Travis The Serial Killer Lutter stole the thunder from the
return homegrown star Jason The Athlete MacDonald as he scored a unanimous
decision victory in the main event of the Maximum Fighting Championships MFC
Lutter (10-5) used a dominating display of jiu-jitsu over
the first two rounds to pull ahead before surviving a desperate
ground-and-pound attack from MacDonald (21-13) in Round 3. All three judges
scored the fight 29-28 for Lutter. The fight went down before an amped-up, sold-out
crowd at the River Cree Resort and Casino just outside Edmonton, Alberta, and
aired live on HDNet Fights.
It was all about following the game plan, said Lutter, who
twice had MacDonald in difficulty with rear-naked choke attempts.
MacDonald, fighting in front of a home-town audience for the
first time in three years, poured on the pressure in the third round but
couldnt inflict enough damage to put Lutter away.
Im disappointed but Ive been down before and Ill get
back up again, said MacDonald.
In the co-main event, reigning MFC world lightweight
champion Antonio McKee (26-3-2) put on a wrestling clinic en route to a
clear-cut unanimous decision over Carlo Prater. The matchup had originally been
scheduled for a five-round title fight but when Prater missed the 155-pound
target (hitting the scales at 158) the bout was changed to a three-round
The result was never in doubt as McKee took down Prater
(24-7) at will and the Brazilian was unable to fire off any offence.
The MFC can put anybody they want in front of me the
title isnt going anywhere, offered McKee, who hoped a true title fight would
happen in the near future.
Unquestionably the fight of the night was a light
heavyweight clash between Mike Nickels and David Heath. Their encounter could
very likely go down as the best fight in the MFCs 10-year history in what
turned out to be a wildly entertaining stand-up battle. Nickels (8-2) surprised
everyone including his own corner as the standout jiu-jitsu practitioner was
willing to go toe-to-toe with Heath. Both fighters were in serious trouble
during the electrifying exchanges with Nickels battered and bloodied around
But the Denver, Colorado, product put Heath (12-6) away in
Round 3 with a flurry of punches leading to a rear-naked choke finish at the
4:02 mark that earned Nickels the Submission of the Night honor. Credit Heath
for making it entertaining till the end, however, as he drew a raucous standing
ovation from the crowd when he dropped his hands and let Nickels cleanly tee
off on his unguarded chin.
Two vicious knockouts punctuated the televised the fight
card. Veteran Pete The Secret Weapon Spratt flashed his long-reputed striking
skills in a welterweight scrap with Nathan Gunn.
Spratt (20-13) worked through the pressure of a
hard-charging Gunn in Round 1 then connected with several big shots to open up
Round 2. The end came at 4:19 of the second when Spratt launched a rocket of an
uppercut point-blank onto Gunns chin dropping him face first to the canvas.
The crowd treated Spratt to a thunderous ovation and later he was duly rewarded
with the Knockout of the Night. Gunn (7-1) remained motionless for quite some
time while the fans reveled in numerous replays of the explosive finish.
In the much-anticipated matchup between John The Natural
Alessio and Luigi The Italian Tank Fioravanti, a deliberate two-round
build-up led to a stylish end at 1:34 of Round 3. One of the most popular
figures in the MFC, Alessio (26-13) connected with a right counterpunch that
landed flush on the chin of Fioravanti (15-6) who dropped flat on his back to
the mat. Alessio landed another bomb to complete the stunning conclusion and in
turn allow him to call out for a shot at the MFC world welterweight crown.
The six-fight televised card was rounded out with Ryan The
Big Deal Jimmo (11-1) pulling out a controversial split-decision win over
Marvin The Beastman Eastman (16-11). Despite carrying the action for the
majority of the fight, Eastman was not awarded the verdict as the judges put up
scorecards of 29-28, 28-29, 29-28 in Jimmos favor.
Results of the preliminaries:
Dwayne Lewis (9-4) def. Jared Kilkenny (12-7) 3:31 Round
Jason Heit (3-0) def. Paapa Inkumsah (3-1) 4:59 Round 2,
Joe Christopher (8-2) def. Andrew Buckland (9-5) 1:54
Round 1, tapout via guillotine choke
Nick Hrynchyshyn (2-0) def. Jesse MacDougall (0-1) 4:29
Round 2, TKO