Timmins’ blended martial artist Terry ‘Goodtime’ Lemaire has set one other impressive win on his decent resume after a bout this previous weekend in Kentucky.
Lemaire used to be in the main match of Saturday’s Arduous Rock MMA 117 in Shepherdsville, the set he defeated the intently favoured native Isaiah Ferguson with a predominant-spherical submission, lawful over one minute into the match.
It used to be a whirlwind weekend for Lemaire and his coach Matthew Poulin from Total Martial Arts Centre. The two returned dwelling late Sunday evening and maintain had minute or no sleep since Saturday.
Even making the match on time proved to be reasonably the ordeal. The original idea used to be to form the roughly 16-hour drive. They space out for the border in Sault Ste. Marie closing Wednesday.
“We were in contact with the border in the weeks leading up to it. Matt used to be emailing them. We wanted to be certain that we were going to get during lawful? Resulting from it’s for work. They couldn’t give us a straight acknowledge,” acknowledged Lemaire.
“They acknowledged, they’ll both center of attention on you well-known or now not in case you get to the border.”
Despite that ominous bit of information, they arrived in the Sault effectively organized and effectively ready.
“We had our pandemic e-book all space up. We had my contract. We had a letter from the promoter and employer, stating that it used to be for work. We had the total stops and the resort information, and they refused us.”
After being denied entry into the United States, they were left scrambling.
“We were in shock. Particularly after the total preparations we did for it. We weren’t lawful going in blind.”
They made the call to the promoter to inform them of the insist, and drove to Sudbury to employ the evening.
“The promoter from Kentucky figured out us a testing facility in Toronto for Thursday morning. So we got our COVID exams so that we would possibly perhaps perhaps additionally soar. The promoter booked us flights, and we flew out Friday at 12 from Toronto. We got there on weigh-in day at 5 p.m., and weigh-ins were at 7,” acknowledged Lemaire.
“It used to be a shut call. We nearly didn’t form it down, however I’m delighted we did.”
Lemaire used to be up against the head bantamweight in the space. Nicknamed ‘The Vanilla Gorilla’, Ferguson came in the extra experienced fighter with an 8-2 decent account. He additionally had the merit of competing in his possess backyard.
Lemaire had a fleshy eight weeks to arrange for this match. Despite gyms being shuttered, Lemaire used to be in a field to train with Poulin resulting from he is fighter.
The match performed out exactly how they idea it would.
“We knew he used to be going to shoot-in. We knew he used to be going to ascertain out and get the purchase-down, resulting from my standup is superior than his, and he’s a ground man, a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu unlit belt, and that’s his bread and butter. I wasn’t expecting him to shoot in that hasty.”
There used to be urgency from Ferguson to purchase the match to the mat.
“I think I had most productive thrown a jab. Then we both threw kicks on the identical time, and he latched onto my leg, and he tried to get the takedown. Nonetheless I knew it used to be coming and I used to be ready for it, so I got my underhook lawful away, and I locked over his shoulder and lawful pulled him off me and brought him to the ground. I stopped up on top.”
Within seconds, Lemaire locked in his signature submission; the guillotine choke. Ferguson tapped hasty and the match used to be over.
“It couldn’t maintain long previous better. He caught me in a guillotine of his possess, lawful on the begin, however he didn’t maintain the lawful space to finish it. It used to be tight, however I did the lawful technique lawful to loosen it up, and get the lawful perspective so I could perhaps perhaps additionally withhold breathing.”
When Lemaire pressured Ferguson to tap, particularly that hasty, there used to be a palpable stunned silence during the venue.
The fight commentators working the pay-per-behold broadcast were alarmed. Ferguson had never misplaced by submission or knockout, and is actually appropriate a legit UFC prospect.
“Wow. Wow. I did now not note that coming,” acknowledged one.
“Basically the most productive particular person talking in here is Terry Lemaire. That you just can perhaps additionally hear a pin plunge in here after that,” acknowledged one other.
“I silenced the total doubters, that’s for determined,” instructed The Day after day Press with amusing.
Resulting from COVID-19 associated restrictions, the attendance used to be maxed out at 200, on the opposite hand they were now not expecting to observe their hometown hero lose.
“That you just can perhaps additionally hear the crickets in the crowd. They were in shock.”
It remains to be considered what exactly the impact of the victory will attain for Lemaire’s ranking, however he is confident he’ll be ranked amongst top 10 bantamweights in Canada. He has now won his closing 5 fits.
“Large things are coming, man. We’re planning on taking possibly three months, lawful to maintain building the body. Nonetheless if something comes down the pipe presently cherish the UFC or Dana White’s Contender Sequence, which would be very plausible now, we’ll note.”
The native business neighborhood has embraced Lemaire as regarded as one of the principal head native athletes. For this match, he got sponsorship donations from Total Martial Arts Centre, Permanent and Proud Tattooos, Look Health, Pine Dairy Bar, T&S Diversity, Skoser Merch, Inspired Sudbury, Realty Networks, Sundown Construction, Bush Brothers, Northern Allied Supply, Nasco Propane, Epitron Electrical, Wilson’s Auto Detailing, MSS, Canadian Commerce-Ex, MD Renovations, and Nick’s Phone Restore.
Lemaire has his eyes space on competing in the UFC in the lengthy bustle, however for now, he’s lawful soaking in the lawful vibes of the win, and serving his well-known 14-day quarantine after returning from in a international nation.
He now has an American primarily primarily primarily based supervisor who will most likely be looking to staunch bigger alternatives for him. Lemaire used to be approached after his closing bout which took space in Alabama in November. There used to be a staunch impact made that now not most productive is Lemaire a actually promising fighter, however additionally an incredible influence on his native neighborhood.
“I pleasure myself on that. Being positive, and being an influence in the neighborhood here, and inspiring other folks. Its a large portion of why I attain what I attain.”
— Andrew Autio is the Local Journalism Initiative reporter for The Day after day Press. The LJI program is funded by the federal govt.