Terry Lemaire eager to impress in enemy territory at SHP 57

On just two weeks notice, Timmins, Ont.’s Terry “Good Time” Lemaire (3-2) will look to make it four wins in a row when he travels all the way to Northport, Ala. to take on the state’s top-ranked featherweight, undefeated Travis Hill (2-0).

Lemaire, 31, is no stranger to fighting in enemy territory. In fact, he’s made a career of it.

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Terry Lemaire begins to lock in the winning guillotine choke on Jose Prieto at Big Johns MMA. (Credit: Big Johns MMA)

“That’s usually how it goes for me, I’m always in somebody’s backyard,” Lemaire said in an interview with MMA Empire.

“I’m usually fighting in Montreal or Quebec City, and I’m always fighting one of their guys, so it’s nothing new to me.”

One thing that is new for Lemaire, however, is staying in shape during a pandemic.

Despite all of the isolation early on, Lemaire said he has been able to keep his body operating at a high level.

“It hasn’t really had an impact, thankfully,” Lemaire said.

“I was ready to go for team Canada in a tournament last November in Singapore, but wasn’t able to make the trip. And then I had another fight fall through in June, but I was staying in shape doing home workouts. Once the gyms opened up, I was ready to go. I came into the gym not like a slug like most people. That’s why I took the fight on two weeks notice, and it’s a weight class up, so it’s nice.”

Lemaire looking to make a statement

Lemaire has spent the majority of his career at bantamweight, reeling off three straight wins in the process.

He’ll be moving up to featherweight on Saturday to take on Hill, but less weight to cut on short notice isn’t the only reason. Lemaire said he feels it’s also a great opportunity against a highly-touted opponent.

“The fact I get to fight their number one-ranked guy is even better. I’ve been kind of put on the back burner with cancelled events lately,” Lemaire said.

“I haven’t been able to stay as active as I’ve wanted to over the years. I think people are starting to forget about me and I want to make a statement.”

Lemaire’s opponent has yet to see the second round as a professional, finishing both of his fights by submission.

Although aware of his strength on the ground, Lemaire feels there isn’t anything Hill can offer that he hasn’t prepared for.

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Terry Lemaire celebrates his win over Jose Prieto at Big Johns MMA. (Credit: Big Johns MMA)

“I noticed in his amateur career he had a few losses and they went the distance because he was unable to get the take down. I think that’s where he breaks,” Lemaire said.

“I think that’s his game plan, and unfortunately, for him, I’m a little more well-rounded. My last opponent thought he was going to wrestle me, and I outwrestled him for three rounds. So, if that’s his game plan, well then go for it, but I’m going to keep the fight standing.”

With his confidence and motivation at an all-time high, Lemaire will look to keep things rolling on Saturday night as he looks for his fourth straight win.

“Once I get to the fight, all the hard work is done. The only thing I have to do is pull away with the win, which I’m 100 per cent sure I’m going to get,” Lemaire said.

“It’s just a matter of which round. I’m not saying he isn’t a tough opponent, it’s just the frame of mind I’ve been in over the last year with this COVID thing. I have a fire burning in my soul and I’m ready to compete.”

Lemaire’s Shoutouts

“I want to thank all my sponsors. The community support here in Timmins, Ont. is awesome, they respect all their athletes here and they help out a lot. And, of course, my wife, friends, family and my trainer, Matt Poulin, at Total Martial Arts Center.” Follow Lemaire on social media: FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM