Boxing is part of Montreal's DNA. But its fight culture hasn't fully been embraced by English Canadians, leaving one of the world's great boxing scenes largely hidden within its home province.
It's hard not to see Griffin's job as a metaphor for his life. The same qualities he praises boxing for instilling in people—how to operate under duress and overcome oneself—have been instrumental to his survival.
Steve Bossé talks about how his former life as a hockey enforcer helped him transition to MMA, and his upcoming Canadian UFC debut at Fight Night 89.
The cartoonish spectacle of the LNAH's past, when it was unquestionably the toughest circuit in existence, has been replaced by an attractive blend of skill and physicality.