To even some of the “hardcore” MMA fans, Steve Bosse is nothing more than a young heavyweight that has potential. However to the citizens of Quebec and fans of the LNAH, widely known as the world’s toughest hockey league to play in, Bosse is much more.
Unlike the rest of his fellow hockey brethren that have competed in MMA, Bosse has parlayed mixed martial arts into something that just might become bigger than his career on the ice. Bosse has spent a total of 3:22 minutes in the cage, scoring two straight impressive stoppage victories. Now just 12 months into his professional MMA career, Bosse finds himself headlining his first event and already in line for a possible title shot at some point next year.
Bosse is on an amazing run, both on the ice and on the canvas. But where did it all start?
In order to find the answer we have to go back to November 3rd of last year when Bosse took on Jon “Nasty” Mirasty in one of the most exciting fights in LNAH history. Mirasty was generally known as the best scrapper in the league at the time. Bosse? He was tough but always seemed to lose when it came to taking on the elite fighters that the league had to offer. That all changed when Bosse landed a flurry of right hands that sent Mirasty down for the count.
Since that date, Bosse has been regarded as the “heavyweight champ” of the LNAH, continuing to win his fights in spectacular fashion. His success has translated over to MMA where he has also dominated those that have stood in front of him. Will that success continue tonight?
Icho Larenas is by far Bosse’s toughest test to date. The UFC veteran is also TKO’s former heavyweight champion and will no doubt want to get back into the title picture with a win over Bosse.
Both fighters share similar styles and size. Larenas holds the edge in experience but the momentum is clearly in Bosse’s favor. The key to this fight is obviously who will be able to impose their will on the other. Bosse needs to put on a mistake-free fight in my opinion. Larenas certainly has the ability to capitalize on any errors that an inexperienced Bosse may make.
It’ll be interesting to see what happens later tonight. Want my pick? Visit later tonight where I’ll make some predictions before the start of our live blog.
TKO Championship Fighting has announced that Steve Bossé and Icho Larenas will be featured as the main event at TKO 31: Ultimatum.
Steve Bossé is a crowd favorite who possesses an unblemished MMA record of 2-0. Bossé made his TKO debut in July defeating David Fraser by TKO early in the first round of their bout. Bossé‘s next TKO appearance came in September at TKO 30: Apocalypse where he TKO’d Jody Burke early in the first round.
Following his fight in September, Bossé returned to the LNAH where he continued to hone his hockey skills with the Summum-Chiefs de St-Jean. So far Bossé has appeared in 5 games amassing 20 PIM along with 4 fighting majors.
Former TKO heavyweight champion Icho Larenas sports a MMA record of 3-3. Larenas is a large heavyweight who possesses excellent punching power. Larenas holds victories over the likes of Jacob Conliffe, Yan Pellerin, and Brian MaGee.
TKO 31: Ultimatum
Steve Bossé vs. Icho Larenas
Chris Clements vs. Stephane Dube
Mark Hominick vs. TBA
Martin Grandmont vs. TBA
Ben Greer vs. Stephane Vigneault
Syd Barnier vs. Mark Fraser
Lance Evans vs. Bob Landry
Thierry Quenneville vs. TBA
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.
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.
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)
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.
TKO Major League MMA has announced that Steve Bosse and Lance Evans will clash in a heavyweight affair at TKO 30: Apocalypse.
Steve Bosse is a MMA newcomer who sports a MMA and TKO record of 1-0. Bosse’s MMA debut came at TKO 29: Repercussion when he stopped David Fraser with strikes partway through the first stanza. In preparation for this bout with Evans, Bosse, a feared hockey enforcer, will be spending a month in Thailand with his trainer Stephane Dube honing his Muay Thai and jiu-jitsu skills.
Lance Evans (1-2) sports a TKO record of 0-1 with his sole TKO loss coming to Martin Desilets at TKO 22: Lionheart. Evans is experienced in both wrestling and boxing with his only professional victory coming over Brett Lindberg back in 2004.
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.