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.
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.
Jose Landi-Jons delivers a body kick to Mitch McElroy at the BodogFight: Paradise Lost tapings. Photo courtesy of BodogFight.
Jose Landi-Jons suffered a brutal leg injury in the second round of his main event fight against fellow journeyman Brian Gassaway last night, handing Gassaway his third straight win under disappointing circumstances at last night’s TKO 32: Ultimatum.
The pleasant crowd inside the Bell Centre in Montreal, the same arena where the Ultimate Fighting Championship will travel to in April, saw Landi-Jons score early and often with a barrage of leg kicks in the first round. Gassaway responded with a straight left that momentarily stunned the former Chute Boxe co-founder but Landi-Jons will able to keep his composure and eventually take Gassaway down to the canvas.
Landi-Jons quickly transitioned to side control, where he was able to hold Gassaway down for the majority of the round. After an effective ground and pound attack slowed down to nothing, referee Yves Lavigne opted to stand the two up where they exchanged a mix of kicks and punches until the horn sounded.
The two went right back into exchanging at the start of the second round. However a checked leg kick ended up snapping Landi-Jons ankle, sending him crumpling to the canvas. Gassaway pounced on his opponent and landed a couple of unanswered rights before he noticed that Landi-Jons was injured. Lavigne moved in to stop the fight while Gassaway waved ringside doctors into the cage.
Landi-Jons was taken away on a stretcher but gave a thumbs-up while being wheeled out of the arena that the crowd enjoyed.
Jesse Bongfeldt retained his TKO welterweight title with a late submission of top contender T.J. Grant. The two engaged in an entertaining war that saw each fighter land hard punches standing and pull off aesthetically-pleasing grappling moves and holds throughout the course of the fight.
After coming out guns blazing to start the third round, the champion swung away with wild punches, allowing Grant to score an easy takedown. After landing a pair of right hands on his opponent, Grant ended up getting caught in an armbar and was forced to tap out in the middle of the final round.
Complete event results are below:
Brian Gassaway def. Jose Landi-Jons - TKO (Injury)
Jesse Bongfeldt def. T.J. Grant - Submission (Armbar)
Derek Gauthier def. Yannick Galipeau - Submission (Choke)
Samuel Guillet def. Jordan Mein - Submission (Kimura)
Stéphane Vigneault def. Daniel Ferguson - TKO (Strikes)
Guillaume Lamarche def. Justin Tavernini - Split Decision
Adrian Wooley def. Syd Barnier - TKO (Strikes)
Johan Croes def. Mark Fraser - TKO (Strikes)
Jeff Harrison def. Tyler Jackson - Submission (Guillotine)
Ben Gallant def. Scott Wright - TKO (Strikes)
Tim Wadsworth def. Brad Duguay - TKO (Strikes)
Christopher Hulme def. Vladmir Victor - TKO (Strikes)
MMA on Tap has learned that Stephane Vigneault will face Ben Greer at TKO 31 on Dec. 14 at The Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.
Stephane Vigneault last appeared in the cage in January 2006 losing to Damaicio Page at TKO 24: Eruption. Vigneault is back and ready to make an impact in the TKO featherweight division. Vigneault was originally scheduled to return at TKO 30: Apocalypse but his fight was cancelled after it was announced he was suffering from a case of staph.
The native of Iles de la Madeleine, Quebec sports a TKO record of 9-4. “Simba” holds victories over the likes of Shane Rice, Stephane Laliberte, Greg Compton, and Phillipe Simoneau. Vigneault’s four losses came to the hands of Damacio Page, Mark Hominick, Stephane Laliberte, and J.F. Bolduc.
Vigneault’s opponent, Ben Greer, is currently ranked #5 in the TKO featherweight division. Greer sports a mixed martial arts record of 10-3 with victories over the likes of Thierry Quenneville, Randy Turpin, and Justin Tavernini. Greer made his TKO debut at TKO 30: Apocalypse suffering a TKO loss to the hands of former champ Mark “The Machine” Hominick.
Rumored TKO 31 Card:
Steve Bosse vs. TBA
Jesse Bongfeldt vs. T.J. Grant
Mark Hominick vs. Justin Tavernini
Chris Clements vs. Stephane Dube
Stephane Vigneault vs. Ben Greer
Lance Evans vs. Bob Landry
News and Notes
- Be sure to check back later tonight when we go live at 8 PM EST with our live blog for UFC 77: Hostile Territory.
- If you haven’t already, make sure you cast your vote on our latest Rock the Vote: Sylvia or Vera?
- MMA Weekly has former UFC Welterweight Champion Carlos Newton facing Dong Sik Yoon at K-1 Hero’s 11 on October 28th while my notes have him taking on Shungo Oyama. I’ll try and figure that one out.
- Marco Antico of MMA Weekly is also reporting the following matchups for TKO 31 in December:
Jesse Bongfeldt vs T.J. Grant for the TKO Welterweight Title
Chris Clements vs Stephane Dube
Mark Hominick is currently in talks to face Justin Tavernini
Steve Bosse is set to headline the card in the main event
- Ken Shamrock is holding open tryouts for anyone interested in being a member of the IFL’s Nevada Lions or joining his Lion’s Den gym. Tryouts will be held at The Stadium Sport and Fitness Club in Reno, Nevada. They will consist of several drills and sparring in the various MMA disciplines. For further information, contact Lance Foreman at 530-252-8071 or email at email@example.com.
- Pancrase has announced that it will adjust it’s weight divisions to fall in line with those currently designated by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
- FEG apparently does not see World Victory Road, Japan’s newest MMA organization, as a potential enemy:
“As for the Japanese MMA market, fans have been dwindling since the loss of PRIDE. No part of me sees this new organization as an enemy, and I would like to find places in which we can cooperate,” said FEG Representative Director Sadaharu Tanigawa.
- Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz has been cast in the new celebrity version of “The Apprentice” on NBC. Ortiz’s fellow cast mates potentially include Omarosa, John Cena, Lennox Lewis, Stephen Baldwin, Gene Simmons, Carol Alt, Vinny Pastore, and Marilu Henner according to TMZ.
- The Fight Network is reporting that representatives from HDNet Fights have confirmed that the promotion is planning to hold it’s second event on December 15th at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
Ilya Woronowski def. Sean Thompson - Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
Adrian Wooley def. Adam Kastner - TKO (Strikes)
Bob Landry def. Ray Noel De Tilly - TKO (Strikes)
Samuel Guillet def. Yves Lemelin - Submission (Armbar)
Dan Chambers def. Marcus Celestin - TKO (Strikes)
Justin Tavernini def. Syd Barnier - Techincal Submission (Armbar)
Mark Hominick def. Ben Greer - TKO (Strikes)
TJ Grant def. Stephane Dube - Submission (Ankle Lock)
Jesse Bongfeldt def. Chris Clements - Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
Steve Bosse def. Jody Burke - TKO (Strikes)
Sam Stout def. Martin Grandmont - TKO (Strikes)
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