TKO

Jeremy Horn Guillotines David LoiseauMontreal, Quebec, Canada

The latest TKO installment included a few newcomers, a few crowd favourites, a few surprise endings, and as always from TKO, action-packed fights that did not disappoint. TKO 15, on February 28 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, featured 12 matchups, including 3 title fights. Although scaled-down in production ‘extras’, ie. the absence of the ring card girls, the TKO organization delivered another unbelievable night of fights that saw knockouts, submissions, and only one fight go to decision.

Jeremy Horn vs. David Loiseau

In the main event of the might, and the third title bout, Jeremy Horn proved once again that he is one of the most skilled fighters in the world. Horn quickly took Loiseau down and easily gained side control. Loiseau was able to get back to his feet, seemingly effortlessly, but in the process left his neck open and gave Horn the opportunity to capitalize. Horn quickly locked on a guillotine choke and seconds later Loiseau tapped out. A modest Horn admitted after the fight that he didn’t think he had the choke locked on that tight, and that Loiseau’s nerves got the best of him more than Horn did. Horn wins via guillotine at 0:55 of Round 1 to become the new World Middleweight Champ.

Stephane Vigneault Armbars Troy QuesnellSteve Vigneault vs. Chris Fontaine

In the second title fight of the night, crowd favourite Steve Vigneault took on relative unknown, Chris Fontaine. After losing his Canadian LHW title to Patrick Cote last November in what was considered a huge upset, no one expected another upset for the MW belt. Fontaine came out strong, controlling the clinch with devastating knees to the body of Vigneault. The clinch broke up momentarily, but was quickly regained. Fontaine continued delivering knees to the body and was able to land a devastating knee to the nose of Vigneault, breaking his nose and sending him through the ropes. Fontain wins the Canadian Middleweight title by KO at 1:14 or Round 1.

Mark Hominick vs. David Guigui

Mark Hominick put his Canadian Superlightweight Title on the line for the fourth time in this matchup versus David Guigui. Not surprisingly, Hominick controlled the entire bout; surprisingly, though, the Team Tompkins kickboxer took the fight to the ground and showed surprising submission skills, attempting two armbars and a rear-naked choke on jiujitsu trained Guigui. Hominick ended the fight in the second round in familiar fashion—with devastating ground and pound from the mount. Unable to handle the punishment being dealt to him, Guigui was forced to tap at 4:21 of Round 2. Hominick, at age 21, has now successfully defended his Canadian SLW belt four consecutive times.

Bill Mahood vs. Yan Pellerin

This number 1 contender bout was set up to determine who would be the next to face the undefeated LHW Champ, Patrick Cote. There was much hype surrounding Bill Mahood, making his long-awaited TKO debut, and it proved to be warranted. Pellerin looked in control in Round 1, scoring a takedown and avoiding Mahood’s submission attempts.

The second round began in the same manner, with Pellerin getting the takedown and finding the top position. Mahood, however, was able to reverse and gain the mount position. The round ended with Mahood raining down punches to the face of Pellerin, forcing him to roll, exposing his back. The bell rang, ending the round, and it seemed as though Pellerin was saved by the bell from Mahood’s onslaught. However, after getting back to his corner, Pellerin collapsed and had to be attended to by doctors. Mahood wins by TKO at 5:00 of Round 2 and is next in line at a title shot versus Patrick Cote.

Kyle Sandford Tries To Finish Stephan PotvinKyle Sandford vs. Stephan Potvin

This fight, which many called the fight of the night, was an all out war between two very exciting fighters. The majority of the fight was kept standing, with the fighters clinched and trading knees. It was a back and forth battle in the first round, with both fighters landing some solid punches, but ending so close that it could have been awarded to either man. The second round began with Sandford attempting a kick, but slipping—later explaining that the slip had caused him to injure his knee. Despite this, Sandford was able to begin controlling the fight, landing a clean knee to the face of Potvin. Sandford came out on top after 3 rounds, but never completely controlled the action. Sandford earns the split decision, that could easily have gone either way.

Stephane Vigneault Armbars Troy QuesnellStephane Vigneault vs. Troy Quesnelle

It was another impressive showing for former LHW and defending MW Champ Steve Vigneault’s younger brother, after an extended absence. Vigneault seemed to have no problems in dominating the standup game versus Muay Thai fighter Troy Quesnelle, landing solid leg kicks and throwing fast and effective punches, opening up an opportunity for Vigneault to score a takedown. From the ground, Vigneault gained the mount and secured an armbar to tap Quesnelle at 2:46 of Round 1.

