- STOUT AND HOMINICK BACK ON TRACK AT TKO 30

September 30, 2007
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by Marco Antico – MMAWeekly.com
TKO 30 was a submission and knockout extravaganza with no fight lasting longer than two rounds. It looked like another sellout crowd in the partitioned Bell Centre, with approximately 7,000 fans in attendance. The most impressive performances of the night go to Mark Hominick, TJ Grant, Jesse Bongfeldt and Sam Stout and in that order.

Sam Stout def. Martin Grandmont via TKO (Strikes) at 3:00, R1

Grandmont came out doing exactly what he promised. He stood toe-to-toe and was successfully outstriking Stout. Stout looked to have a lot of trouble finding his range against the taller and lankier Grandmont. Grandmont showed very quick and crisp punching and landed several big shots which had Stout out of sorts. But, as he showed against Spencer Fisher in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Stout has a tremendous chin and is often notorious for starting slow.

Stout looked to utilize his improved wrestling skills as he shot in for a takedown, but Grandmont successfully defended. The Quebec fans showed boisterous support for their local fighter as they chanted Grandmont’s name over and over.

Not having much success landing combinations, Stout stepped in with a perfectly timed overhand right, which landed squarely on Grandmont’s chin at the three minute mark of round one. Grandmont fell to the canvas and referee Yves Lavigne was quick to restrain Stout from following up with any unnecessary strikes. Stout won by a highlight reel knockout and is hopeful of a return to the UFC in December or January.

Steve Bosse def. Jody Burke via TKO (Strikes) at 1:20, R1

Jody Burke came out looking to land left and right low kicks to his opponent, Steve Bosse. Bosse made no effort to check the leg kicks and went head hunting with powerful strikes. Burke pulled guard, but Bosse stood back up wanting no part of the ground game. Burke continued his low kicks, but left his head unprotected and was eventually caught and dropped to the mat. From a standing position, Bosse rained down heavy right hands to the side and back of Burke’s head.

Burke tapped three to four times and Bosse stepped back to wait for referee Denis Bourdon to call a halt to the contest, to no avail. Bosse stepped in and landed one more big right hand to the back of Burke’s head and Bourdon finally stepped in to stop the fight.

Bosse looked impressive in this fight, but Burke didn’t execute the best of game plans. It will be interesting to see whom TKO chooses to put in the cage next against their mega-popular, former hockey goon, turned heavyweight MMA fighter.

Jesse Bongfeldt def. Chris Clements via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:57, R2

Bongfeldt began the fight with a slapping upward front kick, which snapped Clements’ head back. Seemingly unfazed, Clements moved forward with strikes and eventually got the takedown. Clements worked from top position for a minute until Bongfeldt reversed. But Clements reversed back and finished round one strong with ground and pound. It was a very difficult round to call from a judges’ perspective.

Bongfeldt looked very weary as the second round began. Clements landed good punches and moved forward with a touch of reckless abandonment. Bongfeldt took the fight to the ground as Clements tried for a flying knee. Bongfeldt secured the back of Clements and sunk in the rear naked choke. Clements was clearly asleep for at least two to four seconds before referee Philippe Chartier stepped in to pull the fighters apart. Clements had some nasty looking convulsions as he remained unconscious, likely a result of the referee’s very poor and apparently obvious late stoppage.

After the fight, Bongfeldt revealed that he had damaged cartilage in both hands and was unable to punch at all while training for this fight. With this victory, Bongfeldt captured the TKO Welterweight Championship, the belt formerly held by Georges St-Pierre.

TJ Grant def. Stephane Dube via Submission (Ankle Lock) at 2:16, R1

TJ Grant took this fight on two weeks notice although he was preparing to fight on the cancelled Warrior Spirit Challenge that was originally scheduled to occur the next day. The most significant strike landed on their feet was a powerful low kick by Grant. Grant attempted to secure a front guillotine, but Dube intelligently defended by jumping to side mount.

Grant looked masterful on the ground as he went for repeated leg submission attempts, eventually securing an ankle lock, which forced Dube to tap at only two minutes of round one. Grant now hopes to get his chance at TKO gold as he eyes a match-up with the new welterweight champion, Jesse Bongfeldt.

