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.
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.
David Loiseau. Photo courtesy of Crowtime.tv
If David Loiseau can defeat “Ultimate Fighter” alumnus Solomon Hutcherson in the main event of XMMA 5 this weekend, he may be finding his way back to the UFC, somewhere where he been dreaming of returning to and hasn’t fought in since losing to Mike Swick at UFC 63 almost two years ago.
Now David’s got another chance to get back into the UFC. According to his manager Steve Claveau, the UFC will offer him a contract if he takes out Solomon Hutcherson this Saturday. If that name is ringing vague bells in your head, it’s because Solomon was one of the lesser known dudes on the 3rd season of TUF, getting the boot after losing to Rory Singer on the show and then Luigi Fioravanti on the finale.
I don’t think anyone would complain if Loiseau was invited back into the UFC. He always put forth effort and the majority of his fights were pretty exciting. Plus now that he’s with Greg Jackson‘s camp, we could see a different Loiseau altogether.
J.C. Pennington. Photo courtesy of Louisiana Fight Club.
EliteXC veteran J.C. Pennington has been tapped to fill in as a replacement opponent for former TKO featherweight champion Mark Hominick at TKO 35 on October 3 in Montreal.
MMA on Tap confirmed the move with Pennington himself late Friday night. The 29-year-old training partner of UFC lightweight contender Rich Clementi will be replacing Tommy Lee, who suffered a broken hand during a recent training session and will be unable to compete.
“I just got the word and I’m gladly stepping up to the challenge,” Pennington told MMA on Tap. “Hominick’s stand-up is sick and he has definitely improved his ground game so I’m looking forward to an all-around great fight. I’m definitely more of a ground fighter on paper but I have greatly improved my striking. Working with Rich [Clementi] almost everyday for the past seven years that made sure that I’m skilled in every aspect of the game.”
Brian Gassaway. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.
TKO Championship Fighting has announced a trio of additional bouts for it’s latest fight card, “TKO 35: Quenneville vs. Hioki”, which will take place on October 3 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
UFC and WEC veteran Brian Gassaway will return to the promotion to take on T.J. Grant in one of TKO 35’s featured bouts. Also added to the event was a lightweight battle between Mike Ricci and Reza Kamali and a welterweight affair between Steve Alexopoulos and Daylin Logan.
Canadian lightweight prospect Ben Henderson has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled bout against Joe Heiland at MFC 18 on September 26 in Edmonton. He will be replaced by King of the Cage veteran Donald Sanchez according to an announcement made by the MFC earlier this week.
TKO Championship Fighting announced today that the organization has signed a deal with the TQS television network to broadcast a weekly highlight program. Beginning on September 5 at 9 PM ET, TQS will begin airing “TKO Friday Night Knockouts”.
“For over eight years I have been working very hard to make the public understand and appreciate our sport and our athletes,” TKO President Stephane Patry said in today’s press release. “When we first started in 2000, our events were held in small venues and TKO was available on DVD and on specialty sport channels only.”
“Now, thanks to this partnership with the Rémillard brothers and the team at TQS, I am confident that our sport will reach a whole new level of popularity which is exactly what the sport and our athletes deserve.”
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.