Stephane Patry

TKO 31: Young Guns

TKO Championship Fighting has announced that TKO 31 will now be titled “Young Guns” instead of “Ultimatum.” TKO 31: Young Guns will take place Friday, Dec. 14 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.

TKO 31: Young Guns
Main Card:

Steve Bosse vs. Icho Larenas (HW)
Mark Hominick vs. TBA (FW)
Chris Clements vs. Stephane Dube (WW)
Jay Estrada vs. Martin Grandmont (LW)
Ben Greer vs. Stephane Vigneault (FW)
Syd Barnier vs. Mark Fraser (FW)
Bob Landry vs. Lance Evans (HW)
Thierry Quenneville vs. TBA (FW)

Preliminary Fights:

Eric Leclerc vs. TBA (FW)
Guilliaume Lamarche vs. TBA (FW)
Ben Gallant vs. Shawn Thompson (HW)
Yannick Galipeau vs. TBA (WW)

Marco Antico is reporting that Jesse Bongfeldt will make his first TKO welterweight title defense on Feb. 22, 2008 against T.J. Grant at TKO 32.

Steve Bossé Impresses at TKO 30

LNAH heavyweight Steve “The Boss” Bossé made his second appearance in TKO this past weekend dismantling last minute replacement Jody Burke. Watching the video it’s evident that Bossé is a huge draw in Quebec and with the proper marketing, training and management, Bossé has the potential to become a legit star and force in the MMA world.

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TKO: Sean Pierson Out, Jesse Bongfeldt In

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 Sean Pierson has been replaced by Jesse Bongfeldt who just beat Sean Pierson at The Hardcore Championship Fighting so we’re going to have Chris Clements versus Jesse Bongfeldt for the title on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

Afternoon News and Notes

Catching up on things in the world of MMA…

- The Fight Network is reporting that officials at American Top Team have stated that Denis Kang is still in negotiations with K-1 and has not yet signed with the promotion:

American Top Team representatives have confirmed that popular Vancouver, British Columbia fighter Denis Kang is in negotiations to sign a five-fight deal with the K-1 HERO’S promotion. Rumors have been circulating about a possible match-up pitting Kang against Japanese legend Kazushi Sakuraba Sept. 17 at the Yokohama Arena in Kanagawa, Japan, but the ATT would not confirm the pairing.

- Tonight’s episode of IFL Battleground will preview the 10 matchups that will take place in the opening round of the upcoming IFL Grand Prix. It will air 8 PM EST on MyNetworkTV.

- Highly regarded trainer Greg Jackson has announced that Georges St. Pierre has now become an official member of his training team”>Georges St. Pierre has now become an official member of his training team. St. Pierre is excited to be able to train with the likes of Nate Marquardt, Rashad Evans, and Keith Jardine on a regular basis:

“It’s absolutely great, and I think I am blessed because I am lucky to be able to train with such a great group of guys and under Greg Jackson, who is the best MMA coach in my book,” St. Pierre says. “People say you’re only as good as your training partners, and I believe that is the truth.”

- Continuing with some more St. Pierre news - His former manager, Stephane Patry, who also serves as president of TKO, is stating that St. Pierre is still contractually obligated to him. St. Pierre says that is just not the case:

“My manager now is Shari Spencer. She takes care of my sponsorships and my fights, as well,” St. Pierre says. “It’s nothing personal. Me and Stephane are still good friends. We were not in agreement about some stuff in training, and we were not agreeing to some stuff regarding my management.”

- MMA Weekly is reporting that Masakazu Imanari will return to Cage Rage to take on Jean Silva at Cage Rage 23 for the promotion’s World Featherweight Title. Silva will be dropping down from lightweight to featherweight for the first time in his career.

- Jorge Gurgel announced at an open house for his gym over the weekend that he will be facing Alvin Robinson at UFC 77.

