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Gassaway Ready for Veteran Test in Landi-Jons


Brian Gassaway weighs-in for UFC 54: Boiling Point. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Similar to his long-time training partner Shonie Carter, Brian Gassaway has fought and won in various mixed martial arts promotions all around the world.

The experience he has gained can’t be measured in terms of it’s importance, it’s obvious that it adds an entirely different dimension to his game compared to those who only have a dozen fights or so in the sport. However his experience will likely be put to the test later tonight, as he will take on fellow veteran Jose Landi-Jons in the main event of TKO 32: Ultimatum.

Despite riding a constant wave of disappointment - Landi-Jons has lost nine out of his thirteen bouts since knocking out Matt Hughes in 2004 - Gassaway still acknowledges the former co-founder of Chute Boxe as one of the greatest fighters out there.

“I have to say that it’s an honor to fight someone as good as “Pele”,” Gassaway said during a recent interview session. “I have to be honest, I’m going into the twilight of my career. Who knows how much longer I’m going to be fighting. At this stage, I just want to be able to fight the best guys that I can and Landi-Jons is definitely one of them.”

Gassaway is coming off of two unsuccessful stints inside the confines of the Zuffa-owned Ultimate Fighting Championship and World Extreme Cagefighting promotions. Despite not looking very good in his either of his fights, the Chicago native hopes that he can win enough fights in order to receive one more shot.

“The biggest thing I regret in my fights against Sanchez and Alessio is that I wasn’t aggressive enough,” Gassaway said. “I don’t know what it was, maybe the bright lights and everything, but I definitely should have opened up and thrown my hands more. I’m not going to make that mistake in this fight though, that’s for sure.”

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TKO 32: Ultimatum Weigh-In Results


Brian Gassaway weighs-in for UFC 54: Boiling Point. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The official weigh-in results for tomorrow night’s TKO 32: Ultimatum are below. All fighters successfully made weight.

Chute Boxe product Jose Landi-Jons will take on veteran journeyman Brian Gassaway in a welterweight bout that will serve as the night’s main event. Jesse Bongfeldt will also defend his TKO welterweight title against top contender T.J. Grant. A total of twelve bouts are slated to take place.

Jose-Landi Jons (170 lbs) vs. Brian Gassaway (169 lbs)
Jesse Bongfeldt (170 lbs) vs. T.J. Grant (168 lbs)
Stephane Vigneault (144 lbs) vs. Daniel Ferguson (145 lbs)
Derek Gauthier (168 lbs) vs. Yannick Galipeau (170 lbs)
Jordan Mein (155 lbs) vs. Samuel Guillet (155 lbs)
Justin Tavernini (137 lbs) vs. Guillaume Lamarche (139 lbs)
Syd Barnier (135 lbs) vs. Adrian Wooley (135 lbs)
Johan Croes (144 lbs) vs. Mark Fraser (144 lbs)
Tyler Jackson (155 lbs) vs. Jeff Harrison (153 lbs)
Scott Wright (230 lbs) vs. Ben Gallant (235 lbs)
Tim Wadsworth (149 lbs) vs. Brad Duguay (150 lbs)
Vladimir Victor (166 lbs) vs. Christopher Hulme (170 lbs)

Late Addition Completes “Ultimatum” Card

TKO Championship Fighting has announced a late addition to their upcoming “Ultimatum” event, which will take place tomorrow night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Tim Wadsworth, who was originally slated to fight Guillaume Lamarche before he was given another opponent, will take on fellow lightweight Brad Duguay in one of the first bouts of the evening. The bout completes the twelve-bout card.

Wadsorth made his professional mixed martial arts debut in September when he stopped David Savard at an Xtreme MMA event. Duguay is coming off of a submission loss to Jason MacKay at KOTC: Avalanche in December.

Chute Boxe product Jose Landi-Jons will take on veteran journeyman Brian Gassaway in a welterweight bout that will serve as the main event. Jesse Bongfeldt will also defend his TKO welterweight title against top contender T.J. Grant.

The complete card for tomorrow night’s event is below:

Jose Landi-Jons vs. Brian Gassaway
Jesse Bongfeldt vs. T.J. Grant
Derek Gauthier vs. Yannick Galipeau
Jordan Mein vs. Samuel Guillet
Daniel Ferguson vs. Stephane Vigneault
Justin Tavernini vs. Guillaume Lamarche
Syd Barnier vs. Adrian Wooley
Johan Croes vs. Mark Fraser
Tyler Jackson vs. Jeff Harrison
Scott Wright vs. Ben Gallant
Tim Wadsworth vs. Brad Duguay
Vladimir Victor vs. Christopher Hulme

Bosse Injured; Two Fights Added to TKO 32


Steve Bosse throws a right hand at opponent Jody Burke at TKO 30: Apocalypse in September 2007. Photo by Al Quintero.

TKO Championship Fighting has announced a number of changes to their upcoming “Ultimatum” event, which will take place at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on February 28th.

