TFC 10 Recap by Top MMA News
Top MMA News was on hand for The Fight Club 10: High Octane on Friday night. A near capacity crowd was treated to one of the best MMA lineups in recent memory in Edmonton. Despite losing two fights the night of weigh ins and one just an hour before showtime the night was still packed with great fights.
Top MMA News choice for Fight of the Night was a toe to toe slugfest between LHW Champion Victor Valimaki and Challenger Martin Desilets. Ryan Ford also had another impressive victory surely putting him one step closer to attaining the UFC contract he covets. The only disappointment on the evening was the last minute cancellation of the highly anticipated return to Edmonton of UFC Veteran Tim “The Thrashing Machine” Hague due to his opponent Ed Carpenter being sent to the hospital with an undisclosed medical issue.
KO of the Night goes to Sheldon Westcott’s decimation of Tim Skidmore.
Submission of the Night goes to Victor Bachmann with a vicious Rear Naked Choke on Markhaile Wedderburn
Doug Newman vs. David Bodrug
Newman shoots in for a takedown to start, Bodrug stuffs it and winds up on top in Newman’s guard. Bodrug attempts a triangle but is unsuccessful and the two fighters scramble back to their feet. Newman lands a leg kick and Bodrug responds with a double leg takedown landing in side control before transitioning to full mount. Newman bucks and Bodrug takes the back, sinks his hooks and sneaks a few shots in before Bodrug gets back to full mount. Bodrug postures up and throw a few shots. Newman leaves his arm exposed trying to defend against the shots and Bodrug grabs an armbar attempt. Newman escapes only to be caught in a knee bar attempt. Newman pounds on the body and then attempts a leg lock of his own. Bodrug gets his leg free and pins Newman’s arm to the mat with his knee and lands a few elbows just before the bell.
Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for David Bodrug
Bodrug misses a head kick to begin the second frame but follows up with a side kick that lands in the midsection of Newman. Bodrug wraps up a double leg which is briefly defended until Newman is powered to the mat and mounted. Bodrug lands a series of elbows before switching to punches causing Newman to give up his back. Bodrug sinks his hooks and locks up a rear naked choke inducing the tap out and spoiling Newman’s debut.
David Bodrug defeats Doug Newman via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:55 of Round 2
Rio Wells vs. Tim Skidmore
Skidmore opens the fight with a leg kick which is met by a quick flurry of punches followed by a clinch by Wells. Skidmore is tossed to the ground and Wells jumps into Skidmore’s guard. Skidmore sweeps Wells and lands in his guard. Wells stays busy throwing shots from the bottom. Skidmore passes to half guard and then to mount. Wells holds on until he is able to sweep Skidmore and lands in his guard. Wells rains down punches. Wells is anything but a “Quiet Storm” as Skidmore turtles and absorbs more thunderous shots in side mount. Wells advances to full mount and fires away with heavy hands until the referee is forced to step in to rescue Skidmore from any further punishment from the former Edmonton Eskimos defensive back.
Rio Wells defeats Tim Skidmore via TKO at 3:33 of Round 1
Curtis Demarce vs. Mike Bell
Demarce begins with a leg kick followed by a double leg takedown landing in side mount. Bell rolls to north/south and moves to side mount but is unable to land anything and Demarce pulls him back into his guard. The referee implores Bell to work or improve his position. Bell moves back to side mount only to be pulled back into the guard once again. Bell rains down a few shots before both fighters grab a hold of a leg and trade a few shots on the ground as the round comes to a close. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Mike Bell
Bell opens up with a push kick followed by a head kick that misses it’s mark. Demarce clinches and takes Bell down with an inside leg trip landing in Bell’s guard and advancing to side mount. Bell bridges and rolls landing in side mount and passes to full mount. Demarce gives up his back and Bell applies an armbar from the back which is defended and Demarce escapes back to his feet. Demarce peppers Bell with leg kicks and jumps into side mount. Demarce attempts to wrap up a guillotine which is easily defended by Bell. Demarce stands up and the referee brings Bell to his feet. After a quick exchange, Demarce shoots in and gets caught in a guillotine but drives forward and lands in Bell’s guard as the round comes to an end. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 Curtis Demarce
Both fighters trade shots to start the final round. Bell lands a few leg kicks and clips Demarce with a spinning back kick. Bell lands a few body kicks and attempts a throw which puts both off balance and Demarce winds up in Bell’s guard. Demarce moves to side mount before advancing to full mount. Bell bucks and gets back to Demarce’s guard. Demarce attempts a triangle but is unsuccessful and moves back to side mount. Bell escapes to his feet and fires a few leg kicks until the referee allows Demarce to stand back up. Bell lands a spinning back kick. Demarce gets the takedown and Bell turtles and eats a few shots before Demarce moves back to side mount before climbing on Bell’s back. Bell escapes to side mount as the fight comes to a close. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Curtis Demarce
Curtis Demarce defeats Mike Bell via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Mitch Clarke vs. Brandon MacArthur
MacArthur comes out firing with leg kicks, body kicks and a spinning back kick. Clarke clinches and presses MacArthur against the cage. The two fighters spend several minutes reversing positions and trading knees against the cage. Clarke finally wraps up a double leg and takes MacArthur down landing in his guard before transitioning to side mount. MacArthur works back to guard and Clarke pounds away with body shots and short elbows. Clarke again passes to side mount before MacArthur gets back to half guard. Clarke tenderizes MacArthur’s body with shots until the end of the round. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Mitch Clarke
Clarke opens with a few pawing jabs before MacArthur throws a spinning back fist that connects on Clarke and drops him to a knee. Clarke grabs a hold of MacArthur and drags him to the ground and takes his back sinking his hooks and forcing MacArthur to tap out to a rear naked choke.
