Jeremy McNamara delivers decision, as Orion MMA goes 11-1 at its first amateur event

Orion MMA held its inaugural amateur event, titled ‘the Begininning,’ Saturday in Longueuil, on Montreal’s South Shore. As is usually the case for the home team at amateur MMA shows, Orion fighters had an overwhelmingly successful night, going 11-1 in their 12 fights. In all 14 bouts took place.

In the evening’s main event, Orion’s Jeremy McNamara, veteran of 15 fights going in, gained a decision over Team Legion’s Olivier Gilgen. Coming off a 14-second KO win at Fightquest 17, McNamara was forced to go the distance, utilizing multiple takedowns, but unable to deliver ground-and-pound until the fight’s dying seconds. Speaking after the event, the 20 year-old expressed his readiness to go pro in the autumn.

Orion MMA's new gym location in Longueuil played host to the evening's 14 fights.

Over 500 fans showed up for the event, an impressive number for an amateur show, and packed the spacious gym’s new location, formerly home to a furniture store. The new Orion MMA is born of a fusion of Longueuil Fight Club and the old Orion MMA gym. Led by Muay Thai specialist Kru Ash, the Orion team’s kicking looked crisp and on-target throughout most of the fights (elbows are illegal at the amateur level).

Sanctioned by the ‘Federation Amateur de Boxe Mixte du Quebec’ (FQBM), fights were refereed by Loïc Pascal Magnier, and took place under amateur rules. On top of being in a ring, the three rounds are two minutes each, instead of five. Fighters wear 12 ounce gloves and shin pads. Elbows, knee strikes, hammer-fists, and submissions involving twisting (e.g. heel hooks) are prohibited.

Speaking to gym owner Ian Harvey after the event, he seemed optimistic Orion would organize more amateur cards in the future, given the evening’s excellent turnout. Late July was mentioned as a likely date for a show centred on boxing.

Check back Monday for post-fight interviews with main-event winner Jeremy McNamara, Orion MMA coach Kru Ash, and gym owner Ian Harvey.

Full Fight Card (weight divisions in bold, scroll to the bottom for quick results):
Main event
160
Olivier Gilgen (Team Legion) vs. Jeremy McNamara (Orion)
Jeremy McNamara wins by unanimous decision.

Improving to 11-5 as an amateur with his decision win, Orion's Jeremy Mcnamara (seen here after the fight), is looking to turn pro this fall.

– After trading punches to open the fight, McNamara landed takedowns on Gilgen in both the 1st and 2nd round. Held down for an extended period by Gilgen both times, McNamara was unable to land much offense, or get past his guard. Gilgen achieved a takedown of his own at the start of the 2nd round. In the final round, the fighters traded hooks, with Gilgen landing a takedown that almost pushed McNamara through the ropes and out of the ring. After the fight was restarted, McNamara twice more took Gilgen down, and finally began to connect with punches as the clock ran out. Fighting in the main event for his hometown crowd, McNamara took the decision, and was joined in-ring by his teammates for the celebration.

Co-main event
190
– David Lenoir (Nordick FC) vs. Jonathan Vallée (Orion)
Jonathan Vallée wins by split decision.
– Towering over Lenoir by at least half a foot, Vallée used his reach advantage to outstrike Lenoir in the 1st round, favouring kicks to the body, including a spinning back kick to Lenoir’s chest. Lenoir took the 2nd round, twice catching Vallée’s kicks to complete a takedown. After the fight was stopped three times, twice after Lenoir’s kicks landed between Vallée’s legs, and once after Lenoir hammerfisted while on top of Vallée (illegal in amateur), the round ended with Lenoir attempting a standing guillotine. The 3rd round was close, with Vallée gaining a slight advantage in striking. Unable to easily close the gap, Lenoir was forced to lunge in to connect with a few body punches, with Vallée favouring hooks.

170Jérémy Capony (Orion) vs. Kevin Lampron (Kanreikai FC)
Jérémy Capony wins by split decision.
– Both fighters were sporting Chuck Liddell-style mohawks for this close matchup. In the 1st round, Lampron had Capony in a guillotine for an extended period, but Capony eventually escaped and landed a few shots from guard. In the 2nd round, Lampron dominated, hitting a takedown, delivering ground-and-pound from full mount, and locking in an arm-bar just as time ran out. In the final round, Lampron landed two takedowns, the second more complete than the first. Achieving side control, Lampron was later swept. Capony was in his guard, unable to land much offense, as the fight ended. Lampron looked to have done enough to earn a narrow decision, but it instead went to Capony. A slight setback for Lampron, who drops to 2-2 as an amateur, after three weeks ago demolishing Jeff Blake on way to earning Summum‘s new welterweight title.

