The event is headlined by a boxing bout, where UGC’s president and promoter Ali Nestor Charles (159.1 lbs, 10-5-2 boxing, 7-5 MMA) will return to boxing after taking an MMA fight earlier this year at UGC 26. He’ll face off against Edgar Ruiz (158.8 lbs, 22-9-1 boxing) for the vacant WBC Latino middleweight title. Nestor currently holds the Canadian super-middleweight, and Quebec middleweight championship boxing belts.
In all, the event’s eight fight card will feature four MMA matchups, and four boxing bouts, at the Complexe Sportif Claude Robillard. Because of the boxing, MMA fights will also go down in a ring, instead of a cage.
The MMA portion of the card will be headlined by a bout between Matthew Spisak (154.6 lbs, 3-2), and Jean-Marc Lalonde (153.9 lbs, 2-4). As often occurs at weigh-ins, things got heated when the fighters posed for their head-to-head shot. Forehead touching, and shoving occurred, with a threat by Spisak to ‘knock your ass out’ flying at Lalonde, nicely complimenting the brouhaha. Unimpressed by the ongoings, Michel Hamelin, head of the Regie des alcools, des courses et des jeux (RACJ), Quebec’s athletic commission, requested an end to the scuffle, with the fighters quickly complying.
Spisak is on a two-fight win streak after earning a pair of unanimous decisions this year at UGC 26 and MFC 29. Lalonde will be fighting for the first time in over two years, looking to snap a three-fight losing streak dating back to late 2007.
After two false starts, Jason Courchesne (178.6 lbs, 0-0), an excellent Quebec prospect, will make his pro debut against Ontario’s Anthony Doolittle (179.3 lbs, 0-0), in a catch weight bout of 180 lbs. The 24 year-old Courchesne recently wrapped up his amateur career in April at Fightquest 17, finishing with a 10-2 record. His fight Saturday follows his pulling out of a May fight at Rising Star 3 due to a slight injury, and having his fight Friday at Challenge MMA cancelled, along with the rest of the card.
Courchesne’s Kanreikai Joliette teammate Maxime Fecteau (142.0 lbs, 2-1), will also feature on the card, taking his third fight of the year, against Alex Jeffrey (143.8 lbs, 0-0), in his first pro bout. Fecteau recently bounced back from a January TKO loss to now Ringside bantamweight champ Stephane Pelletier, with a 1st round arm-bar submission victory at Rising Star 3 five weeks ago. He moves up a weight class to featherweight for Saturday’s fight.
In other fights, Justin Doyon (173.7 lbs, 2-7), winless in his last six fights, looks to bounce back, most recently from a Ringside 11 loss two weeks ago, when he faces Christopher St. Jean (176.0 lbs, 2-2), who followed up two losses to start his career with wins this March and May at Wreck MMA events in Gatineau. Doyon suffered his first career loss in 2007 at UGC 18 against Saturday’s main eventer Ali Nestor Charles, being finished by 2nd round TKO.
Here are the complete weigh-in results and fight listing. Hyperlinked names lead to past interviews with fighters. Photos are below, some provided by Raymond Leduc.
MMA Weigh-In Results (weight divisions/catch weights in bold)
155 – Jean-Marc Lalonde (153.9 lbs, 2-4) vs. Matthew Spisak (154.6 lbs, 3-2)
180 – Jason Courchesne (178.6 lbs, 0-0) vs. Anthony Doolittle (179.3 lbs, 0-0)
176 – Justin Doyon (173.7 lbs, 2-7) vs. Christopher St. Jean (176.0 lbs, 2-2)
145 – Maxime Fecteau (142.0 lbs, 2-1) vs. Alex Jeffrey (143.8 lbs, 0-0)
Boxing Weigh-In Results (weight divisions/catch weights in bold)
160 – Ali Nestor Charles (159.1 lbs, 10-5-2) vs. Edgar Ruiz (158.8 lbs, 22-9-1)
135 – Sergio Escobar (134.2 lbs, 14-11-2) vs. Arash Usmanee (134.9 lbs, 13-0)
147 – Roody Pierre-Paul (138.8 lbs, 2-0) vs. Victor Zampatti (143.0 lbs, 5-17-2)
140 – Miguel Lombardo (138.6 lbs, 15-10-1) vs. Tony Luis (138.9 lbs, 11-0)
MMA Weigh-In Photo Gallery
Boxing Weigh-In Photo Gallery