No Big names, No big budget, No Problem, as the Maximum Fighting Championships 5 in Edmonton, Canada put on a good night of fights for the crowd regardless of what any of the naysayers would have you believe...
No Big names, No big budget, No Problem, as the Maximum Fighting Championships 5 in Edmonton, Canada was looking to put on a good night of fights for the crowd regardless of what any of the naysayers would have you believe. With the initial disappointment of not having Bao Quach fight after an apparent problem with his medical forms, and the absence of Chris Brennan who was pictured on the Poster, The MFC let their fighters do what they came to do, and that was fight. Bas Rutten of Pride and UFC fame was also on hand for a seminar the night before the fights, and to sign autographs for all the fans in attendance. The MFC, Bas and the crowd came together to put on a solid night of good fights for the fans to enjoy. Click on pictures to enlarge.
Jason McDonald Vs Cameron Brown
This fight pitted MFC Veteran Jason McDonald against a tough Cameron Brown. The fight started with both fighters working postion in the Clinch, at one point Brown was able to land a very sharp punch to the chin that stunned McDonald for a moment, but McDonald was able to ride it out and control the fight from that point forward. McDonald utilized a methodical ground and pound assault to open up opportunities on the ground that he would lead to better positioning. Mcdonald spent most of the time on top of Brown and Brown spent most of his time neutralizing the arms of "The Athlete". After what looked to be a stalemate Jason was able to slide his arms around Browns head and arm, and sunk in a tight looking Arm Triangle. Jason was on a mission and that mission came to fruition in round 2 when he was able to secure a side choke that would leave no way out for Brown. Brown succumbed to the choke at 4:09 of round two. McDonald via submission at 4:09 of round two.
Rob McDonald Vs Victor Valimaki
This Fight was somewhat reminiscent of a Matt Hughes fight, with Mcdonald playing the part of Hughes and Valimaki playing the part of said opponent. following a very distinct pattern with Mcdonald Clinching with Valimaki, McDonald contolling Valimaki, and McDonald Slamming Valimaki McDonald used.his strong clinch and wrestling prowess to contol the pace of the fight.. Home town favorite Valimaki valiently tried to fight back landing a couple solid punches to the face, but Valimaki could not prevent the slams and one of the Monsterous slams seemed to have dropped him on his head. The loud thud of the slam could be heard around the arena and the energetic crowd reacted accordingly. After round one was over, Valimaki stood hunched in his corner looking visably shaken. Valimaki was unable to answer the bell for round 2. McDonald via TKO round one.
Ryan Diaz Vs Max Marin
This fight was a somewhat controversial fight. The fight started briskly with Max and Ryan putting combo's together but neither fighter landing anything of note. Max jumped to guard early after a flurry of activity, but Ryan would have none of it and Pushed him into the corner forcing the stand up. A scramble ensued and from there Diaz was able to switch up and glided into a very slick looking kneebar attempt. Max Marin would have none of it and snuffed out the potentially dangerous situation quicker then Smokey Bear snuffs out a campfire. Marin found his way into Diaz's guard and fired off a volley of very hard shots that connected well, cutting Diaz's nose and sending the Ref in to stop the fight. Diaz did not like the stoppage and looked visibly upset along with his corner man Lance Gibson. Diaz did take some heavy leather from Marin but appeared to be ok during the stoppage. After the fight a classy Max Marin came out and offered Diaz another shot, saying that he felt that Diaz was still ok. and could have taken more punishment. Max Marin Via TKO Ref stoppage due to punishment 1:02 of round one.
Shane Biever Vs Chris Fontaine
In an entertaining bout, Shane Biever looked like he was much leaner then he has been in the past. Biever started strong, firing out of the gate with hard lefts and rights putting Fontaine on the defensive early on. Chris would not be deterred, and fired back with several very solid knee's one of which caught Biever flush on the chin and dropped him. Biever showed resolve and although he looked bloody and battered he continued banging away in a typically aggressive Biever style. Chris would not be flustered and matched every Bieverpunch with an equally effective knee. Biever's bloody nose gave both fighters a short respite when the ref would have to stop the fight on two separate occasions to check the cut. Biever would show resolve and fought on, eventually catching Fontaine with a nice combo that dropped him and forced the ref to step in. Biever wins by KO at 2:51 of the second round.
