Who’s Next… Samourai MMA 2

After a banger of an inaugural show with Samourai MMA 1, Samourai MMA returned for Samourai MMA 2 last weekend and delivered another solid event. This was a prospect-loaded card that showcased some potential future stars for Canadian MMA.

Keep in mind, in most cases, the matchups listed here are hypothetical and have not been announced or rumoured 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.

Frederik Dupras (4-1) vs. Terry Lemaire (5-3)

Dupras added yet another first round finish to his resume with his submission win over Quentin Arola, making all four of his professional wins coming in the first frame. Dupras has steadily been progressing up in competition level and he may now be due for another level up. Lemaire would provide that step up in competition and make for a quality fight.

Craig Shintani (10-4) vs. Mateo Vogel (6-2)

Shintani found his way back into the win column with an impressive submission win over Maxime Poulin. It’s anyone’s guess as to what promotion Shintani’s next bout will be for as his last five fights have been for five different promotions. In this case, a trip back to the BFL cage to challenge the newly-crowned featherweight champion Vogel would make sense.

Tommy Morrisson (1-0) vs. Adam Sako (5-0 amateur)

After a tough three-round battle, Morrisson secured his first professional victory in his debut with a split decision win over Binaebi Otoru. Morrisson’s next matchup should be an easy one to make as he and Sako have been going back and forth on social media since Morrisson’s win. Let them hash it out and the cage.

Jo Maisonneuve (1-2) vs. Megan Owen (1-1)

Maisonneuve shocked a lot of people when she landed a nasty knee to knockout out Ekaterina Voronova to earn her first professional win. There aren’t too many options out there in Canada for Maisonneuve next, but a matchup with Owen could make sense for both fighters.

Mehdi Zeidvand (1-0) vs. Forrest Ayers (0-1)

Zeidvand’s professional debut did not disappoint as he earned the knockout victory via slam over Mauricio Cruz. With his wrestling pedigree, it may be tough to find willing opponents for him going forward. But if Ayers is up for the challenge, it would make for in interesting matchup given Ayers’ jiu-jitsu background.

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

After going on a four-fight losing skid, Connors found his was back in the win column with a first round submission of Yohan Salvador. Having appeared for Samourai MMA in back-to-back events, it’s safe to say Connors should be back for a third show. A matchup with Fortier could present a good opportunity for him to make it back-to-back wins.

On the rebound:

Kevin Genereux (4-4) vs. Justin Condie (3-0)

Maxime Poulin (5-2) vs. Tyler Wilson (6-5)

Binaebi Otoru (1-3) vs. Pierre Thivierge (2-0)

Ekaterina Voronova (0-1) vs. Felicia O’Dea-Leblanc (1-0 amateur)

Yanis Hazard (0-1) vs. Ryan Hollenbeck (0-1)

James Cardinal-Lauzon (0-1) vs. Matt Bednarek (0-1)