In the second bout of the main card at UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Kennedy, Chad Laprise stuck-and-moved his way to a split decision victory over Olivier Aubin-Mercier, winning the title of Ultimate Fighter winner at welterweight.
Each round was similar, with the quicker footwork of Laprise and more efficient combinations befuddling Aubin-Mercier. Aubin-Mercier, who is noted for his grappling, has been hailed in some circles as “The Next GSP” — but he struggled to complete any takedowns or land any strikes of substance. The home crowd in Quebec chanted “Oli’s” name and even boo’ed as the decision was announced, but victory for Laprise was carved out with hand combinations and the occasional kick.
Laprise punctuated his win with a spinning back kick in round three and a good combination, including a left hook to the body, as time expired.
Laprise, of Ontario, is the first Ultimate Fighter winner from Canada. He expressed his intention to move down in weight, but noted he would fight whoever he was asked at the welterweight or lightweight divisions.
Chad Laprise defeats Olivier Aubin-Mercier by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)