Our own Nick Baldwin interviewed a select group of six individuals/fighters associated with this past weekend’s December 7, TKO 45 MMA event out of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, featuring Charles Jourdain vs Alex Morgan in the main and Taylor Lapilus vs Josh Hill in the co-main. Let’s dive right in…
1st Up – 0:17: Taylor Lapilus focused on title shot after TKO 45 win, but eyeing UFC return
TKO bantamweight Taylor Lapilus discusses his split-decision win over Josh Hill in the TKO 45 co-main event on Friday in Montreal, his already-planned title fight against champ Nate Manness, whether he wants to return to the UFC one day, and much more.
2nd – 8:41: TKO 45’s Powell talks second pro victory, UFC cutting Ronson
TKO 45 winner Zackery Powell discusses his first-round submission of Mattia Fonda on Friday in Montreal, whether he was more comfortable in the cage this time around as it was his second pro fight, the UFC signing then releasing TKO double champ Jesse Ronson, and more.
3rd – 12:01: TKO 45’s Vogel happy with quick submission, but wanted to unload some GnP
TKO 45 winner Mateo Vogel discusses his submission of Johnny Baldrige just over a minute into the first round on Friday in Montreal, whether he’s happy to be fighting for TKO, where he sits on its roster, and more.
4th – 14:15: Damien Lapilus eyeing TKO title fight against Jesse Ronson in early 2019
TKO lightweight Damien Lapilus discusses his brother Taylor’s win over Josh Hill at TKO 45 on Friday in Montreal, when and whom against he hopes to fight next, whether we could ever see him back in BAMMA, and more.
5th – 21:16: TKO president Stephane Patry talks TKO 45, UFC cutting Jesse Ronson, more
After TKO 45, promotion president Stephane Patry discusses Friday night’s event in Montreal, Charles Jourdain’s win Alex Morgan to become the new featherweight champ in the headliner, a corner throwing in the towel but the referee missing it in an earlier fight, the UFC signing then cutting TKO double champ Jesse Ronson, TKO double champ Marc-Andre Barriault signing with the UFC, upcoming title fights, and much more.
6th – 34:38: Fernand Lopez talks Lapilus’ win at TKO 45, Ngannou, Gane
MMA Factory head coach Fernand Lopez discusses Taylor Lapilus’ split-decision win over Josh Hill in the TKO 45 co-main event on Friday in Montreal, the potential of his top heavyweight prospect and current TKO champ Cyril Gane, Francis Ngannou’s recent win over Curtis Blaydes, and much more.
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Here’s a look at the TKO 45 card as it occurred Friday, December 7th, 2018, appearing on UFC Fight Pass out of Montreal, Quebec, Canada from the Bell Center, via tapology.com:
Charles Jourdain def Alex Morgan, Sub, 4:38 R1
Taylor Lapilus def Josh Hill, Split Dec
Jade Masson-Wong def Marilyn Micallef, KO/TKO, 2:58 R3
Mateo Vogel def Johnny Baldridge, Sub, 1:16 R1
Yohan Lainesse def Sean Meade, KO/TKO, 3:14 R1
Zackery Powell def Mattia Loi-Fonda, Sub, 2:05 R1
C. Laframboise def Morgane Ribout, Sub, 1:17 R2
Simon Lagarde def Cole Fetzner, KO/TKO, 3:35 R1
Isaac Blais def Dominic Lacroix, Sub, 1:30 R1
Ergys Sigeta def S. Ouerghi, KO/TKO, 1:48 R3
A. Ouellette-Larochelle def Vianney Balezieux, Sub, 1:16 R1
Alex Beaulé def Mathieu Langlais, KO/TKO, 0:37 R3