175Matthew Rusniack (Orion) vs. Dominic Pinchaud (Steevie Boxe)
Matthew Rusniack wins by TKO at 1:32 of Round 3.
– Sporting a snarl on his face for all three rounds, Rusniack took the 1st after landing a takedown, after which he was held down by Pinchaud. The 2nd round looked to be even, with Rusniack connecting with a couple of kicks, but the fighters staying tied up for almost the entire two minutes. In the final round, Rusniack began landing both punches and kicks with regularity, finally taking the fight to the ground after catching Pinchaud’s leg. Moving from side control, to half-guard, then to full mount, Rusniack pounded down on Pinchaud with his fists to finish for the TKO win.

160Yannick Moreau (Team Barbarian) vs. Jordan Turcotte (Force Xtreme)
Yannick Moreau wins by rear-naked choke submission at 1:33 of Round 1.
– Despite landing an early takedown and connecting with a clean hook to Moreau’s face, Turcotte ended up on the ground later in the round. Moreau then achieved full mount, and began punching, at which point Turcotte gave up his back. Continuing to land, Moreau next went for the choke and soon after got the tap.

160Guillaume Boucher (Nordick FC) vs. Julien Ravart (Orion)
Julien Ravart wins by split decision.
– A rematch of an April split decision win for Ravart, this bout was again very close. Ravart slightly outstruck Boucher in the 1st round, though the fighters were tied up for the majority of the two minutes. In the 2nd, Boucher narrowly outstruck Ravart, and landed a takedown, after which Ravart unsuccessfully attempted a triangle. In the final round, Ravart outpunched Boucher, and connected with an uppercut, before being taken down by Boucher. Ravart again attempted a triangle, which was almost locked in as time ran out. No clear winner, but Ravart gained the nod from two of the three judges.

145Bobby Bilodeau (Force Xtreme) vs. Philippe Ferris (Orion)
Philippe Ferris wins by arm-bar submission at 0:31 of Round 1.
– In the evening’s quickest fight, Ferris landed a takedown shortly into the fight, achieved full mount, then successfully attempted an arm-bar to finish. Short and sweet, it earned Ferris a submission of the night trophy for his efforts.

170 Mathieu Daviault (Orion) vs. Ryan Waterfeller (Nordick FC)
Mathieu Daviault wins by unanimous decision.
– Controlling Waterfeller on the ground throughout most of the fight, Daviault landed a few punches from guard in the 1st, opening a cut under Watereller’s left eye. Completing two more take downs in the 2nd round, Daviault was able to achieve full mount and further ground-and-pound Waterfeller. Daviault almost finished with a rear-naked choke in the 3rd, before Waterfeller escaped, turned, and landed a few punches from the guard as the fight came to a close.

145 Maxime Martens (Team Barbarian) vs. Florent Martins (Orion)
Florent Martins wins by unanimous decision.
– Smiling throughout the fight, Martins took all three rounds, outstriking Martens with head and leg kicks, and repeatedly stuffing his takedowns. Martins almost choked Martens out in the 3rd round, but the fight was stood up after they got caught in the ropes. Connecting with yet another head kick as time ran down, Martins was finally able to stagger Martens, but couldn’t finish before the bell rang.

150Philippe Cantin (Team Legion) vs. Simon Talbot (Orion)
Philippe Cantin wins by unanimous decision.
– Looking physically stronger than Talbot throughout, Cantin controlled most of the fight. Landing a takedown in the 1st, he later attempted a guillotine, and swept to top position after Talbot escaped. The round ended with Cantin lifting Talbot up and slamming him after Talbot attempted a triangle. In the 2nd, he again took Talbot down, and delivered a few punches from the guard. Landing a some ground-and-pound in the 3rd, Cantin was taken down just as the fight ended, but earned himself the unanimous decision. Talbot’s loss was Orion’s only for the night.

170Michael Hudon (Team Barbarian) vs. Olivier Moureaux (Orion)
Olivier Moureaux wins by decision.
– In a high octane fight that went the distance, Moureaux took the decision despite being deducted a point in the 3rd round for hammerfisting (illegal at the amateur level) Hudon. Utilizing kicks to the head and legs throughout, Moureaux survived a Hudon guillotine in the 1st, landed a takedown in the 2nd, and again in the 3rd, before being swept out by Hudon as the fight ended. Hudon favoured superman punches throughout for his stand-up, to the point where Moureaux began countering by landing punches on him as he jumped in.