Todd Gowenberg vs. Marc Cambier

Todd Gowenberg used his greater physical strength to easily control and dominate Cambier. The fighters began by clinching but quickly went to the ground with Gowenberg gaining the mount position and grounding and pounding his way to victory. Cambier taps out due to strikes at 1:53 of Round 1.

Stephane Dube vs. Kajan Johnson

In his second MMA matchup, Stephane Dube proved that, despite being 38 years old, he is still a dangerous contender in the LW division. Dube controlled the fight from the onset, wanting to stand and trade with Johnson. Johnson, a jiujitsu fighter, was able to get a takedown and temporarily quell the onslaught of Dube. But due to inactivity on the ground, the fighters were brought back to their feet. Dube finally ended the night for Johnson with a spinning back kick that connected with Johnson’s abdomen, sending a bone-cracking smack throughout the arena, and sending Johnson to the ground. Dube wins by KO at 4:06 of Round 1.

Duquette Punishes TremblaySteve Duquette vs. Claude Tremblay

Claude Tremblay, with a record of 0-2, took on one of the most physically intimidating fighters in the lightweight division in Steve Duquette in an attempt to improve his MMA record. The fight began with Tremblay scoring a takedown on Duquette and landing in his guard. This would be the only advantage Tremblay would score this night, as Duquette was able to totally dominate the fight from then on, reversing Quenneville and gaining the dominant top position. Duquette threw down a number of powerful shots from Tremblay’s guard, which knocked him out totally. Duquette, with his second appearance at TKO, as well as his second KO there, is a definate force in the lightweight division. Duquette wins by KO at 3:02 or Round 1.

Thierry Quenneville vs. Phillipe Lagace

Coming off a brutal, and difficult to watch, loss against Antonio Carvalho (a fight that was named one of the most brutal beatings of the year), Phillipe Lagace looked focused and ready to prove he was a better fighter than his last bout showed. Lagace came out strong, taking Quenneville down and controlling the ground game from side control. The fighters made their way back to their feet, clinching until Lagace brought it back down to the ground again. This time, however, Quenneville was able to capitalize on his position and secure an armbar, forcing Lagace to tap at 4:45 of Round 1.

Mark Bocek vs. Mark Colangelo

This was the long awaited MMA debut of the BJJ phenom, Mark Bocek, and although his grappling skills were unquestionable, many were unsure as to how he would fare in an MMA bout. Colangelo landed several solid punches early in the fight that stunned Bocek, but didn’t slow him down. Bocek was able to get the takedown, and passed the guard fairly easily. Although Bocek was able to gain the dominant position, he was not able to do significant damage to Colangelo. The round ended and both fighters returned to their corners. Colangelo, however, had aggravated a knee injury during the first round and was unable to continue. Bocek wins at 5:00 of Round 1 due to abandonment. A solid debut showing for Bocek, but not the ending many had wanted to see.

Jonathan Goulet RNC Alex GassonJonathan Goulet vs. Alex Gasson

After his last controversial decision win over Jeff Joslin at TKO 14, many doubted the skill level of Jonathan Goulet. He quieted many critics tonight after an impressive and quick victory over Team Tompkins fighter Alex Gasson.

Gasson came out with a quick flurry of punches at the opening bell, which Goulet was able to endure. Goulet then scored the takedown and found Gasson’s back. After struggling to secure a rear naked choke, Goulet eventually got it locked on and was able to force Gasson to tap out at 1:43 or Round 1. After the fight, Goulet was quick to defend his skill, stating that he is a better fighter than Jeff Joslin and would take a rematch to prove it.

 

Lisa Pancino
Lisa@mma-fighter.com

Sandford armbars LachanceMontreal, Quebec, Canada

Preliminary Fights

Kyle Sandford vs. Michael Lachance

The fight began with a few strikes being traded standing, but quickly went to the ground, where Sandford was easily able to control the action. From the ground, Sandford, with Lachance in his guard, quickly slapped on a solid armbar that ended the bout at 1:19 of Round 1.

Kajan Johnson vs. Thierry Quenneville

Both fighters came out with explosive energy. Johnson showed his quick hand speed, possibly convincing Quenneville to take the fight to the ground. With the fight on the ground, Johnson gained the dominant top position and had Quenneville backed up in the corner, but the action was stopped and restarted standing because of inactivity.

The fight stayed on the ground for the majority of the second round, with Quenneville on top preventing Johnson from reversing or standing back up, despite numerous attempts. The fighters stayed quite inactive on the ground during the second round, forcing many spectators to ask why the ref was not restarting the fighters on their feet. After two rounds, Quenneville earns the split decision.

