TKO News and Notes - Jan 11, 2008

TKO 32: Ultimatum Card Update

The card for TKO 32: Ultimatum is shaping up quite nicely. The event is headlined by Jesse Bongfeldt defending his TKO welterweight title against T.J. Grant. Former TKO heavyweight champion Icho Larenas will also be on the card even though a potential rematch against current champ Krzysztof Soszynski is unlikely.

Here’s what the card looks like as of right now:

Jesse Bongfeldt vs. T.J. Grant - TKO Welterweight Title
Icho Larenas vs. TBA
Stephane Vigneault vs. TBA
Damacio Page vs. Justin Tavernini
Adrian Wooley vs. Syd Barnier
Yannick Galipeau vs. Derek Gauthier
Jordan Mein vs. Samuel Guillet
Mark Fraser vs. Johan Croes

Syd Barnier was originally scheduled to take on Mark Fraser but has instead decided to drop down to bantamweight. Barnier will now take on Adrian Wooley while Fraser will go up against Johan Croes.

Alessio-Noble Off

Former TKO welterweight John Alessio has been forced to pull out of his scheduled bout against Derrick Noble at Hardcore Championship Fighting’s “Destiny” event due to complications stemming from his recovery from a knee injury.

HCF CEO Keith Crawford made the announcement on The Fight Network’s radio show earlier this week:

“John injured his knee at the end of December and was hoping it’d heal properly, but it hasn’t healed enough to be ready to train,” Crawford said. “We’re obviously quickly looking for an opponent for Derrick because we really want to have him on this card.”

Steve Bosse and Tank Abbott?

TKO Xtreme first reported on Wednesday that TKO President Stephane Patry was discussing the possibility of having Quebec hockey enforcer Steve Bosse take on Tank Abbott and The Fight Network picked up on it yesterday.

Apparently the two may have been able to clash at TKO 32 but the idea was pushed aside once Abbott signed on to fight Kimbo Slice in EliteXC’s February event. Pending on whether or not Abbott is victorious, the two could be matched up at a TKO event later this year, possibly in Aruba.

Aruba? Yes, you heard me right. According to Patry, TKO 33 will be titled “Battle in Paradise” and will take place in Aruba, possibly outdoors.

Larenas-Bosse Under Review by QAC

Loretta Hunt of The Fight Network is reporting that the fight between former TKO Heavyweight Champion Icho Larenas and popular hockey enforcer Steve Bosse that took place at TKO 31: Young Guns this past weekend is currently under review by the Quebec Athletic Commission.

TKO president Stephane Patry revealed the news on The Fight Network’s daily radio show yesterday.

According to Patry, the QAC will be looking to see if Larenas verbally submitted during the bout. Larenas suffered an unintentional poke in the eye by Bosse during the second round of the bout. Referee Yves Lavigne stopped the bout and allowed the ringside physician to take a look at Larenas.

Larenas apparently told Lavigne that he was unable to see and Lavigne ended up giving Larenas a few minutes to recover:

“It was bad. The doctor [asked] me if I could see and I said, ‘No, I can’t see. I was seeing double. It was bad, very bad,” Larenas told The Fight Network following the bout. “I couldn’t focus, so he told me ‘Take your time. We’ll give you two or three minutes to decide.”

Now this is an interesting situation. Normally when a fighter can’t see because of a cut the fight is always stopped. But this is a poke in the eye. Fighters are traditionally given up to five minutes to recover. If the doctor checked his eye, cleared him to continue, and Larenas said that he wanted to keep fighting even though he said that he couldn’t see earlier, there’s no reason to overturn the decision since the events occurred under the correct guidelines.

Here’s Patry’s take on things:

“[Yves] Lavigne, the referee, checked the cut and then he had the right to call the doctor in, which he did, which is perfect,” Patry said. “But once the doctor has a look at the cut, he has to decide right away can he continue – yes or no. If the doctor says ‘Yes’, which he did, then the referee has to [ask] Icho ‘Yes or no?’ If Icho says ‘Yes,’ he has to continue. If he says ‘No,’ Bosse wins by TKO. Icho told the referee ‘I can’t see anything,’ and he took the five minutes. It’s not Icho’s fault. They gave him five minutes. Of course he’s going to take it.”

