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TKO 30 Weigh-In Results

Here are the official results from the TKO 30 weigh-ins.

Lance Evans was forced to pull out of his scheduled bout against Steve Bosse after having trouble traveling to Montreal in time for the event. Evans has been replaced by Jody Burke who was originally set to fight Bob Landry in a preliminary bout. Landry will now face Ray Noel De Tilly and his original opponent, Sean Thompson, will take on Ilya Woronowski.

Sam Stout (155 lbs) vs Martin Grandmont (154 lbs)
Steve Bosse (224 lbs) vs Jody Burke (224 lbs)
Chris Clements (169 lbs) vs Jesse Bongfeldt (169 lbs)
Mark Hominick (145 lbs) vs Ben Greer (145 lbs)
Dan Chambers (185 lbs) vs Marcus Celestin (185 lbs)
Stephane Dube (169 lbs) vs TJ Grant (169 lbs)
Justin Tavernini (137 lbs) vs Syd Barnier (144 lbs)
Sam Guillet (154 lbs) vs Yves Lemelin (155 lbs)
Sean Thompson (251 lbs) vs Ilya Woronowski (243 lbs)
Adam Kastner (134 lbs) vs Adrian Wooley (133 lbs)
Bob Landry (238 lbs) vs Ray Noel De Tilly (241 lbs)

Stephane Dube to Face T.J. Grant at TKO 30

TKO Major League MMA has announced that Stephane Dube will now be facing T.J. Grant in a welterweight affair at TKO 30: Apocalypse. Dube was originally scheduled to face Tyler Jackson in a lightweight contender match

but the fight was scrapped after Jackson suffered an injury during training

(please see update below).

Stephane Dube is a member of BTT Canada who sports a TKO record of 6-1. Dube made his professional debut in September 2003 losing to Dave Goulet. Since then he has reeled off six straight wins including five stoppages solidifying himself as one of the top fighters in TKO.

T.J. Grant is a native of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia who sports a professional MMA record of 7-1. Grant holds victories Eric Beaulieu, Elmer Waterhen, and Kevin Manderson.

Update Sep 21 1130am: Epic Fight Management, Tyler Jackson’s management team, has told MMA on Tap that the Jackson vs Dube fight was scrapped because Dube decided he was no longer interested in fighting in the 155 lb division. Jackson and his camp had no interest in taking the fight at a catch weight. TKO was then unable to secure a replacement to battle Tyler Jackson.

TKO 30: Apocalypse Updated Card

TKO Major League MMA has announced that Sean Thompson will face Ray Noel De Tilly in a heavyweight affair at TKO 30. TKO also announced that Syd Barnier and Justin Tavernini will clash in a featherweight bout. Barnier was originally scheduled to face Mitch Kay but it now appears that he will be replacing Stephane Vigneault and facing Justin Tavernini.

TKO 30: Apocalypse

Sam Stout vs. Martin Grandmont - TKO LW Title
Lance Evans vs. Steve Bosse
Chris Clements vs. Jesse Bongfeldt - TKO WW Title
Stephane Dube vs. Tyler Jackson
Mark Hominick vs. Ben Greer
Marcus Celestin vs. Dan Chambers
Justin Tavernini vs. Syd Barnier
Bob Landry vs. Jody Burke
Samuel Guillet vs. Yves Lemelin
Sean Thompson vs. Ray Noel De Tilly
Adam Kastner vs. Adrian Wooley
Valerie Letourneau vs. TBA

Barnier vs Kay Set For TKO 30

MMA on Tap has learned that Syd Barnier (1-0) will face Mitchell Kay (0-1) at TKO 30: Apocalypse.

Syd Barnier is a tough Muay Thai fighter who possesses excellent hand speed and vicious knockout power. Barnier made his TKO debut in June at TKO 29: Repercussion defeating Eric Leclerc by TKO early in the second round.

Mitchell Kay made his professional debut in June losing to Ryan Brigham by armbar at UCW 8: Natural Invasion.

