Maximum Fighting Championship’s “Top 10 Knockouts of the Year”

The Year 2009 is in the books for the Maximum Fighting Championship so it is time once again to review the very best of the campaign gone by with the Z-Files’ annual look at the Top 10 finishes and fights.

Last week, the Top 10 Submissions of ’09 were presented with Ryan Machan taking home the honor for his rear-naked choke victory over Kajan Johnson at MFC 23. Up next it’s the Top 10 Knockouts, and just before the New Year, we’ll do the final rundown – the list of the Top 10 Fights of the Year. As with the Top 10 Submissions, the Top 10 Knockouts and Top 10 Fights of the Year will include not just the MFC but also Heat XC, the top developmental organization for the Maximum Fighting Championship.

A year ago, Aron Lofton captured the KO of the Year title for his one-punch conclusion to a showdown with Dwayne Lewis. Who takes the crown in 2009? Let’s take a look:

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“MFC 23: Unstoppable” live play-by-play commentary & results

Photo courtesy of MFC - Thales Leities faces Dean Lister in the MFC 23 main event.

UFC veterans Thales Leites and Dean Lister face each other tonight in the main event at “MFC 23: Unstoppable”, which takes place at the River Cree Resort and Casino, just outside Edmonton, Alberta. Co-main event action features a middleweight bout between Solomon Hutcherson and Jason MacDonald. And another UFC veteran, Marvin “The Beast Man” Eastman, will take on Dwayne Lewis in a light heavyweight showdown.

Stick with us here at tonight as we provide LIVE play-by-play, round-by-round commentary. If you have HDNet, you can catch the fights live beginning at 9PM CT/10PM ET.

“MFC 23: Unstoppable” quick results:

•Nick Penner def Ryan Fortin by submission (rear-naked choke) Rd 2 (3:31)
•Ryan Machan def. Kajan Johnson by submission (rear-naked choke) Rd 1 (3:30)
•Billy Hua def. Kenny Hamilton by TKO (punches) Rd 2 (:20)
•Jesse Juarez def. Joe Cristopher by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
•Dwayne Lewis def. Marvin Eastman  by TKO (punches) Rd1 (4:58)
•Bryan Baker def. Art Santore by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
•Ryan Jimmo def. Emanuel Newton by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
•Jason MacDonald def. Solomon Hutcherson by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)*
•Thales Leites def. Dean Lister (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

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    Ricardo Arona defeats Marvin Eastman at “Bitetti Combat 4” in Rio de Janeiro – full results

    Photo: Sherdog - "Big" John McCarthy was in Brazil to referee "Bitetti Combat 4" - Arona defeats Eastman
    Photo: Sherdog - Ricardo Arona defeats Marvin Eastman by unanimous decision. "Big" John McCarthy was in Brazil to serve as referee.

    On Sept. 12, 2009, “Bitetti Combat Nordeste 4” took place at the Maracanazinho Gymnasium, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Ricardo Arona returned to the cage after a two-and-a-half year absence to face Marvin Eastmen in the main event. The first two rounds were close, and going into the third round most had it scored one round each. Arona sealed his fate in the final round by landing some strikes and then scoring a takedown to win the unanimous decision.

    In other bouts, Paulo Filho won a lackluster unanimous decision over Alex Schoenauer and Pedro Rizzo defeated Jeff Monson also by unanimous decision. Alex “The Brazilian Killa” Stiebling failed to live up to his nickname as Murilo “Ninja” Rua sent the UFC and PRIDE veteran to the canvas with a first round knockout.

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    Lineup pinned for “MFC 22: Payoff” on Oct. 2

    One of the best lineups in the Maximum Fighting Championship’s illustrious history has been set for MFC 22: Payoff.

    MFC 22: Payoff will be held on Friday, October 2 at the River Cree Resort and Casino just outside Edmonton, Alberta, and will be broadcast live throughout North America on HDNet Fights.

    The card is highlighted by the much-anticipated MFC return of mixed martial arts superstar Jason “The Athlete” MacDonald who will take on Travis “The Serial Killer” Lutter in a three-round middleweight showdown.

