By Daniel Galvan
It didn’t play out the way he envisioned it, but Elvis Mutapcic (12-1) won the MFC Middleweight Championship in Edmonton, Alberta at MFC 35. In the third round, Mutapcic landed a vicious leg kick to the knee of Joseph Henle (8-1-1) which caused Henle to collapse immediately and scream in pain.
Commentator Pat Miletich suspected that injury could have been an MCL or ACL tear. It was an unfortunate end to MFC 35.
Prior to the fight-ending injury, the contest was played out on the feet. Mutapcic took the first round thanks to a right that dropped Henle with less than twenty left in the period. On my score-card, I had Henle eking out a close second round by imploring his reach and scoring with his left cross.
Graham Spencer (9-1-1), an up-and-coming featherweight prospect, took a unanimous decision win over TUF alumn Shane Nelson (15-7) in a lackluster grappling contest. Spencer won the bout purely based on superior positioning and activity.
After the bout, the idea of a title fight against MFC Lightweight Champion Mukai Maromo (8-2) at MFC 36 was proposed to Spencer, but Spencer sounded disinterested, citing that he wanted to fight in the featherweight division.
Undefeated heavyweight Smealinho Rama (5-0) wasted no time against Ryan Fortin (6-4). At the sound of the bell, Rama took down Fortin and worked from mount. Following a failed arm-bar attempt, Rama got the back of Fortin in a scramble. Rama then sunk in the rear-naked choke and elicited a tap at 2:02 in the first round.
Almost six months after fighting Jared McComb (4-2-1) to a draw at MFC 33, Derek Parker (5-1-1) was able to beat McComb on the judge’s score-cards. Parker, handle-bar mustache and all, won the first two rounds by taking down McComb with body clinch takedowns and smothering him from the top position. McComb came on in the third stanza by scoring multiple times with his powerful right hand, but it was too late for him to change the trajectory of the decision.
While Sabah Fadai (8-2-1) looked impressive in his sub minute and a half submission of Cody Krahn (11-6), it will be the unsportsmanlike conduct he displayed afterwards that will be the talking point of this welterweight contest. Right Krahn trapped out to a triangle choke, Fadai pushed him. It was a dirty, classless move that drew the ire of the crowd in the Mayfield Inn Trade and Event Centre.
The show started off with a fun brawl between Paul Grandbois (5-4) and Jason Kuchera (5-6). In the first round, both fighters just delivered flurries nonstop. Both fighters were rocked in the round, but that didn’t stop them from trading. The second round was a bit different though as Kuchera had punched himself out previously. Grandbois took advantage of his gassed opponent and finished him in the corner with strikes.
MW Championship Bout – Elvis Mutapcic def. Joseph Henle via 3rd Round TKO (Injury) – 1:45
FW Bout – Graham Spencer def. Shane Nelson via UD (30-27, 30-27, and 30-27)
HW Bout – Smealinho Rama def. Ryan Fortin via 1st Sub - 2:02
MW Bout – Derek Parker def. Jared McComb via UD
WW Bout – Sabah Fadai def. Cody Krahn via 1st Sub – 1:24
LHW Bout – Paul Grandbois def. Jason Kuchera via 2nd TKO – 1:43