MFL 3 Recap
What an odd night. Firstly, the arena appeared very empty maybe 200 – 300 people in a venue that can hold at least 800. Secondly, other than five posters greeting fight fans at the door the “MFL” brand was nowhere to be seen, not inside the venue, not in the cage and nowhere on the video vignettes… Odd. I’ll be honest I’ve got a soft spot for MFL, I’ve attended all three events and one of my highlights on the year was Garguier vs Grandmont at MFL 2. This card did have a lot of potential, huge prospects in Gambino and Makdessi, international talent in Casimir, Kheder & Berger and a few UFC vets thrown in for good measure. However, as you all know by now, it all went awry. Enough of crying over spilt milk, let’s get on to the fights.
Tom Murphy vs. Gary Goodridge
Murphy comes out to the ring without gloves on. Murphy is announced, everyone waits… Then it’s announced Goodridge has forfeited the fight.
Murphy defeats Goodridge via Forfeit
Steve Berger vs. Ferrid Kheder
Rd1: Both guys come out swinging but Berger is definitely on the receiving end of the harder shots. Kheder drops Berger with a nice jab, straight combo. Berger back up but is continually eating Kheder fists. Another two and half minutes of Berger munching on a plethora of Kheder fists before the bell sounds. TopMMAnews scores the round 10-9 Kheder
Rd2: Both fighters come out trading haymakers, until Kheder finds his range and lands a solid punch on the chin the drops Berger, Kheder jumps Berger but Berger grabs a single and holds on for dear life. Kheder nails Berger in the back of the head with 3 or 4 punches, the ref jumps in a calls the fight. Berger is right back to his feet and looks very displeased with the decision.
Kheder defeats Berger via TKO (punches) @ 1:26 of Rd2
John Makdessi vs. Bendy Casimir
Rd1: Casimir tries for the head kick but slips, falls to the floor and eats an Makdessi uppercut on the way back up. Casimir attempts a double leg but Makdessi shrugs it off. Casimir tries another takedown but once again Makdessi easily escapes it. Makdessi lands a nice right high kick that rattles Casimir. Makdessi again wobbles Casimir with a left jab and pressures him against the fence with straight punches and kicks to the body. The horn sounds with Makdessi on the offensive. TopMMAnews scores the round 10-9 Makdessi
Rd2: Makdessi starts off the round woking over Casimir’s body with leg kicks. Makdessi knocks Casimir on his butt with a powerful straight but mistakenly follows him down to the ground. Casimir is able to reverse Makdessi but cannot keep him down. Back on the feet, Makdessi is stalking Casimir around the ring picking his shots nicely. TopMMAnews scores the round 10-9 Makdessi
Rd3: Casimir jets out after Makdessi and fakes the haymaker but misses with the single leg attempt. Casimir is now the one stalking Makdessi around the ring but Makdessi is holding his own with spinning kicks and axe kicks. Makdessi gets caught in a Casimir takedown attempt but scrambles outta it. Casimir continually tries to tie up with Makdessi but has no gas left to finish the attempts,.Casimir attempts one last takedown but eats a Makdessi left just as the horn sounds. TopMMAnews scores the round 10-9 Makdessi
Makdessi defeats Casimir via Unanimous Decision (30-27 x3)
Martin Grandmont vs. Jess Liaudin
The Grandmont vs Liaudin fight is cancelled as Liaudin failed to appear at the venue
Marcus Celestin vs. Bryan Rafiq
Rd1: Both fighters tie up against the cage with Rafiq looking for the single leg. The fighters are restarted at centre ring and once again they tie up against the cage. The fighters separate and Rafiq leads with a left jab and Celestin ducks under and lands a
Beautiful double leg slam, right before the bell sounds. TopMMAnews scores the round 10-9 Celestin
Rd2: Rafiq bull rushes Celestin. Rafiq unleashes a barrage of punches but Celestine just brushes him off. Rafiq catches him again against the cage and lands 2 flying knees and a nice flurries but Celestin uses his strength to turn it around and unleashes his own barrage. The round ends as Celestin starts to put the heat on Rafiq. TopMMAnews scores the round 10-9 Rafiq
Rd3: Rafiq rushes Celestin again and works the takedown against the cage. The ref breaks ’em up and Celestin lands a nice straight off the restart. Back against the cage and Celestine lands the double leg but leaves his neck out and gets caught in a fight ending guillotine.
Rafiq submits Celestin via Guillotine Choke @ 2:26 of Rd3
Ricardeau Francois vs. Bruno Hosier
Rd1: A couple low kicks from Hosier leads to a double leg from Francois. Francois takes mount but Hosier holds tight and bucks in time for the reversal. Francois reverse again but winds up in Hosier guard. Francois passes to side control and rides out the round on top inflicting minimal damage. TopMManews scores the round 10-9 Francois
Rd2: Hosier comes out throwing but everything misses the mark. Both fighters tie up and Francois lands the trip takedown and falls into Hosier’s guard. Francois passes Hosier’s guard and once again takes side control. The round ends with Francois controlling but not damaging. The fight is called before the third round and is announced as retirement but it appears Hosier has injured his leg. Hosier needs help to walk out of the ring and is seen later limping arpund the venue.
