TKO Major League MMA

TKO Major League MMA is a Canadian mixed martial arts promotion established in 2000, it was originally broadcast on RDS and later on Fight Network. Formerly known as the Universal Combat Challenge(UCC), it was the first mixed martial arts promotion in Canada, before eventually rebranding to TKO Major League MMA in 2003. For years it was the largest MMA promotion in Canada, before eventually going on hiatus for 8 years.[1] Returning in 2016, since then it has signed a deal with the UFC to be broadcast on the promotion's streaming service UFC Fightpass.[2]

TKO Major League MMA
Most recent season or competition:
TKO Major League in 2019
SportMixed martial arts promotion
Founded2000; 22 years ago (2000)
FounderStéphane Patry
Owner(s)Private
CountryCanada
HeadquartersMontreal, Quebec
Official websitehttps://www.facebook.com/tkommaofficial/

HistoryEdit

Founded in early 2000 by Stephane Patry and Universal Combat Challenge (UCC) would allow wrestling, boxing, kickboxing, grappling, their bouts consisted of two 10 minute rounds. The rules at the beginning also allowed for knee's and kick's(soccer kick) to the head of a downed opponent. Following the success of the first event they would announce that the promotion would be instituting Canadian Championship titles as well as the World Championship titles beginning at UCC 2 due to international interest, this would last until 2005 when the promotion unified the titles. UFC/TKO started off with 6 weight classes, 265 lb, formerly unlimited), Light Heavyweight (205 lb), Middleweight(185 lb), Welterweight(170 lb), Lightweight(155 lb) and Super Lightweight(now known as Featherweight 145 lb). Bantamweight would be added in 2007 and following the promotions return from hiatus, Flyweight(125 lb) and 2 female weight classes were introduced, Woman's Flyweight and Woman's Straw-weight (125 lb and 115 lb).

TKO/UCC was the first promotion of its kind in Canada and was host to an abundance of Canada's top MMA talent for close to two decades, in 2003 the organization would be rebranded as TKO Major League MMA. In the promotions early days they used a boxing-style ring for their contests, before eventually being one of the first to adopt the UFC-spec octagon. The promotion has organized 62 events involving over 620 matches.

Universal Combat ChallengeEdit

On June 2, 2000, UCC would hold their first event in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The promotion ran 21 events under the UCC banner before rebranding to TKO Major League MMA in 2003.

EventsEdit

Title Date Location Main Event
UCC PG 9: Proving Ground 9 March 22, 2003 Victoriaville, Quebec, CAN Stephane-Laliberte def. Emmanuel-Gauthier
UCC 12: Adrenaline January 25, 2003 Montreal, Quebec, CAN Duane Ludwig def. Jens Pulver
UCC PG 8: Proving Ground 8 November 3, 2002 Victoriaville, Quebec, CAN Shawn Peters def. Dany Laflamme
UCC 11: The Next Level October 11, 2002 Montreal, Quebec, CAN Jeremy Horn def. Kristof-Midoux
UCC PG 7: Proving Ground 7 September 28, 2002 Victoriaville, Quebec, CAN Yan Pellerin def. Ricardeau Francois
UCC Hawaii: Euroption in Hawaii September 17, 2002 Honolulu, Hawaii, US Jeff Curran def. Baret Yoshida
UCC PG 6: Proving Ground 6 July 21, 2002 Montreal, Quebec, CAN Yan Pellerin def. Jonathan Goulet
UCC 10: Battle For The Belts 2002 June 15, 2002 Montreal, Quebec, CAN Sean Alvarez def. Mike Radnov
UCC PG 5: Proving Ground 5 May 19, 2002 Sherbrooke, Quebec, CAN Raffie Keuleyan def. Pascal Beauregard
UCC 8: Fast And Furious March 30, 2002 Rimouski, Quebec, CAN Jesse Jones def. Donald Ouimet
UCC PG 4: Proving Ground 4 March 9, 2002 Victoriaville, Quebec, CAN Jonathan Goulet def. Robin Dionne
UCC PG 3: Proving Ground 3 February 24, 2002 Jean, Quebec, CAN Shawn Davidson def. Sebastien Routhier
UCC 7: Bad Boyz January 25, 2002 Montreal, Quebec, CAN Jeremy Horn def. Stephan Potvin
UCC PG 2: Proving Ground 2 December 16, 2001 Jean, Quebec, CAN Ricardeau Francois def. Pascal Gosselin
UCC PG 1: Proving Ground 1 October 28, 2001 Jean, Quebec, CAN Ricardeau Francois def. Stephane Bourchard
UCC 6: Redemption October 19, 2001 Montreal, Quebec, CAN Sean Sherk def. Claudionor Da Silva Fontinelle
UCC 5: Heatwave 2001 June 30, 2001 Quebec City, Quebec, CAN Stephane Vigneault def. Scott Clay
UCC 4: Return Of The Super Strikers May 12, 2001 Sherbrooke, Quebec, CAN Donald Ouimet def. Claudionor Da Silva Fontinelle
UCC 3: Battle For The Belts January 27, 2001 Sherbrooke, Quebec, CAN Jason St. Louis def. David Loiseau
UCC 2: The Moment Of Truth August 12, 2000 Montreal, Quebec, CAN Claudionor Da Silva Fontinelle def. Tadarius Thomas
UCC 1: The New Beginning June 2, 2000 Montreal, Quebec, CAN Dave Beneteau draw. Elvis Sinosic