Mark Hominick def. Ben Greer via TKO (Strikes) at 1:14, R1

This was a fight between two of the country’s best featherweights. Greer was hoping this would be his stepping stone to greater things. Instead, this fight marked the return of the Hominick which TKO fans had grown accustomed to over the years.

It was evident how fired up and focused Hominick was even before the fight began, as he had the look of a caged animal waiting to be set free as the bell rang. Hominick immediately attacked with lightning quick and crisp straight punches. Greer fired back, but it was apparent that Hominick had a noticeable speed advantage. Greer pressed forward and tried to tie up Hominick, but was shrugged away unsuccessfully. Hominick landed a right hook which dropped Greer to the canvas only 40 seconds into the fight.

Hominick waived Greer back to his feet and continued the onslaught, eventually landing a straight right hand which resembled Rich Franklin’s knockout victory over Nate Quarry. Hominick celebrated to huge ovations from the appreciative Montreal crowd as he yelled over and over again “I am back!” as he thumped his hand to his chest.

Justin Tavernini def. Syd Barnier via Submission (Armbar) at 4:16, R1

The fight began with nether fighter landing anything meaningful while on their feet. Tavernini got the takedown and began to work some effective ground and pound. Tavernini looked to have secured an armbar only one minute into the fight, but Barnier managed to escape.

Back on their feet Barnier began to show his striking prowess. He dropped Tavernini with a straight left punch and followed with ground and pound from a standing position until eventually waiving Tavernini back to his feet. Soon thereafter, Barnier landed a high kick which again seemed to momentarily rock Tavernini. But Tavernini hung in and showed the calmness of a very experienced fighter.

Eventually securing a second takedown, Tavernini went for another armbar attempt. Although Barnier did not tap, referee Philippe Chartier stepped in to call a halt to the contest. The fans showed their disapproval as they loudly booed the decision. It was very unfortunate as this was shaping up to be a very entertaining and evenly contested affair.

Dan Chambers def. Marcus Celestin via TKO (Strikes) at 4:21, R2

This was mainly a standup battle between two very tough welterweights. Celestin dominated in the clinch and landed several powerful knees to the body. Chambers was the more active striker and eventually landed a devastating combination to achieve the TKO victory.

Samuel Guillet def. Yves Lemelin via Submission (Armbar) at 2:25, R1

Guillet looked impressive as he got the better of Lemelin on their feet and eventually secured the takedown. Lemelin disputed that he did not tap to the seemingly secure armbar. The fans booed, but it was apparent that Guillet was getting the better of Lemelin up to the questionable stoppage.

Bob Landry def. Ray Noel De Tilly via TKO (Strikes) at 2:15, R2

Landry continued to entertain the Montreal crowd with another slugfest victory over Noel De Tilly who showed a lot of heart in the contest.

Adrian Wooley def. Adam Kastner via TKO (Strikes) at 1:30, R1

Wooley executed a perfect game plan as he utilized his superior wrestling skills against Kastner, a very good striker. He quickly got the takedown and passed to full mount. Kastner gave up his back and found himself in an inescapable position as Wooley reigned down strikes to the sides of his head until the referee called a halt to the fight.

Ilya Woronowski def. Sean Thompson via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:48, R2

Woronowski looked very timid on his feet, but managed to use his wrestling abilities to maintain dominant position throughout the fight. Woronowski secured the rear naked choke to force Thompson to tap near the two-minute mark of round two.

Sam Stout def. Martin Grandmont via TKO (Strikes) at 3:00, R1
Steve Bosse def. Jody Burke via TKO (Strikes) at 1:20, R1
Jesse Bongfeldt def. Chris Clements via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:57, R2
TJ Grant def. Stephane Dube via Submission (Ankle Lock) at 2:16, R1
Mark Hominick def. Ben Greer via TKO (Strikes) at 1:14, R1
Justin Tavernini def. Syd Barnier via Submission (Armbar) at 4:16, R1
Dan Chambers def. Marcus Celestin via TKO (Strikes) at 4:21, R2
Samuel Guillet def. Yves Lemelin via Submission (Armbar) at 2:25, R1
Bob Landry def. Ray Noel De Tilly via TKO (Strikes) at 2:15, R2
Adrian Wooley def. Adam Kastner via TKO (Strikes) at 1:30, R1
Ilya Woronowski def. Sean Thompson via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:48, R2

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