One of the hottest prospects in Canadian MMA has a date on Dana White’s Contender Series this summer.
First reported by MMA Junkie, T.J. Laramie (11-3), a Windsor, Ontario native and PFC featherweight champion, will fight Daniel Swain (20-9-1) on the fighting series. Laramie later confirmed the booking. The bout will take place August 11.
Laramie, along with younger brother Tony, PFC’s flyweight champ, are a big part of the MMA scene in Ontario, which has begun to pick up after a lull in recent years. The elder Laramie brother has won six of his last seven fights, and in addition to PFC has fought for TKO, which has produced UFC fighters like Charles Jourdain and Marc-Andre Barraiult. Notably, the 22-year old holds a win over Jourdain from 2017.
Swain will have the clear edge in experience in this one, with over twice as many fights as the Canadian. “Agent Orange” has won his last two bouts, and holds an early career win over UFC vet Sam Sicilia. He also has more recent losses to current UFC fighters Julian Erosa and Alex da Silva.
This year’s Contender Series is expected to run from August to September, housed entirely within the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. The schedule kicks off on August 4.