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TKO Major League MMAEdit

On September 6, 2003, TKO had its first show under the new brand name. 41 events have been held under the TKO banner with the previous UCC events being added being added onto TKO.

EventsEdit

# Event Title Date Location
41 TKO 49: Matsuba vs. Gordan October 9, 2019 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
38 TKO 48: Souza vs. Gane May 24, 2019 Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
37 TKO 47: Jourdain vs. Ronson April 11, 2019 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
36 TKO 46: Pessoa vs. Gane February 8, 2019 Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
35 TKO 45: Jourdain vs. Morgan December 7, 2018 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
34 TKO 44: Hunter vs. Barriault September 21, 2018 Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
40 TKO MMA: TKO Fight Night 1 August 2, 2018 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
33 TKO 43: Barriault vs. Kornberger May 4, 2018 Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
32 TKO 42: Nogueria vs. Laramie March 16, 2018 Laval, Quebec, Canada
31 TKO 41: Champions December 8, 2017 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
30 TKO 40: Denouncment September 8, 2017 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
29 TKO 39: Ultimatum June 16, 2017 Saint-Roch-de-l'Achigan, Quebec, Canada
28 TKO 38: Ascension April 7, 2017 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
27 TKO 37: Rivals January 3, 2017 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
26 TKO 36: Resurrection November 4, 2016 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
25 TKO 35: Quenneville vs. Hioki October 3, 2008 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
24 TKO 34: Sims vs. Bosse June 7, 2008 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
23 TKO 33: Battle in Paradise April 18, 2008 Oranjestad, Aruba
22 TKO 32: Ultimatum August 23, 2008 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
21 TKO 31: Young Guns December 14, 2007 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
20 TKO 30: Apocolpyse September 28, 2007 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
19 TKO 29: Repercussion June 1, 2007 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
18 TKO: MMA 2007 Tournament March 17, 2007 Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada
17 TKO 28: Inevitable February 9, 2007 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
16 TKO 27: Reincarnation September 29, 2006 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
15 TKO 26: Heatwave June 30, 2006 Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada
14 TKO 25: Confrontation May 5, 2006 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
13 TKO 24: Eurption January 28, 2006 Laval, Quebec, Canada
12 TKO 23: Extreme November 5, 2005 Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada
11 TKO 22: Lionheart September 30, 2005 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
10 TKO 21: Collision July 15, 2005 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
9 TKO 20: Champion vs. Champion April 2, 2005 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
8 TKO 19: Rage January 29, 2005 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
7 TKO 18: Impact November 26, 2004 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
6 TKO 17: Revenge September 25, 2004 Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada
5 TKO 16: Infernal May 22, 2004 Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
4 TKO: Future Stars March 27, 2004 Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada
3 TKO 15: Unstoppable February 28, 2004 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
2 TKO 14: Road Warriors November 29, 2003 Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada
1 TKO 13: Ultimate Rush September 6, 2003 Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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EventsEdit