TKO: Sean Pierson Out, Jesse Bongfeldt In

Yesterday on Full Contact Fighter Radio, TKO president Stephane Patry announced that Sean Pierson suffered an injury while training and wouldn’t be able to compete in his welterweight title bout with Chris Clements on September 28th. Pierson’s replacement will be Jesse Bongfeldt (13-3).

“Sean Pierson hurt himself and he won’t be able to compete on September 28th. Sean Pierson has been replaced by Jesse Bongfeldt who just beat Sean Pierson at The Hardcore Championship Fighting so we’re going to have Chris Clements versus Jesse Bongfeldt for the title on September 28th. That is going to be a very interesting fight, Bongfeldt fought in TKO before against Jonathan Goulet. He took the fight on short notice, he was a little bit sick and you know he really wanted to show the Eastern fans the real Jesse Bongfeldt and now is his opportunity to show how good he really is. I’ll tell you something when he fought Sean [Pierson] in Edmonton I never thought he would beat Sean. Not only did he beat Sean but he out wrestled Sean Pierson and that’s something that I never expected to see in my life. Someone out wrestling Sean Pierson was beyond anything I thought I’d ever see that’s really what happened in Edmonton, Jesse Bongfeldt out wrestled Sean.

Sean is a lot better then he fought in that fight but Jesse Bongfeldt is a lot better then I thought so this fight with Clements is going to be a very good fight. Two story guys at 170, two guys who can wrestle, Jesse Bongfeldt obviously has the edge submission wise but Chris Clements hits so hard I really don’t know who will win the fight. For me it’s a toss up.”

I am actually happy to see Bongfeldt getting a chance to challenge Chris Clements for the vacant TKO welterweight title. For those of you who don’t know, Jesse Bongfeldt TKO’d Sean Pierson at Hardcore Championship Fighting in July.

TKO 30: Apocalypse

Sam Stout vs. Martin Grandmont - TKO Lightweight Title
Jesse Bongfeldt vs. Chris Clements - TKO Welterweight Title
Mark Hominick vs. Ben Greer
Samuel Guillet vs. Yves Lemelin
Stephane Dube vs. Tyler Jackson
Steve Bosse vs. Lance Evans
Stephane Vigneault vs. Justin Tavernini
Marcus Célestin vs. Dan Chambers
Bob Landry vs. Jody Burke
Adrian Wooley vs. Adam Kastner

TKO Notes and Quotes: Aug 21, 2007

Adam Kastner discusses upcoming bout with Adrian Wooley

MMA on Tap was able to catch up with TKO featherweight Adam Kastner (1-0) to get his thoughts on his upcoming bout with Adrian Wooley as well as little background information on how he got his start in MMA and his goals for the future.

On September 28, 2007 at TKO 30: Apocalypse, Adam Kastner will make his second appearance in the TKO cage when he faces fellow undefeated featherweight Adrian Wooley (2-0). Wooley is a talented wrestler who made his TKO debut at TKO MMA Tourney 2007, defeating Sonny Leong (1-10-1) by decision. Wooley’s next fortay in the TKO cage came at TKO 29: Repercussion when he fought and defeated Guillaume Lamarche (1-1).

Kastner was respectful when talking about his opponent saying, “From seeing Adrian fight previously I think he’s a great fighter, a very good wrestler and I think it’s going to be a tough fight for me. It’s hard to predict how the fight is going to go, I am going to try and do the things I am working on in training and try and pull out a win. But I think it will be a very exciting fight to watch.”

Kastner may be relatively new to the MMA scene but he is not new to the fight game. Before making taking the plunge to MMA Kastner spent time fighting in the CAMTAO (Canadian Amateur Muay Thai Association of Ontario). Training with the guys at 519 Fight Factory, Kastner possesses sharp Muay Thai skills. “I actually started MMA March 17th, that was my debut. Before that I only ever fought in Muay Thai competitions in CAMTAO(Canadian Amateur Muay Thai Association Of Ontario), but the opportunity came to fight in TKO so I didn’t think twice to take it.

