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.
A BATTLE OF TITANS FOR STRIKEBOX’S INAUGURAL EVENT
ENGLAND’S JAMES “COLOSSUS” THOMPSON COMES TO MONTREAL TO FACE STEVE ” THE BOSS BOSSE
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 http://www.admission.com. 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.
Hatsu Hioki. Photo courtesy of TKO Championship Fighting.
In recapping other events besides EliteXC and Strikeforce that took place this past weekend, Hatsu Hioki retained his TKO featherweight championship with a first-round submission of Thierry Quenneville at TKO 35 Saturday night in Montreal.
The win was Hioki’s first inside the confines of TKO since he earned a majority decision over Mark Hominick at TKO 28 back in February of last year. Also victorious on the main card were “Ultimate Fighter” contestant Noah Thomas who submitted Adrian Wooley to claim the vacant TKO bantamweight belt and former hockey enforcer Steve Bosse, who scored a first-round TKO of Sebastien Gauthier.
Just like Don King, boxing mainstay Sycuan Ringside Promotions co-promoted it’s first-ever mixed martial arts event Saturday night in San Diego along with local organization Total Combat. Jesse Taylor stopped fellow UFC veteran Drew Fickett in the first round with strikes in the show’s main attraction.
Complete results from both cards are after the jump.
Wanderlei Silva. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Here’s a little mix of news and notes that we missed over the past few days…
Jackson-Silva III Likely for UFC 91
Amidst lingering rumors that the two were set to rematch later this year, it seems that former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will reportedly indeed take on longtime PRIDE middleweight title holder Wanderlei Silva at UFC 91 on November 15 according to MMA Junkie.
Sources within the Wolfslair camp, which Jackson recently joined after parting ways with trainer Juanito Ibarra, have said that Jackson has agreed to the fight and has already begun training. Attempts to contact Wolfslair co-owner Anthony McGann for confirmation by MMA on Tap were unsuccessful.
Jackson and Silva have fought on two separate occasions and Silva was victorious in both fighters. Silva stopped Jackson with strikes in the first round of their original meeting at PRIDE Final Conflict 2003 and then scored a second-round knockout of him at PRIDE 28 four years ago.
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.
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.
Forrest Griffin, by Becky Bollom on Flickr
The main bout of UFC 86, Forrest Griffin vs Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, is still the talk of the MMA world.
Sherdog weighs-in on the general displeasure of the decision and possible rematch, along with fighters’ opinions on who won the fight. An official count wasn’t made, but giving it a casual read, it does seem that most think Griffin won the fight.
The number one reason for Griffin not winning - and notice it’s not written Jackson winning or even Griffin losing - is that “you have to beat the champ”, a quote from Jackson’s coach Juanito Ibarra, some fighters, and even readers of this site. The concept is well understood, but scoring systems don’t change for championship fights and champions don’t get awarded bonus points (although we’ve all seen some fights where it seemed like they were). The UFC does increase the number of rounds for a title fight, but that’s the lone rules change, and no scoring changes come along with that. Dave Meltzer of Yahoo! Sports has similar thoughts.
Griffin’s win made him the highest paid fighter of the night according to MMA Weekly. The $150k win bonus helped him top former champ Rampage. The two also were awarded fight of the night bonuses of $60k. The third highest paid fighter wasn’t even on the main card. Gabriel Gonzaga, who defeated Justin McCully on the preliminary card, received $100k with the win bonus.
Nogueira tests positive
MMA Weekly is reporting Alexandre “Pequeno” Nogueira has allegedly tested positive for the Boldenone according to the CSAC.
Kolohe to defend title Aug 2
Kala “Kolohe” Hose will defend his ICON middleweight title against Rolando Dominique in his home state of Hawaii on Aug 2.
Bosse to take on the Colossus
Former hockey enforcer Steve Bosse is scheduled to take on James “The Colossus” Thompson at TKO 35 on Oct 3 in Montreal. Bosse’s last fight was a controversial win against Wes Sims, while Thompson was “that guy who fought Kimbo” at Elite XC’s initial CBS show.
Kicking a live horse
Our Cage Potato buds are already having fun with the UFC’s swat at Affliction’s Fedor card.
Steve Bosse (center) poses with his trainer TKO President Stephane Patry. Photo courtesy of TKO Championship Fighting.
The controversy involving mixed martial arts referees and some of their decisions continued Saturday night during the main event of TKO Championship Fighting’s latest show in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, which saw part-time popular hockey enforcer Steve Bosse submit UFC veteran Wes Sims in the first round.
The bout started off fairly normal. Bosse stalked Sims from the opening bell and tried to close the distance in order to land power shots. In a rare move, Sims jumped and pulled Bosse down to the mat with him, quickly pulling guard as well. Bosse unleashed a vicious ground-and-pound assault that forced Sims to roll to his back.
In the scramble that ensued, Bosse grabbed the fence in order to help gain leverage to keep Sims down on the mat. Referee Jerry Bolen moved in to penalize Bosse but inadvertently waved off the bout with his hands, much to the confusion of everyone in attendance. An irate Sims, who assumed that the stoppage would turn into a loss for him, kicked Bolen in the chest and was immediately scolded and restrained by ringside officials.
Sims’ longtime training partner, Mark Coleman, climbed into the cage and began to argue with Bolen as well. Despite Sims’ assault on Bolen and the mass chaos that ensued, order was eventually restored and the bout restarted minutes later. The restart saw Bosse stun Sims with a combination on the feet and then lock in an ankle lock on the Columbus, Ohio native, causing Sims to scream in pain and Bolen to stop the fight, once again receiving a tongue-lashing from Sims and Coleman in the process.
Adrian Wooley won a hard-fought, five-round unanimous decision over Danny Martinez to claim the vacant TKO bantamweight title in the night’s co-main event. Former TKO heavyweight champion Icho Larenas also earned a first-round stoppage of Aruba native Guido Carlo.
Complete results from the event:
Guillaume Lamarche def. Syd Barnier - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Eric Leclerc def. Devin Henry - Submission (Triangle Choke)
Mike Ricci def. Stephane Chretien - TKO (Strikes)
Tim Wadsworth def. Jeff Harrison - TKO (Strikes)
Tom Murphy def. Gregory Milliard - Submission (Armbar)
Icho Larenas def. Guido Carlo - Submission (Strikes)
Stephane Vigneault def. Yaotzin Mesa - TKO (Strikes)
Stephane Dube def. Yannick Galipeau - Submission (Strikes)
Thierry Quenneville def. Ben Greer - KO (Punch)
Adrian Wooley def. Danny Martinez - Unanimous Decision
Steve Bosse def. Wes Sims - Submission (Ankle Lock)
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.
Riley Cote. From neat1325 on Flickr.
If there’s anything that the sports of hockey and mixed martial arts have in common, it’s the fact that both are constantly the target of mainstream media that want to blast them for being “too violent” or “brutal” like my man Bill O’Reilly likes to say.
Here’s another thing they have in common. From The Globe and Mail:
It’s a sentiment shared by many of the toughest players in the NHL. The growth of the UFC has earned the sport many fans in dressing rooms around the league. It’s also earned MMA fighters a lot of respect from NHLers.
“Even the worst UFC fighter that there is would beat me because of their training,” said Pittsburgh Penguins enforcer Georges Laraque. “It’s so much harder than anything I’ve ever seen. I’m a fighter, so I know how hard they work and I know how hard it is to go against someone.”
The article centers around Riley Cote of the Philadelphia Flyers, who supplements his on-ice fighting with MMA training at New Jersey Martial Arts in Maple Shade, New Jersey. (Video of his training here) Cote originally started training in MMA to just get some kind of edge when he dropped the gloves during the game.
“I’ve dabbled with mixed martial arts and Brazilian jiu-jitsu,” Cote said in the article. “I did that for training and conditioning, getting my hands going. I’m just trying to get an edge. I’m going to do the most I can to keep my job and be the best at my job.”
However after a couple years of training, Cote’s love of MMA has started to take his mind in a different direction. He now believes that his training could ultimately lead to another career-opportunity down the line, stepping into the cage or the ring.
“I don’t plan on doing that until my hockey career’s over,” said Cote. “But I’d consider doing it.”
The majority of fans already know that Cote wouldn’t be the first fighter to transition from hockey to MMA. Steve Bosse, who is currently fights exclusively for Quebec-based TKO Championship Fighting, has gone 2-1 so far as a pro and will take on his biggest test yet in the form of UFC veteran Wes Sims this summer.
Bosse currently plays for the LNAH, widely considered to be the toughest hockey league in North America. With only 8 total teams and over 1,500 fighting majors handed out this season according to hockeyfights.com, few can disagree.
The league has also produced Jacques Dube, Jon Mirasty, and Yann Pellerin, all who have competed in MMA over the last year or so.