160Arash Alidousty (Orion) vs. Marc Delice (Wolfpack MMA)
Arash Alidousty wins by rear-naked choke submission at 1:54 of Round 2.
– Taking the 1st round with a takedown, then multiple arm-bar and triangle attempts from the bottom after being swept by Delice, Alidousty pulled off a rear-naked choke to finish late in the 2nd after taking Delice down, delivering a long sequence of punches from side control, achieving full mount, and locking in the submission as Delice turned to avoid his ground-and-pound.

170Florent Blanchard (Orion) vs. Olivier Carter (Team Barbarian)
Florent Blanchard wins by arm-bar submission at 1:09 of Round 2.
– Despite being outstruck, Blanchard took the 1st round with two takedowns, once achieving full mount, before being swept. Outlanding Carter in the 2nd, Blanchard dictated the pace, and locked in the arm-bar to finish after the fight hit the ground.

165Yannick Béliveau (Team Barbarian) vs. Hugo Boisvert (Kanreikai)
Hugo Boisvert wins by TKO at 1:12 of Round 2.
– Coming off his first loss three weeks ago at Summum 4, Boisvert survived a tough 1st round where he was taken down and held in side control. Bouncing back in the 2nd, Boisvert swept to the top after being taken down, delivering a long sequence of ground-and-pound from full mount to earn the finish in the evening’s opening fight. Boisvert improved to 2-1 as an amateur with the win.

By schools, here’s how the win-loss records for the night came out:
Orion MMA (11-1)
Kanreikai (1-1)
Team Legion (1-1)
Team Barbarian (1-4)
Nordick FC (0-3)
Force Xtreme
(0-2)
Steevie Boxe
(0-1)
Wolfpack MMA
(0-1)

Quick Results:
160
– Olivier Gilgen (Team Legion) vs. Jeremy McNamara (Orion)
– Jeremy McNamara wins by unanimous decision.

190 – David Lenoir (Nordick FC) vs. Jonathan Vallée (Orion)
Jonathan Vallée wins by split decision.

170 – Jérémy Capony (Orion) vs. Kevin Lampron (Kanreikai FC)
Jérémy Capony wins by split decision.

175 – Matthew Rusniack (Orion) vs. Dominic Pinchaud (Steevie Boxe)
Matthew Rusniack wins by TKO at 1:32 of Round 3.

160 – Yannick Moreau (Team Barbarian) vs. Jordan Turcotte (Force Xtreme)
Yannick Moreau wins by rear-naked choke submission at 1:33 of Round 1.

160 – Guillaume Boucher (Nordick FC) vs. Julien Ravart (Orion)
Julien Ravart wins by split decision.

145 – Bobby Bilodeau (Force Xtreme) vs. Philippe Ferris (Orion)
Philippe Ferris wins by arm-bar submission at 0:31 of Round 1.

170 – Mathieu Daviault (Orion) vs. Ryan Waterfeller (Nordick FC)
Mathieu Daviault wins by unanimous decision.

145 – Maxime Martens (Team Barbarian) vs. Florent Martins (Orion)
Florent Martins wins by unanimous decision.

150 – Philippe Cantin (Team Legion) vs. Simon Talbot (Orion)
Philippe Cantin wins by unanimous decision.

170 – Michael Hudon (Team Barbarian) vs. Olivier Moureaux (Orion)
Olivier Moureaux wins by decision.

160 – Arash Alidousty (Orion) vs. Marc Delice (Wolfpack MMA)
Arash Alidousty wins by rear-naked choke submission at 1:54 of Round 2.

170– Florent Blanchard (Orion) vs. Olivier Carter (Team Barbarian)
Florent Blanchard wins by arm-bar submission at 1:09 of Round 2.

165– Yannick Béliveau (Team Barbarian) vs. Hugo Boisvert (Kanreikai)
Hugo Boisvert wins by TKO at 1:12 of Round 2.

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9 Responses to Jeremy McNamara delivers decision, as Orion MMA goes 11-1 at its first amateur event

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  3. humpty dumpty hahaha says:

    Let’s just say that i didn’t see the same fight in Mcnamara-Gilgen fight description…

    • Julian Cymbalista-Clapp says:

      By all means, post your take on the fight. I summarize the action when I post fight descriptions so inevitably some details are left out.

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