Who’s Next… Samourai MMA 1

Samourai MMA’s inaugural event is in the books, and what a show it was. They crowned their first two champions and had a number of exciting fights take place at Samourai MMA 1.

Keep in mind, in most cases, the matchups listed here are hypothetical and have not been announced or rumored to be taking place, unless otherwise noted.

Let us know your thoughts on who should be next for the big winners and the rest of the card, and who you think would win our hypothetical matchups.

Kyle Prepolec (15-7) vs. U.S.A prospect/veteran

Prepolec was calm and calculated in his first bout since his UFC stint, taking a split decision over Michael Dufort to become the first ever Samourai MMA lightweight champion. Prepolec has stated he wants to work his way back to the UFC and the best way to do that would be to defend his title against a well-known prospect from down south or, even better, a fellow UFC veteran.

Alex Morgan (11-4) vs. UFC/DWCS opponent

Morgan was near-flawless in his fourth round TKO victory of Maged Hammo, becoming the Samourai MMA featherweight champion in the process. Morgan has faced the best of the best on the regional scene and has proven he’s ready to take that next step. Whether he needs to go the DWCS route or receives the UFC call outright, the big stage should be next for Morgan.

Strahinja Gavrilovic (8-5) vs. KB Bhullar (9-3)

In what was a wild exchange less than one minute into the contest, Gavrilovic was the last man standing in his Samourai MMA 1 bout with Jonathan Bosuku. No speculation is required for Gavrilovic’s next opponent as it was just announced he will take on KB Bhullar at Unified MMA 42 on Dec. 17. Bring on the fireworks.

Frederik Dupras (3-1) vs. Louis Jourdain (5-3)

Dupras was dominant in defeating Patrick Connors, taking the fight to the ground early and working in the winning submission. He looks to be ready for a step up in competition and a bout with Jourdain would provide exactly that.

Maxime Poulin (5-1) vs. Lucas Neufeld (6-1)

After nearly three years away, Poulin looked fantastic in his return, submitting Guillaume Fortier in the first round. Poulin hasn’t shown to be too active in the past, but if he decides to make a quick turnaround this time around, a bout with a rising prospect in Neufeld would be interesting.

Pierre Thivierge (2-0) vs. Sam Debalke (1-2)

Thivierge was dominant in victory over Yassin Nasri, taking each round and the bout on all judges scorecards. The flyweight division in Canada is very shallow, so finding fights will likely always be a challenge for Thivierge. If he’s willing, a matchup with Debalke would make sense.

On the rebound:

Michael Dufort (8-4) vs. Adam Assenza (14-6)

Maged Hammo (10-6-1) vs. Justin Basra (5-0)

Patrick Connors (3-4) vs. Guillaume Fortier (2-4)