Mitch Clarke defeats Brandon MacArthur via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:14 of Round 1
Sheldon Westcott vs. Tim Smith
Westcott bull rushes Smith, quickly dropping him to the mat with a furious attack of lefts and rights. Smith turtles and continues to absorb punishment until referee Yves Lavigne intervenes and calls a halt to the fight. Smith protests the stoppage to no avail. Westcott’s post fight interview is drowned out by a chorus of boos from the crowd.
Sheldon Westcott defeats Tim Smith via TKO (Unanswered Blows) at 0:29 of Round 1
Markhaile Wedderburn vs. Victor Bachmann
Wedderburn opens with a leg kick. Bachmann grabs a hold and forces Wedderburn against the cage and grabs a single leg. Bachmann lands in guard and Wedderburn attempts a triangle. Victor forces a few punches through the guard. Wedderburn attempts the bring the fight back to the feet. Bachmann keeps Wedderburn down briefly but both fighters get back to standing. Bachmann wraps up a double leg and takes Wedderburn right back down. Bachmann transitions to Wedderburn’s back and sinks in a vicious rear naked choke forcing Wedderburn to tap out.
Victor Bachmann defeats Markhaile Wedderburn via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:28 of Round 1
Tim Hague vs. Ed Carpenter
Ed Carpenter was taken to the emergency room with an undisclosed medical issue approximately and hour before the beginning of the preliminary fights.
Kris Labelle brought Hague out to address the fans.
Hague stated that he was not disappointed, he was pissed off. Hague doesn’t want to talk trash. “If he’s sick, he’s sick, there’s nothing I can do about it” He said that at TFC 11 “Bring me someone who will fight, Bring me Jeff Monson, Bring me Pedro Rizzo”
Victor Valimaki vs. Martin Desilets
Valimaki opens with a few lefts and rights and Desilets responds with a few of his own. Desilets opens up with heavy punches and body shots against the cage. Valimaki retreats to the center of the cage. Both are standing toe to toe landing big shots. Desilets starts to get the better of Valimaki landing vicious body shots and uppercuts against the cage. Desilets connects with an errant knee to the groin of Valimaki. Referee Yves Lavigne steps in to give Valimaki some time to recover from the low blow. After a few minutes of recovery time the action is restarted and Desilets lands a body kick. Valimaki responds and tags Desilets. The two fighters trade some dirty boxing until Desilets pushes Valimaki against the cage once again and begins to pepper Valimaki with more body shots. Valimaki ducks a few shots and lands a leg kick. The two trade heavy shots against the cage. Valimaki lands a knee to the head and Desilets comes back with a few well placed knees in the clinch that land. Valimaki lands a hard right and again Desilets comes back with one of his own. Desilets begins to pulverize the midsection of Valimaki until he appears to tap out due to strikes. Valimaki argued that he was trying to call a timeout due to another low blow by Desilets but to no avail. The fight is stopped with just seconds left in the round.
Martin Desilets defeats Victor Valimaki via Submission (Strikes) at 4:50 of Round 1
Ryan Ford vs. Tommy Speer
Speer comes out very aggressive but Ford stays with him and throws him to the mat. Ford lays into Speer with some of his trademark ground and pound. The two jockey for position on the ground until Ford gains north/south position. Ford takes Speer’s back but Speer spins and lands in Ford’s guard. Speer moves to side control and then north/south. Ford spins out and gets back to his feet. Speer pushes forward and gets Ford against the cage. Speer looks for the trip and then shoots for a takedown. Ford rolls through and lands in side control. Ford fires away with short elbows and punches before advancing to mount and switching to countless hammer fists which causes Speer to roll and give up his back and Ford locks up and rear naked choke forcing the Ultimate Fighter alumni Speer to tap out.
During the post fight interview which was barely audible due to the deafening roar of the crowd. Chants of UFC could be heard and Kris Labelle states that Ryan Ford could be one of the best Welterweights in North America. Ryan Ford dedicates the fight to his late Grandma who recently passed away.
Ryan Ford defeats Tommy Speer via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:29 of Round 1