Popular hockey enforcer Steve Bosse is now off of the card, citing that a lingering hand injury will prevent him from being able to compete at full power. Scott Wright, Bosse’s scheduled opponent, will now take on fellow heavyweight Ben Gallant.

Still with me?

Gallant was slated to go up against Jeff Lundberg in a bout that would see both fighters make their professional mixed martial arts debut against each other. Since that isn’t happening, Lundberg is currently not scheduled to participate at the event so it’s very likely that he will serve as an injury replacement and basically be a shoe-in for TKO’s next event in Aruba.

A lightweight affair between Tyler Jackson and Jeff Harrison has been added in order to round out the card. Harrison will be making his TKO debut at the event while this will be Jackson’s fifth fight under Stephane Patry and company. He has only won one of his four bouts in the promotion, dropping decisions to Sam Stout, Martin Grandmont, and Samuel Guillet while defeating Donald Ouimet due to injury.

Touch of gloves to our friends at TKO Xtreme for the heads-up.

Report: Larenas-Evans Pulled From TKO 32


Icho Larenas is interviewed after his win over Jacob Conliffe at TKO 20. Photo by Luigi Di Serio.

A scheduled bout between former TKO heavyweight champion Icho Larenas and Lance Evans at TKO 32: Ultimatum has apparently been scrapped.

The news comes from our buddy Scott at TKO Xtreme, who reports that Larenas has been forced to pull out of the bout due to undisclosed personal issues.

Larenas was coming off of a controversial stoppage win over popular Quebec hockey enforcer Steve Bosse at TKO 31: Young Guns last month. TKO president Stephane Patry claims that Larenas may have verbally submitted after receiving an unintentional poke in the eye during the second round. Larenas reportedly told referee Yves Lavigne that he was unable to see and Lavigne ended up giving Larenas a few minutes to recover.

Under the rules of the Quebec Athletic Commission, the fight should have been stopped once Larenas said he was experiencing vision problems. The bout was put under review by the Quebec Athletic Commission but we still haven’t been able to find out any information pertaining to an official decision.

Bosse will be taking on Scott Wright at the event.

A heavyweight bout between Ben Gallant and Jeff Lundberg will be added in order to round out the card. Both are relative newcomers to the sport of mixed martial arts. Gallant was victorious in his only career fight so far, submitting Adil Ayoubi at TKO 31 in December. Lundberg will be making his professional debut at the event.

Report: Landi-Jons Faces Gassaway at TKO 32


Jose Landi-Jons delivers a body kick to Mitch McElroy at the BodogFight: Paradise Lost tapings. Photo courtesy of BodogFight.

Jose Landi-Jons will likely take on journeyman Brian Gassaway in a welterweight affair that will as the main event of the upcoming TKO 32: Ultimatum, which will take place at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on February 28th.

The news comes from a report by TKO Xtreme.

Landi-Jons is a true veteran of the sport to say the least. He fought for the first time in his career all the way back in 1993, where he submitted Moura Moura with strikes. Since then he has gone on to fight and defeat some of the top fighters in the sport, earning wins over the likes of Matt Hughes, Pat Miletich, and Jorge Patino to name a few.

Even though his record these days may tell a different story, Landi-Jons was considered one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world at one point. He was also a former key member of Chute Boxe, but ended up leaving the team after reportedly not being recognized for his training of the Rua brothers.

Gassaway started off last year on a negative note as he was submitted by John Alessio with a rear naked choke at a WEC show in January. Gassaway suffered another setback in losing a decision to Dereck Keasley but bounced back and has won two straight fights in independent shows since then.

Evening News and Notes: Jan 25, 2008

A good amount of news to report on…

NSAC Announces Tougher Drug Testing

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has announced that it has instituted expanded drug testing for state licensed fighters and those applying for new licenses as well.

The commission will now test fighters randomly throughout the year in hopes of lowering the number of positive tests.

“Random testing throughout the year will further deter any fighters considering taking non-approved substances,” NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer told MMA Weekly. “The additional testing, which will be paid for by the Commission, will help us keep the sport of unarmed combat safe and fair for all fighters.”

Fighters who have tested positive for a certain substance in the past or are under suspicion of doing so may also be tested under the new regulations.

Tanner-Okami Set for UFC 82, Not Montreal Show

The UFC officially announced three additional fights earlier today for UFC 82: Pride of a Champion on March 1st at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

Heavyweights Heath Herring and Cheick Kongo will collide on the main card while Josh Koscheck and Dustin Hazelett will be featured on an undercard bout.

Evan Tanner’s return bout against Yushin Okami was also announced. UFC color commentator Joe Rogan apparently told members of the media that the fight would be taking place at the UFC’s Canada show in April but that obviously isn’t the case now.

New UFC Additions and TUF Rumored Participants

Two fighters are reportedly set to join the ranks of the UFC: Dong Hyun Kim and Rousimar Palhares.

