Steve Bosse will make his long-awaited debut inside the Octagon, squaring off against fellow Canadian light heavyweight Ryan Jimmo at UFC Fight Night 41 at the Pepsi Collosseum in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. The card will also see Tim Kennedy face Michael Bisping in a crucial middleweight bout, while the ‘TUF: Nations’ finale will also be held at the event.
Bosse is a name hardcore MMA fans have been calling for the UFC to sign for several years, but his inactivity means this signing is somewhat surprising. ‘The Boss’ has fought just once in the last 28 months, but his overall record of 10-1 includes wins over Houston Alexander, Marvin Eastman and Wes Sims. The 32 year old will be hoping to keep more active inside the Octagon, and faces a tough task in his UFC debut.
Ryan Jimmo has had a spell of inconsistency after a promising start to his mixed martial arts career. After a run of 16 wins in a row outside of the Octagon, including wins over notable fighters such as Sokoudjou, Wilson Gouveia and Emanuel Newton, Jimmo was a well received signing by UFC fans. He won his first Octagon appearance in perfect fashion, knocking Australian veteran Anthony Perosh out in just 7 seconds. However this was followed by two losses in three, albeit against highly touted competition.
Jimmo will be hoping to put his poor form behind him with a win over Steve Bosse, a dangerous and powerful striker hoping to impress in his Octagon debut. A win for Jimmo could put him back on track, while Bosse will look to announce himself immediately as a contender in the 205lbs division.
UFC Fight Night 41 is set for April 16 in Quebec City, Quebec at Pepsi Collosseum. The card is headlined by a five round grudge match between Tim Kennedy and Michael Bisping, with TUF Nations coaches Patrick Côté and Kyle Noke squaring off, and the finale of the TUF season also set.