Some media links as well…

Sherdog: Georges St. Pierre Training Pictures
MMA Weekly: Pellegrino Hunting Down a Title Shot
The Fight Network: Murphy’s Law
UFC Junkie:  What’s Next for Wanderlei Silva?
Yahoo! Sports: Gonzaga sniffs out his biggest opportunity
Rogers Sportsnet: Koscheck eager to get it on
Fight Opinion: Monday maintenance: Lots of activity in the UK
Fightlinker: Brandon Vera is back and I don’t care
Bloody Elbow: More Doubts About GSP
MMA Analyst: An Interview with Cub Swanson, WEC featherweight contender

TKO Notes and Quotes Aug 16, 2007

MMA on Tap has learned the Adam Kastner (1-0) will face Adrian Wooley (2-0) in a featherweight bout at TKO 30: Apocalypse.

Adrian Wooley is a strong wrestler who sports an unblemished TKO record of 2-0. Wooley last victory came at TKO 29: Repercussion when he TKO’d Guillaume Lamarche late in the third round. Adam Kastner is a talented kickboxer who made his TKO debut at TKO MMA 2007 Tourney submitting Tommy Pariseau late in the first round.

TKO Major League MMA has announced that Dan Chambers (9-4) will meet Marcus Celestin (3-2) in a middleweight affair at TKO 30. TKO 30 will mark the debut of Dan Chambers who is coming off of a loss to UFC veteran Joe “Diesel” Riggs at Hardcore Championship Fighting. Chambers’ opponent Marcus Celestin sports a TKO record of 1-0 with his sole victory coming by submission over Brett Pearson at TKO 29: Repercussion.

TKO 30: Apocalypse

Sam Stout vs. Martin Grandmont - TKO Lightweight Title
Sean Pierson vs. Chris Clements - TKO Welterweight Title
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

Also scheduled to appear on the card is:

Valerie Letourneau (1-1)
Syd Barnier (1-0)
Mark Hominick (13-7)
Imad Regragui (0-0)
Adil Regragui (0-0)
Shawn Thompson (0-0)
Eric Leclerc (3-1)
Nabil Khatib (6-1)

In a recent interview with Sportsnet.ca, TKO president Stephane Patry stated that he is in the final stages of securing a deal which would allow him to produce a new MMA reality show which will be a mix between Big Brother and The Ultimate Fighter.

“We are in the last stage of closing the deal with a network,” said Patry. “It will have 16 guys in a house with girls. It will be a mix between Big Brother and The Ultimate Fighter.”

Interesting concept… 16 fighters in a house with girls. That could make for some interesting television, someone call Jeremy Jackson. According to the article, auditions began 8 months ago and Patry expects to make an announcement in the near future. The show will be in French, but apparently an English network is interesting in picking up the series. It’ll be interesting to see if it airs on The Fight Network as both companies have done business in the past.

The article also states that TKO is expected to make an announcement within the next week that they’ve hired a public relations firm, one that works with the Montreal Canadiens. Patry is also looking to expand within Canada in the near future.

They are also expected to make an announcement in the next week that they’ve hired a public relations firm, one that works with the Montreal Canadiens. The next thing to focus on for Patry is expansion to other venues in Canada. But he’s biding his time.

“I’m waiting until we are in a good position before going full steam with expansion,” said Patry. “I’d like to be getting 9-to-10,000 in attendance on a steady basis first before I do that.”

Not only is Patry planning to expand within Canada but he is also plans on hosting a show in the Bahamas when the UFC comes to Montreal. Patry feels the UFC will be in Montreal within the first three months of 2008 and he doesn’t want to host a show in Montreal during the same month as the UFC.

He will more than likely do a show outside Canada next year, but he’s waiting to find out exactly when the UFC will hold its Montreal event, which he expects to be in the first three months of 2008. Only then will he set his schedule, because he doesn’t want to have a show in Montreal the same month that the UFC has theirs.

“That won’t be good for either of us,” admitted Patry. “So, the same month that they come here, we’re most likely going to have a show in the Bahamas. I do five shows per year so I don’t want to have four because the UFC is coming.’

TKO 30: Apocalypse is scheduled for September 28th, 2007 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. For the latest TKO 30 fight card, check out the Rumors section.

Stephane Patry and Mark Pavelich Exchange Words

In a recent interview with Sportsnet.ca MFC president Mark Pavelich stated that he didn’t think that TKO, an established MMA organization in Montreal, was much of a draw outside of its native province of Quebec.

Pavelich admitted that he’d prefer to do shows in Canada. But there are limitations. In Ontario it’s not legally sanctioned. And in Quebec, TKO is already the established circuit. On top of that, he doesn’t see TKO as a big draw outside of La Belle Province.

“The bottom line is people in Alberta do not care what goes on in Quebec,” Pavelich said. “And most of the time, people in Ontario don’t even care. I didn’t make the rules. My wife’s from Montreal, my kids were born in Montreal. It’s just stating the facts.

TKO president Stephane Patry fired back in The Fight Network’s latest edition of “Great Fight North” saying TKO garners much more media coverage then MFC and produces a much better show.

“That’s bullshit,” said Patry. “At our last show [June], we made the cover page of the biggest newspaper in Montreal. We’re getting way more coverage then he does media-wise. We have all the radio stations covering [TKO], we have a weekly television show here and we’re everywhere on The Fight Network.”

“Mark Pavelich’s shows are a joke,” claims Patry. “Pavelich’s show is basically a ring with a light above it and two guys fighting, that’s it.

“From seeing what’s going on in the country, I would say number two is Hardcore [Championship Fighting] right now,” Patry said. “In my opinion, they have a better looking show then the other guys. Production value means everything; it’s so important if you want to be major league. I don’t feel Mark’s shows look all that professional.”

 

TKO: Big Announcement Coming

The Fight Network is reporting that TKO president Stephane Patry is on the verge of making a big announcement that will take TKO and Canadian MMA to a whole new level.

TKO honcho Stephane Patry is on the verge of making an announcement that promises to take TKO and Canadian MMA to new heights.

“I made a very significant business move this week that will be announced next week,” notes the TKO CEO.

TKO Welcomes UFC in Canada

James Brydon at Sportsnet has a good piece about Stephane Patry and TKO welcoming the UFC’s entry into Canada.  Patry sees it as only good pub for the sport, which can only help his own organization in the end:

“I think it’s good that the UFC is coming, especially in Montreal,” said Patry. “I don’t see it as competition. Whenever they come, I’ll be here to help them.”

MMA Linked to Hockey

In what seems to be a growing trend, Canadian MMA promoters have been turning to the minor league hockey scene for their talent.

TKO promoter Stephane Patry has been at the helm of the movement, bringing in the likes of Steve Bossé, Jon Mirasty, and Yan Pellerin. Not only do leagues like the LNAH provide promoters with a new avenue for scouting talent, it also provides them with a whole new demographic to sell tickets to.

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Ring Xtreme Challenge Taking Shape

Ring Xtreme Challenge, a show co-promoted by Steve Claveau and David Loiseau, is starting to shape up for its debut event which is scheduled for September 7 in Quebec City.

Both Claveau and Loiseau are veterans of TKO who have had a rocky past with TKO promoter Stephane Patry. This new organization will allow them to split the matchmaking duties and use fighters from their respective teams. Claveau stated in the past that Team Legion would no longer be sending fighters to appear on future TKO cards.

It’s been speculated for a number of weeks that Claveau was interested in starting his own promotion, especially after he stated that Team Legion will no longer send representatives to compete at future TKO shows.

While Loiseau’s involvement with the promotion comes as news, it also opens up the possibility he could fight again in Quebec at some point. After his acrimonious split from TKO president Stephane Patry, it seemed very unlikely “The Crow” would get another opportunity to fight in front of his hometown fans.

Ring Xtreme Challenge

Sylvain Cloutier vs. Greg Compton
Shawn Davidson vs. Mike Dizak
Tommy Pariseau vs. Andy Ross
Danny Laflamme vs. Aaron Treagear
Yan Pichette vs. Yan Pellerin
Stephane Pinet vs. Rob Wynne
Dave Pariseau vs. TBA
Jacques Dube vs. TBA
Yves Jabouin vs. TBA
David Savard vs. TBA

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