Ryan Jimmo is now in need of a new opponent after Steve Bosse has withdrawn from their planned April 16 bout in Quebec.

Bosse, who has fought on the Canadian regional circuit, would have been making his UFC debut against Jimmo at the TUF Nations Finale. Bosse holds notable victories over UFC veterans Houston Alexander, Marvin Eastman and Wes Sims.

The UFC will likely seek to find a replacement for Bosse in order to ensure that Jimmo gets the opportunity to fight in Canada, where all of his success inside the Octagon has come. The fact that this fight is to take place in Canada must be a source of extreme comfort for Jimmo, given that he has never won outside of Canada in his 21-fight MMA career.

The problem that the UFC has when looking to replace Bosse is that the light heavyweight division inside the UFC is uncharacteristically shallow at the moment, with most of the fighters currently signed to fight elsewhere. The UFC could have tried to continue the Canada vs. Australia theme with apparent ease, but Australian fighter James Te Huna announced that his future fights would be in the middleweight division.

One option for the UFC could be Sean O’Connell, who is currently fighting for Canadian promotion Maximum Fighting Championship and is set to fight on May 9. This would be an interesting fight that would pit two former MFC fighters together inside the Octagon.

Whatever the final decision on who is to replace Bosse, Jimmo’s size and power makes this a fight where fans would be well-advised not to blink. We have seen Jimmo’s quick finishing ability on display previously against another Australian, Anthony Perosh, whom Jimmo knocked out in just seven seconds.

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Greg Byron
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Greg Byron started training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu after his brother introduced him to a local MMA fighter/coach when he was just 16 years old. Greg has trained for nearly a decade in both BJJ and MMA, competing in several grappling events within the UK. In addition to MMA, Greg possesses a law degree and works for a firm in northern part of England.