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Newton Stops Khatib in Return Bout


Carlos Newton. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

Former UFC welterweight champion Carlos Newton was victorious in his first professional bout in a year and a half, scoring a first-round stoppage of fellow Canadian Nabil Khatib in the main event of Saturday’s “Warrior-1: Inception” event in Gatineau, Quebec.

After looking impressive on his feet, Newton took Khatib down to the canvas, where he pinned right arm across his face and pounded away until Khatib was no longer able to defend himself. The win was the first for Newton since he stopped Tokimitsu Ishizawa with strikes at a K-1 Hero’s event in October 2006.

TKO Championship Fighting product Martin Grandmont also found the win column, earning a quick knockout of Renzo Gracie-trained Mark Holst. Former professional wrestler, hockey and football player Glenn Kulka fell to MMA newcomer Hosier Bruno on the main card as well.

Complete results from the event via Sherdog.com:

Xavier Desroches def. Tim Chessell - Submission (Armbar), R1
Fred Belanger def. Ian Shirley - TKO (Strikes), R1
John Macphearson def. Denis Poirier - TKO (Strikes), R1
Stephane Bernadel def. Frederic Pilon TKO (Body Kick), R2
Tom Walters def. Aaron Thompson - TKO (Strikes), R2
Mustafa Khalil def. Daryle Pinter - Submission (Armbar), R1
Mike Hong def. Michael Clark - Submission (Rear-Naked Choke), R1
Remi Morvan def. Sean Quinn - Submission (Guillotine Choke), R1
Hosier Bruno def. Glen Kulka - KO (Knee), R1
Craig Brown def. Dean Martins - Submission (Rear Naked Choke), R1
Martin Grandmont def. Mark Holst - KO (Punch), R1
Carlos Newton def. Nabil Khatib - TKO (Strikes), R1

Bosse-Sims Announced for TKO’s Return to Montreal


Steve Bosse (left) stares down Jody Burke before their bout at TKO 30: Apocalypse. Photo courtesy of TKO Championship Fighting.

TKO Championship Fighting has announced three bouts for the promotion’s return to their usual home of Montreal, Quebec, Canada on June 7th.

The organization revealed the current fight card for the event on their official website over the weekend.

Popular hockey enforcer turned mixed martial artist Steve Bosse will return to action at the show, taking on Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Wes Sims in the main event.

Bosse was recently forced to pull out of the organization’s upcoming April 18th “Battle in Paradise” event in Oranjestad, Aruba due to a lingering hand injury and duties with the St. Jean Chiefs of the LNAH that will leave him unable to participate on the card.

The 26-year-old suffered the first loss of his career in December when he was stopped by former TKO heavyweight champion Icho Larenas in controversial fashion.

Sims, who is currently being featured on BET’s “Iron Ring” reality show, has not fought since losing a unanimous decision to journeyman Travis Fulton at a Fightfest event in September of last year. The loss was Sims’ third in his last four fights.

Additional bouts announced TKO 34: Bosse vs Sims also included a welterweight affair between Stephane Dube and Yannick Galipeau as well as a lightweight clash between Martin Grandmont and Samuel Guillet. Dube, Grandmont, and Guillet are also all being advertised as fighting on April 18th in Aruba against separate opponents.

TKO 30: Apocalypse Quick Results

Ilya Woronowski def. Sean Thompson - Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
Adrian Wooley def. Adam Kastner - TKO (Strikes)
Bob Landry def. Ray Noel De Tilly - TKO (Strikes)
Samuel Guillet def. Yves Lemelin - Submission (Armbar)
Dan Chambers def. Marcus Celestin - TKO (Strikes)
Justin Tavernini def. Syd Barnier - Techincal Submission (Armbar)
Mark Hominick def. Ben Greer - TKO (Strikes)
TJ Grant def. Stephane Dube - Submission (Ankle Lock)
Jesse Bongfeldt def. Chris Clements - Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
Steve Bosse def. Jody Burke - TKO (Strikes)
Sam Stout def. Martin Grandmont - TKO (Strikes)

TKO Notes and Quotes

TKO Major League MMA has announced that Bob Landry (1-1), Valerie Letourneau (1-1), and Adrian Wooley (2-0) will appear on the undercard of TKO 30: Apocalypse. Their opponents are currently unknown.

TKO lightweight champion Sam Stout recently spoke with Marco Antico about his upcoming title defense against Martin Grandmont as well as his recent loss to Spencer Fisher at UFC Fight Night 10.

“As far as losses go, it’s pretty much as good as they come.  It was an exciting fight and it was the main event on free TV.  I’ve gotten mostly all positive feedback from the fight and I know the UFC wants me back,”

“I know I can beat Grandmont.  We fought in amateur kick-boxing a couple of years back and all three judges’ scored it 30-27 in favor of me.  I think I’m a more complete fighter than him, especially after working on my wrestling with Couture for the past fight.”

