MacGrath Aims to Knock Patrick off his Pedestal
Matt MacGrath is a relatively unknown, but very dangerous, opponent for Claude Patrick tonight at Aggression. At 8-2, MacGrath has dominated the maritime Canada MMA scene. He has won a pair of fights with Dan Grandmaison and has only lost to the UFC’s Matt Veach and to the much-heralded Canadian Cory MacDonald – both of whom MacGrath took to decision.
MacGrath sounds extremely eager to test himself against an opponent like Patrick, who has not lost since 2002. “Nobody’s invincible,” he tells Top MMA News. “Underdog is a position that I am used to. I was flown into Edmonton to lose to a tough up-n-comer named Nigel Zettergreen at MFC a couple years ago. He broke my nose early but I came back to win. Where is Zettergreen now?”
Make no mistake, Claude Patrick is no Nigel Zettergreen. Patrick beat the same Dan Grandmaison in his last fight at CFC 3 in less than three minutes. Patrick, who has been offered fights in the UFC and turned them down, has finished all ten of the opponents that he has beaten.
“I am not worried,” says an extremely calm MacGrath, who has prepared for this fight at Titans Gym in Halifax with Roger Hollett and Kyle Sandford. MacGrath, who has competed in international Judo events, continues, “Styles make fights. I believe my wrestling is better and our stand up will be very close. He has better submissions and a good Guillotine, but I have good subs too.”
For his part, Patrick sounds extremely confident. With his record of competing in different Canadian promotions and knocking off top Welterweights, why would he not be confident? Patrick, who trains out of his Elite Training Centre, has not seen much of MacGrath so he did not do any opponent-specific training and instead focused on “improving all areas related to combat.” From what he knows of MacGrath, Patrick told Top MMA News that “MacGrath is a durable guy who has gone the distance with some quality opponents, so I’ll bring my best to try to put an end to all hostilities as quickly as possible.”
Patrick is looking to fight more frequently in 2010 and even mentioned the possibility of fighting later in February. All of this just adds up to overconfidence in MacGrath’s eyes. “I am facing a guy who likes to put up his own fights up on YouTube. I think he might be too confident and I hope it gets the best of him. I trained hard and I trained to win. I heard that Patrick may have the chance to fight for the UFC in Vancouver, so this was a bad fight for Patrick’s manager to accept.”
Who is going to win this Welterweight matchup? MacGrath looks to take Patrick deep into the fight. “I am guessing third round TKO,” says the Charlottetown fighter. As for Patrick, the TFC titleholder “wishes best of luck to Matt in all his other fights, but I have a creeping feeling this one has my name on it.”
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