So, TUF Nations is still going on. The tournament brackets, featuring welterweights and middleweights haven't made much in terms of front page news this season (apart from a few racial epithets that saw one fighter already have his shot in the UFC pulled). Now however, TUF Nations is making headlines for the fights themselves. Kajan Johnson and Chad Laprise, both members of team Canada faced off in Episode 10.
Their fight started off as a fairly standard, range kickboxing affair, with both guys getting their licks in, but not landing anything substantial. Really it seemed destined for a dull three rounds, perhaps a contentious split decision, as the fighters relied on footwork and distance to feel each other out and land one off shots. Then, about 9:38 into the video (or just under 4 minutes into the second round) Laprise landed one right hand that sent Kajan reeling.
Johnson talked about the loss in his blog series with MMA Junkie.
He feints it again and I bite pulling and coming back with my right hand. Unfortunately for me my left hand isn't in its rightful place protecting my chin and CRACK! He hits me with a right hand bomb shattering my jaw and dropping me on my face. They say it's the one you don't see that gets you out and they're right. I did not see it coming at all. I just woke up on the ground on my hands and knees with blood leaking from my face. I knew right away that my jaw was broken. Because of adrenaline, there was no pain yet but it was very obvious to me that it was way out of place. I couldn't close my mouth and it felt completely out of line.
After I got over the fact that my jaw was busted, the reality set in that I had just lost the fight of my life. Being the crybaby I am of course I start crying. It has been a very long very difficult road to get to this point. I have sacrificed everything to be here and when it came down to it, I lost. No matter what. Regardless of coaches, weight cuts, change rooms, etc., I lost. It's up to me and no one else. I didn't fight the fight I was supposed to and I paid the price once again with my face. So I've officially been knocked out now. I can really say I've been through it all. I have KO losses on my record but they aren't real KOs. This time, I really got knocked out. I'm sure it happened to teach me a lesson but it sucks that it had to happen here, in the most important fight
Laprise talked about the win as well in his interview series with MMA Fighting.
I've knocked people out before, and when that shot lands, it feels like you hit air. I knew I had hurt him and really did feel bad. When I fight, I never want to hurt people especially a teammate. Before the fight we both said whatever happens happens but when it actually does it's not a great feeling. This is the reality of the sport we are in.
With the win Laprise moves on to the TUF nations finale, where he will face the winner of Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Richard Walsh. Theres no word on what fight will be featured in episode 11, but the middleweight quarterfinals are set between Tyler Manawaroa vs. Elias Theodorou and Vik Grujic vs. Sheldon Westcott.