It seems to me already that there are mixed signals here. It’s going to come down to the commission’s interpretation of Larenas’ original “I can’t see.” If they interpret that as Larenas giving up before having his eye checked, then Bosse would become the winner by TKO due to injury. It’s going to be interesting to hear the ruling.

Soszynski-Larenas Put on Hold

MMA on Tap has learned that TKO Heavyweight Champion Krzysztof Soszynski will not be defending his title against former champ Icho Larenas at TKO’s next event in February.

The Fight Network is reporting that Soszynski has signed on to compete under the EliteXC banner in the same month. An opponent for Soszynski has not yet been announced.

With Soszynski now fighting in another promotion, it will be close to a year and a half in February since Soszynski won the title from Larenas. Soszynski has yet to defend his title yet alone fight in TKO since then.

No word yet on whether or not Stephane Patry and company are planning on doing something about the heavyweight title situation but it doesn’t seem that Soszynski is coming back anytime soon.

Bosse Loses Heartbreaker to Larenas at TKO 31

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

Montreal’s most popular hockey enforcer suffered the first defeat of his young but promising career as Steve Bosse put together two decisive rounds only to ultimately end up losing in the final stanza to former TKO Heavyweight Champion Icho Larenas in front of over 6,000 at the Bell Centre in Montreal that came to see TKO 31: Young Guns.

Bosse was the aggressor from the start of the bout. While Larenas (4-3) refused to back down compared to opponents that have encountered Bosse (2-1) in the past, it was clear that the ability to control the pace of the fight was clearly in Bosse’s favor. He peppered Larenas with combinations throughout the first two rounds to gain the advantage on the judge’s scorecards.

The third round began in a similar fashion compared to the first two but that all changed when Larenas opted to take Bosse down to the mat. A visibly fatigued Bosse looked out of place on his back and the former champion took advantage, delivering an assault of unanswered strikes that eventually forced referee Yves Lavigne to stop the bout.

After the fight, Larenas let everyone know he’s back for good after taking time away from the sport to deal with some personal issues.

“I want to fight anyone and everyone,” said Larenas. I don’t care who it might be. I’m back full-time and I’m training hard. It’s time to get my belt back.”

The win over Bosse sets up a potential championship rematch between Larenas and Krzysztof Soszynski at some point next year.

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TKO 31: Young Guns Live Results

Tonight we will have live results from TKO 31: Young Guns flowing in starting around 7:15 PM EST. Be sure to leave some comments throughout the night…

While you are waiting for the results to start, feel free to check out our coverage of the event which includes previews, weigh-in results, and much more:

TKO 31: Young Guns Weigh-In Results
Steve Bosse: Riding a Wave of Confidence
TKO 31: Young Guns Line-Up Set
TKO: Syd Barnier Injured, Replaced By Eric Leclerc
TKO 31: Young Guns Update
Hominick to Face Mesa at TKO 31
Davis vs Letourneau Set For TKO 31
Bossé vs Larenas Added to TKO 31
Vigneault vs Greer Set For TKO 31

Guillaume Lamarche def. Stephane Bernadel - Submission (Triangle)
Adil Ayoudi def. Ben Gallant - Submission (Armbar)
Alexis Davis def. Valerie Letourneau - Split Decision
Yannick Galipeau def. Josh Bitner - TKO (Strikes)
Thierry Quenneville def. Yoon Heo - Unanimous Decision
Lance Evans def. Bob Landry - TKO (Strikes)
Ben Greer def. Stephane Vigneault - Submission (Armbar)
Chad Reiner def. Stephane Dube - Submission (Armbar)
Mark Hominick def. Danny Martinez - Unanimous Decision
Icho Larenas def. Steve Bosse - TKO (Strikes)

Steve Bosse: Riding a Wave of Confidence

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 31: Young Guns Weigh-In Results

Steve Bosse (235 lbs) vs. Icho Larenas (231 lbs)
Mark Hominick (145 lbs) vs. Danny Martinez (145 lbs)
Chad Reiner (170 lbs) vs. Stephane Dube (169 lbs)
Ben Greer (145 lbs) vs. Stephane Vigneault (145 lbs)
Lance Evans (236 lbs) vs. Bob Landry (250 lbs)
Yoon Heo (144 lbs) vs. Thierry Quenneville (145 lbs)
Mark Fraser (145 lbs) vs. Eric Leclerc (145 lbs)
Yannick Galipeau (169 lbs) vs. Josh Bitner (170 lbs)
Alexis Davis (129 lbs) vs. Valerie Letourneau (131 lbs)
Stephane Bernadel (145 lbs) vs. Guillaume Lamarche (144 lbs)
Adil Ayoudi (233 lbs) vs. Ben Gallant (237 lbs)

