Instinct Mixed Martial Arts today announced most of the main card line-up of it’s upcoming inaugural MMA event set for October 7 at the Rousseau Centre of Sports Excellence in Boisbriand, Quebec and the card is shaping up nicely.
The main event of the evening will see former UFC light heavyweight Houston Alexander take on hockey enforcer-turned-MMA-fighter Steve Bosse. In the night’s co-main event former number one UFC middleweight contender Patrick Cote will look to improve his post-Octagon record to 3-0 with a win over muay thai specialist Crafton Wallace. The third fight on the card will feature a heavyweight tilt between king of the four-rounders and reality television star Eric “Butterbean” Esch and undefeated 5-0 Quebec boxer Eric Barrak who will make his MMA debut that night.
It’s no surprise that the card is conspicuously short of submission specialists, considering this is the same organization that was originally called Strikebox which was started by TKO MMA founder Stephane Patry a few years back and was touted as “kickboxing with MMA gloves.” You may recall the incident back in 2009 where a riot erupted when James Thompson ignored a “gentleman’s agreement” not to take the fight to the canvas after the Quebec athletic commission refused to grant the promotion clearance for a special set of rules that would see the referee immediately stand fighters up if the fight hit the floor.
Hopefully things run more smoothly this time around for Patry, who was responsible for putting on some of the best bouts in Canadian MMA history under the UCC and TKO banners and who helped launch the careers of a number of Canadian fighters including UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, Sam Stout, Chris Horodecki, Mark Hominick, David Loiseau, Jonathan Goulet and Cote among other notables.
Friday, October 7, 2011
Rousseau Centre of Sports Excellence
Houston Alexander (13-6) vs. Steve Bosse (8-1)
Crafton Wallace (18-5-1) vs. Patrick Cote (15-7)
Eric “Butterbean” Esch (14-8-1) vs. Eric Barrak (0-0)
Sergej Juskevic (11-6-2) vs. Martin Grandmont (11-5)
Travis Cox (6-9-1) vs. Derek Gauthier (6-3)
Syd Barnier (3-3) vs. Dimitri Waardenburg (7-5)
Shawn Levesque (1-0) vs. Guillaume Vigneau (1-1)
Clint Kingsbury (1-0) vs. Bojan Kladnjakovic (1-1)