Press Release (Courtesy of TKO)
(MONTREAL, CANADA) – TKO Major League MMA is excited to announce two terrific bouts for TKO 30: Apocalypse which is set to take place at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada on September 28th, 2007. In the main event, Sam “Hands of Stone” Stout returns to defend his Lightweight Championship against the dangerous, Martin “The Hammer” Grandmont. This is a match-up between two of MMA’s best kick-boxers and is guaranteed to have plenty of fireworks! The co-main event will feature Chris “The Menace” Clements against Sean “The Pimp” Pierson for the vacant Welterweight Title! This is a classic match-up of striker versus grappler between two of the country’s top welterweights.
SAM STOUT was last seen in the main event of the most recent Ultimate Fight Night. It was a very exciting, back and forth war with top UFC Lightweight, Spenser Fisher who Stout had previous beaten in his UFC debut. Fisher evened the score with a decision victory, but Stout’s UFC career remains a very bright one. Always wanting to stay active and never backing down from a challenge, Stout will now honor Canadian fans with his fourth title defense! Grandmont and Stout actually fought each other in a very close and action packed amateur kickboxing bout many years ago. It will be interesting to see them carry their feud to MMA as both have similar skill sets. They not only possess superior kick-boxing skills, but they also have excellent cardio and very good takedown defenses. This should be a very competitive and highly entertaining battle for TKO fans! MARTIN GRANDMONT is an amateur kick-boxing champion and has looked unstoppable since dropping to Lightweight. He annihilated a very highly regarded, Tyler Jackson at TKO 29 and managed to stop Dave Pariseau with strikes at TKO 28. TKO fans have seen his skills and confidence grow leaps and bounds since making his debut two years ago. Coincidently, Grandmont carries the burden of two losses to Team Tompkins’ fighters which likely adds fuel to his fire as he now looks to become the TKO Lightweight Champion!
CHRIS CLEMENTS has been unstoppable since making his TKO debut. He is on a four fight win streak, with all of his wins coming via knockout, including the fastest knockout in MMA history in only 6 seconds! Clements is another Team Tompkins superstar with excellent striking, devastating ground and pound and incredible strength. His opponent, SEAN PIERSON, is a very accomplished wrestler from Shah Franco Martial Arts in Toronto, Ontario. In the original days of TKO, President Stephane Patry predicted that Pierson and Georges St-Pierre were going to be the next big international superstars of MMA. St-Pierre’s accomplishments are well known, but Pierson instead chose to pursue a normal life outside of the sport. He got married and landed a high paying job in the technology industry. But, Pierson always felt as if he left something behind and after watching the successes of his TKO companions he’s now chosen to return to pursue his dream. He looked as if he hadn’t lost a step in his comeback fight quickly disposing of Chester Post and he now looks to realize his dream of becoming a TKO Champion! Don’t be surprised if this fight gets surrounded by a lot of drama between now and September 28th. Both fighters are supremely confident of their abilities and have been outspoken on their opponents in the past. This is a pivotal moment in both of their careers as the winner becomes Welterweight Champion and will surely have many opportunities which have not been previously afforded to them. In the end, TKO fans are going to be treated to a compelling and electrifying clash between two powerhouses!
TKO30 will also feature the return of Mark “The Machine” Hominick! Also on the card are local superstars: Stephane Dube, Steve Bosse, and the long awaited return of Stephane Vigneault! As always, stay tuned to www.TKOMMA.tv for the latest updates on TKO 30: APOCALYPSE – September 28th, 2007 at the Montreal Bell Centre. To PURCHASE TICKETS: order on-line at the Admission Network: www.ADMISSION.com; by phone at 1-800-361-4595; or in person at the Bell Centre ticket office.