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    MFC 21: HARD KNOCKS – live results

    Maximum Fighting Championship’s biggest card ever “MFC 21: Hard Knocks” goes down tonight at the River Cree Hotel and Casino in Alberta, Canada. Headlining the card is an MFC Light Heavyweight Title fight between Trevor Prangley and Emanuel Newton. Also on the card is a co-main event heavyweight “Super Fight” that the MMA world has their eyes on with former WWE star Bobby Lashley taking on Mike Cook. Stay tuned right here at PRO MMA ( as we bring you the live round-by-round results.

    Quick Results:
    William Richey def. Ryan Fortin by split decision
    Jason Heit def. Jeremy Combrink by TKO rd1 4:17
    Dwayne Lewis def. Jay Whitford by TKO rd1 :29
    George Belanger def. Nolan Clark by TKO rd1 4:25
    Main Card (televised on HDNet):
    Marvin Eastman def. Aron Loftong by TKO (Gn’P) rd2 :59
    Ryan Jimmo def. Mychal Clark by unanimous decision
    John Alessio def. Andrew Buckland by sub. (RNC) rd1 2:53
    Travis Galbraith def. David Heath by split decision
    Bobby Lashley def. Mike Cook by sub. (guillotine) rd1 :24
    Trevor Prangley def. Emanuel Newton by unan. decision

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    Is Bobby Lashley here to stay? – “MFC 21: Hard Knocks” airs live on HDNet Friday, May 15th

    Maximum Fighting Championship’s “MFC 21: Hard Knocks” takes place Friday May 15, 2009 at the River Cree Resort and Casino in Alberta, Canada. MFC Light Heavyweight Champion Emanuel Newton (11-3-1) will be defending his title against contender Trevor Prangley (19-5) in the main event.

    Former WWE professional wrestler Bobby Lashley (2-0) will be returning to the MMA ring as he takes on Mike Cook (6-3). Also on the card will be Elite XC and King of the Cage veteran Travis Galbraith (16-6) taking on UFC veteran David Heath (10-4). Former UFC fighter John Alessio (24-13) makes his MFC return and another UFC veteran, Marvin Eastman (15-9-1) makes his MFC debut.

    When MFC promoter Mark Pavelich was recently asked by MMA Canada what will make the Bobby Lashley vs. Mike Cook fight interesting for the fans he replied, “If Mike Cook knocks him right in the face and knocks him down, that will be an interesting fight, right?  I would love to see Cook smash him right in the mouth and I want to see how he reacts to being smashed in the mouth by Mike Cook. And then if he can come back and win the fight, that will show if he is really in the sport to stay or if he’s just a fad.”

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    Four fights set for ‘MFC 21: Hard Knocks’

    The fight card for the Maximum Fighting Championship’s upcoming event, MFC 21: HARD KNOCKS is coming together quite nicely. PRO MMA ( was notified today by the MFC of the four fights that have so far been set for the May 15th event.

    MFC 21 will take place at the River Cree Resort and Casino in Enoch, Alberta, Canada and will air live throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico on HDNet. 

    IFL and M-1 Challenge veteran, Jake Ellenberger (19-4) will make his MFC debut against Xtreme Couture’s John “The Natural” Alessio (24-13) in a welterweight showdown. Out of Ellenberger’s nineteen victories, twelve are by (T)KO. He is an M-1 Challenge veteran and has won his last two bouts. Alessio would like to get back on track after losing at DREAM 8 to BJJ champion Andre Galvao and to Paul Daley at MFC 19.

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    Kang KO’s Eastman at Raw Combat: Redemption

    Calgary’s Raw Combat promotion held their latest event entitled “Redemption” at the Stampede Corral on Saturday October 25th. Edmonton’s Ryan Ford was able to score a unanimous decision over Nabil Khatib.

    The main event saw former PRIDE fighter, Denis Kang, taking on UFC veteran and all-around badass Marvin “The Beast-Man” Eastman. Kang unloaded the big guns and popped Eastman with a huge overhand right that KO’d “The Beast-Man” in the round one.

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    Marvin Eastman vs. Drew McFedries at TUF 7 FINALE

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