Two more bouts have been added to the fight card for UFC on FX 3, which will now take place at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida on June 8 after the city of Fort Lauderdale won the "Hometown Throwdown" contest in conjunction with the UFC and Harley-Davidson.
Marc Fiore pupil Jake Hecht will take on Canadian veteran Sean Pierson in a welterweight bout and King of the Cage lightweight champion Tim Means will face Grudge Training Center's Justin Salas.
UFC on FX 3 is slated to be headlined by a flyweight tournament semifinal bout between Ian McCall and Demetrious Johnson.
Hatsu Hioki. Photo courtesy of TKO Championship Fighting.
TKO Championship Fighting today announced details regarding it’s latest event, “TKO 35: Quenneville vs. Hioki”, which will take place on October 3rd at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
The show’s will be headlined by reigning TKO featherweight champion Hatsu Hioki returning to the promotion to defend his title for the first time against Thierry Quenneville.
Hioki defeated longtime featherweight title holder Mark Hominick at TKO 28 in February of last year via majority decision to win the belt. He has since fought exclusively over in Japan, racking up a record of 3-2-1 while fighting for the Shooto and HEAT organizations. Hioki most recently earned a draw against Hiroshi Nakamura earlier this month.
Quenneville enters the bout riding a two-fight winning streak. After winning a unanimous decision over Yoon Heo at TKO 31, Quenneville dispatched of skilled prospect Ben Greer to secure his shot at Hioki’s title. Quenneville stopped Greer with strikes in the third round at TKO 34.
Yesterday on Full Contact Fighter Radio, TKO president Stephane Patry announced that Sean Pierson suffered an injury while training and wouldn’t be able to compete in his welterweight title bout with Chris Clements on September 28th. Pierson’s replacement will be Jesse Bongfeldt (13-3).
“Sean Pierson hurt himself and he won’t be able to compete on September 28th. Sean Pierson has been replaced by Jesse Bongfeldt who just beat Sean Pierson at The Hardcore Championship Fighting so we’re going to have Chris Clements versus Jesse Bongfeldt for the title on September 28th. That is going to be a very interesting fight, Bongfeldt fought in TKO before against Jonathan Goulet. He took the fight on short notice, he was a little bit sick and you know he really wanted to show the Eastern fans the real Jesse Bongfeldt and now is his opportunity to show how good he really is. I’ll tell you something when he fought Sean [Pierson] in Edmonton I never thought he would beat Sean. Not only did he beat Sean but he out wrestled Sean Pierson and that’s something that I never expected to see in my life. Someone out wrestling Sean Pierson was beyond anything I thought I’d ever see that’s really what happened in Edmonton, Jesse Bongfeldt out wrestled Sean.
Sean is a lot better then he fought in that fight but Jesse Bongfeldt is a lot better then I thought so this fight with Clements is going to be a very good fight. Two story guys at 170, two guys who can wrestle, Jesse Bongfeldt obviously has the edge submission wise but Chris Clements hits so hard I really don’t know who will win the fight. For me it’s a toss up.”
I am actually happy to see Bongfeldt getting a chance to challenge Chris Clements for the vacant TKO welterweight title. For those of you who don’t know, Jesse Bongfeldt TKO’d Sean Pierson at Hardcore Championship Fighting in July.
TKO 30: Apocalypse
Sam Stout vs. Martin Grandmont - TKO Lightweight Title
Jesse Bongfeldt vs. Chris Clements - TKO Welterweight Title
Mark Hominick vs. Ben Greer
Samuel Guillet vs. Yves Lemelin
Stephane Dube vs. Tyler Jackson
Steve Bosse vs. Lance Evans
Stephane Vigneault vs. Justin Tavernini
Marcus Célestin vs. Dan Chambers
Bob Landry vs. Jody Burke
Adrian Wooley vs. Adam Kastner
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 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.