MONTREAL, CANADA – TKO Championship Fighting is excites to announce the line-up for TKO34: SIMS vs. BOSSE which is set for Saturday, June 7th, 2008 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. The main event features notorious, three-time UFC veteran, Wes Sims against perennial fan favorite, Steve Bosse. This is a colossal showdown in TKO’s heavyweight division which is guaranteed to be surrounded by lots of excitement, talk and drama. The co-main event is a terrific fight between undefeated, Adrian Wooley against the up and coming, Danny Martinez in a battle for the new Bantamweight Championship! Also on the card will be a fan friendly matchup between devastating strikers, Yannick Galipeau and Stephane Dube.
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.
Montreal’s most popular hockey enforcer suffered the first defeat of his young but promising career as Steve Bosse put together two decisive rounds only to ultimately end up losing in the final stanza to former TKO Heavyweight Champion Icho Larenas in front of over 6,000 at the Bell Centre in Montreal that came to see TKO 31: Young Guns.
Bosse was the aggressor from the start of the bout. While Larenas (4-3) refused to back down compared to opponents that have encountered Bosse (2-1) in the past, it was clear that the ability to control the pace of the fight was clearly in Bosse’s favor. He peppered Larenas with combinations throughout the first two rounds to gain the advantage on the judge’s scorecards.
The third round began in a similar fashion compared to the first two but that all changed when Larenas opted to take Bosse down to the mat. A visibly fatigued Bosse looked out of place on his back and the former champion took advantage, delivering an assault of unanswered strikes that eventually forced referee Yves Lavigne to stop the bout.
After the fight, Larenas let everyone know he’s back for good after taking time away from the sport to deal with some personal issues.
“I want to fight anyone and everyone,” said Larenas. I don’t care who it might be. I’m back full-time and I’m training hard. It’s time to get my belt back.”
The win over Bosse sets up a potential championship rematch between Larenas and Krzysztof Soszynski at some point next year.
MMA on Tap has learned that Stephane Vigneault will face Ben Greer at TKO 31 on Dec. 14 at The Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.
Stephane Vigneault last appeared in the cage in January 2006 losing to Damaicio Page at TKO 24: Eruption. Vigneault is back and ready to make an impact in the TKO featherweight division. Vigneault was originally scheduled to return at TKO 30: Apocalypse but his fight was cancelled after it was announced he was suffering from a case of staph.
The native of Iles de la Madeleine, Quebec sports a TKO record of 9-4. “Simba” holds victories over the likes of Shane Rice, Stephane Laliberte, Greg Compton, and Phillipe Simoneau. Vigneault’s four losses came to the hands of Damacio Page, Mark Hominick, Stephane Laliberte, and J.F. Bolduc.
Vigneault’s opponent, Ben Greer, is currently ranked #5 in the TKO featherweight division. Greer sports a mixed martial arts record of 10-3 with victories over the likes of Thierry Quenneville, Randy Turpin, and Justin Tavernini. Greer made his TKO debut at TKO 30: Apocalypse suffering a TKO loss to the hands of former champ Mark “The Machine” Hominick.
Rumored TKO 31 Card:
Steve Bosse vs. TBA
Jesse Bongfeldt vs. T.J. Grant
Mark Hominick vs. Justin Tavernini
Chris Clements vs. Stephane Dube
Stephane Vigneault vs. Ben Greer
Lance Evans vs. Bob Landry
News and Notes
- Be sure to check back later tonight when we go live at 8 PM EST with our live blog for UFC 77: Hostile Territory.
- If you haven’t already, make sure you cast your vote on our latest Rock the Vote: Sylvia or Vera?
- MMA Weekly has former UFC Welterweight Champion Carlos Newton facing Dong Sik Yoon at K-1 Hero’s 11 on October 28th while my notes have him taking on Shungo Oyama. I’ll try and figure that one out.
- Marco Antico of MMA Weekly is also reporting the following matchups for TKO 31 in December:
Jesse Bongfeldt vs T.J. Grant for the TKO Welterweight Title
Chris Clements vs Stephane Dube
Mark Hominick is currently in talks to face Justin Tavernini
Steve Bosse is set to headline the card in the main event
- Ken Shamrock is holding open tryouts for anyone interested in being a member of the IFL’s Nevada Lions or joining his Lion’s Den gym. Tryouts will be held at The Stadium Sport and Fitness Club in Reno, Nevada. They will consist of several drills and sparring in the various MMA disciplines. For further information, contact Lance Foreman at 530-252-8071 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Pancrase has announced that it will adjust it’s weight divisions to fall in line with those currently designated by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
- FEG apparently does not see World Victory Road, Japan’s newest MMA organization, as a potential enemy:
“As for the Japanese MMA market, fans have been dwindling since the loss of PRIDE. No part of me sees this new organization as an enemy, and I would like to find places in which we can cooperate,” said FEG Representative Director Sadaharu Tanigawa.
- Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz has been cast in the new celebrity version of “The Apprentice” on NBC. Ortiz’s fellow cast mates potentially include Omarosa, John Cena, Lennox Lewis, Stephen Baldwin, Gene Simmons, Carol Alt, Vinny Pastore, and Marilu Henner according to TMZ.
