Notre-Dame-des-Prairies, Qc – Fighting before his hometown crowd Saturday night, Miky ‘the Wolf’ Houle stepped up to the occasion, delivering a solid main-event decision victory in Kanreikai Extreme Fighting (KEF) 3‘s most impressive performance.
Nestled at the back of a winding parking lot about an hour north of Montreal, the Jolodium banquet hall played host to KEF 3. While next door over a hundred seniors gathered for Saturday night Bingo, and other locals took the chance to vote in advanced election polls, inside, about 200 fans gathered for the evening’s seven amateur MMA fights.
Greeted in-ring by the familiar, impassioned voice of announcer Eric Emard, the crowd predictably favoured hometown fighters from nearby Joliette throughout the night. Fightquest president Stephane Vigneault served as the evening’s referee.
KEF 3 was organized by the near-by Kanreikai Joliette team, led by Sensei Dominic Morin. Fighters from the gym featured in all seven fights, four of them making their amateur debuts. After dropping the evening’s first two fights, the Kanreikai team stormed back, winning the evening’s final five.
Originally expected to be on the card, Kanreikai’s Jason Courchesne, Ricardo Moreau, and Kevin Lampron were relegated to supporting their teammates after opponents pulled out in the weeks leading into the show.
Post-fight interviews with main event winner Miky Houle and and Kanreikai Joliette leader Dominic Morin are available. Check back later next week for Rising Star 3 pre-fight interviews with Kanreikai’s Jason Courchesne and Maxime Fecteau.
Here are the full results (weight divisions in bold):
150 – Miky ‘the Wolf’ Houle (Kanreikai MMA) v. Keone Sananikone (Pro Star MMA & Iastkevitch Submission)
Miky Houle wins by unanimous judges’ decision. I scored it 30-27 Houle.
– In the evening’s most exciting fight, Miky Houle, headlining in only his 5th amateur outing, consistently looked more aggressive and effective on his feet than Sananikone. In a close 1st round, Houle had a slight edge in punches landed, usually throwing them in combos. In the 2nd, with the crowd chanting his name, Houle continued to unleash his hands on Sananikone’s face, mostly utilizing his right. Sananikone barely missed a head kick, and offered up a few rights of his own. Despite falling behind in punches landed, he managed to open up a small cut below Houle’s left eye. In the final round, Houle again out-punched his opponent, repeatedly landing clean shots to his head, and surviving two brief take-downs that he instantly got out from. Showing excellent head movement throughout, often ducking before unleashing, Houle finished strong with more punches. With the decision, Houle wins his second straight and improves to 3-2 as an an amateur.
175 – Jonathan Rios Desjardins (Kanreikai MMA) v. Micheal Bullock (Push MMA, Ontario)
Jonathan Rios Desjardins wins by unanimous judges’ decision. (I scored it 29-28 Desjardins.)
– After losing the 1st round, where Bullock landed a takedown and later locked in an unsuccessful triangle choke, Desjardins began turning the tide in the 2nd. Getting a takedown and later ending up atop of Bullock in full mount, Desjardins still couldn’t take full control, getting temporarily grounded after Bullock caught a kick and punched him, and later managed to briefly sweep into the top position when Desjardins had full mount. In the 3rd, Desjardins again got the edge, blocking a Bullock takedown attempt, utilizing leg kicks, and eventually landing a takedown of his own. Despite moving into full mount, Bullock prevented any real damage. After being TKOed three weeks ago at Fightquest 17, Desjardins rebounds and is now 2-3 as an amateur.
160 – Hugo Boisvert (Kanreikai MMA ) v. Jeremie Lefebvre (Centre d’arts martiaux Répentigny)
Hugo Boisvert wins by TKO (ground and pound) at 1:10 of Round 2.
– Looking pumped from the start, Boisvert was able to finish in the 2nd round, forcing Lefebvre to the ground, moving from side to full mount, then raining down punches. With Lefebvre covering up and showing little movement, referee Stephane Vigneault stepped in to stop the bout, handing Boisvert the win in his amateur debut.
215 – Danny Langlois (Kanreikai MMA) v. John Minifie (Push MMA, Ontario)
Danny Langlois wins by unanimous judges’ decision.
– In the evening’s biggest slobber-knocker, two hefty fighters delivered exciting punch-heavy performances, with Langlois outlasting and out-landing Minifie. The 1st round saw Minifie favouring body kicks, with Langlois sticking to head punches. After landing a few of his own, Minifie was staggered at the end by a clean shot from Langlois. In the 2nd, Minifie began landing with both hands, as Langlois countered by utilizing uppercuts and head punches. Likely sealing the fight in the judges’ eyes, Langlois took control in the 3rd, following up leg kicks with punches, then delivering a continuous barrage of punches into an exhausted Minifie’s head. As the fight ended, Langlois landed one last huge right, and gained the judge’s decision in his amateur debut.
170 – Maxime Garneau (Kanreikai MMA) v. Mathieu Lapointe Ricard (Centre d’arts martiaux Répentigny)
Maxime Garneau wins by unanimous judges’ decision. (I scored it 30-27 Garneau.)
– After losing his amateur debut, Garneau looked solid in his second fight, controlling Ricard on the ground for most of the bout. Despite landing a 1st round takedown, Garneau’s arms were held by Ricard, neutralizing any damage. Attempting a standing guillotine in the 2nd, Ricard instead ended up on his back, with Garneau eventually moving to full-mount, but again landing few punches. In the 3rd, Garneau took Ricard down, this time with a single-leg, got full mount but once more had his arms held. Ricard managed to sweep to the top towards the end, but he too was held down and unable to deliver any offense. Garneau evens his amateur record to 1-1, but fails to get a finish.
140 – Alex Lachapelle (Kanreikai MMA) v. Jonathan Bibeau (Valleyfield)
Jonathan Bibeau wins by unanimous judges’ decision. (I scored it 30-27 Bibeau.)
– Making his amateur debut, Lachapelle was unable to handle Bibeau’s ground control. In the 1st round, Bibeau landed two takedowns by diving under punches, but didn’t deliver much offense as Lachapelle held him down. In the 2nd, Bibeau again landed a takedown, this time achieving full mount, and later locking in a rear-naked choke that Lachapelle eventually escaped. In the final round, after Lachapelle slipped throwing a kick, Bibeau capitalized and took his back to deliver punches. Lachapelle swept into Bibeau’s guard at the very end, but it was too little too late.
145 – Simon Latour (Kanreikai MMA) v. Maxime Mariani (Extreme Submission)
Maxime Mariani wins by bulldog choke submission at 1:30 of Round 2.
– After a back-and-forth 1st round, the evening’s opening bout between fighters early in their amateur career ended in the 2nd. Following a pause to clean up Latour’s bloody nose, Mariani landed a takedown and began punching. Though Latour managed to get up, Mariani again took him down. With Latour on his knees, Mariani squeezed his bicep and forearm around his head, forcing the tap with a bulldog choke (looks like a headlock).
The event’s fights used amateur boxe mixte rules, and took place under the governance of the Federation Quebecoise de Boxe Mixte Amateur. The main differences from professional MMA are that bouts use a ring, not a cage, knee and elbow attacks are illegal, fighters wear shin-pads and 12 ounce gloves, and rounds last two minutes instead of five.