Most of the hype may have been centered on the Stephen Thompson vs. Rory MacDonald main event at last night’s (Sat., June 18, 2016) UFC Fight Night 89 from the TD Place Arena in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, but it was the light heavyweight bout between Canadian home favorite Steve Bosse and Sean O’Connell that stole the show.
The action-packed fight deservedly took home “Fight of the Night” honors in the UFC’s Ottawa debut after Bosse and O’Connell threw down in an absolute war. First it was O’Connell who smelled blood, as he floored an over-aggressive Bosse with a flurry of powerful left hooks early, appearing to nearly have the former professional hockey player knocked out.
But the tough Montreal-based fighter somehow persevered, and he put on a show for his Canadian fans in the second round, dropping O’Connell and pouring on an endless barrage of ground strikes. The third round continued to deliver hard-hitting, pulse-pounding action despite both fighters being exhausted, and both men had their moments.
It was capped off by O’Connell beckoning Bosse to stand toe-to-toe with him and slug out the final 10 seconds. Not surprisingly, Bosse happily obliged, and he ultimately took home a big decision win close to home. Check out the full fight video highlights of one of the best fights of the year right here: