Stephane Patry

Strikebox Rules Nixed by Quebec Commission

Stephane Patry (right) poses with Steve Bosse and his trainer. Photo courtesy of TKO Championship Fighting.

Former TKO Championship Fighting figurehead Stephane Patry’s newest creation faces an uncertain future after the combat sports division of the Quebec gaming commission announced that it would not permit Patry to hold an event with modified rules in the future.

The decision comes days after Strikebox’s inaugural event abruptly ended due to a riot by fans after James Thompson reportedly broke a gentleman’s agreement to keep all of last Saturday night’s fights standing when he took down part-time hockey enforcer Steve Bosse just seconds into their main event bout:

The vision of longtime TKO promoter Stephan Patry, Strikebox proposed to utilize all aspects of MMA’s standup game, but none of the ground aspect. However, the fledging promotion’s guidelines were not approved by the Quebec Boxing Commission come fight night, and the regulatory body said it would not entertain the new rules in the future.

“If [Patry] organizes another Strikebox event, it won’t be under Strikebox rules, but it will be under MMA rules,” said Réjean Thériault, director of communications for the combat sports division of the Régie des Alcools, des Courses et des Jeux (alcohol and gaming division) of Quebec.

The article also goes on to quote referee Yves Lavigne as saying he was told by the commission that he would have to oversee each bout under the unified rules of mixed martial arts, which is probably what the event should have been advertised as from the start. Attempting to create a kickboxing promotion where the fighters only wear 4 oxgloves is only going to create a bad situation.

I don’t know what happened between Patry and TKO, and frankly, I don’t think the story will come out anytime soon. XMMA is obviously the big dog in Quebec MMA these days, but Patry was able to put together many great events under the TKO banner and could easily still do so with Titans Fighting. A little competition wouldn’t hurt, especially with the rabid MMA fan base in Quebec.

Strikebox’s Inaugural Event on February 6, 2009

James “Colossus” Thompson.  Photo courtesy of Strikebox.



MONTREAL (QUEBEC) Thursday, January 8th – The STRIKEBOX organization is proud to announce the signature of international star JAMES “COLOSSUS” THOMPSON for the main event of its inaugural event that will take place on Friday February 6th at Mel’s Studios in Montreal. A native of Bristol, England, Thompson has 14 wins on his record and he is very intimidating with his 6’5 and 255 pounds frame. 11 out of his 14 wins have come by way of knock-out and he’s faced the best heavyweights in the world; he went toe to toe with the likes of Kimbo Slice, Don Frye, Aleksander Emelianenko, Eric “Butterbean” Esch, Hidehiko Yoshida and Dan Severn.

For this inaugural event, Thompson will have his hands full with heavy hitter STEVE “THE BOSS” BOSSE who has 3 wins by knock-out out of his 4 victories. It’s a huge test for Bosse as he faces the biggest challenge of his young career after only 5 professional bouts. Thompson has fought around the world and he’s already faced the toughest strikers in the business – he won’t be intimidated one bit by “The Boss”.

STRIKEBOX will become the event of choice for fans who love stand-up wars as it will feature some of the best strikers in the business. Also on the card for this great night of action: Pete “Secret Weapon” Spratt vs. Martin “The Hammer” Grandmont, Hosier “Commando” Bruno vs. Bob “The Train” Landry, Johan “The Bulldozer” Croes vs. Eric “Lightning” Leclerc, Frederic Pilon vs. Christopher “The Tank” Boisvert, Adam Kastner vs. Pierrot ” Speedy” Marcoux, Jeff “The Shark” Sharp vs. Erik “The Barbarian” Dumaine and some other bouts to be announced shortly. Tickets are on sale NOW on the Admission network by calling 514-790-1245 (toll free 1-800-361-4595) or by going online at Tickets are available at $200.00, $100.00, $75.00 and $50.00. VIP tables for 8 are also available at a price of $2,400.00.

Patry Steps Down as TKO President

Stephane Patry (right) poses with Steve Bosse. Photo courtesy of TKO Championship Fighting.

Longtime Canadian MMA promoter Stephane Patry has resigned from his post as President of Quebec-based TKO Championship Fighting after over eight years as the figurehead of the promotion, citing the urge to move onto newer ventures.

“After eight years as president of the organization, I am ready to undertake new challenges,” Patry said in a press release sent out yesterday. “I will continue to manage the athletes that I am currently involved with and I have received a few interesting offers which I need to follow and develop”

Patry put on close to 50 events under the TKO and Ultimate Combat Challenge banners and quickly developed the organization into the most popular mixed martial arts entity in Quebec. He also spearheaded the careers of many current stars, including David Loiseau, Patrick Cote, and current UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre.

The future of the promotion is unknown at this time. Patry’s resignation is scheduled to go into effect on November 15 and a replacement for his services has not yet been announced. TKO 36, which was scheduled to take place at the Bell Centre on December 5, has been cancelled and the brand’s official website has been temporarily shut down.

Thompson Turns Down Bosse Fight

James Thompson. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.

British heavyweight James “The Colossus” Thompson has reportedly turned down a proposed bout against popular hockey enforcer turned mixed martial artist Steve Bosse, leaving TKO Championship Fighting figurehead Stephane Patry searching for a new foe.

The news comes from Mike Russell of The Fight Network, who confirmed Thompson’s decision to not fight Bosse as something that “didn’t make sense” in this stage of his career, citing Bosse’s relative lack of experience and notoriety as one of the main factors in his choice. The former PRIDE veteran has not fought since losing to EliteXC heavyweight sensation Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson at EliteXC’s “Primetime” event back in May.

According to Patry, he plans to bring in an opponent with a recognizable name and legitimate credentials, similar to Bosse’s last opponent, Wes Sims, in order to test the Canadian before handing him a shot at the currently vacant TKO heavyweight title.

“We wanted a good opponent with a recognizable name for Bosse like we had in Wes Sims for his last fight,” Patry said in the article. “We’ll bring in someone who can test him. He doesn’t want any easy fights. If he wins that fight his next fight will likely be for the TKO heavyweight title.”

One confirmed fight for the show features reigning TKO featherweight champion Hatsu Hioki returning to the promotion to defend his title against Stephane Vigneault. In addition to another featherweight bout between former champion Mark Hominick and Thierry Quenneville not yet finalized, welterweight king Jesse Bongfeldt and bantamweight champion Adrian Wooley are also expected to compete on the card.

TKO Inks Hominick to Long-Term Deal

Mark Hominick weighs-in for UFC 58: USA vs. Canada. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

TKO Championship Fighting announced over the weekend that they have signed former featherweight champion Mark Hominick to a long-term deal.

Hominick last fought for the promotion in December, winning a unanimous decision over Danny Martinez. He was granted his release from World Extreme Cagefighting following a submission loss to Josh Grispi in February.

“I’m so thrilled to be back fighting for the TKO organization and in front of the Montreal crowd,” Hominick said in a press release sent out to the media. I’ve always felt like Montreal and TKO was like my home. More than anything else, I want to be the TKO champion once again and I’m willing to fight whoever they put in front of me to get my title back.”

According to TKO President Stephane Patry, Hominick’s new deal makes him one of the highest-paid fighters in the Quebec-based organization.

“I’ve always been the world’s biggest fan of Mark Hominick and he’s always been a top priority for me and the whole TKO organization,” Patry said. “We sat down with his new management group and we reached a very good deal with Mark that makes him one of the highest paid fighters in the organization and he deserved it.”

Hominick is also currently slated to likely be part of Affliction Clothing’s inaugural show in July. The event will reportedly be headlined by a heavyweight clash between top ranked Fedor Emelianenko and former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia.

TKO Announces Larenas-Evans for “Ultimatum”

Icho Larenas is interviewed after his win over Jacob Conliffe at TKO 20. Photo by Luigi Di Serio.

Well a rematch against Steve Bosse won’t be happening at TKO 32: Ultimatum for Icho Larenas but that doesn’t mean that the former TKO heavyweight champion won’t be facing a tough challenge.

TKO Championship Fighting has announced that Larenas will take on fellow heavyweight Lance Evans at the event.

Larenas is coming off of a controversial stoppage win over popular Quebec hockey enforcer Steve Bosse at TKO 31: Young Guns last month. TKO president Stephane Patry claims that Larenas may have verbally submitted after receiving an unintentional poke in the eye during the second round. Larenas reportedly told referee Yves Lavigne that he was unable to see and Lavigne ended up giving Larenas a few minutes to recover.

Under the rules of the Quebec Athletic Commission, the fight should have been stopped once Larenas said he was experiencing vision problems. The bout was put under review by the Quebec Athletic Commission but we haven’t been able to find out any information pertaining to an official decision.

Evans, the older brother of UFC light heavyweight contender Rashad Evans, was victorious in his last fight as well, stopping Bob Landry with strikes in the first round of their fight.

Just like Larenas-Bosse, the fight was a controversial one. While Evans worked an effective ground and pound assault on his opponent, Landry looked over to referee Yves Lavigne to let him know that he had been illegally struck in the back of the head. Since the bout was not stopped, Evans continued to pound away with strikes and forced Lavigne to stop the bout. Landry put up a minor protest after the fight but his argument went on deaf ears.

Larenas-Bosse Rematch May Happen at TKO 32

Steve Bosse throws a right hand against Jody Burke at TKO 30. Photo by Al Quintero.

A rematch between former TKO heavyweight champion Icho Larenas and popular hockey enforcer Steve Bosse may take place at TKO 32: Ultimatum on February 28th according to TKO president Stephane Patry.

Patry indicated the possibility of the fight to The Fight Network earlier this week.

