Chad Laprise Gets Submission Victory in Bellator Debut

Chad Laprise Fighting at Bellator - Photo by Jeff Kovack/

Chad Laprise Fighting at Bellator 64 - Photo by Jeff Kovack/

Chatham’s Chad Laprise made an impressive Bellator debut last night submitting Josh Taveirne via triangle choke 2:48 into their fight at the Colosseum in Caesars Windsor. Taveirne wasted no time in getting in Chad’s face as he came out and immediately shot for the takedown. After trying for a belly to belly slam on Laprise to no avail, Taveirne ended up on top in the scramble.

Laprise has built up an impressive 4-0 record by knocking out his opponents with his power but it was his ground game and wrestling defence that took over from there in this one. Laprise cooly sat up, scooted out and put his back on the cage to scale back up to his feet as the crowd roared their approval. Taveirne would not let go and jockeyed against the cage on Laprise, this time gaining the leverage to get the belly to belly take down.

With Laprise on his back again, it looked to be a very long and tough night for the Adrenaline Training Center athlete. It was then that Taveirne made a fatal mistake and Laprise was not to be denied Taveirne forgot poster up and out of danger for one brief second and Laprise seized the opportunity by slapping on a lighting quick triangle choke. The struggle ensued from there and with a bit of technical savy, Laprise sunk it in deep for the tap out win. It is a significant win for Laprise, as he adds a submission win to his undefeated 5-0 record.

Either way, Laprise is happy to get the finish. “The fight went well. I was looking for the KO but ended up getting a first round sub instead.” He told after the fight.

“I trained really hard for this and it’s great to see things come together. This was hands down the biggest win of my life.”

Laprise came out of the fight relatively unscathed and will be looking to get right back in the cage at another local show in the very near future.

Dwight Wakabayashi is a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report MMA and MMA Editor at Also a guest-blogger on

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