Steve Bosse scheduled to make UFC debut in June against Thiago Santos
Former hockey enforcer Steve Bosse is set to finally make his UFC debut on June 27, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
According to a report from Guilherme Cruz, Bosse will fight TUF veteran Thiago Santos at middleweight. Bosse has competed at light heavyweight but will now cut down to 185 pounds for his UFC debut.
About a year ago, Bosse injured himself and pulled out of what was supposed to be his UFC debut, against Ryan Jimmo.
The Canadian then decided to retire from fighting with a 10-1 record. The UFC came calling again when Quinton "Rampage" Jackson was pulled by a legal injunction from his scheduled UFC 186 co-main event bout against Fabio Maldonado.
Bosse stepped in to replace Maldonado, but then was forced to step aside when a different judge lifted the injunction against Jackson fighting at UFC 186, and the former champion ended up fighting Maldonado in Montreal, after all. When FOX Sports spoke with Bosse last Thursday, the heavy-hitter was still holding on to dim hope that he’d get to fight Maldonado, but promised us that whether or not that did happen, he was out of retirement and sure to fight in the UFC at some point.
"I’m so excited and motivated to fight again," he said.
"It’s back. One way or another, I will fight again, and it will be in the UFC."
The 33 year-old has won eight straight fights, all but one by way of stoppage. He most recently fought and won May 11, 2013.
Santos is 10-3, overall, and 2-2 in the UFC so far. The Brazilian did win his most recent fight, against Andy Enz, by first-round TKO in late January.