Scheduled eventsEdit

# Event Date Venue Location

Past eventsEdit

# Event Date Number of bouts Location
62 TKO Major League 49: Matsuba vs. Gordan October 9, 2019 (event cancelled) Montreal, Quebec, CAN
61 TKO Major League 48: Souza vs. Gane May 24, 2019 14 Gatineau, Quebec, CAN
60 TKO Major League 47: Jourdain vs. Lapilus April 11, 2019 10 Montreal, Quebec, CAN
59 TKO Major League 46: Pessoa vs. Gane February 8, 2019 (event cancelled) Quebec City, Quebec, CAN
58 TKO Major League 45: Jourdain vs. Morgan December 7, 2018 12 Montreal, Quebec, CAN
57 TKO Major League 44: Hunter vs. Barriault September 29, 2018 12 Quebec City, Quebec, CAN
56 TKO Major League :TKO Fight Night 1 August 2, 2018 12 Montreal, Quebec, CAN
55 TKO Major League 43: Barriault vs. Kornberger May 4, 2018 13 Quebec City, Quebec, CAN
54 TKO Major League 42: Nogueria vs. Laramie March 16, 2018 13 Laval, Quebec, CAN
53 TKO Major League 41: Champions December 8, 2017 10 Montreal, Quebec, CAN
52 TKO Major League 40: Denouncement September 8, 2017 13 Montreal, Quebec, CAN
51 TKO Major League 39: Ultimatum 2 June 16, 2017 16 Saint-Roch-de-l'Achigan, Quebec, CAN
50 TKO Major League 38: Ascension April 7, 2017 12 Montreal, Quebec, CAN
49 TKO Major League 37: Rivals January 13, 2017 15 Montreal, Quebec, CAN
48 TKO Major League 36: Resurrection November 4, 2016 14 Montreal, Quebec, CAN
47 TKO Major League 35: Quenneville vs. Hioki October 3, 2008 13 Montreal, Quebec, CAN
46 TKO Major League 34: Sims vs. Bosse June 7, 2008 11 Montreal, Quebec, CAN
45 TKO Major League 33: Battle in Paradise April 18, 2008 9 Oranjestad, Aruba
44 TKO Major League 32: Ultimatum February 28, 2008 12 Montreal, Quebec, CAN
43 TKO Major League 31: Young Guns December 14, 2007 10 Montreal, Quebec, CAN
42 TKO Major League 30: Apocalypse September 28, 2007 11 Montreal, Quebec, CAN
41 TKO Major League 29: Repercussion June 1, 2007 11 Montreal, Quebec, CAN
40 TKO Major League MMA 2007 Tournament March 17, 2007 10 Victoriaville, Quebec, CAN
39 TKO Major League 28: Inevitable February 9, 2007 12 Montreal, Quebec, CAN
38 TKO Major League 27: Reincarnation September 29, 2006 11 Montreal, Quebec, CAN
37 TKO Major League 26: Heatwave 2006 June 30, 2006 8 Victoriaville, Quebec, CAN
36 TKO Major League 25: Confrontation May 5, 2006 10 Montreal, Quebec, CAN
35 TKO Major League 24: Eruption January 28, 2006 8 Laval, Quebec, CAN
34 TKO Major League 23: Extreme November 5, 2005 8 Victoriaville, Quebec, CAN
33 TKO Major League 22: Lionheart September 30, 2005 8 Montreal, Quebec, CAN
32 TKO Major League 21: Collision July 15, 2005 9 Montreal, Quebec, CAN
31 TKO Major League 20: Champion vs. Champion April 2, 2005 9 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
30 TKO Major League 19: Rage January 29, 2005 7 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
29 TKO Major League 18: Impact November 26, 2004 11 Montreal, Quebec, CAN
28 TKO Major League 17: Revenge September 25, 2004 13 Victoriaville, Quebec, CAN
27 TKO Major League 16: Infernal May 22, 2004 10 Quebec City, Quebec, CAN
26 TKO Major League: Future Stars March 24, 2004 9 Victoriaville, Quebec, CAN
25 TKO Major League 15: Unstoppable February 28, 2004 12 Montreal, Quebec, CAN
24 TKO Major League 14: Road Warriors November 29, 2003 9 Victoriaville, Quebec, CAN
23 TKO Major League 13: Ultimate Rush September 6, 2003 13 Montreal, Quebec, CAN
22 TKO Major League PG 9: Proving Ground 9 March 22, 2003 11 Victoriaville, Quebec, CAN
21 TKO Major League 12: Adrenaline January 25, 2003 11 Montreal, Quebec, CAN
20 TKO Major League PG 8: Proving Ground 8 November 3, 2002 10 Victoriaville, Quebec, CAN
19 TKO Major League 11: The Next Level October 11, 2002 9 Montreal, Quebec, CAN
18 TKO Major League PG 7: Proving Ground 7 September 28, 2002 8 Victoriaville, Quebec, CAN
17 TKO Major League Hawaii: Eruption in Hawaii September 17, 2002 9 Honolulu, Hawaii U.S.
16 TKO Major League PG 6: Proving Ground 6 July 21, 2002 9 Montreal, Quebec, CAN
15 TKO Major League 10: Battle For The Belts 2002 June 15, 2002 11 Montreal, Quebec, CAN
14 TKO Major League 8 2002 (event cancelled) Quebec City, Quebec, CAN
13 TKO Major League PG 5: Proving Ground 5 May 19, 2002 9 Sherbrooke, Quebec, CAN
12 TKO Major League 8: Fast And Furious March 30, 2002 12 Rimouski, Quebec, CAN
11 TKO Major League PG 4: Proving Ground 4 March 9, 2002 8 Victoriaville, Quebec, CAN
10 TKO Major League PG 3: Proving Ground 3 February 24, 2002 9 Saint-Jean, Quebec, CAN
9 TKO Major League 7: Bad Boyz January 25, 2002 12 Montreal, Quebec, CAN
8 TKO Major League PG 2: Proving Ground 2 December 16, 2001 11 Saint-Jean, Quebec, CAN
7 TKO Major League PG 1: Proving Ground 1 October 28, 2001 5(confirm) Saint-Jean, Quebec, CAN
6 TKO Major League 6: Redemption October 19, 2001 10 Montreal, Quebec, CAN
5 TKO Major League 5: Heatwave 2001 June 30, 2001 1(event cancelled
due to bad weather)
Quebec City, Quebec, CAN
4 TKO Major League 4: Return Of The Super Strikers May 12, 2001 11 Sherbrooke, Quebec, CAN
3 TKO Major League 3: Battle For The Belts January 27, 2001 13 Sherbrooke, Quebec, CAN
2 TKO Major League 2: Moment of Truth August 12, 2000 9 Montreal, Quebec, CAN
1 TKO Major League 1: The New Beginning June 2, 2000 10 Montreal, Quebec, CAN

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ReturnEdit

The company's return to action would be announced with TKO 36: Resurrection on November 4, 2016. This coming after 8 years of inactivity. With founder Stephane Patry returning it quickly regained its status as one of the top Mixed Martial Arts promotions in Canada. Since then it has held 14 event's all in Quebec, the return would see the introduction of new weight classes including female weight classes which had previously been absent from the promotion.[6]

Broadcast dealEdit

In August 2016 it was announced that TKO Major League and the Ultimate Fighting Championship had signed a deal for TKO events to be broadcast on the UFC's digital streaming service, UFC Fight Pass.[7] TKO MMA had its first event on Fightpass on November 4, 2016. The promotion also acts as a feeder organization for the UFC with the company often offering contracts to TKO Major League Champions.[8] The prelims still air on Fight Network.

Current issuesEdit

In 2019, TKO Major League had to cancel TKO Major League 46: Pessoa vs. Gane due to 18 fighter's being injured or ill well trying to book the card.[9] The Second incident occurred when President of the organization Stephane Patry was hospitalized, the promotion had to cancel its second event of the year TKO Major League 49: Matsuba vs. Gordan postponing it. The Covid-19 pandemic would force the organization to remain inactive from 2020 to 2021, as the company decided to restructure before returning to action. Athletes under contract with TKO have all obtained permission to fight outside of organization during this time, athletes with valid contracts have not left TKO.[10]

ChampionsEdit

Division Upper weight limit Champion Since Title Defenses
Heavyweight 265 lb (120 kg)   Ciryl Gane Signed with UFC 2
Light Heavyweight 205 lb (93 kg)   Marc-André Barriault Signed with UFC 0
Middleweight 185 lb (84 kg)   Marc-André Barriault Signed with UFC 1
Welterweight 170 lb (77 kg)   Jesse Ronson Signed with UFC 0
Lightweight 155 lb (70 kg)   Jesse Ronson Signed with UFC 0
Featherweight 145 lb (66 kg)   Charles Jourdain Signed with UFC 0
Bantamweight 135 lb (61 kg)   Taylor Lapilus May 24, 2019 (TKO 48) 0
Flyweight 125 lb (57 kg)   Malcolm Gordon Signed with UFC 0
Women's Bantamweight 135 lb (61 kg) Vacant
Women's Flyweight 125 lb (57 kg)   Mandy Böhm Signed with UFC 0
Women's Strawweight 115 lb (52 kg)   Ashley Nichols June 16, 2016 (TKO 39) 0

TKO World Heavyweight ChampionshipEdit

120 kg (265 lb)

