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.