“My goals as a fighter are just to be successful at it, become better after each fight, keep improving on my weaknesses and keep progressing as an athlete. I am training with Jeff Harrison, Syd Barnier and other good training partners, so I think it helps to keep improving when you train with a good team.”

Jeff Harrison is the head trainer at the 519 Fight Factory. He is well versed in both Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. In 2002 Harrsion spent time working on his BJJ at the Gracie Barra Academy in Rio Dejaniero, Brazil. Harrison also spent time working on his Muay Thai with BTT trainer Paulo Nickolai while training with the likes of Ricardo Arona, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Mario Sperry.

Kastner’s teammate, Syd Barnier, will also be fighting at TKO 30: Apocalypse but his opponent is currently unknown.

Report: Valerie Letourneau not fighting at TKO 30

We have received a report stating that Valerie Letourneau (1-1) will not be fighting at TKO 30: Apocalypse. According to the report, Letourneau was not given footage of her opponent on time so she refused to sign the contract.

Letourneau made her TKO debut at TKO 29: Repercussion losing to Sarah Kaufman early in the second by TKO. Training with Tristar Vale Tudo, Letourneau is a well-rounded featherweight who holds a TKO win over Tannaya Hantelman.

TKO alumni update

Jonathan Goulet - “The Road Warrior” will be making his long awaited return to the octagon September 19th when he steps into cage with Mike “Quick” Swick at UFC Fight Night 11.

When asked about his upcoming battle with Swick, Goulet said, “I know I’ll be ready for a war but he’s not going to be ready for me.  Right now I’m stronger and faster than him and that day that would be worst.”

Patrick Cote - Cote, the current TKO middleweight champion, will be stepping into the cage with TUF veteran Kendall Grove this weekend at UFC 74: Respect. After a rocky past in the UFC, Cote will be looking to set things straight with an impressive victory over his 6’6” opponent.

Sherdog.com caught up with Cote to get thoughts on the upcoming bout with Grove.

“I think he has a suspect chin,” said the TKO middleweight champ. “I saw his fights against (Hector) Ramirez and (Joe) Riggs. The thing is I have to be careful about his reach, so like I said I did the perfect training camp for this type of fighter. I can see myself knocking him out … the thing is, I don’t think he’ll be able to put me on my back. I really think I will stop him before the bell to end the second round.

“He [Kendall] said in an interview that he wanted to stay on the feet and bang with me and if he’s in trouble he will take me down. I really think he will try to take me down because I am really confident about my skills on my feet right now. If he tries to take me down I think he would be surprised … I’ve improved a lot on my wrestling right now, I’m really comfortable everywhere the fight will be.”

Georges St. Pierre - Former UFC welterweight champion Georges “Rush” St. Pierre will look to throw himself back into title contention at UFC 74 when he faces fellow welterweight contender Josh Koscheck.

St. Pierre’s opponent, Josh Koscheck, recently told UFC.com that he felt Georges St. Pierre lacked heart and had a weak chin. St. Pierre responded by saying…

“Talking bad and saying bad stuff about me just gives me more motivation to train hard, to beat him up,” St. Pierre responded. “I don’t play that game. It’s not my style. I’m not that kind of person. I will do my talking in the Octagon.”

That sounds alot like the St. Pierre that stepped into the cage with Matt Hughes at UFC 65: Bad Intentions. If that’s the case, my prayers are with you Mr. Koscheck.

Afternoon News and Notes

Catching up on things in the world of MMA…

- The Fight Network is reporting that officials at American Top Team have stated that Denis Kang is still in negotiations with K-1 and has not yet signed with the promotion:

American Top Team representatives have confirmed that popular Vancouver, British Columbia fighter Denis Kang is in negotiations to sign a five-fight deal with the K-1 HERO’S promotion. Rumors have been circulating about a possible match-up pitting Kang against Japanese legend Kazushi Sakuraba Sept. 17 at the Yokohama Arena in Kanagawa, Japan, but the ATT would not confirm the pairing.

