Yohan Lainesse is expecting everything except an easy fight against fellow undefeated welterweight prospect Tory Green at CFFC 93 on March 12.
The Canadian-born fighter anticipates being tested by Green inside the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. With four of his five victories by TKO/knockout, Lainesse has fought all three rounds just once in his career.
Lainesse is yet to surpass 28 minutes of total cage time in five professional fights, not a ton of experience for someone who has only been competing for four years.
The 28-year-old is looking to mature as a fighter in this upcoming bout, but more importantly, remain unbeaten.
“It’s going to be a good test for me, an opportunity to grow up and be better and to put together another performance before my title fight,” Lainesse said.
“I know it’s not going to be an easy fight. It’s going to be a very hard fight, hard three five-minute rounds of wrestling. I know he [Green] is a tough guy.”
Yohan Lainesse expects same result against Green
Not even a part of the CFFC roster a year ago, Lainesse quickly climbed up the division with back-to-back first-round finishes. He most recently earned a highlight-reel flying-knee knockout of Liam Rufati in 14 seconds at CFFC 86 this past October.
Lainesse expected a shot at the newly crowned CFFC welterweight champion Bassil Hafez, but drew Green instead.
Green is unbeaten as well, but earned just one finish in his career, a 27-second knockout against Rufati at Ring of Combat 70 in November 2019. The New York native is no stranger to three rounds, going the distance on three separate occasions.
Lainesse comes in with less cage time than Green, but the Canadian plans to finish the fight before the third round anyways.
“Of course I respect Troy Green. This guy is going to be in front of me. He is 4-0, I respect the guy. I know he’s strong and I know he believes in himself,” Lainesse said. “Every man I fought, I take his soul and it’s not going to be different with this guy.”
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In the way
If Lainesse’s record shows anything it is that he has a knack for finishing fights. Much like himself, Green is unbeaten as a professional and as an amateur.
The CFFC strap is what Lainesse is after and he is confident a win over Green will put him in position to challenge Hafez. With this bout being the first of a three-fight contract, he plans to make the most of it starting with Green.
Lainesse is not overlooking his opponent, but Green is just in his in way.
“I’m happy to fight Troy Green to get another good performance, to get another good experience in the cage. After that, at 6-0, the CFFC organization doesn’t have any other choice to give me the welterweight title.” Lainesse said. “I am the kind of guy who is like a shark, when I smell blood, I take everything.”