In this new series, we will take a look at the newest additions to the UFC roster, the Bantamweights and Featherweights. The series is used to show the established fighters, ready to fight for the title, down to the new up and comers. For the next few weeks, I will try and post atleast two fighters a day. Leading up to the first title defense in the Featherweight division at UFC 129.
Haitian born, Canadian Kickboxer, Yves Jabouin has been around the game for a long time. At 31 years old, hes been fighting for the last ten years and has 19 fights under his belt compiling a record of 15 – 6. Before entering the WEC in 2009, Tiger saw himself kicking around the Canadian minor leagues with his lone U.S. fight being a loss to TUF 12 winner, Jonathan Brookins. A four fight win streak, capped off by a Spinning Back Kick KO with four seconds left against J. T. Wells at XMMA 6, guaranteed his entrance into the WEC and set up a long awaited grudge match.
Yves lost his first fight by a narrow split decision to Raphael Assuncao at UFC 43. After an injury, a highly anticipated all-Canadian fight was set to take place at WEC 49. This fight was previously supposed to happen in numerous organizations, throughout the years in Canada. The fight saw Tiger lose by TKO to the superior striking and faster hands of Mark Hominick.
After going 1 – 2 in the WEC, Jabouin could find himself on thin ice right now. He’ll make his debut at the end of the month against our #18 fighter, Pablo Garza, at UFC 129 in Canada. This should be a very exciting fight, with two creative strikers that aren’t short of finishing power. You shouldn’t surprised to see the winner of this fight getting back to the tougher competition. Don’t let his WEC record fool you, Yves has the power, technique, and heart to make himself relevant in the Featherweight division.
UP AND COMERS
#21 – Alex Caceres
#20 – Raphael Assuncao
#19 – Mackens Semerzier
#18 – Pablo Garza
#17 – Dustin Poirier
#16 – George Roop
#15 – Yves Jabouin