- Tonight’s episode of IFL Battleground will preview the 10 matchups that will take place in the opening round of the upcoming IFL Grand Prix. It will air 8 PM EST on MyNetworkTV.

- Highly regarded trainer Greg Jackson has announced that Georges St. Pierre has now become an official member of his training team”>Georges St. Pierre has now become an official member of his training team. St. Pierre is excited to be able to train with the likes of Nate Marquardt, Rashad Evans, and Keith Jardine on a regular basis:

“It’s absolutely great, and I think I am blessed because I am lucky to be able to train with such a great group of guys and under Greg Jackson, who is the best MMA coach in my book,” St. Pierre says. “People say you’re only as good as your training partners, and I believe that is the truth.”

- Continuing with some more St. Pierre news - His former manager, Stephane Patry, who also serves as president of TKO, is stating that St. Pierre is still contractually obligated to him. St. Pierre says that is just not the case:

“My manager now is Shari Spencer. She takes care of my sponsorships and my fights, as well,” St. Pierre says. “It’s nothing personal. Me and Stephane are still good friends. We were not in agreement about some stuff in training, and we were not agreeing to some stuff regarding my management.”

- MMA Weekly is reporting that Masakazu Imanari will return to Cage Rage to take on Jean Silva at Cage Rage 23 for the promotion’s World Featherweight Title. Silva will be dropping down from lightweight to featherweight for the first time in his career.

- Jorge Gurgel announced at an open house for his gym over the weekend that he will be facing Alvin Robinson at UFC 77.

Some media links as well…

Sherdog: Georges St. Pierre Training Pictures
MMA Weekly: Pellegrino Hunting Down a Title Shot
The Fight Network: Murphy’s Law
UFC Junkie:  What’s Next for Wanderlei Silva?
Yahoo! Sports: Gonzaga sniffs out his biggest opportunity
Rogers Sportsnet: Koscheck eager to get it on
Fight Opinion: Monday maintenance: Lots of activity in the UK
Fightlinker: Brandon Vera is back and I don’t care
Bloody Elbow: More Doubts About GSP
MMA Analyst: An Interview with Cub Swanson, WEC featherweight contender

TKO Notes and Quotes Aug 16, 2007

MMA on Tap has learned the Adam Kastner (1-0) will face Adrian Wooley (2-0) in a featherweight bout at TKO 30: Apocalypse.

Adrian Wooley is a strong wrestler who sports an unblemished TKO record of 2-0. Wooley last victory came at TKO 29: Repercussion when he TKO’d Guillaume Lamarche late in the third round. Adam Kastner is a talented kickboxer who made his TKO debut at TKO MMA 2007 Tourney submitting Tommy Pariseau late in the first round.

TKO Major League MMA has announced that Dan Chambers (9-4) will meet Marcus Celestin (3-2) in a middleweight affair at TKO 30. TKO 30 will mark the debut of Dan Chambers who is coming off of a loss to UFC veteran Joe “Diesel” Riggs at Hardcore Championship Fighting. Chambers’ opponent Marcus Celestin sports a TKO record of 1-0 with his sole victory coming by submission over Brett Pearson at TKO 29: Repercussion.

TKO 30: Apocalypse

Sam Stout vs. Martin Grandmont - TKO Lightweight Title
Sean Pierson vs. Chris Clements - TKO Welterweight Title
Samuel Guillet vs. Yves Lemelin
Stephane Dube vs. Tyler Jackson
Steve Bosse vs. Lance Evans
Stephane Vigneault vs. Justin Tavernini
Marcus Célestin vs. Dan Chambers
Bob Landry vs. Jody Burke
Adrian Wooley vs. Adam Kastner

Also scheduled to appear on the card is:

Valerie Letourneau (1-1)
Syd Barnier (1-0)
Mark Hominick (13-7)
Imad Regragui (0-0)
Adil Regragui (0-0)
Shawn Thompson (0-0)
Eric Leclerc (3-1)
Nabil Khatib (6-1)

In a recent interview with Sportsnet.ca, TKO president Stephane Patry stated that he is in the final stages of securing a deal which would allow him to produce a new MMA reality show which will be a mix between Big Brother and The Ultimate Fighter.

