Windsor’s ‘The Truth’ tops TKO

Angelica Haggert
By Angelica Haggert December 18, 2017 14:07

By Angelica Haggert

T.J. Laramie, newly named TKO MMA world champion in the 145-pound featherweight division weighs in the day before his win. (Photo courtesy of T.J. Laramie)

On the biggest stage in his career to date, T.J. Laramie won a five-round unanimous decision fight against undefeated Charles Jourdain on Dec. 15.

Laramie is now the world champion in the 145-pound featherweight division of the Canadian-based TKO MMA league. The five foot six athlete was uninjured in the fight, which took place in Montreal.

For Laramie, there was no fear of losing going into the fight. He said his training prepared him for the worst and believes no one prepares like he does.

“Winning is always expected,” said Laramie. “This title in my head was mine before it even was.”

According to their website, TKO MMA events combine the “excitement of a prizefight, the athleticism of the Olympics, the tradition of martial arts and the adrenaline of a rock concert.”

“The feeling of being champ is great,” said Laramie. “But for me just knowing I’m one step closer to my ultimate goal is where I get some real satisfaction.”

Laramie now has 24 points to Jourdain’s 16. Matar Lo sits third in the standings with 10 points.

Angelica Haggert
By Angelica Haggert December 18, 2017 14:07

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