Yohan Lainesse eyes another highlight-reel knockout in UFC debut against Gabe Green

Yohan Lainesse
Yohan Lainesse gets his hand raised following his DWCS win. (Credit Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Yohan Lainesse (8-0) expects to get another highlight-reel knockout win over Gabe Green (10-3) on Saturday night in a welterweight bout at UFC on ESPN 35.

Quebec’s Lainesse earned his way into the UFC with a first-round knockout win over Justin Burlinson back in November. Now, he will finally make his UFC debut.

But Lainesse, 29, says he doesn’t view it as his debut. Instead, he thinks this is just another fight.

“It’s very exciting, but for me, I don’t think this is my debut as I think this is my second fight as the Contender Series fight is basically a UFC debut,” Lainesse said to MMA Empire.

“Same venue, Dana and the matchmakers watching and I did well, so I’m excited to showcase my skills again.”

Against Green, Lainesse has all the confidence in the world he won’t just get the win but will get another knockout victory early.

Lainesse believes his reach advantage and his technique will be too much for Green and he will eventually find the knockout shot.

“I have seen a lot of tape on him; he puts a lot of pressure and changes stances. He has a lot of power, but he gets touched, and when I touch people they fall,” Lainesse said.

“I’m pretty confident about my skills on the feet or on the ground as he accepts bad positions and if he does that against me, he will pay. I don’t think it will go past the second round. If I don’t finish him in the first, I will get the knockout in the second.”

If Lainesse does get the stoppage win, he believes it will prove his win on the Contender Series wasn’t a fluke and he is someone to watch at welterweight. He also hopes to make a quick turnaround and start building his name up.

“It will be amazing, I want to have a big debut, I want to show the KO on the Contender Series was nothing lucky. I will be very happy if it happens,” Lainesse said.

“I want to fight like every three or four months, so a quick finish and hopefully a quick turnaround will be perfect.”

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