There were a lot of big winners in Quebec City tonight, and one of the biggest had to be Chad Laprise. The fighter took home the welterweight finale win in “The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia” tournament, and looked impressive in doing so.
Laprise exhibited crisp striking, steady pace, and remarkable takedown defense, as he worked his way to a unanimous decision victory over Olivier Aubin-Mercier.
In terms of what’s next for the Canadian fighter he says that he will “most likely” move down to lightweight, however, he’s willing to take a fight at welterweight should Joe Silva offer him a “small 170.”
Beyond that, Laprise plans on taking a week off to relax and then will be looking to climb back into the ring.
As the fighter stated to SportsNetCanada’s “Showdown” Joe Ferraro:
“I didn’t get into this sport to just be the Ultimate Fighter. I want to be the UFC champ someday. So, I need to keep fighting and climb up those ranks.”
It will be interesting to see who the UFC matches Laprise up with next. At welterweight he might be able to score some wins – as he said against a small 170 – but probably not against any fighters that are ranked. Hopefully, Laprise will just slip down to lightweight and begin his championship journey there.