Jay Estrada was forced to pull out of his scheduled bout against Martin Grandmont after suffering an injury during a recent training session. A replacement opponent for Grandmont was unable to be found according to The Fight Network.

TKO 31: Young Guns Line-Up Set

December 4th 2007 – TKO Championship Fighting is pleased to announce the final lineup for TKO 31: Young Guns to be held at the Bell Centre in Montreal on December 14th, 2007. Rising Heavyweight star Steve Bosse will face off against the former TKO Heavyweight Champion, Icho Larenas in a very popular main event. Bosse is looking to continue his ascent up the TKO ladder while Larenas wants to reassert himself amongst the best Heavyweights in MMA. Making things even more interesting is the increasing war of words from these two behemoths that obviously share no love loss. The event also features TKO superstars Mark Hominick, Stephane Dube, Martin Grandmont and Stephane Vigneault all facing off against top contenders!

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TKO: Syd Barnier Injured, Replaced By Eric Leclerc

The Fight Network is reporting that Syd Barnier has pulled out of his featherweight bout with Mark Fraser after it was announced that Barnier broke his shin during training. Eric Leclerc, who was scheduled to face Adrian Wooley, is stepping up to face Mark Fraser. Stephane Patry stated that he is currently in the process of finding a suitable opponent for Adrian Wooley.

“I’m looking for a replacement for Adrian Wooley,” Patry said. “Other than that, everything else stays the same.”

Patry also announced that he is still searching for an opponent for Stephane Dube who was originally scheduled to face Chris Clements but the fight was scrapped after Clements suffered a knee injury while training.

“The only thing that really sucks is that Clements and Dube won’t be fighting,” Patry said. “That’s the fight everyone wanted to see. This is MMA, though. It’s the only sport where training is harder than the fights. I don’t know who Dube’s going to fight yet. I’m working on a few different names.”

TKO 31: Young Guns

Main Card:

Steve Bosse vs. Icho Larenas
Danny Martinez vs. Mark Hominick
Stephane Dube vs. TBA
Jay Estrada vs. Martin Grandmont
Ben Greer vs. Stephane Vigneault
Lance Evans vs. Bob Landry
Yoon Heo vs. Thierry Quenneville
Eric Leclerc vs. Mark Fraser

Preliminary Fights:

Josh Bitner vs. Yannick Galipeau
Adrian Wooley vs. TBA
Alexis Davis vs. Valerie Letourneau
Stephane Bernadel vs. Guillaume Lamarche
Shawn Thompson vs. Ben Gallant

Tickets for the event can be purchased by contacting the Admission network (1-800-361-4595 or 514-790-1245)

TKO 31: Young Guns Update

MMA on Tap has learned that Yaotzin Mesa has pulled out of his featherweight showdown with Mark “The Machine” Hominick after he had troubles securing a work visa in Canada. Filling in for Mesa will be Danny Martinez who sports an unblemished record of 6-0. Martinez has spent the duration of his short career fighting in Rage in the Cage.

Also off the card is TKO welterweight contender Chris “The Menace” Clements. Clements injured his left knee while training and a replacement will be announced on Friday.

TKO 31: Young Guns
Main Card:

Steve Bosse vs. Icho Larenas
Danny Martinez vs. Mark Hominick
Stephane Dube vs. TBA
Jay Estrada vs. Martin Grandmont
Ben Greer vs. Stephane Vigneault
Lance Evans vs. Bob Landry
Yoon Heo vs. Thierry Quenneville
Syd Barnier vs. Mark Fraser

Preliminary Fights:

Josh Bitner vs. Yannick Galipeau
Adrian Wooley vs. Eric Leclerc
Alexis Davis vs. Valerie Letourneau
Stephane Bernadel vs. Guillaume Lamarche
Shawn Thompson vs. Ben Gallant

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