Tanner Boser
The Bulldozer


Drops snoozer as heavy favorite
November 7, 2020
Boser lost to Andrei Arlovski via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC on ESPN+ 40 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Boser and Arlovski were both hesitant from the get-go, but it was Boser who landed a left hand, as well as connect with a couple kicks. He did eat a right hand in the final seconds, so the round could have gone either way. The second round was also low-output on both sides, with Boser landing a few leg kicks and more overall volume, but Arlovski ended the frame with a spinning attack that seemed to connect. Boser picked up the pace a bit in Round 3, partially landing a right hand and landing a few more leg kicks after that. Boser ate a big right hand at the midway point and another with about a minute left, but with Arlovski still hesitant to launch combos, he was able to withstand the damage. Boser ended up winning the striking battle 47 to 38 (unofficially), but the more powerful strikes from Arlovski seemed to gain the favor of the judges. There's no way to sugar coat this one. It's a bad loss for Boser, who had a chance to sneak into the rankings with a big win against a well-known opponent. Now, it's back to the drawing board against middling heavyweights.
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Arlovski bout moves to November
September 15, 2020
Boser will fight Andrei Arlovski in a heavyweight bout at UFC Fight Night on November 7, James Lynch of MMANews.com reports.
The pair were originally slated to fight in Abu Dhabi on October 3, but the matchup has now been pushed back a month. Boser has a couple inches in both height and reach and should remain the betting favorite against the veteran Arlovski.
Matched up against Arlovski
August 2, 2020
Boser will take on Andrei Arlovski in a heavyweight matchup October 3 at a yet-to-be-determined location, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
Boser has racked up two stoppages within a month's time in his last two fights, finishing both Philipe Lins and Raphael Pessoa. He'll now take on one of the established veterans of the sport, though the 41-year-old Arlovski has put together a short run of his own, winning two of his last three fights.Nonetheless, Arlovski hasn't knocked anybody out since 2015, and while Boser is giving up a couple inches in both height and reach, he should enter as a betting favorite.
Second stoppage win in four weeks
July 25, 2020
Boser defeated Raphael Pessoa via TKO (punches) at 2:36 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
It is Boser's second knockout victory in a span off four weeks. He destroyed Philipe Lins in just under three minutes June 27 before stopping Pessoa in Round 2 on Saturday. The finish came when Boser appeared to connect with a sweeping left hand that grazed Pessoa. The Brazilian was clearly bothered by the shot and Boser followed it up with some of the most ridiculous ground-and-pound you will see. Referee Herb Dean gave Pessoa plenty of time to recover, but it clearly wasn't going to happen. Boser's ceiling appears to be pretty limited, but you can't argue with his recent success. Two stoppage victories in four weeks will send you flying up the rankings in a hurry. He'll also leave with an extra $50,000 as one of six fighters to be awarded Performance of the Night honors Saturday.
Quick turnaround on Fight Island
July 15, 2020
Boser will now take on Raphael Pessoa in a heavyweight matchup set for July 25 on Fight Island, Nolan King of MMAJunkie.com reports.
Boser competed just weeks ago, finishing former top PFL fighter Philipe Lins in the very first round. He'll look to continue that momentum against Pessoa, who is 1-1 in the UFC after a recent decision victory over Jeff Hughes. Both have a loss to well-regarded prospect Ciryl Gane on their resume, but Boser went the distance while Pessoa was submitted in the first round. it's a small sample size, but Bozer has the advantage in terms of striking accuracy and volume. Pessoa will have the edge in height and reach, however.
Huge KO win in Vegas
June 27, 2020
Boser defeated Philipe Lins via KO (punches) at 2:41 of Round 1 at UFC FIght Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
It was Boser's second UFC victory in three attempts and it came in emphatic fashion. He crushed Lins with one quick combination out of the blue. Referee Herb Dean gave Lins plenty of time to recover, but it clearly wasn't happening. Boser is a rare breed for a heavyweight. He has the typical power (eight career KO wins) you associate with a big man, but he is methodical on the feet. He doesn't throw a ton of strikes, instead preferring to pick his spots. Oh, he also has a pretty excellent mullet. The Canadian will turn 29 years of age in early-August.