Saturday , 16 October 2021
Tanner Boser, right, strikes Daniel Spitz during his victory on Friday night at UFC on ESPN 6. Image credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports.

Boser wins in UFC debut, said he’s proud to represent his home on the big stage

Tanner Boser, right, strikes Daniel Spitz, left, during his unanimous victory on Friday night at UFC on ESPN 6. Image credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports. 

In his UFC debut, Bonnyville-native Tanner Boser defeated Daniel Spitz by unanimous decision Friday to open the preliminary card at UFC on ESPN 6 at TD Garden in Boston.

Boser’s leg kicks were a big part of the win, which led to some boos by the Boston crowd.

He didn’t mind the boo-birds.

“That’s the fight I was expecting. It’s how I fight. I know people boo and don’t like it, but unless they want to pay my rent, I’m getting my win bonus. I don’t care. The leg kick is one of my best techniques. I have two wins by leg kick TKO, which is a very rare stoppage, so I always look to implement those,” he said to MMA Junkie.

Boser was set to make his UFC debut in July in Edmonton against Giacamo Lemos before the fight was cancelled due to Lemos testing positive for a banned substance.

His record improves to 17-5-1.

“My friends and family, everyone from back home – UFC is such a big deal to them because it’s what they watch every week and what they follow. To me, honestly, it didn’t feel different. I’ve been in the big show before, but I’ve been in the big show overseas. This feeling was nothing new to me, but it was big to my friends and family and to my hometown where I’m from. So I’m proud to represent them in that capacity,” he said to MMA Junkie.

He said ringside that he wants to fight again before the year is out.

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.