No. Name Event Date Defenses
1   Dave Beneteau
draws. Elvis Sinosic
TKO Major League 1: The New Beginning
  Montreal, Quebec, Canada
June 2, 2000 Inaugural World Heavyweight title fight ended in a draw, no Champion crowned
2   Sean Alvarez
def. Mike Radnov
TKO Major League 10: Battle For The Belts 2002
  Montreal, Quebec, Canada
June 15, 2002 Signed with UFC
3   Jacob Conliffe
promoted to World Heavyweight Champion in 2005
TKO Major League 20: Champion vs. Champion
  Montreal, Quebec, Canada
April 2, 2005 N/A
4   Icho Larenas
def. Jacob Conliffe
TKO Major League 20: Champion vs. Champion
  Montreal, Quebec, Canada
April 2, 2005 N/A
5   Krzysztof Soszynski
def. Icho Larenas
TKO Major League 27: Reincarnation
  Montreal, Quebec, Canada
September 29, 2006 Signed with UFC
The promotion was on hiatus 2008–2016.
6   Adam Dyczka
No Contest. Bakary Sakho
TKO Major League 41: Champions
  Laval, Quebec, Canada
December 8, 2017 Vacant Heavyweight title fight ended in a No Contest, no Champion crowned
7   Ciryl Gane
def. Bobby Sullivan
TKO Major League :TKO Fight Night 1
  Montreal, Quebec, Canada
August 2, 2018 1. def. Adam Dyczka at TKO Major League 44: Hunter vs. Barriault on Sept. 29, 2018
2. def. Roggers Souza at TKO Major League 48: Souza vs. Gane on May. 24, 2019
Vacated Title to sign with UFC.

TKO Canadian Heavyweight ChampionshipEdit

120 kg (265 lb)

No. Name Event Date Defenses
1   Jacob Conliffe
def. Todd Gouwenburg
TKO Major League 18: Impact
  Montreal, Quebec, Canada
November 26, 2004 N/A
Title unified with the World Heavyweight Championship in 2005.

TKO World Light Heavyweight ChampionshipEdit

93 kg (205 lb)

No. Name Event Date Defenses
1   Stephan Potvin
def. Rob Tallack
TKO Major League 1: The New Beginning
  Montreal, Quebec, Canada
June 2, 2000 1. def. Barney Schisler at TKO Major League 3: Battle For The Belts on Jan. 27, 2001
2. def. Joe Doerksen at TKO Major League 6: Redemption on Oct. 19, 2001
2   Jeremy Horn
def. Stephan Potvin
TKO Major League 7: Bad Boyz
  Montreal, Quebec, Canada
January 25, 2002 N/A
The promotion was on hiatus 2008–2016.
3   Marc-André Barriault
def. Adam Hunter

  Montreal, Quebec, Canada
September 29, 2018 N/A
Vacated Title to sign with UFC.

TKO Canadian Light Heavyweight ChampionshipEdit

93 kg (205 lb)

No. Name Event Date Defenses
1   Jeromie Sills
def. Stephan Potvin
TKO Major League 3: Battle For The Belts
  Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
January 27, 2001 N/A
2   Gary Armburst
def. Jeromie Sills
TKO Major League 4: Return Of The Super Strikers
  Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
May 4, 2001 Relinquished title and retired 6-0
3   Jeromie Sills
def. Yan Pellerin
TKO Major League 7: Bad Boyz
  Montreal, Quebec, Canada
January 25, 2002 N/A
4   Steve Vigneault
def. Jeromie Sills
TKO Major League 10: Battle For The Belts 2002
  Montreal, Quebec, Canada
June 15, 2002 N/A
5   Patrick Côte
def. Steve Vigneault
TKO Major League 14: Road Warriors
  Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada
November 29, 2003 1. def. Bill Manhood at TKO Major League 16: Infernal on May. 22, 2004
2. def. Ricardeau Francois at TKO Major League 19: Rage on Jan. 29, 2005
Title unified with the World Light Heavyweight Championship in 2005.

TKO World Middleweight ChampionshipEdit

84 kg (185 lb)

No. Name Event Date Defenses
1   Claudionor da Silva Fontinelle
def. Dirk Waardenburg
TKO Major League 1: The New Beginning
  Montreal, Quebec, Canada
June 2, 2000 1. def. Tadarius Thomas TKO Major League 3: Battle For The Belts at on Jan. 27, 2001
3   Donald Ouimet
def. Claudionor da Silva Fontinelle
TKO Major League 4: Return Of The Super Strikers
  Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
May 12, 2001 N/A
3   Jesse Jones
def. Donald Ouimet
TKO Major League 8: Fast And Furious
  Rimouski, Quebec, Canada
March 30, 2002 N/A
4   David Loiseau
def. Jesse Jones
TKO Major League 11: The Next Level
  Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
October 11, 2002 1. def. Tony Fryklund at TKO Major League 12: Adrenaline on Jan. 25, 2003
5   Jeremy Horn
def. David Loiseau
TKO Major League 15: Unstoppable
  Montreal, Quebec, Canada
February 28, 2004 Signed with UFC in 2005
6   Patrick Côte
def. Jason Day
TKO Major League 29: Repercussion
  Montreal Quebec, Canada
June 1, 2007 Signed With UFC
The promotion was on hiatus 2008–2016.
7   Marc-André Barriault
def. Strahinja Gavrilovic
TKO Major League 41: Champions
  Montreal, Quebec, Canada
December 8, 2017 1. def. Brendan Kornberger at TKO Major League 43: Barriault vs. Kornberger on May 4, 2018
Vacated Title to sign with UFC.

