“MFC 35: Explosive Encounter” takes place this evening in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and is headlined with an MFC World Middleweight Title bout between Elvis Mutapcic and Joseph Henle. Graham Spencer takes on “Sugar” Shane Nelson in featherweight co-main event action.
MFC 35 airs live on AXS TV Fights beginning at 10 p.m. ET/8 p.m. MT/7 p.m. PT.
MFC 35 quick results:
- (185 Title) Elvis Mutapcic def. Joseph Henle by TKO (leg kick) Rd 3
- (145) Graham Spencer def. Shane Nelson by unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)
- (265) Smealinho Rama def. Ryan Fortin by submission (rear-naked choke) Rd 1 (2:02)
- (185) Derek Parker def. Jared McComb by unanimous decision (29-28 x 3)
- (170) Sabah Fadai def. Cody Krahn by submission (triangle choke) Rd 1 (1:24)
- (205) Paul Grandbois def. Jason Kuchera by TKO (punches) Rd 2 (1:43)
- (155) Daniel Swain def. Matt Jelly by unanimous decision (29-28 x 3)
- (155) Garrett Nybakken def. Jesse Veltri by submission (armbar) Rd 1 (1:24)
- (185) Chase Degenhardt def. Chad Sherman by TKO (punches) Rd 2 (:41)
MFC 35 Fight Notes:
(205) Paul Grandbois vs. Jason Kuchera
Round 1 – Amazing back and forth slugfest, both guys leaving it all in the ring. Grandbois 10-9
Round 2 – Complete Rock em’ Sock em’ Robots, punch after punch back and forth. Grandbois backed Kuchera into a corner and landed big shot after shot until the ref stepped in. Both guys gave everything they had.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Paul Grandbois def. Jason Kuchera by TKO (punches) Rd 2 (1:43)
(170) Sabah Fadai vs. Cody Krahn
Round 1 – Fadai throws a leg kick, Krahn puts him on his back but Fadai immediately locks him in a triangle. After some struggle from Krahn, Fadai tightens the noose and Krahn is forced to tap. He may have underestimated Fadai’s ground game. As Fadai gets up he shoves Krahn and tells him he should’ve made weight. The ref has some words with Fadai about this.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Sabah Fadai def. Cody Krahn by submission (triangle choke) Rd 1 (1:24)
(185) Derek Parker vs. Jared McComb
Round 1 – McComb with a leg kick. After some rudimentary striking “The Goon” Parker gets a body lock takedown and gets full mount on McComb. Parker unable to do much damage on the ground before McComb gets to his feet before the bell. Parker 10-9
Round 2 -Parker standing straight up, Misses an ugly spinning backfist. McComb lands a head kick. They tie up in the corner, Parker looks for a single leg takedown, gets McComb down. McComb on his hands and knees but Parker flattens him on his back and lands a couple elbows. With Parker’s handlebar mustache and pink shorts, Pat Miletich said he looks like the Freddy Mercury of MMA. Knee to the chest of McComb by Parker. Body shots from Parker, now puts McComb flat on his back but the ref stands them up before the bell. 10-9 Parker
Round 3 – Parker taking some big shots. McComb stuns him with some big punches. Parker is bleeding, eats a big leg kick. Parker looks about out of gas and his leg is purple and swollen. Parker throwing arm punches… looks like he’s still fighting on the ice. He lands a big right though and backs McComb into the corner, ties him up but McComb puts him on his back. Parker landing some nice elbows off his back. Big leg kick from McComb after he lets Parker up. They tie up before the bell. Fun fight. Parker is a NUT. A very tough nut… fun to watch. 10-9 McComb
OFFICIAL RESULT: Derek Parker def. Jared McComb by unanimous decision (29-28 x 3)
(265) Smealinho Rama vs. Ryan Fortin
Round 1 – Rama puts Fortin on his back, gets mount, unleashes ground and pound. Rama goes for an armbar but Forting reverses. Scramble and Rama takes Fortin’s back as he turtles up. Rama lands some punches, then gets both hooks in and chokes Fortin out.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Smealinho Rama def. Ryan Fortin by submission (rear-naked choke) Rd 1 (2:02)
(145) Graham Spencer vs. Shane Nelson
Round 1 – Spencer gets a takedown early in the round. Nelson using elbows to the head off his back. Nelson gets to his feet, goes for his own takedown, gets it but Spencer is immediately back to his feet. Clinched. Dirty boxing until the end of the round. Spencer has a cut over his right eye. 10-9 Spencer
Round 2 – Spencer gets a body lock takedown before the 4-minute mark. Spencer inside half guard working the ground and pound from top. Back to the feet, Nelson shoots, stuffed, Spencer gets full mount. Nelson gives up his back, Spencer looking for the RNC with both hooks in. 1:00 to go. Nelson survives. 10-9 Spencer
Round 3 – After tying up Nelson jumps guard into a guillotine attempt, loses it and Spencer now has top control inside full guard and delivering punishment. After getting back to the feet Spencer slams him, lands in side control. Nelson recovers half guard but is eating ground and pound and Spencer moves back to side control, nice elbow. Under 1:00 to go. Spencer ends the round on top delivering punishment. 10-9 Spencer
OFFICIAL RESULT: Graham Spencer def. Shane Nelson by unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)
NOTE: Interesting Spencer is offered a shot at the 155 lb. title but says he’s not sure he wants to take it because he doesn’t want to be defending a belt at 155 — he would rather stay at 145.
(185 Title) Elvis Mutapcic vs. Joseph Henle
Round 1 – Leg kick Henle, Mutapcic returns the favor. Henle just ducks a head kick. Right from Mutapcic. Jab from Henle. Mutapcic misses a head kick. Henle ducks a right. Big leg kick from Mutapcic. Henle with a left. Leg kick and a right from Mutapcic. Nice left cross from Henle. Mutapcic bleeding under his eye. Leg kick Mutapcic. Henle with a leg kick. Henle’s leg is black and blue. Right from Mutapcic. Leg kick Henle. Mutapcic catches Henle with a right and he goes down. Mutapcic ends the round on top dropping a couple shots. 10-9 Mutapcic
Round 2 – Leg kick Mutapcic. Again. Left from Henle, leg kick. Again. High kick from Mutapcic. Leg kick Henle. Mutapcic has some power. Inside leg kick from Mutapcic. Henle with a left cross scores. Right body kick from Mutapcic. Leg kick Henle. Right hook. They tie up, knee on the break from Henle. Mutapcic drops his mouthpiece. Puts it in. Leg kick from Mutapcic. Leg kick inside Henle. High kick Mutapcic. Leg kick Henle, jab. Jab from Henle. Big leg kick from Mutapcic. Body kick Henle. Big counter right from Mutapcic scores. Henle smiles. Quick left from Henle. Again. Henle with a takedown, on top in half guard. Henle 10-9
Round 3 – Right hook from Henle. Leg kick Henle. Left from Henle. Left from Henle, then a right leg kick. Mutapcic lands a leg kick to the outside knee of Henle and it kicks his knee inward, Henle goes down and is done. The ref steps in and stops it. Nasty nasty shot. Henle’s ACL or MCL is very likely torn after that. Elvis Mutapcic is the new MFC middleweight champ.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Elvis Mutapcic def. Joseph Henle by TKO (leg kick) Rd 3