Top MMA News Makes TFC, MFC Predictions
This Friday, September 10 is a big night of fights in Edmonton with The Fight Club and Maximum Fighting Championship both putting on shows. In total, there will be three title fights with Antonio McKee and Martin Désilets defending their titles while Mitch Clarke and Josh Machan will fight over TFC’s newly minted Lightweight strap. In addition to these championship tilts, Ryan Ford makes his return to the MFC.
Top MMA News‘ staff (Ben Lelievre, Jason Bouwmeester, Cody Rempel, Don Wilson, Marc-Andre Drolet, Keith Grienke) from around Canada weighed in with their predictions on the top 3 fights on each card. Suprisingly, there seem to be quite a few mismatches in Top MMA News‘ eyes as all six members unanimously picked Mitch Clarke, Antonio McKee, and Ryan Ford to win. The closest fight? The Martin Désilets vs Victor Valimaki rematch! Even the Top MMA News‘ poll has them in a dead heat.
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Martin Désilets 4 vs Victor Valimaki 2
Ben – Désilets is a wrecking ball. He might run out of steam somewhere down the line, but he can pack up so much punishment in so little time that I’m not worried. Désilets by TKO 1.
Keith – Désilets took his camp to TriStar and Valimaki headed to Jacksons MMA. This tells me both are taking this fight even more seriously than the first bout. However, I do not think that Valimaki could have changed his game so dramatically that he will win this quick rematch especially coming off a broken hand. Watch out for Désilets’ body shots! Désilets by TKO in Round 1.
Cody – Valimaki over Désilets via TKO in Round 2
Jason – The first fight was a slug fest and the surrounding controversy over low blows has only fueled the rematch between these two. Valimaki will be looking to reclaim his belt in front of his home town and will definitely be looking to avenge his loss to Désilets in impressive fashion. Valimaki by TKO R2
Don – It’s Désilets’ time to shine. I think it will last longer than the first fight but Desilet will keep the pressure on Valimaki, predicting round 2 TKO. Winner: Désilets
Marc – Désilets will win even more convincingly than he did last time and everybody will realize it was an asskicking not low blows that ended the first fight.
Mitch Clarke 6 vs Josh Machan 0
Ben – Clarke by TKO 1. Word on the street is that spending a round fighting Mitch Clarke is long and difficult. I don’t think Machan is complete enough to see the Round 2 ring girl.
Keith – Tough call. The bigger Clarke is moving down to face Josh Machan at Lightweight. Both like the subs. Both undefeated in a while over lower level talent. Clarke size will be the difference. If he does not get caught in a Machan sub, he will win by TKO in the third.
Cody – Mitch Clarke will use his wrestling to grind out a Unanimous Decision Win
Jason – Looks like both are good ground fighters winning most of their fights by submission. Clarke has the edge in this one as he’s gone the distance, and past the first round in a few of his fights whereas Machan has won or lost in the first round on all his fights. Going to be a great technical fight I think. Clarke by Submission R2
Don – Think this is a pretty even match, think they stay on their feet too, but Clarke stays undefeated via unanimous decision. Winner: Clarke
Marc – Clarke will dismantle the little Machan and end the streak. Clarke by beatdown.
Showtime Wedderburn 1 vs Ryan McGillivray 5
Ben – The hard-nosed, battle-hardened Wedderburn is going to get himself in hot waters, but will use his size and strength to eke out the nod. Wedderburn by Split Decision.
Keith – Showtime had trouble with weight and Martin Grandmont at WRECK. He is in for more problems with ‘The Kid’ at TFC 11. McGillivray will take him down where Showtime is at a disadvantage, control the fight and win a decision.
Cody – McGillivray over Wedderburn via Rear Naked choke in Round 1
Jason – Tough call on this one but I think McGillivray, coming off a big quick win against Buckland has the momentum and will take it to the ground early in round 1 and finish off Wedderburn by submission. McGillivray by Submission R1
Don – This one’s easy, Showtime won’t come in shape and MacGillivray will push it into the later rounds and win via Submission in the third. Winner: McGillivray
Marc – McGillivray has a better overall game than Showtime. Standing is all Showtime, but McGillivray knows better and will finish this fight on the ground.
Ryan Ford 6 vs Doug Lima 0
Ben – Ford by Submission 3, Lima is solid, but he’s not dominant. Ford is physically dominant and ever improving under the tutelage of underrated coach Adam Zugec. Lima will neutralize the action early on, but Ford will keep grinding and grinding until it gets ugly.
Keith – Ford could lose if he gets careless and leaves an arm for Lima to submit. However, with Adam Zugec is in his corner, Ford will be well prepared for whatever Lima has to offer. Ford will take the top position and pound out Lima in the first round.
Cody – Ford over Lima via TKO in Round 1
Jason – Ford by TKO R2 – Ford has definitely been on a roll lately, looks like Lima has been going the distance his last few fights. Hopefully Lima will be a bit of a challenge for Ford and will last through the first round…
Don – This is a hard one to call. Lima could catch Ford off his back, but I think Ford will grind it out on top and take this via Unanimous decision. Winner: Ford
Marc – Ford will rip through Lima like a knife through hot butter. What happens when a Zuma meats a Lima? Watch Friday night.
Antonio McKee 6 vs Luciano Azevedo 0
Ben – McKee by Unanimous Decision. Azevedo is not strong, quick or well-rounded enough to worry McKee. I don’t expect excitement, but I do expect McKee to open up a little.
Keith – Before every fight I read how McKee guarantees an exciting finish to his opponent, but every MFC he wins by dominant wrestling and keeping safe in his opponent’s guard. Regardless of his retirement promise, I see McKee dominating this fight from the top and winning all five rounds winning a decision by a five round shutout.
Cody – McKee over Azevado via another one sided decision.
Jason – Don’t know much about these two but it looks like McKee is on a roll. Not only is his belt on the line but his career and I think that will give him added incentive to make sure he finishes Azevedo. McKee by Submission in R4.
Don – Luciano has a history of losing via decision and Mckee has a history of winning via decision it just works out. Winner: McKee
Marc – McKee will retire after he wins the fight the same way he has any of his other MFC fights. Boring, lay
and pray decision win for McKee defending his MFC title.
Tom Watson 5 vs Jesse Taylor 1
Ben – Watson by TKO 2. Taylor is going to butt himself against a stronger, more explosive opponent and is going to end up on the wrong end of a spirited beating by Kong.
Keith – f you cannot submit Jesse Taylor, you generally lose. Watson was spectacular in his last MFC fight, but looked very suspect in a close win over Matt Horwich in his last fight. This one will go to a decision and Taylor will win it because he will have been on top of Watson most of the fight.
Cody – Watson over Taylor via TKO in Round 2
Jason – My money is on Watson for this one. TKO R1. Watson gets in there and doesn’t back down. I haven’t been impressed with Jesse Taylor the last couple of times I’ve seen him fight and have to go with Watson on this one.
Don – My gut says Taylor’s wrestling will take this one. But Watson has looked so good recently and been on such a roll, I don’t know how he does it but he walks out with the W. Winner: Watson
Marc – Watson is on a tear and has been ready for the next step. Taylor is very active and has a win over Murilo Bustamante but look for Watson to end this fight with a violent finish. Watson by TKO