It was an impressive 2020 for the “White Lion,” going 2-0 under his new banner of CFFC (Cage Fighting Championship ). Canada’s Yohan Lainesse (5-0) made the most of the COVID-stricken year, with two first round finishes, including a highlight-reel flying knee at CFFC 86.
“Before these fights, I went 16 months without fighting,” Lainesse told MMA Empire.
“It was very long. Then I won my fight with Connor Dixon, it was probably the most nervous I’ve been for a fight. I am very happy to have competed in 2020, and to have a great year when others couldn’t fight. I’m glad to have fought.”
Recently announced, Lainesse, 28, signed a multi-fight deal with CFFC following his knockout of the year contender. Walking into 2020, Lainesse didn’t know what to expect from the promotion. Walking out of 2020, he is one of their top welterweight contenders.
“I went into CFFC, I am happy to be with this promotion,” Lainesse told MMA Empire.
“I walked in being a nobody, they didn’t know much about me. After this flying knee, I came out one of the top welterweight contenders. I want to be the welterweight champion.”
Although the flying knee was a masterpiece of beauty, the Canadian is happier to have another win under his belt rather than the actual move itself. Lainesse admits he probably would have trouble recreating the performance.
“I’d probably have some trouble doing it again,” Lainesse said.
“Maybe a spinning elbow or head kick next time, that might be easier.”
Lainesse is 5-0, with four knockouts/TKOs inside the first round, and one decision victory on the resume.
Clearly a heavy hitter and masterful striker, “White Lion” praises his gym, and states that opponents and fans haven’t even seen his brilliant grappling game yet, only making him scarier for future opponents.
“My ground game, my grappling, no one has seen it yet. They don’t know how to gauge it, I haven’t had to use it yet. I’m a kickboxing coach, I’m a passionate guy, everything I do in this sport I have less experience, but more passion,” Lainesse said.
“I am successful because I learn from my team, I take in the little details, all of them. That is why I am here right now.”
Coming off an impressive 2020, all combat sport fans should be excited for what 2021 holds for Lainesse. With Dana White’s Contender Series as an option, or the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter, Lainesse has different plans.
“I want to fight for the welterweight title in CFFC. I want that belt, I love to have the belt, that will help me get to the UFC. I will win another fight, go 6-0, and make it no choice but to fight me,” Lainesse said.
“The perfect plan is I go to 8-0 and have the belt defended, then to the UFC, no one can deny me that belt.”
With signing a recent contract extension, Yohan Lainesse is in talks with the promotion to get a March date under his belt.