TKO Canadian Middleweight ChampionshipEdit

84 kg (185 lb)

No. Name Event Date Defenses
1   David Loiseau
def. Steve Vigneault
TKO Major League 2: Moment of Truth
  Montreal, Quebec, Canada
August 12, 2000 N/A
2   Jason St.Louis
def. David Loiseau
TKO Major League 3: Battle For The Belts
  Montreal, Quebec, Canada
January 27, 2001 N/A
3   Steve Vigneault
def. Jason St.Louis
TKO Major League 4: Return Of The Super Strikers
  Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
May 12, 2001 1. def. Mike Kitchen at TKO Major League 6: Redemption on Oct. 19, 2001
2. def. J.P. Cantin at TKO Major League 8: Fast And Furious on Mar. 30, 2002
3. def. Sean Pierson at TKO Major League 13: Ultimate Rush on September 6, 2003
4   Chris Fontaine
def. Steve Vigneault
TKO Major League 15: Unstoppable
  Montreal, Quebec, Canada
February 28, 2004 N/A
5   David Loiseau
def. Chris Fontaine
TKO Major League 16: Infernal
  Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
May 24, 2004 N/A
Title unified with the World Middleweight Championship in 2005.

TKO World Welterweight ChampionshipEdit

77 kg (170 lb)

No. Name Event Date Defenses
1   John Alessio
def. Sean Pierson
TKO Major League 7: Bad Boyz
  Montreal, Quebec, Canada
January 25, 2002 N/A
2   Jason Black
def. John Alessio
TKO Major League 12: Adrenaline
  Montreal, Quebec, Canada
January 25, 2003 Vacated the title
3   Jesse Bongfeldt
def. Chris Clements
TKO Major League 30: Apocalypse
  Montreal, Quebec, Canada
September 28, 2007 1. def. TJ Grant at TKO Major League 32: Ultimatum on February. 28, 2008
Promotion was on hiatus from 2008 to 2016.
4   Jesse Ronson
def. Micheal Dufort
TKO Major League 44: Hunter vs. Barriault
  Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
September 29, 2018 N/A
Vacated Title to sign with PFL.

TKO Canadian Welterweight ChampionshipEdit

77 kg (170 lb)

No. Name Event Date Defenses
1   Justin Bruckmann
def. Joel Leblanc
TKO Major League 8: Fast And Furious
  Rimouski, Quebec, Canada
March 30, 2002 N/A
2   Georges St-Pierre
def. Justin Bruckmann
TKO Major League 10: Battle For The Belts 2002
  Montreal, Quebec, Canada
June 15, 2002 1. def. Travis Galbraith at TKO Major League 11: The Next Level on Oct. 11, 2002
Title unified with the World Welterweight Championship in 2005.

TKO World Lightweight ChampionshipEdit

70 kg (155 lb)

No. Name Event Date Defenses
1   Sean Pierson
def. Charles Ali Nestor
TKO Major League 3: Battle For The Belts
  Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
January 27, 2001 Vacated the title, went to Welterweight
2   Duane Ludwig
def. Jens Pulver
TKO Major League 11: The Next Level
  Montreal, Quebec, Canada
October 11, 2002 Vacated Title to sign with UFC
3   Donald Ouimet
def. James Martinez
TKO Major League 20: Champion vs. Champion
  Montreal, Quebec, Canada
April 2, 2005 N/A
4   Sam Stout
def. Donald Ouimet
TKO Major League 21: Collision
  Montreal, Quebec, Canada
July 15, 2005 1. def. Donald Ouimet at TKO Major League 23: Extreme on November 5, 2005
2. def. Jay Estrada TKO Major League 27: Reincarnation at on Sept. 29, 2006
3. def. Fabio Holanda at TKO Major League 28: Inevitable on Februar 9, 2006
4. def. Martin Grandmont at TKO Major League 30: Apocalypseon Sept. 28, 2007
Vacated to signed with UFC.
Promotion was on hiatus from 2008 to 2016.
5   Jesse Ronson
def. Derek Gauthier
TKO Major League 41: Champions
  Montreal, Quebec, Canada
December 8, 2017 N/A
Vacated to signed with PFL.