“We are in the last stage of closing the deal with a network,” said Patry. “It will have 16 guys in a house with girls. It will be a mix between Big Brother and The Ultimate Fighter.”

Interesting concept… 16 fighters in a house with girls. That could make for some interesting television, someone call Jeremy Jackson. According to the article, auditions began 8 months ago and Patry expects to make an announcement in the near future. The show will be in French, but apparently an English network is interesting in picking up the series. It’ll be interesting to see if it airs on The Fight Network as both companies have done business in the past.

The article also states that TKO is expected to make an announcement within the next week that they’ve hired a public relations firm, one that works with the Montreal Canadiens. Patry is also looking to expand within Canada in the near future.

They are also expected to make an announcement in the next week that they’ve hired a public relations firm, one that works with the Montreal Canadiens. The next thing to focus on for Patry is expansion to other venues in Canada. But he’s biding his time.

“I’m waiting until we are in a good position before going full steam with expansion,” said Patry. “I’d like to be getting 9-to-10,000 in attendance on a steady basis first before I do that.”

Not only is Patry planning to expand within Canada but he is also plans on hosting a show in the Bahamas when the UFC comes to Montreal. Patry feels the UFC will be in Montreal within the first three months of 2008 and he doesn’t want to host a show in Montreal during the same month as the UFC.

He will more than likely do a show outside Canada next year, but he’s waiting to find out exactly when the UFC will hold its Montreal event, which he expects to be in the first three months of 2008. Only then will he set his schedule, because he doesn’t want to have a show in Montreal the same month that the UFC has theirs.

“That won’t be good for either of us,” admitted Patry. “So, the same month that they come here, we’re most likely going to have a show in the Bahamas. I do five shows per year so I don’t want to have four because the UFC is coming.’

TKO 30: Apocalypse is scheduled for September 28th, 2007 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. For the latest TKO 30 fight card, check out the Rumors section.

Stephane Patry and Mark Pavelich Exchange Words

In a recent interview with Sportsnet.ca MFC president Mark Pavelich stated that he didn’t think that TKO, an established MMA organization in Montreal, was much of a draw outside of its native province of Quebec.

Pavelich admitted that he’d prefer to do shows in Canada. But there are limitations. In Ontario it’s not legally sanctioned. And in Quebec, TKO is already the established circuit. On top of that, he doesn’t see TKO as a big draw outside of La Belle Province.

“The bottom line is people in Alberta do not care what goes on in Quebec,” Pavelich said. “And most of the time, people in Ontario don’t even care. I didn’t make the rules. My wife’s from Montreal, my kids were born in Montreal. It’s just stating the facts.

TKO president Stephane Patry fired back in The Fight Network’s latest edition of “Great Fight North” saying TKO garners much more media coverage then MFC and produces a much better show.

“That’s bullshit,” said Patry. “At our last show [June], we made the cover page of the biggest newspaper in Montreal. We’re getting way more coverage then he does media-wise. We have all the radio stations covering [TKO], we have a weekly television show here and we’re everywhere on The Fight Network.”

“Mark Pavelich’s shows are a joke,” claims Patry. “Pavelich’s show is basically a ring with a light above it and two guys fighting, that’s it.

“From seeing what’s going on in the country, I would say number two is Hardcore [Championship Fighting] right now,” Patry said. “In my opinion, they have a better looking show then the other guys. Production value means everything; it’s so important if you want to be major league. I don’t feel Mark’s shows look all that professional.”

 

TKO: Big Announcement Coming

The Fight Network is reporting that TKO president Stephane Patry is on the verge of making a big announcement that will take TKO and Canadian MMA to a whole new level.

TKO honcho Stephane Patry is on the verge of making an announcement that promises to take TKO and Canadian MMA to new heights.

“I made a very significant business move this week that will be announced next week,” notes the TKO CEO.

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