Tanner Boser

The Bulldozer

Canada

Booked for December fight
HeavyweightUFC
October 2, 2021
Boser will take on Sergei Pavlovich in a heavyweight matchup at UFC Fight Night on Dec. 4, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
ANALYSIS
Boser snapped a two-fight losing streak in late June when he defeated Ovince Saint Preux via KO (knee and punches) at UFC Vegas 30, and he'll attempt to remain in the win column in early December. Pavlovich was forced to withdraw from a September booking due to visa issues. He most recently fought in October of 2019 and defeated Maurice Greene via TKO (punches). Pavlovich has advantages in both height and reach.
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Catches break en route to KO
HeavyweightUFC
June 27, 2021
Boser defeated Ovince Saint Preux via KO (knee and punches) at 2:31 of Round 2 at UFC Vegas 30 on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Boser came out and clearly took Round 1, with 13 of his 25 significant strikes going to the lead leg of OSP, along with some well-placed body kicks to the former light heavyweight. Saint Preux focused on his wrestling game in Round 2, but to mixed success. While Boser did get taken down, he was the larger man and used his strength to get back to his feet. On another takedown attempt, Boser got away with a fence grab to hold off his opponent. It was enough of an infraction that some referees may have reset the position, but Boser caught a break and took full advantage. He connected with a knee and big right hand that rocked OSP, and Boser needed just one follow-up shot for referee Jason Herzog to intervene. There might be some controversy here, but in the end, Boser will snap a two-fight losing streak. The universe could very well be evening itself out after Boser on the wrong end of another controversial decision against Ilir Latifi his last time out.
Facing OSP on short notice
HeavyweightUFC
June 16, 2021
Boser will face Ovince Saint Preux in a heavyweight bout at UFC Fight Night on June 26, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Boser lost via split decision to Ilir Latifi at UFC Vegas 28 only 10 days ago, but he'll make a quick return to the Octagon as a replacement fighter. Saint Preux was poised to face Maxim Grishin at light heavyweight, but Grishin was forced to withdraw due to visa issues. OSP is coming off a terrible performance in December, as he was pummeled in a loss to Jamahal Hill after missing weight.
Drops airtight decision
HeavyweightUFC
June 6, 2021
Boser lost to Ilir Latifi via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 28-29) at UFC Vegas 28 on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
It's a tough break for Boser, who dominated the significant striking numbers in the first two rounds. When it was all said and done, he had recorded 45 significant strikes compared to just 10 for Latifi. Nonetheless, Boser was taken down twice and surrendered 6:38 worth of control time, which was not a good look in the eyes of the judges. Despite the defeat knocking Boser down to 3-3 under the UFC banner, the company needs heavyweight roster depth and will likely recognize the tough break here. We'll see more of the Canadian in the future.
Facing Latifi in June
HeavyweightUFC
March 12, 2021
Boser will fight Ilir Latifi in a heavyweight bout at the UFC event June 5, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Boser is looking to rebound after losing via unanimous decision as a heavy favorite over Andrei Arlovski in November, and he'll receive that chance in June. Latifi made his heavyweight debut against Derrick Lewis in February and also lost via unanimous decision.
Drops snoozer as heavy favorite
HeavyweightUFC
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.
ANALYSIS
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.