Jason St Louis Vs Brad Arbic
Jason St Louis had come off a well deserved break after losing three fights in a row and was looking to redeem himself after his losses. This fight was a back and forth affair with neither fighter willing to give an inch. Both Brad and Jason had one thing on their mind coming into this fight and it showed. Both fighters were hyper aggressive and took every opportunity to take a chance and win the fight. Jason controlled most of the stand up but Arbic was able to answer at times with sharp shots that found their mark. St Louis went to submission to submission on the ground and Arbic showed a lot of poise escaping the lot, but at one point in the fight, St Louis looked to have an Armbar secured, but the Referee (ala Bustamante/Lindland) broke up the fighters and restarted them from the standing position. That would not deter him as he battered and bruised Arbic for the first round and Arbic was unable to answer the bell for round two. Impressive return to the fight game for Jason St Louis. St Louis wins, round one. Opponent could not answer the bell.
Brandon Olson Vs Scott Schilling
Coming off an impressive victory over Mike Jorgenson at MFC 4, Olson was facing off against late replacement and Jiu Jitsu fighter Scott Schilling. Olson used his strong wrestling skills to control the fight from all positions, nullifying any and all of Schilling's thoughts of a submission. He went effortlessly and swiftly to and from side mount, North South Position, and eventually the mount. His strong base was too much for Shilling and when the rain of blows came tumbling down, Schilling had no choice but to tap out. Olson wins via ref stoppage at 3:08 of the first round.
Gavin "Heavy Metal Hesson Vs Marco Costa
In an uneventful third bout of the evening "Heavy Metal" Hesson was able to do just enough to squeek a split judges decision out of the hands of Costa after three hard fought rounds. Neither fighter was able to assert their will in the fight but Hessons wrestling was the difference as he controlled position on the ground, and much of the stand up exchange. Hesson wins via split judges decision after three rounds.
Kevin Dolan Vs Chris Peak
In a wild affair that went back and forth, Kevin Dolan and Chris peak both came to bang. Both fighters had come off of losses so another loss was an unwelcome thought. Dolan was able to secure the early takedown and went right to mount into the corner of the ring. It looked like Peak would be in trouble but he was able to execute a nice reversal to reverse the tables and take mount himself. Peak was patient from the top and dropped some solid blows before Dolan gave him his back. Peak Stayed patient and fought off an interesting Armbar attempt, and pounded the side of Dolan's head till the right opportunity arose, where he snuck in the arms under Dolans chin and took the rear naked choke ending Dolan's night at 1:47 of the first round. Peak wins via submission at 1:47 or round one.
Luke Boutin Vs Antonio Carvalho
This fight went back and forth to start the bout until Luke Boutin was able to secure the takedown. Carvalho's Superior Jiu Jitsu skills were evident as he was able to perform a beautiful reversal and take side mount. Carvalho used his submission skills to apply a nice looking triangle but Boutin would not give up. He held out and even tried to lift up Carvalho and drop him on his head to awe of the crowd but Carvalho held steadfast. Carvalho snagged Boutins leg tripping him, and he had no recourse, the choke was sunk. Boutin taps out to the triangle choke at 1:29 of round one. Carvalho via submission at 1:29 of round one.
With the support of a vibrant crowd behind them, the fighters put on a solid package for the fight fans in attendance. There was only one decision on the cards for the night, with all the fights ending in less then two rounds, save one fight. Most of the fighters were very aggressive and went for the win at all times. Without the heavy burdon of a loss meaning the end of your career many of the fighters went for broke knowing full well that win or lose an exciting fight would bring them back. One disapointing note for the night was, the Max Marin Vs Ryan Diaz fight. The fight seemed to be stopped a little too early, I felt that Diaz could have gone on a little longer although he had taken some big shots. To be fair, the referee's have a tough and thankless job, their primary concern is always the safety of the fighters first and foremost. Overall a good showing for the MFC, fight fans got a good dose of what they yearned on this night, and save the occasional bump in the road, this journey was solid throughout.
For MMA Ring Report.com this was "The Sushiboy" Arnold Lim
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