Francois defeats Hosier via retirement @ 5:00 of Rd2
Sebastien Garguier vs. David Guy
Rd1: Fighters start off jockeying for position against the cage. The ref restarts them and Garguier drops Guy with a right hook, Garguier follows him down and works the GNP from half guard. Fight is restarted again and the fighters go right back against fence. The round ends with both fighters tied up against the cage. TopMMAnews scores the round 10-9 Garguier
Rd2: Garguier presses forward eating a few light jabs from Guy. Garguier finds his distance, plants another right hook on the button that rocks Guy and Garguier follows him down for the GNP victory.
Garguier defeats Guy via TKO (punches) @ :21 of Rd2
Joey Gambino vs. Matt Spisak
Rd1: Spisak flurries a bit off the start but Gambino lands the hip toss. Spisak fights his way back to his feet. Once again Gambino lands the takedown, takes mount and lands some punches. Spisak tries to stand but Gambino attempts a guillotine. Spisak escapes and reverse Gambino. Gambino back to his feet right before the horn. TopMMAnews scores the round 10-9 Gambino
Rd2: Gambino lands a massive left hook that floors Spisak. Unbelieveably Spisak is right back up and working a takedown on Gambino. Gambino from the Thai plum lands a big on knee on Spisak ‘s forehead, but once again Spisak just shrugs him it off and falls back with Gambino in his gurad. Gambino lands a few more shots but Spisak is completely gassed and taps due to exhaustion.
Gambino submits Spisak via tap out (exhaustion) @ 4:58 of Rd2
Johan Gariepy vs Benoit Guillonet
Rd1: Gariepy tries some fancy spinning kicks but Guillonet has none of it and takes him down to the canvas. Guillonet passes Gariepy’s guard and winds up in side control. Guillonet attempts the Kimura but Gariepy fights out of it. The rest of the round is spent with both fighters tied up against the cage. TopMMAnews scores the round 10-9 Guillonet
Rd2: Back against the cage and the fighters are jockeying for position. Guillonet lands a pretty weak takedown and winds up in Gariepy’s guard. The fighters are stood back up and once again fight for position against the fence. Gariepy is able to control Guillonet’s neck long enough to place two brutal knees on Guillonet’s crown that drops him, Gariepy pounds him out for the W.
Gariepy defeats Guillonet via TKO (punches) @ 4:01 of Rd2
Lee Villeneuve vs. Chris Vorano
Rd1: Vorano throws a kick, andbVilleneuve takes him down. Villeneuve attempts a standing guillotine but Vorano fights through it. Villeneuve lands the takedown again and mounts Vorano. Once again Vorano fights out of it and makes it back to his feet. Fighting against the cage Vorano drops to the ground and Villeneuve pounds him out for the victory.
Villeneuve defeats Vorano via TKO (punches) @ 2:40 of Rd1
Kris Frank vs. Dave Bedard
Rd1: Bedard bull charges and Frank flattens him with a right hook. Bedard rebounds with a double leg slam and some nice GNP to Frank’s face. Both fighters exchange RNC attempts but to no avail. Bedard takes top position and essentially nails Frank’s face to the mat with elbows until the ref has seen enough and halts the facial recontructions.
Bedard defeats Frank via TKO (elbows) @ 3:13 of Rd1
Jonathan Belair vs. Dave Depathie
Rd1: Both fighters come out swinging, but looking a little tentative. Belair lands a nice judo toss that sends Depathie to mat. Depathie is able to fight his way back to feet and lands a takedown of his own. Belair fights his way back up only to eat an illegal kick from Depathie. The ref docks Depathie a point for the illegal tactic and the ref restarts them standing. Belair lands another double leg takedown and finishes the round in mount landing some punches. TopMMAnews scores the round 10-8 Belair
Rd2: Belair lands a nice combo to start off the round. Both fighters tie up against the fence and Belair is able to land the trip takedown. Belair takes what I guess can be called reverse mount and works the kimura, he cinches it in and rolls, the ref calls an end to the tilt to save Depathie arm.
Belair submits Depathie via Kimura @ 2:16 of Rd2
Even with all the drama there was some MMA action tonight. TopMMAnews declares FOTN Celestine vs Rafiq. SOTN goes to Belair who showed Aoki like positioning. And KOTN goes to Dave Bedard who could have new profession in facial reconstruction.
Now on to the drama… Here’s what I was able to find out, Dirk Waardenberg called Liaudin’s hotel trying to locate Jess as he had not shown up to the event. Dirk was told by one of Liaudin’s people that Jess was unable to fight. What “unable” actually mean can only be explained by Liaudin’s camp when they’re ready to make a statement.
Now on to Big Daddy. Goodridge was at the venue and was even seen joking around with TopMMANews‘s own Eric Gaudrault. Before the main event both Murphy and Goodridge were behind the curtain preparing for they’re walk out. Both men were gloved and had be inspected by the commission. Before Murphy was about to start his walk out, Goodridge called over Murphy’s corneman David Loiseau and said he wasn’t going to fight. Goodridge was seen taking off his gloves and leaving the venue still dressed in his fight gear. Dirk Waadenberg also confirmed to TopMMAnews that before Goodridge left the building he apologized and gave Dirk a hug. There is no info on why Garry decided to leave, there was speculation that fighter were not being paid but that was put to rest when both the commission and fighters confirmed payments had already been given out and TopMMAnews saw fighters with physical cheques in hand. That’s what is known as of now hopefully the rest of this story will come out soon.