MFC 35: Live Play by Play and Results
MMAmadhouse is covering the action live from the Shaw Centre in Edmonton Alberta for MFC 35
Chase Degenhardt vs Chad Sherman
The fighters exchange early, good leg kicks by Chase. Clinch work to a big knee by Chase, to a trip. Chad gets on top, working in half guard. Chad is working to pass, but the fight stands up. Big swing and a miss by Chase, as the fighters exchange to end the round. I have it 10-9 Chase.
Chase powers Chad against the ropes. The Edmonton fighter hits big over hand rights. Chase gets a tko finish at the start of round 2 (:42)
Jesse Veltri vs Garret Nybakken
The 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu representative, Veltri, shoots, and works side control. Garrett moves into guard. Garrett locks up the arm bar at 1:24 and forces the verbal submission. Big submission victory for the hometown favorite.
Matt Jelly vs Daniel Swain
Daniel comes out aggressive. He throws Jelly and lands in the Fort Mac fighter’s guard. Jelly is very active from the bottom. The fighters scramble after a triangle attempt by Jelly, but Daniel ends up on top. Jelly finishes the round with Daniel in his rubber guard. I score it 10-9 Swain.
Swain comes out aggressive again, and puts Jelly against the ropes. He trips the Fort Mac fighter and puts him on the mat. Jelly is very active once again, but Daniel is landing bombs. Jelly finishes the round with an omoplata attempt. I score the round 10-9 Swain.
Fighters immediately engage, and Daniel gets the double leg. Jelly sweeps to mount, and starts punishing Swain with elbows. Swain escapes to guard, and Jelly stacks him and starts punishing him with punches. The Fort Mac fighter stays on top but he cannot finish. I score it 10-9 Jelly.
My score matches the judges, as all three score it 29-28, for the winner by unanimous decision, Daniel Swain.
Paul Grandbois vs Jason Kuchera
Both fighters come out swinging. Jason is landing huge knees and over hand rights. Both fighters start landing, and they’re all smiles. The fight quickly turns into an all out brawl, and the ring is covered in blood. Paul starts winning the exchanges half way through, and Jason seems tired. Round comes to an end and the crowd is wild. I score it a close 10-9 for Grandbois.
Both men come out much slower, but Paul soon starts teeing off. Jason shoots but cannot finish, and Paul gets him in the corner. Paul lands huge punches and the ref has seen enough. He calls it off at 1:43, Grandbois picks up the TKO after a very entertaining fight.
Cody Krahn vs Sabah Fadai
172 lb catchweight
The fighters feel each other out briefly, and Cody lands a punch and take down. Sabah immediately locks in a triangle. Cody tries to fight it off, but Sabah has it locked and is throwing elbows. After a brief struggle, Cody taps. Fadai gets the submission win at 1:24. He stands up yelling, “Make weight!” at his opponent; the crowd is not impressed.
Jared McComb vs Derek Parker
187 lb catchweight
Jared “Yetti” McComb and Derek “Lion” Parker come out with an exchange of kicks. Lion is using his front kick to keep Yetti on his toes, then chases an gets underhooks. Derek takes McComb down and goes to work. He gets to mount and lands huge punches and elbows on Yetti. The two men scramble on the ground, and Lion finishes the round with Jared’s back. I score it 10-9 Derek.
Lion comes out swinging, and Yetti lands a head kick. Lion clinches up and then goes for the single. Derek goes to work, and spends the rest of the round switching from back control, to side control, landing throughout. Jared gets Lion into his guard, and the ref stands the men up just in time to finish the round. I score it 10-9 Derek.
The men touch gloves and start to exchange a flurry of punches and kicks. Yetti lands a huge overhand right and busts Lion up. The crowd roars for the hometown hero. Jared lands a big jab and another huge right. Lion starts taunting Yetti by dropping his hands. Jared gets Derek to the ground with a nice throw out of a clinch, but both men shortly return to their feet. The fight finishes with a short exchange. I score it 10-9 Jared, and give the 29-28 win to Derek Parker.
The judges see it the same, Parker by a unanimous 29-28.
Smealinho Rama vs Ryan Fortin
Ryan “The Vanilla Gorilla” Fortin chases down Rama. Rama lands a leg kick, and shoots for a takedown, and lands it. Rama gets the Gorilla’s back, and lands huge punches, forcing Fortin to roll over. Rama grabs an armbar, and it looks tight. Fortin escapes, and the two beasts scramble. Rama gets his back, and locks in the rear naked choke. He forces the Vanilla Gorilla to tap at 2:02 of the first round. Rama goes to 5-0, winning all of his fights in the first round.
Graham Spencer vs Shane Nelson
Spencer, the Canadian, comes forward, and the two men engage. Nelson, the south paw, grabs a thai clinch and fires knees at Spencer, before the Canadian lands a huge slam. He goes to work in the BJ Penn protege’s guard, landing big elbows. Nelson escapes and lands a brief takedown, before Spencer gets up and clinches against the ropes. The Canadian works some dirty boxing to finish the round, and takes it 10-9 in my eyes.
The two quickly engage. Spencer gets the double leg, and quickly passes to half guard top. He lands some good elbows before Shane gets back into guard. The American throws up a triangle and escapes to his feet. Spencer lands a solid combo, and takes Nelson back to the mat, gaining mount almost immediately, hammering away. Shane rolls to his back, and Spencer works for the rear naked choke. Shane eventually escapes and gets top position briefly. The round comes to a close. I have it a dominant 10-9 for Spencer.
Spencer feels Nelson out for a few seconds, then shoots. They end up clinching, and Nelson pulls a guillotine. Spencer ends up on top, punishing his opponent like a mini-GSP. He puts on a grappling clinic, and spends the rest of the round working away. I give the Canadian a dominant 30-27 decision.
The winner, with 10-9’s across the board, Graham Spencer. He is offered a shot at the featherweight title.
Joseph Henle vs Elvis Mutapcic
185 lb championship
Joseph “Leonidus” Henle comes out with a huge right that just misses, as Elvis immediately starts attacking Leonidus’ legs with kicks. Leonidus lands a stiff jab, and tries to put pressure on Elvis. The two start exchanging, picking their strikes. The story so far is the leg kicks from Elvis. He drops Leonidus with a stiff cross, and nearly finishes the fight. I give Elvis the 10-9 nod.
Elvis’ leg kicks continue. Both men are popping in and out, with Elvis circling on the outside. Leonidus lands a big right, and the action stops after a mouth guard falls out during a brief clinch. Elvis starts teeing off with head kicks, and the south paw Leonidus is getting the worst of the exchanges. Leonidus finally gets a takedown after multiple failures, only to finish the round. Elvis is bleeding heavily out of his left eye, but in my opinion has taken the round, 10-9.
Elvis comes out throwing kicks, grazing Leonidus’ face. Leonidus shoots, but Elvis shakes it off. The two men exchange shots, but Elvis has the upper hand. He lands a final leg kick, and his bearded opponent falls, grasping his knee in pain. The ref calls it off at 1:45 in the third, and the new MFC middleweight champion is crowned, Elvis Mutapcic. Replay shows that Joseph Henle’s knee dislocated on the final kick, causing a large response from the audience. The two men meet in the middle of the ring in a great show of respect.