MONTREAL, CANADA – TKO Championship Fighting is excites to announce the line-up for TKO34: SIMS vs. BOSSE which is set for Saturday, June 7th, 2008 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. The main event features notorious, three-time UFC veteran, Wes Sims against perennial fan favorite, Steve Bosse. This is a colossal showdown in TKO’s heavyweight division which is guaranteed to be surrounded by lots of excitement, talk and drama. The co-main event is a terrific fight between undefeated, Adrian Wooley against the up and coming, Danny Martinez in a battle for the new Bantamweight Championship! Also on the card will be a fan friendly matchup between devastating strikers, Yannick Galipeau and Stephane Dube.
WES SIMS (19-11-1) has been surrounded by controversy since first entering the octagon against the UFC’s current number one contender, Frank Mir. Sims was disqualified in that fight by using illegal foot stomps to the head of Mir. The media frenzy which ensued from that fight has followed Sims into each one of his bouts ever since. He’s definitely not shy about being in the lime light and no stranger to playing the bad guy role. But, none of that will matter on June 7th as the thousands in attendance will undoubtedly receive him with a chorus of boos as he’s slated to face their most popular hockey enforcer turned MMA fighter, Steve Bosse!
STEVE BOSSE (2-1-0) is a phenomenal athlete with incredible power in his right hand as evidenced by his numerous one punch knockouts on the ice! He knocked down former TKO Champion, Icho Larenas, in his most recent bout and came within a hair of winning by TKO. Larenas was able to regroup in somewhat controversial fashion as he complained about an eye irritation and was granted a several minute rest period. Bosse and Larenas will likely meet against to settle the score sometime down the road, but Bosse must first focus on the task at hand. A win over a veteran with over 30 fights would undoubtedly propel Bosse’s career to new heights. The Bell Centre will be electric for this colossal clash of Heavyweights!
After a rough TKO debut, DANNY MARTINEZ (7-1-0) showed what he was made of in Aruba as he systematically destroyed a very tough, Johan Croes. Martinez is very happy to be dropping to his natural weight class of 135lbs and is extremely excited to have the opportunity to challenge for the new Bantamweight Championship. ADRIAN WOOLEY (4-0-0) has looked better each time he’s stepped inside the TKO cage as he’s knocked out his last three opponents in convincing fashion. Wooley is a physical specimen at 135lbs and his wrestling skills are renowned around the country. Martinez is an excellent wrestler himself and has also shown flashes of great stand-up skills. Regardless of who emerges as the victor, it is highly unlikely that either fighter will escape the cage not feeling as though they had been in a war for the ages!
YANNICK GALIPEAU (1-1-0) began his TKO career with a bang, knocking out Josh Bitner in a fight of the night candidate. He slipped in his return losing to highly touted fighter, Derek Gauthier. He plans to return with a vengeance when he faces fellow TKO superstar, STEPHANE DUBE (6-3-0). At the age of 43, Dube is the Randy Couture of Canada! He was the architect of two of the most vicious KO’s ever witnessed in TKO. But, in recent fights he’s succumb to top level competition including former number one contender, TJ Grant and UFC veteran, Chad Reiner. Will Dube’s experience be too much for Galipeau to handle? Or, will Galipeau’s agility and power turn out the lights for Dube? This is a very exciting matchup for TKO fans in the very deep, welterweight division of TKO.
THIERRY QUENNEVILLE (11-7-0) and BEN GREER (11-3-0) each made impressive returns at TKO31. Quenneville defeated Greer’s teammate Yoon Heo and Greer defeated Quenneville’s friend, Stephane Vigneault. This fight has payback written all over it for both fighters as this is also a long awaited rematch between Quenneville and Greer! Both are very well rounded fighters who don’t mind standing or grappling. But, it will likely be Quenneville who tries to keep this fight standing and Greer who may try to make it a grappler’s duel. It’s a meaningful bout in TKO’s featherweight division which will put the winner one step closer to a possible title shot.
STEPHANE VIGNEAULT (10-5-0) returns to TKO after an impressive performance at TKO32 against Daniel Ferguson. He hardly ever looks to take an easy fight and this matchup is certainly no exception. YAOTZIN MESA (7-3-0) is riding a seven fight win streak and trains with an excellent team which includes UFC veteran, Drew Fickett, Seth Baczynski and Danny Martinez. This will be another big opportunity for Vigneault to elevate his career to the next level.
It may be Grand Prix weekend in Montreal, but the most deafening noises will be heard on Saturday night coming from the Bell Centre when Sims collides with Bosse! This is also the first TKO event ever to be held on a Saturday night in the Bell Centre. Add a great fight card and what we have is a recipe for one of the most memorable nights in Canadian MMA history!