Breaking Down MFC 22
Maximum Fighting Championship 22 will be live on HD Net this Friday, October 2nd. The event looks very solid and is topped off by a fantastic matchup of Jason MacDonald vs. Travis Lutter.
Here is a breakdown of the main card:
David Heath (12-5) vs Mike Nickels (7-2)
David Heath, (1-2 in the MFC) is a tough, all-around fighter who has notable wins over Canadian Light-Heavyweights Roger Hollett and Victor Valimaki. We last saw Heath lose a close split decision to Travis Galbraith at MFC 21. Since then, Heath has knocked out his last two opponents since his close loss to Galbraith in May. Heath is a tough individual who can win the fight standing or on the ground.
Heath will be fighting another former UFC fighter, Mike Nickels. Nickels, the heavily tattooed veteran of The Ultimate Fighter 3, is on a two fight winning streak after losing to Stephan Bonnar in 2007. Nickels has not been very active – only fighting once a year as of late. Nickels prefers the ground and has won 71% of his fights by submission. Will Nickels be able to take Heath down? At 6 foot 4, Nickels will enjoy a significant 5 inch height advantage that, if used effectively, could be the deciding factor.
Top MMA News prediction: David Heath by TKO
Antonio McKee (22-3-2) vs Carlo Prater (24-6-1)
Antonio McKee (1-0 in the MFC) is a world class grappler and is virtually unbeatable on the ground. The result has usually been decision victories for “El Negro”. McKee is the Lightweight champion of the MFC after defeating Derrick Noble in February at MFC 20. McKee has been improving his standup and has promised to entertain the fans in October with his improved technique.
McKee’s Lightweight challenger at MFC 22 is the Brazilian Carlo Prater. Interestingly, Prater is a fighter who has lost to Derrick Noble but has beaten the MFC Welterweight champion Pat Healy. Prater, a WEC veteran, loves the ground. Neither of these two fighters are particularly dangerous on the feet so it may be a good time for either one to let their hands fly. However, expect someone to bring this five round fight to the canvas if their opponent is winning the standup.
Top MMA News prediction: Antonio McKee retains title by Decision
Nathan Gunn (7-0) vs Pete Spratt (19-15)
An exciting addition to the MFC, Nathan Gunn is an up ‘n coming Canadian Welterweight from Thunder Bay, Ontario. Surprisingly, Mark Pavelich has placed him on the televised portion of MFC 22 rather than a spot on Heat XC that prospects usually receive. This is a correct decision by the MFC as Gunn could become a challenger to the Welterweight title. He is undefeated but needs to add some big name wins to his resume before he moves up that ladder.
Pete Spratt (0-1 in MFC) has quite the MMA resume. He has fought against the Welterweight elite including Georges St-Pierre, Carlos Newton, and Josh Koscheck. Spratt is coming back to Edmonton after a controversial loss to Ryan Ford in which Ford landed late shots after the bell in Round 1 of their fight. If Spratt is to be victorious in this fight, he will keep his distance. Gunn has to watch out for Spratt’s great kickboxing and close the distance to take this fight. A great matchup!
Top MMA News prediction: Nathan Gunn by Decision
John Alessio (25-13) vs Luigi Fioravanti (15-5)
Alessio (1-1 in the MFC) is a well-rounded fighter and a UFC, WEC, and PRIDE veteran. The Xtreme Couture fighter has faced Thiago Alves, Diego Sanchez, and Pete Spratt in his lengthy career. Alessio is training hard and a win against Luigi will surely place him as the number one contender for the MFC Welterweight belt. Alessio has a strong camp behind him and is dangerous anywhere in the ring.
Fioravanti has been recently released from the UFC. The American Top Team fighter is very strong and can win anywhere this fight goes. Fioravanti is a brawler, who has faced Sanchez, Menne, and Fitch, and wins over fifty percent of his fights by TKO. This is an explosive bout between two fighters from two of the greatest MMA gyms that will surely have fans out of their seats.
Top MMA News prediction: Fioravanti by TKO
Jason MacDonald (21-12) vs Travis Lutter (9-5)
This is a fantastic main event between two top notch Middleweights. “Jason MacDonald is a tough, tough fighter,” says Travis Lutter. However, Lutter is correct to state that he will have a grappling advantage over MacDonald as Lutter’s jiu-jitsu and wrestling are better. MacDonald (8-2 in the MFC) is the big time home town favorite and has beaten Joe Doerksen, Chris Leben, and Ed Herman. MacDonald’s advantages over Lutter include his stamina and his standup.
Lutter’s 9-5 record is deceiving as three of those losses have come against the three best Middleweights in the world –Anderson Silva, Rich Franklin, and Matt Lindland. With Travis Lutter holding a win over current MFC Middleweight champion Pat Cote to win The Ultimate Fighter 4, this fight could (and should) be for the MFC Middleweight belt. Lutter will try to take JMac down early and go for a submission. If MacDonald can avoid Lutter’s submission attempts in the first round, his athleticism should carry him to a victory.
Top MMA News prediction: split Keith – Lutter by TKO. Marc – MacDonald by TKO.