TKO Canadian Lightweight ChampionshipEdit

70 kg (155 lb)

No. Name Event Date Defenses
1   J.F. Bolduc
def. J.T. McCrathy
TKO Major League 2: Moment of Truth
  Montreal, Quebec, Canada
August 12, 2000 N/A
2   Phil Hughes
def. J.F. Bolduc
TKO Major League 3: Battle For The Belts
  Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
January 27, 2001 N/A
3   Justin Bruckmann
def. Phil Hughes
TKO Major League 6: Redemption
  Montreal, Quebec, Canada
October 19, 2001 Went up to Welterweight then eventually vacated the title
4   Dave Goulet
def. Shawn Davidson
TKO Major League 14: Road Warriors
  Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada
November 29, 2003 N/A
5   Donald Ouimet
def. Dave Goulet
TKO Major League 16: Infernal
  Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
May 22, 2004 1. def. Dave Goulet at TKO Major League 17: Revenge on Sept. 25, 2004
2. def. Blake Fredrickson at TKO Major League 18: Impact on Nov. 26, 2004
Promoted to TKO World Lightweight Championship during unification.
Title unified with the World Lightweight Championship in 2005.

TKO World Super Lightweight ChampionshipEdit

70 kg (145 lb)

No. Name Event Date Defenses
1   Wagnney Fabiano
def. Charles Ali Nestor
TKO Major League 1: The New Beginning
  Montreal, Quebec, Canada
June 2, 2000 1. def. Tommy Lee at TKO Major League 16: Infernal on May. 22, 2004
Vacated title in 2005
2   Mark Hominick
def. Stephane Vigneault
TKO Major League 20: Champion vs. Champion
  Laval, Quebec, Canada
April 2, 2005 1. def. Ryan Diaz At TKO Major League 22: Lionheart on Sept. 30, 2005
2. def. Naoji Fujimoto at TKO Major League 24: Eruption on Jan. 28, 2006
Weight class was renamed to Featherweight in 2006(see below).

TKO Canadian Super Lightweight ChampionshipEdit

70 kg (145 lb)

No. Name Event Date Defenses
1   Richard Nancoo
def. Jay Winger
TKO Major League 3: Battle For The Belts
  Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
January 25, 2001 1. def. Yves Jabouin at TKO Major League 6: Redemption on Oct. 19, 2001
2. def. Steve Claveau at TKO Major League 8: Fast And Furious on Mar. 30, 2002
2   Mark Hominick
def. Richard Nancoo
TKO Major League 10: Battle For The Belts 2002
  Montreal, Quebec, Canada
June 15, 2002 1. def. Steve Claveau at TKO Major League 11: The Next Level on Oct. 11, 2002
2. def. Stephane Laliberte at TKO Major League 12: Adrenaline on Jan. 25, 2003
3. def. Ryan Diaz at TKO Major League 13: Ultimate Rush on September 6, 2003
4. def. David Guigui at TKO Major League 15: Unstoppable on Feb. 28, 2004
3   Shane Rice
def. Mark Hominick
TKO Major League 17: Revenge
  Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada
September 25, 2004 N/A
Injured.
4   Stephane Vigneault
def. Phillipe Lagace
TKO Major League 18: Impact
  Montreal, Quebec, Canada
November 26, 2004 N/A
5   Mark Hominick
def. Shane Rice
TKO Major League 19: Rage
  Montreal, Quebec, Canada
January 25, 2005 N/A
Promoted to TKO World Super Lightweight Championship during unification.
Title unified with the World Super Lightweight Championship in 2005.

TKO World Featherweight ChampionshipEdit

70 kg (145 lb)

No. Name Event Date Defenses
1   Mark Hominick
def. Naoji Fujimoto
TKO Major League 24: Eruption
  Laval, Quebec, Canada
January 28, 2006 At TKO 25 the promotion began to refer to the division's modern name Featherweight
the TKO World Super Lightweight Championship began to be referred to as the TKO World Featherweight Championship.
2   Hatsu Hioki
def. Mark Hominick
TKO Major League 25: Confrontation
  Montreal, Quebec, Canada
May 5, 2006 1. def. Mark Hominick at TKO Major League 28: Inevitable on February 1, 2007
2. def. Thierry Quenneville at TKO Major League 35: Quenneville vs. Hioki on October 3, 2008
The promotion was on hiatus 2008–2016.
3   T.J. Laramie
def. Charles Jourdain
TKO Major League 41: Champions
  Montreal, Quebec, Canada
December 8, 2017 1. def. João Luis Nogueira at TKO Major League 42: Nogueira vs. Laramie on Mar. 16, 2018
4   Alex Morgan
def. T.J. Laramie
TKO Major League :TKO Fight Night 1
  Montreal, Quebec, Canada
August 2, 2018 N/A
5   Charles Jourdain
def. Alex Morgan
TKO Major League 45: Jourdain vs. Morgan
  Montreal, Quebec, Canada
December 7, 2018 1. def. Damien Lapilus at TKO Major League 47: Jourdain vs. Lapilus on Apr. 11, 2019
Vacated to signed with UFC.