Also, today marks the first day we have come across some TUF 7 rumored fighters. MMA Junkie has learned that Luke Zachrich will be on the show while Five Ounces of Pain is reporting that Mike Marrello will be on the show as well.

TKO 32: Ultimatum Update

TKO Championship Fighting has made some updates to the official card for TKO 32: Ultimatum, which will take place on February 28th at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Notable additions and subtractions: While former TKO heavyweight champion Icho Larenas’ fight against Lance Evans is no longer listed (not sure why but I’ll still include the fight in our rumored card), popular hockey enforcer Steve Bosse will be back in action against Scott Wright at the event.

The current card as of right now:

Jesse Bongfeldt vs. T.J. Grant - TKO Welterweight Title
Jose Landi-Jons vs. TBA
Icho Larenas vs. Lance Evans
Steve Bosse vs. Scott Wright
Stephane Vigneault vs. Daniel Ferguson
Damacio Page vs. Justin Tavernini
Johan Croes vs. Mark Fraser
Yannick Galipeau vs. Derek Gauthier
Adrian Wooley vs. Syd Barnier
Jordan Mein vs. Samuel Guillet
Christopher Hulme vs. Joel Pigeon
Guillaume Lamarche vs. Tim Wadsworth

Landi-Jons to Headline TKO 32: Ultimatum


Jose Landi-Jons delivers a body kick to Mitch McElroy at the BodogFight: Paraside Lost tapings. Photo courtesy of BodogFight.

TKO Championship Fighting has announced that Jose “Pele” Landi-Jons will headline the main event of the upcoming TKO 32: Ultimatum, which will take place at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on February 28th.

Landi-Jons is a true veteran of the sport to say the least. He fought for the first time in his career all the way back in 1993, where he submitted Moura Moura with strikes. Since then Landi-Jons has gone on to fight and defeat some of the top fighters in the sport, earning wins over the likes of Matt Hughes, Pat Miletich, and Jorge Patino to name a few.

Even though his record these days may tell a different story, Landi-Jons was considered one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world at one point. He was also a former key member of Chute Boxe, but ended up leaving the team after reportedly not being recognized for his training of the Rua brothers.

An opponent for Landi-Jons is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

TKO Announces Larenas-Evans for “Ultimatum”


Icho Larenas is interviewed after his win over Jacob Conliffe at TKO 20. Photo by Luigi Di Serio.

Well a rematch against Steve Bosse won’t be happening at TKO 32: Ultimatum for Icho Larenas but that doesn’t mean that the former TKO heavyweight champion won’t be facing a tough challenge.

TKO Championship Fighting has announced that Larenas will take on fellow heavyweight Lance Evans at the event.

Larenas is coming off of a controversial stoppage win over popular Quebec hockey enforcer Steve Bosse at TKO 31: Young Guns last month. TKO president Stephane Patry claims that Larenas may have verbally submitted after receiving an unintentional poke in the eye during the second round. Larenas reportedly told referee Yves Lavigne that he was unable to see and Lavigne ended up giving Larenas a few minutes to recover.

Under the rules of the Quebec Athletic Commission, the fight should have been stopped once Larenas said he was experiencing vision problems. The bout was put under review by the Quebec Athletic Commission but we haven’t been able to find out any information pertaining to an official decision.

Evans, the older brother of UFC light heavyweight contender Rashad Evans, was victorious in his last fight as well, stopping Bob Landry with strikes in the first round of their fight.

Just like Larenas-Bosse, the fight was a controversial one. While Evans worked an effective ground and pound assault on his opponent, Landry looked over to referee Yves Lavigne to let him know that he had been illegally struck in the back of the head. Since the bout was not stopped, Evans continued to pound away with strikes and forced Lavigne to stop the bout. Landry put up a minor protest after the fight but his argument went on deaf ears.

Larenas-Bosse Rematch May Happen at TKO 32


Steve Bosse throws a right hand against Jody Burke at TKO 30. Photo by Al Quintero.

A rematch between former TKO heavyweight champion Icho Larenas and popular hockey enforcer Steve Bosse may take place at TKO 32: Ultimatum on February 28th according to TKO president Stephane Patry.

Patry indicated the possibility of the fight to The Fight Network earlier this week.

Larenas and Bosse fought for the first time at TKO 31: Young Guns last month where Larenas ended up stopping Bosse with strikes in the third round.

After the fight, Patry stated that Larenas may have verbally submitted after receiving an unintentional poke in the eye during the second round. Larenas reportedly told referee Yves Lavigne that he was unable to see and Lavigne ended up giving Larenas a few minutes to recover.

Under the rules of the Quebec Athletic Commission, the fight should have been stopped once Larenas said he was experiencing vision problems. The bout was put under review by the Quebec Athletic Commission but we haven’t been able to find out any information pertaining to an official decision.

Bosse is currently recovering from a hand injury that will keep him out of action for 2-3 weeks.

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