen submitting his opponent by 1st round arm-bar at Fightquest 16. McNamara and Lafleur are two of the most experienced amateurs in Quebec, each with well over 10 amateur fights to their name.
Full Fight Card (weight divisions in bold)
Main event (Fightquest 15 rematch)
165-170 – James Challice (Push MMA) vs. Dominic Trepanier (Zahabi Rive Sud)
135-140 – Derek Charbonneau (Charbs Boxing/MMA) v. Aiemann Zahabi (Zahabi MMA)
135-140 – Derek Dexter (Cornwall MMA) vs. Louie Sanoudakis (Zahabi MMA)
170-175 – Jason Courchesne (Kanreikai) vs. Rob Nickerson (Brojo MMA)
155-160 – Patrick Lafleur (Zahabi MMA) vs. Jeremy McNamara (Longueuil)
145-150 – Trevor Leroux (Cornwall MMA) vs. Brandon Stalk (Zahabi MMA)
175-180 – G. Gagnon-Arsenault (Zahabi MMA) vs. J. Rios Desjardins (Kanreikai)
170-175 – Kevin Lampron (Kanreikai) vs. Jordan Pellerin (Corbeil MMA)
195-200 – Patrick Labelle (Zahabi MMA) vs. Ike Chiplick (Push MMA)
Fights operate under Fightquest’s amateur rules. On top of taking place in a ring, the three rounds are 2 minutes each, instead of five. Fighters wear 12 ounce gloves and shin pads. Elbow and knee strikes are prohibited.
Watch the original Trepanier-Challice showdown: