Cape Town - It's not very often we see an athlete take a dip in the Mixed Martial Arts pool and not drown. It may have happened only a handful of times with the likes of Matt Mitrione and Brendan Schaub to name just a few but the former North American Hockey League enforcer Steve Bosse has taken a dip and looks as if he knows how to swim.
Prior to making his UFC debut, Bosse amassed an impressive 10-1 record with 9 of his wins coming by way of stoppage, (8 KO/TKO and 1 submission). While his promotional debut may have not gone to plan after being knocked out cold by a Thiago Santos high kick his last two outings have proved to the fans and UFC brass that he does belong in the sport.
In March the Canadian made short work of James Te-Huna when he showed what made him so scary while on the ice-rinks of Canada. Bosse landed one clean shot which sent Te-Huna to the canvas virtually out cold forcing the referee to step in before any more damage was inflicted. Most recently "The Boss" was in a Fight of The Night performance against Sean O'Connell in his home country of Canada. Bosse survived an early onslaught of hard punches to come back and dominate rounds two and three on his way to a unanimous decision victory over a legitimate fighter in O'Connell.
Sport24 caught up with Canadian striker to discuss his most recent fight, when he may be back in the cage and how hockey helped him control his emotions before a fight.
"I lost round 1 [against Sean]. Then I controlled 100% of rounds two and three. I controlled the fight. Every exchange happened when I wanted it to," Bosse said.
"I was in better shape with the better foot work. I landed the better punches. Hockey helped me to control my emotions before and during the fight"
Now riding an impressive two-fight win streak it would be only normal for Bosse to want to get back in the cage as soon possible but unfortunately this is the fight game and in this game injuries happen.
"I don't know what's next for me. I will take some time now to recover from injury. The UFC will tell us what they want next for me. I don't know when i will be back. Maybe November or later. We will see."
With his two last performances inside Octagon, the 34-year old showed us two sides of his game. We saw the heavy hands that on any given night can put anyone to sleep and then he showed us his heart and determination coming back from being dropped and badly hurt to walk away the winner. While it may only be 10-days since his last fight, performances like those will ensure that fans and promotional figures will want him to fight as often as possible.