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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.
UFC veteran Steve Vigneault has suffered an injury which has forced him to withdraw from his upcoming title fight with Jonathan Goulet at TKO 29: Reprecussion. The fight was originally scheduled to take place at TKO 28: Inevitable but again Vigneault was forced to drop the fight when it was announced he injured his knee during training.
According to The Fight Network:
TKO President Stephane Patry is in the process of trying to find a replacement opponent for Goulet. It’s been rumored that Team Tompkins welterweight Chris Clements (4-1-0) might be an option for the “Road Warrior” at TKO 29.
In a recent interview on Fight Opinion Radio, Goulet also made mention of Chris Clements as a possible opponent.
TKO 29 will now be headlined by a middleweight title bout between Patrick “The Predator” Cote (9-4 MMA, 6-0 TKO) and Crafton Wallace (12-3-1 MMA, 0-0 TKO). Crafton Wallace is a tough Muay Thai specialist who has spent time fighting in the UFC, KOTC and AFC. Wallace had a tough run in the UFC going 0-2 with submission losses to Nathan Marquardt and Martin Kampmann. As for Cote, it’s been nearly two years but he is finally ready to return to the organization he once called home.
TKO 29: Reprecussion
Patrick Cote (6-0 TKO) vs. Crafton Wallce (0-0 TKO)
Jonathan Goulet (14-3 TKO) vs. TBA *
David Fraser (0-2 TKO) vs. Steve Bosse (0-0 TKO)
Luke Caudillo (1-0 TKO) vs. Martin Grandmont (3-2 TKO)
Stephane Dube (5-1 TKO) vs. TBA
Steve Claveau (5-5 TKO) vs. TBA
Sid Barnes (0-0 TKO) vs. Eric Leclerc (0-0 TKO)
Valerie Letourneau (0-0 TKO) vs. TBA
Yves Lemelin (1-1 TKO) vs. Steve Pouliot (0-1 TKO)
Jon Mirasty (0-0 TKO) vs. TBA
Brett Pearson (0-0 TKO) vs. TBA
News and Notes
- UFC veteran Jonathan “Road Warrior” Goulet added to his winning streak this past weekend when he disposed of Jesse Bongfeldt early in the first at TKOMMA Tourney 2007. His next fight will come June 1st at TKO 29: Repercussion when he faces fellow UFC veteran Steve Vigneault for the vacant TKO welterweight title. Georges St. Pierre was foreced to vacate the title when he won the UFC welterweight belt.
- Yesterday Sherdog.com reported Chuck Liddell and Quinton Jackson will lock horns in the world famous octagon May 26th at UFC 71.
- This past weekend former UFC heavyweight champion and MMA legend, Bas Rutten, announced that he was stepping down as the coach of the Anacondas and Sean Tompkins would be taking his place as the head coach. Rutten will remain with the IFL but instead of coaching he will become the “Face of the IFL” working the broadcast booth and hosting “IFL Battleground”.
- The UFC has hired Mike Mersch who will be the organization’s chief operating officer. Originally Mersch was the Nevada deputy attorney general who represented the Nevada Athletic Commission.
- Hall of Fame play-by-play boxing announcer, Col. Bob Sheridan, will be ringside April 14th when Fedor Emelianenko and Matt Lindland fight in the BodogFight ring.
- Bob Sapp’s new opponent at the upcoming Cage Rage show will be Gary Turner.
- GracieMag.com is reporting that Ronaldo Jacaré will not compete at ADCC 2007.
- According to GracieFighter.com UFC lightweight Tyson Griffin has parted ways with David Terrell and the Nor-Cal Fighting Alliance. Terrell said, ““He didn’t train at all with us for that fight so why would we corner him. Win or lose we wouldn’t have been responsible.”
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Does anyone remember this man? He was at the very first show of the IFL, and before everyone noticed, he had some ex-body builder running his team Tokyo Sabres. On March 14th, Inoki officially announced that as of April 1st, he is starting a new martial arts promotion called Inoki Genome Federation. (IGF) The head of organization is none other than Anotonio Inoki but other executives and staff are still unknown till this date. The only prediction we can make at this point is that his son-law, Simon Kelly Inoki, just revealed his resignation from New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s president post, probably to join his father in-law’s new promotion. Besides this, no one knows what is going to take place with this new project by Mr. Inoki. All we can tell at this point, is that everyone is making big announcements in April.
TKO Major League MMA has announced that Thomas Schulte will serve as Steve Vigneault’s replacement at TKO 28.
Vigneault was originally scheduled to face Jonathan Goulet for the TKO welterweight title but he was forced to pull out after he suffered a knee injury which will take 4 to 6 weeks to heal. Goulet and Schulte will now fight in a non-title bout.
Thomas Schulte is the polar opposite of Steve Vigneault as he is a submission specialist who trains at Fit NHB in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Schulte has a mixed martial arts record of 13-5-0 with 12 of his victories have come by submission.
I asked Goulet what he thought about Schulte and he said “He looks like very good fighter. I’m ready for everything and I’m going to be careful with him on the ground for sure. I don’t underestimate him and I think it’s going to be a fight that the crowd will remember.”
When asked about how it would affect his training Goulet said “I prepare for everything. I worked on my stand-up skills but I worked on my submissions as well because my goal was to submit Vigneault.”
Steve Vigneault vs. Jonathan Goulet for the TKO welterweight title is now expected to take place June 1st, 2007.
News and Notes
- Stephane Vigneault has suffered an injury and he will no longer be fighting Jonathan Goulet for the TKO Canadian Welterweight Title. Goulet released a message on MySpace which said “Damn my opponent got injured and the TKO management are looking for an opponent.”
- Frankie Edgar will make his UFC debut February 3rd at UFC 67: All or Nothing against undefeated lightweight prospect Tyson Griffin.
- Kenny Florian vs. Dokonjonosuke Mishima will headline UFC Fight Night 9 on March 13th.
- Tank Abbott will make his return to MMA February 3rd when he fights Ji Hoon Kim in World Best Fighter: USA vs. Asia.
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TKO Major League MMA has announced that UFC veteran Sam “Hands of Stone” Stout will defend his TKO lightweight title against Fabio Holanda at TKO 28: Inevitable. This fight marks the third title fight on the card which includes a battle for the vacant welterweight title between Jonathan Goulet and Stephane Vigneault.
Also on the card will be UFC veteran Mark “The Machine” Hominick who will be battling Hatsu Hioki for the TKO featherweight title. Hominick recently lost the belt to Hioki at TKO 25: Confrontation when Hioki submitted Hominick late in the second. Since that fight Hominick has gone 3-0 with a win in the UFC over Jorge Gurgle.
Here is the rumored card for TKO 28: Inevitable.
TKO Welterweight Championship
Steve Vigneault vs Jonathan Goulet
TKO Featherweight Championship
Hatsu Hioki vs Mark Hominick
Vitor Belfort vs TBA
Sam Stout vs TBA
Ben Greer vs Stéphane Vigneault
Jason St-Louis vs Steve Claveau
Dave Pariseau vs Martin Grandmont
Stéphane Dubé vs Tyler Jackson
Chris Horodecki vs Samuel Guillet
Dave Fraser vs Steve Bossé
TKO Major League MMA will be returning to the Bell Centre on February 9th, 2007 with TKO 28: Inevitable.
Headlining the card will be a battle for the vacant TKO welterweight title between Jonathan Goulet and Stephane Vigneault.
Jonathan Goulet vs. Stephane Vigneault
Stephane Dube vs. Tyler Jackson
Steve Bosse vs. David Fraser
Dave Pariseau vs. Martin Grandmont