We are just eight days away from MFC 35 and the card promises to deliver in the same fashion that all of the other previous MFC events have. You can count on a lot of fast paced, hard hitting action provided by fighters looking to make a statement inside the MFC ring.
MFC President Mark Pavelich works tirelessly to provide fans with a quality product each and every time out. He is outspoken, but his drive to succeed is rivaled only by the drive UFC President Dana White shows. They are very similar in that they will not hold back what they are thinking and they want nothing more than to be the absolute best.
MFC will air live on AXS TV at 10pm eastern from the Mayfield Convention Center in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. In this article we will discuss three bouts that are sure to have a huge impact on the organization.
Elvis Mutapcic vs. Joseph Henle – MFC Middleweight Title Fight: Both men are coming off of very impressive wins at MFC 34 this past August. Mutapcic knocked out Jacen Flynn just 1:39 into round number one while Henle disposed of Luke Harris via TKO at 1:57 of the opening frame. This is the battle of nicknames here as Elvis goes by “The King” and Henle is known as “Leonidas”, a Greek King.
Mutapcic has a very good all-around game as evidenced by having 4 wins by knockout and six by submission. He will look to hand Henle his first loss in eight career fights. His biggest wins have come against Strikeforce/Bellator veteran Zak Cummings and Cezar Ferreira, the middleweight winner of the first ever Ultimate Fighter Brazil.
Henle has finished four fights by submission and two by knockout; he was a cast member on the 11th season of The Ultimate Fighter and trains alongside Mark Munoz and Jake Ellenberger. Both men like to fight and put on a great show for the fans. We recently had Mutapcic on BJPenn.Com Radio and he expects nothing but the best from Henle, but he also knows this fight isn’t going the full five rounds, I happen to agree with him.
Winner and new MFC Middleweight Champion- Elvis Mutapcic via 3rd round TKO.
Shane Nelson vs. Graham Spencer – MFC’s First Major Featherweight Fight: Nelson is a native of Hawaii and trains alongside former two-division UFC champion BJ Penn. After securing a spot on the seventh season of The Ultimate Fighter, Nelson lost in the second round to eventual lightweight winner Efrain Escudero. He would win his first two UFC bouts against Aaron Riley and George Roop before losing a rematch to Riley and then losing by decision to Matt Wiman. The UFC released him after that fight and after taking more than a year off; Nelson has won three of his last four fights.
Spencer is 8-1 and holds a victory over current MFC lightweight contender Mukai Maromo. He has spent some time training with Urijah Faber and Team Alpha Male in preparation for this match-up with Nelson. After submitting his first three opponents, Spencer has just one finish in his last five wins. The Canadian born Spencer doesn’t have the experience that Nelson has, but I expect both of these guys to go all out and show the MFC fans the featherweights are here to stay.
Winner via Split Decision- “Sugar” Shane Nelson
Smealinho Rama vs. Ryan Fortin – MFC Top Heavyweight Contenders: MFC is trying to build up its’ heavyweight roster and believe they have the best Canadian Heavyweight in Mike “The Honey Badger” Hackert who knocked out UFC veteran Tim Hague in the first round at MFC 34. Everyone loves to watch the heavyweights bang it out and Pavelich is always looking to provide the MFC fans with the most exciting fighters he can find. Rama is undefeated in four career bouts and made his MFC debut at MFC 34 where he knocked out Lee Mein in the first round. He’s finished all four opponents, two by knockout and two by submission.
Fortin has one of the more interesting nicknames in MMA. Known as “The Vanilla Gorilla,” Fortin is 6-3 with four knockouts and two submissions. This will be his fourth fight for the MFC having lost all three of his previous attempts. He lost to William Richey at MFC 21 and UFC veterans Nick Penner and Chase Gormley at MFC 23 and MFC 25 respectively. Both men are close to the heavyweight limit of 265lbs., but Rama seems to have the bigger upside and could be in line for a potential MFC heavyweight title bout against Hackert should he win next Friday night.
Winner via 2nd Round TKO- Smealinho RamaTags: "bj Penn", BJPenn.Com Radio, BJPennDotCom Radio, featured, Mark Pavelich, Maximum Fighting Championships, MFC 35, Shane Nelson