DOUBLE TKO CHAMPION MARC-ANDRE BARRIAULT SIGNS WITH UFC
Montreal, Quebec (Canada), Friday November the 9th, 2018 – As had been anticipated for some time, Marc-Andre “Powerbar” Barriault (11-1-0, 8 KO) has officially signed a contract with the world’s largest mixed martial arts promotion, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Barriault, a Gatineau native who now resides in Quebec City, holds a professional record of 11 wins, with 8 coming by way of knockout, and only 1 defeat, a split decision loss dating back 3 years that he has since avenged in dramatic fashion.
Having made some noise on the local scene after his first few professional fights, Barriault signed with TKO MMA in early 2017 and aimed to use the international platform the organization provides to make a name for himself on the worldwide level.
TKO MMA is the Canadian mixed martial arts organization where many of the MMA’s biggest Canadian stars such as Georges St-Pierre, Mark Hominick, Patrick Cote, David Loiseau, Jonathan Goulet and many more competed prior to making the jump to the UFC over the past two decades. While the organization was dormant as of 2009, TKO relaunched in 2016 when its President, Stephane Patry, was convinced by the UFC’s ownership group to come back and help increase interest in the sport in the dwindling Canadian market as well as provide a platform that would truly prepare the next generation of athletes to jump to the next step in the UFC.
The partnership, which includes the presentation of all TKO events on the UFC’s digital network, UFC Fight Pass, has allowed fans from around the world to get familiar with the new breed of Canadian mixed martial artists, with Barriault at the head of the class.
The man known as “Powerbar” has gone undefeated in 6 TKO fights, winning 4 by shattering knockout. Along the way, he has won both the TKO middleweight (185 lbs.) and light heavyweight (205 lbs.) championships, a feat only few have accomplished in the history of the sport.
“Barriault has had undoubtedly the toughest path to the top in the history of TKO bar none, including all the great athletes from the first generation of TKO stars” noted Patry. That statement is indeed hard to dispute as the heavy hitter evolved by eliminating all the local talent in his weight class, followed by a victory over the top light heavyweight in the Great White North and closed out his TKO run by knocking out the best from the West and the Maritimes in the first MMA events ever presented in the Videotron Centre, gaining him not only notoriety but more importantly the respect of fight fans from coast to coast.
Although he will now have to take on the best fighters in the world on a regular basis, many analysts feel that he is already a force to be reckoned with on the international stage and is a threat to any man in the top 15. A true gentleman outside the cage and a fierce warrior inside it, you can rest assured that Barriault will soon be making headlines as his status grows and he forges his path in the UFC’s jungle.
A date and opponent for Barriault’s UFC debut have yet to be announced however he is expected to see action in the spring of 2019.