Larenas and Bosse fought for the first time at TKO 31: Young Guns last month where Larenas ended up stopping Bosse with strikes in the third round.

After the fight, Patry stated that Larenas may have verbally submitted after receiving an unintentional poke in the eye during the second round. Larenas reportedly told referee Yves Lavigne that he was unable to see and Lavigne ended up giving Larenas a few minutes to recover.

Under the rules of the Quebec Athletic Commission, the fight should have been stopped once Larenas said he was experiencing vision problems. The bout was put under review by the Quebec Athletic Commission but we haven’t been able to find out any information pertaining to an official decision.

Bosse is currently recovering from a hand injury that will keep him out of action for 2-3 weeks.

MacDonald and Doerksen to Rematch in April

Jason MacDonald submits Joe Doerksen with a rear naked choke at UCW 3. Photo courtesy of Team MacDonald.

Middleweights Jason MacDonald and Joe Doerksen may fight each other for the second time when the UFC ventures into Canada for the first time in history on April 19th.

The news comes from a report by RDS which quotes TKO President Stephane Patry stating that the fight will happen. We haven’t been able to confirm the fight with MacDonald or our partner site, Rogers Sportsnet as of yet.

MacDonald and Doerksen met before in the main event of UCW 3: Caged Inferno in October 2005. The two went back and forth over four rounds before MacDonald was finally able to submit Doerksen with a rear naked choke with only 23 seconds left in the round.

Since then they have each gone on to win seven more bouts each. Doerksen failed at an opporunity to win the WEC middleweight belt when he was stopped by Paulo Filho this past summer and was then upset by Ed Herman at UFC 78. MacDonald is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Yushin Okami at UFC 77.

Patry also stated in the article that Patrick Cote and Sam Stout will most likely fight at the event as well pending the outcome of their upcoming fights.

Touch of gloves to our friends at MMA Junkie for the find.

Update 5:30 PM: The Fight Network has confirmed the fight with Joe Doerksen. Thanks to reader “mmaanalyst” for the heads-up.

Larenas-Bosse Under Review by QAC

Loretta Hunt of The Fight Network is reporting that the fight between former TKO Heavyweight Champion Icho Larenas and popular hockey enforcer Steve Bosse that took place at TKO 31: Young Guns this past weekend is currently under review by the Quebec Athletic Commission.

TKO president Stephane Patry revealed the news on The Fight Network’s daily radio show yesterday.

According to Patry, the QAC will be looking to see if Larenas verbally submitted during the bout. Larenas suffered an unintentional poke in the eye by Bosse during the second round of the bout. Referee Yves Lavigne stopped the bout and allowed the ringside physician to take a look at Larenas.

Larenas apparently told Lavigne that he was unable to see and Lavigne ended up giving Larenas a few minutes to recover:

“It was bad. The doctor [asked] me if I could see and I said, ‘No, I can’t see. I was seeing double. It was bad, very bad,” Larenas told The Fight Network following the bout. “I couldn’t focus, so he told me ‘Take your time. We’ll give you two or three minutes to decide.”

Now this is an interesting situation. Normally when a fighter can’t see because of a cut the fight is always stopped. But this is a poke in the eye. Fighters are traditionally given up to five minutes to recover. If the doctor checked his eye, cleared him to continue, and Larenas said that he wanted to keep fighting even though he said that he couldn’t see earlier, there’s no reason to overturn the decision since the events occurred under the correct guidelines.

Here’s Patry’s take on things:

“[Yves] Lavigne, the referee, checked the cut and then he had the right to call the doctor in, which he did, which is perfect,” Patry said. “But once the doctor has a look at the cut, he has to decide right away can he continue – yes or no. If the doctor says ‘Yes’, which he did, then the referee has to [ask] Icho ‘Yes or no?’ If Icho says ‘Yes,’ he has to continue. If he says ‘No,’ Bosse wins by TKO. Icho told the referee ‘I can’t see anything,’ and he took the five minutes. It’s not Icho’s fault. They gave him five minutes. Of course he’s going to take it.”

It seems to me already that there are mixed signals here. It’s going to come down to the commission’s interpretation of Larenas’ original “I can’t see.” If they interpret that as Larenas giving up before having his eye checked, then Bosse would become the winner by TKO due to injury. It’s going to be interesting to hear the ruling.

Soszynski-Larenas Put on Hold

MMA on Tap has learned that TKO Heavyweight Champion Krzysztof Soszynski will not be defending his title against former champ Icho Larenas at TKO’s next event in February.

The Fight Network is reporting that Soszynski has signed on to compete under the EliteXC banner in the same month. An opponent for Soszynski has not yet been announced.

With Soszynski now fighting in another promotion, it will be close to a year and a half in February since Soszynski won the title from Larenas. Soszynski has yet to defend his title yet alone fight in TKO since then.

No word yet on whether or not Stephane Patry and company are planning on doing something about the heavyweight title situation but it doesn’t seem that Soszynski is coming back anytime soon.

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