Graham Spencer Captures Lightweight Title, Elvis Mutapcic Retains Middleweight Strap at MFC 36
By: Brian Knapp Feb 16, 2013
Spencer was indeed the better man, and this time, promotional
gold was on the line.
Spencer submitted muay Thai stylist Mukai Maromo
with a third-round north-south choke to capture the vacant
Maximum Fighting Championship lightweight crown in the MFC 36
“Reality Check” headliner on Friday at the Shaw Conference
Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Moromo (8-3, 4-1 MFC) conceded
defeat 61 seconds into round three, the tapout halting his
career-best five-fight winning streak.
The 28-year-old Spencer was relentless, as he bullied his way into
clinches and delivered one takedown after another. In time, fatigue
began to set in on Moromo, who, after absorbing a two-punch
combination, staggered back to his corner in between the second and
third rounds. Spencer (10-1, 2-0 MFC) resumed his attack in the
round three, where he scored with a takedown, slid into north-south
position and cinched the choke with surprising ease.
In the co-main event, stout right hands and a stiff dose of
clubbing leg and body kicks carried MFC middleweight champion
Mutapcic to a unanimous verdict over “The Ultimate Fighter”
Season 16 alum Sam Alvey in his
first title defense. All three ringside judges scored it for
Mutapcic (13-2, 3-0 MFC), who has won his last five fights.
Alvey (19-5, 0-1 MFC) had his moments, most of which revolved
around an effective jab. However, the 26-year-old
Team Quest export lacked the artillery required to get over the
hump against the determined champion. Even a point deduction for a
low blow in the fourth round could not dissuade Mutapcic. The
26-year-old Iowa-based Bosnian did his best work in round five,
where he staggered Alvey more than once with heavy fire and
remained the aggressor throughout.
Meanwhile, undefeated heavyweight prospect Smealinho
Rama stopped Mike Hackert
on first-round punches to keep his perfect professional record
intact. Hackert (6-2, 1-1 MFC) -- who entered the ring on the
strength of back-to-back wins over
Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Tim Hague -- met
his glassy-eyed end 2:28 into round one.
Rama (6-0, 3-0 MFC) wore down the Zugec Ultimate Martial Arts
representative with a suffocating clinch game and waited for his
chance to strike. A short right hand sent Hackert to his knees and
ultimately to all fours, and a barrage of lefts and rights from the
20-year-old Rama forced the stoppage.
Novaes, the world’s top-ranked no-gi grappler, coaxed a tapout
Southern with a third-round armbar in a lightweight showcase.
Novaes (11-4, 1-1 MFC) brought it to a close 66 seconds into round
For the first 10 minutes, Novaes was a non-factor, stifled by
Southern’s potent wrestling skills, heavy top game and steady diet
of overhand rights. In the third round, Southern (10-4, 0-1 MFC)
struck for another takedown but overstayed his welcome inside the
Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt’s guard. In a blink, his arm was
caught in Novaes’ clutches, and his surrender soon followed.
Novaes was not the only man to show an appetite for submission.
Montana-based middleweight Jason
Zentgraf submitted Clay
Davidson with a second-round armbar in a featured showdown at
185 pounds. Davidson (7-4, 0-2 MFC) tapped out 4:57 into round two,
his modest two-fight winning streak a thing of the past.
After an uneventful first round, Zentgraf (7-1, 2-0 MFC) brought
the bout to the ground in the second. He went to work from top
position, attacking his Canadian counterpart with a series of
attempted chokes and ground-and-pound. Davidson sprang a reversal
late in round two, only to find himself hopelessly trapped in a
Zentgraf has delivered all seven of his victories by
Finally, Wes Swofford
spoiled the promotional debut of Jay Silva, as he
put away the UFC veteran with an exquisite standing elbow and
follow-up punches in their middleweight showcase. Swofford (8-3,
1-0 MFC) finished it 41 seconds into round one.
Silva (8-7, 0-1 MFC) gained a quick upper hand in the opening
moments when he knocked his fellow Californian off his feet with a
thudding but partially blocked head kick. Swofford absorbed the
blow, worked back to a standing position and lured his overzealous
adversary into the clinch. A short standing elbow to the temple
left Silva on unstable legs, and a volley of follow-up punches
sealed the deal.
Swofford has won five of his past six bouts.
In preliminary action, Garret
Nybakken recorded his second victory in as many appearances, as
he submitted Keenan
Feeney with a guillotine choke 4:45 into first round their
lightweight clash; journeyman Marcus Hicks
elicited a tapout from Paul
Grandbois with an arm-triangle choke 2:13 into round two of
their battle at 185 pounds; and Elvis Vukaj
wiped out Chris
Mattock with a series of elbows and punches 83 seconds into the
second round of their welterweight encounter.