Ultimate Boss Fighting 1 Recap
Up a narrow set of stairs, and into a wide open second floor space southeast of Montreal, Instinct MMA top dog Steve Bossé held his first amateur event Saturday at his Ultimate Boss gym in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.
Joining the swelling ranks of Quebec MMA gym owners promoting amateur shows, seven of his team’s fighters entered the octagon, going 2-5 for the evening.
Despite the tough results, the 400 hyper-partisan fans crammed into the gym were positively rowdy from the get-go, erupting whenever momentum swung in favour of the Boss’s young fighters.
Back in the town where he first made his name as a professional minor league hockey announcer, Ringside MMA’s Eric Emard lead the pugilistic procession, battling a defective P.A. system as he worked to further excite the crowd.
When the unelevated training cage where the bouts occurred complicated visibility for the back rows, many compensated by standing on benches. Nothing it seemed, could get in the way of folks having a good time.
Snapping his team’s five bout skid, Lightweight Michael Girard (4-0, Ultimate Boss) earned a hard-fought unanimous decision in the evening’s main event. Outstriking his opponent Jean-Philippe Cantin (3-4, Team Legion) in the opening frame, Girard connected with a solid jab-body hook-right hook combo, and landed more from the clinch.
After trading takedowns to open, Cantin bounced back to take the second round, attacking with right hooks and straights, and half-landing a superman punch.
Girard looked on his way to dropping the decision as Cantin continued to land with his right hand to open the third. With a slight sense of desperation, he stormed back with a takedown, repeatedly attacking Cantin’s head from side control, before taking full mount just as time ran down, earning him the judges’ nod.
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KO of the Night – Sporting a 0-1 record against a 6-3 opponent, Philip Martinet (Ultimate Boss) kicked off the evening by catching a John Warnock kick and taking him down. Pounding down with head punches, Martinet landed from side-control, then full mount, before taking Warnock’s back. Landing with more of the same from his new position, Martinet eventually connected enough to earn the dominant first round technical knockout.
Submission of the Night – Danick Leclerc (Ultimaction)’s 24 second guillotine submission of Kevin St-Laurent. Taken down early after landing a few punches, Leclerc took hold of St-Laurent’s errant neck and squeezed tight. St-Laurent briefly went out after not tapping out soon enough, prompting the referee to quickly break the hold and award Leclerc the speedy technical submission.
Fight of the Night – Despite little fight experience, Simon Talbot (Orion MMA) and Alexandre Thomas (Ultimate Boss) delivered a balls to the wall, back- and-forth slugfest. Just south of Lightweight at 150 pounds, these two came out swinging and never really stopped. Talbot took the opening round by connecting a few times with body kick-head punch combos, and landing a takedown. Undeterred, Thomas bounced back in the second, surviving an early Talbot onslaught, before taking his back off a foiled takedown attempt. As the crowd went nuts, Thomas landed head shots but was unable to get the finish. With the result up for grabs, Talbot bounced back in the third, exchanging wildly with Thomas for most of the round as fans further went bananas. Wearing down the exhausted Thomas, Talbot connected with body hooks and a left straight, outlanding his opponent over the round, and earning the unanimous decision.
Former UCC/TKO fighter Yannick Loof served as referee for the evening’s eight bouts. Sanctioned by the Federation Quebecois de Boxe Mixte Amateur (FQBM), Saturday’s fights took place under amateur rules – fighters wear 12 ounce gloves and shin pads. Elbow and knee strikes, as well as submissions involving twisting (e.g. heel hooks) are prohibited. Because none of the bouts featured two competitors with over 5 fights to their name, all matches took place over three 2-minute rounds.
Quick Results (divisions in bold, amateur records include Saturday’s outcomes)
155 – Michael Girard (4-0, Ultimate Boss) def. Jean-Philippe Cantin (3-4, Team Legion) via unanimous judges’ decision.
225 – Guillaume Michel (3-0, Ultimaction) def. Marc Pothier (2-2, Ultimate Boss) via unanimous judges’ decision.
195 – Ossman Bah (1-0, Orion MMA) submits Francis Blain (2-4, Ultimate Boss) via rear-naked choke at 1:22 of Round 1.
170 – Danick Leclerc (3-1, Ultimaction) submits Kevin St-Laurent (0-2, Ultimate Boss) via guillotine choke (technical submission) at 0:24 of Round 1.
185 – Mathieu Daviault (4-1, Orion MMA) def. Menab Abella (0-1, Tristar) via split judges’ decision.
205 – Adam Dyczka (2-1, Speedy Gym) submits Jean-Phillipe St-Jean (0-2, Ultimate Boss) via arm-bar at 0:49 of Round 2.
150 – Simon Talbot (3-1, Orion MMA) def. Alexandre Thomas (0-1, Ultimate Boss) via unanimous judges’ decision.
135 – Philip Martinet (1-1, Ultimate Boss) def. John Warnock (6-4, Speedy Gym) via TKO (punches) at 1:33 of Round 1.
A date for the next Ultimate Boss Fighting show is not yet available, though Bossé specified he plans to hold three events per year.
*Photos by Julian Cymbalista-Clapp, follow him on Twitter @JulianCClapp