TKO World Bantamweight ChampionshipEdit

61 kg (135 lb)

No. Name Event Date Defenses
1   Adrian Wooley
def. Danny Martinez
TKO Major League 34: Sims vs. Bosse
  Montreal, Quebec, Canada
June 7, 2008 N/A
2   Noah Thomas
def. Adrian Wooley
TKO Major League 35: Quenneville vs. Hioki
  Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
October 3, 2008 N/A
The promotion was on hiatus 2008–2016.
3   Jesse Arnett
def. Dimitri Waardenburg
TKO Major League 42: Nogueira vs. Laramie
  Laval, Quebec, Canada
December 8, 2017 1. def. Sebastian Ruiz at TKO Major League 43: Barriault vs. Kornberger on May 4, 2018
4   Nate Maness
def. Jesse Arnett
TKO Major League 44: Hunter vs. Barriault
  Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
September 29, 2018 N/A
5   Taylor Lapilus
def. Nate Maness
TKO Major League 48: Souza vs. Gane
  Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
May 24, 2019 N/A

TKO World Flyweight ChampionshipEdit

57 kg (125 lb)

No. Name Event Date Defenses
1   Malcolm Gordon
def. Jordan Graham
TKO Major League 42: Nogueira vs. Laramie
  Laval, Quebec, Canada
February 16, 2018 1. def. James Mancini at TKO Major League :TKO Fight Night 1 on August 2, 2018
2. def. Yoni Sherbatov at TKO Major League 47: Jourdain vs. Lapilus on Apr. 11, 2019

TKO World Women's Flyweight ChampionshipEdit

57 kg (125 lb)

No. Name Event Date Defenses
1   Mandy Böhm
def. Jade Masson-Wong
TKO Major League 48: Sousa vs Gane
  Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
May 24, 2019 N/A

TKO Women's Strawweight ChampionshipEdit

52 kg (115 lb)

No. Name Event Date Defenses
1   Ashley Nichols
def. Lindsay Garbatt
TKO Major League 39: Ultimatum
  Saint-Roch-de-l'Achigan, Quebec, Canada
June 16, 2016 N/A

Notable alumniEdit

 Georges St-Pierre
 Jonathan Goulet
 Jeremy Horn
 Duane Ludwig
 Sean Pierson
 Elvis Sinosic
 Dave Beneteau
 Rich Franklin
 Ivan Menjivar
 Urijah Faber
 David Loiseau
 Baret Yoshida
 Justin Bruckmann
 Wagnney Fabiano
 Steve Vigneault
 Jens Pulver
 Sean Sherk
 Hatsu Hioki
 John Alessio
 Joe Doerksen
 Shonie Carter
 Patrick Côte
 Jason Black
 Jeff Curran
 Mark Hominick
 Sam Stout
 Chris Horodecki
 Tony Fryklund
 Chris Clements
 Steve Bossé
 Krzysztof Soszynski
 Ciryl Gane
 Jesse Ronson
 Charles Jourdain
 Marc-André Barriault
 Nate Maness
 Taylor Lapilus
Malcolm Gordon

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "TKO is Canada's longest-running promotion". mmajunkie.usatoday. Retrieved 2021-06-11.
  2. ^ "UFC Fight Pass signs deal with Canadian promotion TKO MMA". mmafighting. Retrieved 2021-06-10.
  3. ^ "UCC event list". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2021-06-10.
  4. ^ "TKO event list". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2021-06-10.
  5. ^ "TKO Major League full event list". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2021-06-10.
  6. ^ TKO MMA CEO interview about promotions return. Retrieved 2021-06-10 – via youtube.
  7. ^ "UFC Fight Pass signs deal withwith Canadian promotion TKO MMA". mmafighting. Retrieved 2021-06-10.
  8. ^ "UFC Signs Deal with TKO MMA". ufc/news. Retrieved 2021-06-10.
  9. ^ Lee, Alexander K. (2019-01-28). "After angry back-and-forth with promoter, MMA fighter Tariq Ismail released by Canada's TKO". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2021-06-21.
  10. ^ "TKO official page current updates". Retrieved 2021-06-11 – via Facebook.

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