(PRESS RELEASE) -- 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 Championship’s MFC 22: Payoff.
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
“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
couldn’t inflict enough damage to put Lutter away.
“I’m disappointed but I’ve been down before and I’ll 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 non-title affair.
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 isn’t
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 MFC’s 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
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 Gunn’s 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
Results of the preliminaries:
Dwayne Lewis (9-4) def. Jared Kilkenny (12-7) – 3:31 Round 1,
Jason Heit (3-0) def. Paapa Inkumsah (3-1) – 4:59 Round 2, TKO
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,
The Maximum Fighting Championship wraps up its 2009 schedule with
MFC 23: Unstoppable going Friday, December 4 at the River Cree
Resort and Casino. Tickets are now available by calling the MFC
Ticket Hotline at (780) 504-2024 and via Ticketmaster at
www.ticketmaster.ca and charge-by-phone (780) 451-8000.