Main Card

Jonathan GouletJeff Joslin vs. Jonathan Goulet

Joslin came out strong, landing a solid right early, rocking Goulet. Goulet took the fight to the ground, where Joslin made several submission attempts, with Goulet able to escape from all of them, including a solid triangle choke that looked like it might end Goulet’s night. Although Goulet was able to escape Joslin’s attemts, he did not offer much of an offense himself, spending the duration of the bout fighting Joslin off rather than attacking him. Despite this, a decision was rendered by the judges, awarding Goulet the unanimous decision, and handing Joslin his first loss in the sport.

Cameron Brown vs. Yan Pellerin

Coming off a tough loss to Patrick Cote at TKO 13 in September, Pellerin came out strong, dominating the fight both standing up and on the ground. Brown seemed to pose no threat to Pellerin, who quickly took the fight to the ground, where he easily got the mount. Taking advantage of this position, Pellerin began raining down strikes on Brown, forcing the ref to step in and halt the action in the first round.

Ryan Diaz vs. Steve Claveau

Also coming off a loss to Mark Hominick at TKO 13, Ryan Diaz came back to prove that he is still a dangerous contender in the Superlightweight division. The fighters went to the ground early in Round 1, with Claveau on top for the most part. Both men were trading hard strikes, with the bout looking fairly evenly matched, until Claveau fell into a solid triangle choke from Diaz, putting him right to sleep. Diaz wins at 4:45 of Round 1 via triangle choke.

Pain Peters vs. Stephane Laliberte

Pain Peters, making his first appearance in the lightweight division, looked to be in better shape than normal, and admitted after the fight at the press conference that he finally feels like an athlete. The two stood and traded strikes, with both fighters giving and receiving their share of punishment. After going to the ground, however, it was Pain who began to control the action, demonstrating his improved grappling skills and ending the bout at 3:37 of Round 1 via rear naked choke.

Georges St Pierre chokes Pete SprattPete Spratt vs. Georges St.Pierre

In one of the most anticipated fights of the night, Pete “The Secret Weapon” Spratt took on Georges “Rush” St. Pierre. This fight was supposed to have happened at TKO 13 in September, but was postponed due to an injury suffered by St. Pierre. Spratt, a Muay Thai fighter, would have preferred to stand and strike with St.Pierre. But St.Pierre, a BJJ fighter, had no interest in standing with The Secret Weapon, easily scoring a takedown.

Once on the ground, St.Pierre seemed to be in total control, gaining side control more than once and almost securing a rear naked choke. With St.Pierre raining down strikes from the mount, Spratt, in an attempt to escape, rolled over, leaving his back wide open. St.Pierre took advantage of the opportunity and locked on a rear naked choke. Spratt attempted to stand back up, but St.Pierre had his choke securely locked on. Falling to the ground, with St.Pierre still on his back, Spratt tapped at 3:42 of round 1 to a rear naked choke.

St.Pierre now makes his way to Las Vegas and UFC 46 in January to take on Karo Parisyan.

Patrick Cote vs. Steve Vigneault
Canadian Light Heavyweight Championship

Steve Vigneault, Canadian Light Heavyweight Champion, faced off against #1 Contender Patrick Cote for his final challenge before he planned to step down as champ. Cote, however, had his sights set on taking Vigneault’s belt from him before he could retire it. Admitting to being in the best shape of his life, Cote entered the ring and proved it. His superior boxing skills were evident from the opening bell, surprising many spectators who had Cote highly ranked as the underdog in this matchup. Cote knew what he wanted, came in and took it, knocking out Vigneault at 1:08 of Round 1 and becoming the new Canadian Light Heavyweight Champion.

Georges St PierreShawn Davidson vs. David Goulet
Canadian Lightweight Championship

In the main event of the night, and arguably the fight with the weirdest ending in since Lindland vs. Vitale, Shawn Davidson took on David Goulet, with the Canadian Lightweight Championship on the line.

Davidson had a great armbar attempt early in the first round, but Goulet was able to escape from it after some time. Goulet, from inside Davidson’s guard, was able to throw down a number of hard-hitting strikes. The action-packed bout ended with Goulet on top throwing down strikes on Davidson when all of a sudden, and without referee intervention, Goulet jumped up and ran to his corner in victory. The ref, looking confused, told the two to keep fighting. Goulet ran back in and jumped on the back of an obviously dazed Davidson and tried to secure a submission, before the ref stopped the action.

In the post-fight press conference, Goulet explained that while he was hitting Davidson he saw his eyes roll back and knew that he had enough. “He has a wife, kids and a job,” explained Goulet, “The ref told us to keep fighting, but I didn’t want to hit him anymore, so I tried for a submission.” In one of the most confusing and bizarre endings to a fight I’ve ever seen, Goulet walks away with the win and the Canadian Lightweight Championship.

Lisa Pancino
Lisa@mma-fighter.com