Two light heavyweights with a combined 22 finishes did battle at UFC Fight Night 89 at the TD Place Arena in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The two 205-pound sluggers were Steve Bosse (12-2) and Sean O’Connell (17-8).
“The Boss” survived an early knockdown to decision “The Real OC” in an action-packed bout.
The two wasted little time throwing leather. Bosse was tagged with a couple of punches and was dropped with a left hand. O’Connell rained down leather, but “The Boss” returned to his feet. “The Real OC” kneed his opponent in the body. Bosse landed a right hand and got his back off the fence. O’Connell landed a right hand with Bosse’s back against the cage. Bosse landed a left hook. A spinning backfist attempt caught air for Bosse. The round ended shortly after “The Boss” went for a takedown.
Immediately in the second round, the two bruisers threw heavy punches. “The Real OC” pressed Bosse against the fence and landed a knee to the body. Bosse got out and O’Connell looked a bit winded. “The Boss” ate a left hook, but stunned his opponent with a right hand. O’Connell went for a kick, but he was off balance and fell on his back. Bosse earned top control and landed some ground and pound. Hammerfists landed for Bosse. The round ended with both men in a clinch position.
Bosse threw some big shots including a spinning backfist. O’Connell connected with a left hook. Blood poured out of the nose of “The Real OC.” Another left hook from O’Connell had Bosse halt his offense momentarily. O’Connell kept finding a home for his left hook. Bosse connected with a right hand. He kept looking for his spinning backfist. O’Connell and Bosse agreed to exchange punches at the end of the fight much to the delight of the crowd.
The score totals were read and all three judges gave the fight to Bosse.
Final Result: Sean O’Connell def. Steve Bosse via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)