30-Year-Old UFC Lightweight 11-3-0
November 16, 2016 Chad Laprise News
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Laprise suffered a late injury, causing him to be pulled out of his UFC 206 bout with Li Jingliang MMAFighting.com reports.
Laprise was making his move back up to the welterweight division, but that will have to take a back seat for now. As an Ontario native, he could have fought in front of a hometown crowd during UFC 206. The extent of his injury remains unknown, but he should be expected to get back to fighting in the near future. Jingliang is expected to be re-booked for a fight at a later date.
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Fantasy AnalysisIt came against a guy who is going to be unemployed soon and after he missed weight, but Laprise was badly in need of a victory after suffering the first two losses of his pro career. The finish was the result of an easy counter-combo from Laprise after Gouti threw a lazy left-hand. Laprise is now 4-2 in the UFC and other than his first-round TKO loss to Francisco Trinaldo last August, he has looked competent against some decent opponents (Ross Pearson, Bryan Barberena, Olivier Aubin-Mercier). Laprise stated after the fight that he plans on fighting at welterweight moving forward. His body just can't take the weight cut down to the 156-pound lightweight limit.
Fantasy AnalysisThe odds score was the result of one judge giving a round a 10-10 score (which you're not allowed to do). In a fight that was contested entirely on the feet, Laprise threw more and landed more, which is usually a recipe for success, but not on this night. Laprise by no means looked terrible, but the judges got this one right. After winning the first 11 fights of his pro career, Laprise has now lost back-to-back bouts. At age-29, the odds of Laprise ever becoming a top-ten fighter in the UFC's deep lightweight division are increasing small.
Fantasy AnalysisLaprise just didn't have it on Sunday night. He ate one huge left hand and seemed to recover, but next thing you knew he was being flattened out and referee Herb Dean was stepping in to put an end to the contest. Laprise was undefeated going into Sunday, but he isn't a guy who has elite athletic ability. Even though it was the first lost of his career, this is a pretty significant setback for Laprise.
Fantasy AnalysisWe should hear in the coming weeks who Laprise will be facing. Laprise is 3-0 in his UFC career and is currently undefeated as a professional.