TKO Announces Format, Participants of One Day Women’s Tourney


Lindsay Garbatt (photo: Darren Langlois)

(TKO Press Release)

Montreal, Quebec, March 22nd 2017 – TKO goes back to the grass roots of MMA on June 16th 2017 at Complexe JC Perreault as four woman will participate in TKO’s first ever 4-woman tournament. The tournament format is as exciting as it comes for the fans and only the toughest athletes can go through the draining experience of fighting and winning twice on the same night!



In the preliminary round of the tournament, Oshawa’s own Lindsay Garbatt (4-2-0) will look to redeem herself after a disappointing loss at TKO37 as she squares off with BJJ world champion Corinne Laframboise (1-0-0). On the other side of the tournament, undefeated Belgium star Griet Eeckhout (3-0-1) will try to remain undefeated against Muay Thai phenom Ashley Nichols (1-1-0). Both winners will then fight later on that night in the tournament finals. Two more tournaments are expected at TKO39, in the men’s welterweight and heavyweight divisions.

The format of the tournaments will be as follows: in the preliminary round, bouts will consist of two five minutes rounds – if the fight goes to the judges decision and is declared a draw, a third and ultimate round will take place to determine a winner. In the finals of the tournament, just like in regular bouts it will be three rounds of five minutes.

TKO39 will be live from St-Roch de l’Achigan, Quebec, Canada, 20 minutes north of Montreal at Complexe JC Perreault on June 16th 2017 and will feature tournaments in the woman 115 pound division, and in the men’s welterweight and heavyweight divisions. Both the prelims and the main card will be televised live on UFC FIGHT PASS worldwide and from coast to coast in Canada on the FIGHT NETWORK. Replays will then be available in French on RDS. Tickets go on sale on April 10th 2017.

Updated fight card:

TKO39 (Friday, June 16th 2017)

Main card (115lb tournament finals): Winner of Eeckhout/Nicholls vs. Winner of Garbatt/Laframboise

Main card (185lb): Fritz Paul (10-4-0, 6 KO, 2 SUB) vs. Strahinja Gavrilovic (5-4-0, 3 KO, 1 SUB)

Prelims (115lb tournament): Lindsay Garbatt (4-2-0, 3 KO) vs. Corinne Laframboise (1-0-0, 1 SUB)

Prelims (115lb tournament): Griet Eeckhout (3-0-1, 1 KO, 2 SUB) vs. Ashley Nichols (1-1-0, 1 KO)

8 Responses to “ TKO Announces Format, Participants of One Day Women’s Tourney ”

  1. Remember when Strikeforce had 3 minute rounds for women?

    TKO could have two women fight for 30 minutes at TKO 39.

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  2. Marc-Andre Drolet says:

    How is it legal for the commission to sanction a same day tournament?

    There is an automatic suspension after competing in Quebec, so legally, nobody should be able to compete again that same night.

    Yet they don’t allow foot stomps.

    Strange Commission

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  3. Sean QUINN says:

    Don’t be a sour puss MAD. Women’s mma is here to stay, no matter how illegal you think it is.

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  4. Marc-Andre Drolet says:

    LOL Miss you Quinn

    I think you could do well in this tourney

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  5. John says:

    Not to mention Quebec requires any fighter to be licensed in there home province in order to fight in Quebec…. I do not see many other commissions Ontario specially that would be okay with approving a fighter to fight and then have them allowed to fight again that same night after fighting already and not undergoing time off or further medical evaluation

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  6. Marc-Andre Drolet says:

    Good point.

    That’s a weird rule when every commission has different requirements, and some provinces still don’t sanction the sport.

    I had this problem getting Sean Quinn a license in Quebec years ago when they wanted him to be licensed in Saskatchewan. (Who at the time didn’t do professional MMA)

    And these other province commissions have no problem letting these guys stomp each other’s feet.

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  7. EPerez says:

    Sometimes a fighter will go out in the 2nd or 3rd round and should probably have a medical evaluation. If they’re checked out between fights and cleared they should be allowed to go again.

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  8. mmafan says:

    Hopefully we get to see Hill and Dwyer in the WW tourney

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