Côté earns decisions, Pelletier crowned champion at Ringside 11

Patrick Côté (left), Stéphane Pelletier (center), and Donald Brashear (right), all came away with the win Saturday at Ringside 11.

Quebec, Qc – Former UFC middleweight title contender Patrick ‘the Predator’ Côté ’s (15-7) journey back to the big leagues hit a muddled note Saturday, as Ringside MMA returned to Quebec city. Fighting in a second main event for the organization against a fellow ex-UFC opponent, Côté followed up on his April win over Kalib Starnes with a low-key unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) over Todd Brown (15-4) at Ringside 11.

After landing a few punches and leg kicks during a close 1st round, the nearest Côté came to finishing was in 2nd round’s opening minute. Connecting with a clean uppercut that sent Brown to floor, Côté followed up with hammer-fists, eventually achieving full mount. He ended the round attacking Brown from his back after the Bulldog rolled out into his guard.

Côté again took the fight to the ground in the 3rd, catching Brown’s leg during a kick to force a take-down. After raining down knees to Brown’s body from side-control, and failing twice to lock in a kimura despite pro-wrestling style appeals to the crowd in the fight’s dying seconds, Côté was forced to settle for a decision.

Speaking after the fight, Côté, who admitted to still thinking of himself as a UFC fighter,  was hopeful that his two decision wins would earn him a call from matchmaker Joe Silva, but expressed his preference for taking a third fight with Ringside if that didn’t happen. His fight Saturday was the final one on his contract with the organization, which next heads back to Montreal’s Bell Centre for Ringside 12 in October.

Stéphane Pelletier earns new Ringside bantamweight title

Battling to be Ringside’s first 135 pound champion, Stéphane Pelletier (5-1) scored his third victory of 2011, earning a TKO over Dimitri Waardenburg (8-4). Riding a four fight win-streak coming in, Waardenburg was stopped by a shoulder injury suffered during the 2nd round. Crumpled over by a Pelletier body kick as time ran out, Waardenburg was unable to answer the bell for the 3rd after a doctor put an end to the fight due to his shoulder’s seeming dislocation. Pelletier was awarded the win, along with the belt. He’ll likely fight again in October at Ringside 12.

Taking place mostly on the feet, the fight was closely contested up until the end. After Waardenburg took a slight edge in the 1st, utilizing his Muay Thai background to unleash a flurry of kicks, many of them onto Pelletier’s lead left leg, Pelletier looked better in the second, landing a brief take down, and twice attempting an arm-bar before finishing up back on his feet with the devastating body shot. A kick to Waardenburg’s shoulder appeared to have been what injured the shoulder, with the takedown likely aggravating it.

Donald Brashear runs through opponent in his MMA debut

Carrying over effortlessly from his former role as an NHL enforcer, heavyweight Donald Brashear (1-0) scored a 21 second TKO over last-minute replacement Mathieu Bergeron (0-1). Charging at his opponent from the opening bell, Brashear floored the little-known Bergeron with a flurry of punches, and followed up for the quick finish as he pounded down with his fists. Brashear received a loud welcome from the Colisée Pepsi crowd as he was introduced by ring-announcer Eric Emard prior to the fight. The arena is the former home of defunct NHL team the Quebec Nordiques.

Keven Morin earns a close decision over David Lafond

Facing an opponent with less than a third of his experience, lightweight Keven Morin (5-3) successfully followed up on his April Ringside 10 win, scoring a unanimous decision victory (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) over a tough David Lafond (1-2). Despite losing the 2nd round after being outstruck, Morin mostly had the advantage for the rest of the fight, flooring Lafond in opening minute of the 1st with a left hook, before controlling him on the ground for most of the round, and landing two takedowns in the 3rd, but delivering little offence.

Prelim Results

In a light-heavyweight bout featuring two Canadian MMA warhoses, Marcus Hicks (11-20) survived a bad 1st round to finish Yan Pellerin (9-13) via ground-and-pound TKO at 3:40 of round 2. After being outstruck, and controlled on the ground in the 1st, Hicks was again taken down in the 2nd. Escaping Pellerin punching him as he turtled up, Hicks was able to roll out, and finish with a flow of elbows, then fists from half-guard.

In a grapple-heavy affair, 42 year-old Dany Laflamme (3-5) scored a unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27) over Justin Doyon (2-7), earning his first win since 2003 (his only other fight in the interim was a 2007 loss by TKO). All three rounds began with tentative standup before moving to the ground, where Laflamme dominated almost completely, establishing side control and full mount, occasionally unleashing ground-and-pound, though never enough to finish.

Coming off a loss in his pro debut, featherweight Keven Tremblay (1-1) bounced back against rookie Maxime Leger (0-1), locking in a rear-naked choke for the submission at 3:32 of round 2. After eating a few early shots in the 1st, Tremblay controlled Leger on the ground for the rest of the round, while landing very few strikes. The 2nd was more of the same, as Tremblay floored Leger with a push kick, controlling him on way to the submission after Tremblay had fought off a first choke attempt.

Making his pro debut in the evening’s opening bout, Jerome Martin (1-0) won a close split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28), handing Tommy Côté (2-2) his second straight loss. After the first half of the catchweight (150 lbs) boutt was mostly even on the feet, it moved to the floor where the fighters exchanged top position and back control multiple times. Côté had Martin’s back as the fight wound down in the 3rd, but Martin was able to sweep into guard as the the fight ended. The bout’s only near-finish was in the 2nd round, as Côté  separated Martin’s hands for an arm-bar just as time ran out.

Quick Results:

150 – Jerome Martin defeats Tommy Côté by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
145 – Keven Tremblay defeats Maxime Leger by rear-naked choke at 3:32 of Round 2.
155 – Dany Laflamme defeats Justin Doyon by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
205 – Marcus Hicks defeats Yan Pellerin by TKO at 3:40 of Round 2.
155 – Danny Morin defeats David Lafond by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
HW – Donald Brashear defeats Mathieu Bergeron by TKO at 0:21 of Round 1.
135 – Stephane Pelletier defeats Dimitri Waardenburg by TKO at 5:00 of Round 2
190 – Patrick Côté defeats Todd Brown by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

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