Stephane Dube, who is scheduled to appear on the card, recently took time out of his scheduled to call upon Sam Stout who he feels is dodging him. Dube said, “Sam Stout is to fight Martin Grandmont, I would like to know if you are avoiding me. Are you going to wait for me to be 50 years old, before fighting me? A real champion never back down from a challenge, unless you think that I am too much of a challenge for you.”

Stephane Dube is a member of BTT Canada who sports a TKO record of 6-1. Dube has been impressive during his time in TKO finishing his 5 of his 6 opponents by strikes. Dube is a Muay Thai expert who hold victories over the likes of David Medd, Jacob MacDonald, and James Martinez.

Stout rebutted by saying…

“anyone can get on a microphone and call someone out.  But, does Dube really deserve a title shot?  Who has he really beaten?  Most of his opponents have losing records!  And he’s been fighting at 170lbs lately so who’s he really fought at Lightweight anyway?”

Stout’s opponent, Martin Grandmont, also took time to speak with Marco Antico about the upcoming title fight and his past encounter with Stout.

“Yes, I feel that I deserve this title shot.  I have waited a long time for this and I am very excited about the opportunity”, stated Grandmont.  “I know Stout is going to be a great challenge for me, but I know what I need to do to win.”

“I fought Stout in kick-boxing long time ago and he beat me in a decision.  But, he never hurt me once with anything;  he doesn’t hit hard.  He was always just throwing one more punch than me.  He won on points but a few months later I beat the guy that took the amateur title from him (Dave Jones). Good for Stout, he beat me in amateur kickboxing, but this is MMA.  It is going to be very different in September”

We’re still two months out and it’s heating up folks! For the latest TKO 30 fight card, check out the Rumors section.

Two Title Fights Headline TKO 30

The main event at TKO 30: Apocalypse will feature Sam “Hands of Stone” Stout as he returns to TKO to defend his lightweight title against Martin “The Hammer” Grandmont. In the co-main event, Chris “The Menace” Clements will battle Sean “The Pimp” Pierson for the vacant TKO welterweight title.

Sam Stout (11-3-1) is the current TKO lightweight champion who sports a TKO record of 10-0. Stout trains at Team Tompkins with the likes of Mark Hominick, Chris Horodecki, and Chris Clements. Stout holds victories over the likes of Fabio Holanda, Jay Estrada, and Spencer Fisher. Stout’s opponent, Martin Grandmont (5-3), is a native of Drummondville, Quebec who holds a TKO record of 4-2. Grandmont is a well versed kickboxer who holds victories over the likes of Tyler Jackson and Dave Pariseau.

Chris Clements (4-1) is a native of Chatham, Ontario who sports a TKO record of 4-0. Clements trains at Team Tompkins and holds victories over the likes of David Medd, Steve Pouliot, and Martin Grandmont. Clements possesses excellent striking, devastating ground and pound and incredible strength. Sean “The Pimp” Pierson (5-3) is a talented wrestler who sports a TKO record of 3-2. Pierson trains at Shah Franco Martial Arts and holds victories over the likes of Chester Post, Mark Colangelo, and Steve Vigneault.

Also on the card will be UFC and WEC veteran Mark “The Machine” Hominick.

For the latest TKO 30 fight card, check out the Rumors section.

TKO Announces Competitors for Sept. 28th Card

TKO Major League MMA has announced five fighters set to appear on the promotions upcoming card titled TKO 30: “Apocalypse”.

The TKO website has listed Martin Grandmont, Sean Pierson, Stephane Dube, Steve Bosse, Sean Pierson, and Stephane Vigneault as competitors on the September 28th card.

Steve Bosse (1-0) is a rugged hockey enforcer who made his TKO and MMA debut at TKO 29: Repercussion when he knocked out David Fraser in just over two minutes.

Stephane Dube (6-1) is a member of BTT Canada who sports a TKO record of 6-1. Dube holds victories over the likes of Kajan Johnson, Greg Compton, James Martinez, Jacob MacDonald, and David Medd. Dube’s sole professional loss came to the hands of Dave Goulet at TKO 13: Ultimate Rush.

Sean Pierson (5-3) is a welterweight competitor who sports a TKO record of 3-2. After nearly 4 years on the shelf, Pierson made his MMA return at TKO MMA 2007 Tourney when he TKO’d Chester Post early in the first round. During his time in TKO, Pierson has defeated Charles Nestor and Mark Colangelo and lost to UFC veterans John Alessio and Steve Vigneault.

Martin Grandmont (5-3) is a native of Drummondville, Quebec who holds a TKO record of 4-2. Grandmont hold victories over the likes of Eric Lacelle, Dave Pariseau, and Tyler Jackson.

Stephane Vigneault (9-4) is a member of BTT Canada who sports a TKO record of 9-4. Vigneault has defeated the likes of Stephane Laliberte, Jean-Francois Beliveau, Troy Quesnelle, and Curtis Brigham. Vigneault has dropped fights to tough featherweight competitors Mark Hominick and Damacio Page.

TKO 30: Apocalypse is scheduled to take place Friday, September 28th, 2007 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.