- The Fight Network is reporting that representatives from HDNet Fights have confirmed that the promotion is planning to hold it’s second event on December 15th at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
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 Major League MMA has announced that Stephane Dube will now be facing T.J. Grant in a welterweight affair at TKO 30: Apocalypse. Dube was originally scheduled to face Tyler Jackson in a lightweight contender match
but the fight was scrapped after Jackson suffered an injury during training
(please see update below).
Stephane Dube is a member of BTT Canada who sports a TKO record of 6-1. Dube made his professional debut in September 2003 losing to Dave Goulet. Since then he has reeled off six straight wins including five stoppages solidifying himself as one of the top fighters in TKO.
T.J. Grant is a native of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia who sports a professional MMA record of 7-1. Grant holds victories Eric Beaulieu, Elmer Waterhen, and Kevin Manderson.
Update Sep 21 1130am: Epic Fight Management, Tyler Jackson’s management team, has told MMA on Tap that the Jackson vs Dube fight was scrapped because Dube decided he was no longer interested in fighting in the 155 lb division. Jackson and his camp had no interest in taking the fight at a catch weight. TKO was then unable to secure a replacement to battle Tyler Jackson.
Last week we ran a story titled “Stéphane Dubé Wants His Shot” where TKO lightweight contender Stéphane Dubé took time to call out current TKO lightweight champion Sam Stout saying “In Sam’s contract it should stipulate that he has to fight me in December for the title, but you know what? I think Sam is going to have a big surprise September 28, Grandmont is furious because he think is was chosen because Stout team think he is a easier fight.”
Shortly after we ran the story Stout’s trainer, Shawn Tompkins, graced the airwaves of MMAWeekly’s SoundOff Radio to discuss his IFL team and the upcoming IFL Semifinals which is scheduled for August 2, 2007 at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, NJ. At the end of the interview Jeff Cain posed a question about Dube and Tompkins provided listeners with a candid answer.
“Well sure, Sam Stout will fight Stephane Dube but Stephane Dube has to go fight somebody first to prove that he deserves a fight against Sam Stout. I mean, I could go on your radio show tomorrow and say I want to fight Chuck Liddell but that doesn’t mean I deserve it right? Stephane Dube has got sick strikes but two of those fights are against the same guy and three of those fights are against guys in a different weight division and all of those names he has fought are basically nobodys. The fact that he is turning 40 years old and thinks he deserves a shot and Stephane Patry wants to make that fight happen because it will sell tickets - I don’t owe Stephane Patry any gift. I’ve dedicated alot of my time and energy to him over years so we’ll find people that deserve the fight. There is alot more people that deserve to be in that fight other than Stephane Dube, no disrespect to him, but if he disrespects us, you know, he’s got to sit back and take a real look at things. Like I said, I can go on here and call out anybody but it doesn’t mean I deserve the fight.”
TKO 30: Apocalypse will feature Sam Stout defending his lightweight title against Martin Grandmont. Stéphane Dubé will appear on the undercard against Tyler “TNT” Jackson. For the latest TKO 30 fight card, check out the Rumors section.
Stéphane Dubé is a versatile mixed martial artist who possesses excellent Muay Thai and kickboxing skills. Dubé will be fighting Tyler Jackson at TKO 30: Apocalypse on September 28th, 2007 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. Dubé has been vocal recently stating that he feels TKO lightweight champion Sam Stout is avoiding a possible title match with him. MMA on Tap caught up with Dubé to get his thoughts on Tyler Jackson, Sam Stout and a possible lightweight title shot in the future.
Dubé‘s most recent victory came at TKO 29: Repercussion when he stopped David Medd with strikes. After the fight Dubé took the microphone and proceeded to call out Sam Stout. When asked about his feud with Stout he said, “I have no problem with Sam Stout, but now it’s enough. First time he said tell your people to call my people, they did but it did not append, they call again and this time they said that I did not beat any good fighter to their eye. I still won 6 in a row and did not choose any of those opponents. They say that I have to beat a serious contender, so they choose Tyler Jackson. That’s all.”
It was recently announced that Dubé‘s opponent at TKO 30 would be TKO veteran Tyler Jackson. When speaking about Jackson, Dubé was very respectful saying, “All I know about Tyler Jackson is that he is a very nice guy to talk to and I know that he always comes prepared for a fight. He is a well rounded fighter, good wrestler, good boxer and very good ground and pound fighter.”
If Dubé gets by Jackson at TKO 30 one would expect a title shot in the near future. Dube wants it, Stout wants it and the fans want it! It seems like the perfect opportunity for Stephane Patry and TKO to setup and market a little grudge match. When asked if he felt he’d be getting a title shot in the immediate future Dubé said, “In Sam contract it should stipulate that he has to fight me in December for the title, but you know what? I think Sam is going to have a big surprise September 28, Grandmont is furious because he think is was chosen because Stout team think he is a easier fight.”
TKO Major League MMA has announced that Stephane Dube and Tyler Jackson will clash in a lightweight affair at TKO 30: Apocalypse.
Stephane Dube is a member of BTT Canada who sports a TKO record of 6-1. Dube is a Muay Thai expert who holds impressive KO victories over the likes of Kajan Johnson, Greg Compton, and James Martinez. If Dube can defeat Tyler Jackson he will be in line for a TKO lightweight title shot against Sam Stout.
Tyler “TNT” Jackson is a member of the Revolution Fight Team who sports a TKO record of 1-3. Jackson is a talented striker with knockout power and a granite chin. Jackson sole TKO victory came over Donald Ouimet at TKO 27: Reincarnation.