Fortin and Sparks to Wreak Heavyweight Havoc at MFC 27


Fortin will face Sparks - photo by Jason Bouwmeester

When two giant objects come hurtling towards each other, one of them at some point will have to give way.

The giants in this case are six-foot-seven Ryan “The Vanilla Gorilla” Fortin and six-foot-five Ron “The Monster” Sparks – a pair of brawling behemoths who will bring over 500 pounds of bad intentions into a clash at MFC 27: Breaking Point.

Both fighters plan on backing up some bold statements when they square-off in the opening bout of the televised main card which will air live on HDNet Fights on Friday, November 12 from the River Cree Resort and Casino, just outside Edmonton, Alberta.

Sparks (6-0) enters the MFC for the first time with a resume chock-full of quick knockouts. Five of his six wins have been by KO and four of those have come inside one minute. The Louisville, Kentucky, product had no hesitation when it came to his prediction for the battle with Fortin (4-3).

“Ryan better be on his game because if he slips just a little bit I will knock him straight out,” said Sparks. “I feel I can knock out anybody. Anytime I can catch you on the chin I will knock you out. If I can touch a guy and get him out of there in 50 seconds, I’m all for it.

“It’s all business … nothing personal. I do what I do. I’ve watched him a little bit but I’m not getting all caught up in that. He’s a big strong kid, he likes to bang a little, and he’s got a little bit of a ground game. But I’m not at all intimidated. I think we’re going to have some fun and it’s going to be an entertaining fight.”

Obviously a reputed heavy hitter, Sparks is furthering his striking accuracy with a trip to Indianapolis, Indiana, before MFC 27 so he can work with Chris Lytle. He’ll also get some jiu-jitsu training in alongside fellow heavyweight Dan Christison.

While Sparks irons out his game plan with some well-known names, Fortin will prep in the relative obscurity of the rural prairies with his usual cast of training partners. While the setting is still familiar, the normally reserved 25-year-old went out of character by verbally going on the attack against his upcoming opponent.

“He’s got an impressive record but he hasn’t fought any high competition,” stated Fortin. “He’s been fed a few guys who I don’t think even know how to fight and he got hyped up a lot. I’ve fought guys with much more skill and who have been a lot tougher.”

The Wetaskiwin, Alberta, product has eyed Sparks as more than just the regular shot at victory. Though he has garnered wins under the Heat XC banner, Fortin has yet to be on the winning end of a fight in the MFC, suffering two gut-wrenching decision losses (Chase Gormley and William Richey) and a hard-fought second-round submission loss to Nick Penner in a contest that Fortin had Penner in severe trouble and sporting a nasty cut that could very well have ended the encounter pending a ringside physician check after Round 2.

Fortin has been bothered by his lack of success in the MFC ring and intends on taking out his frustration on Sparks.

“He thinks he can knock me out? I hope he knows I’ve got cinder block for a face. And I know I can knock him out. I’m going to try and put a highlight reel together on him,” declared Fortin.

The Fortin vs. Sparks bout completes the HDNet Fights televised main card for MFC 27: Breaking Point. The rest of the six-fight main card features:

Jesse Juarez vs. Douglas Lima, MFC welterweight title
Pete Spratt vs. Ryan Ford, welterweight
Razak Al-Hassan vs. Dwayne Lewis, light heavyweight
Glover Teixeira vs. David Heath, light heavyweight
Orestes Betran vs. Kajan Johnson, lightweight

The undercard will be announced shortly.

Tickets for MFC 27: Breaking Point are on sale now and available by calling the MFC Ticket Hotline at (780) 504-2024 or via Ticketmaster at and charge-by-phone (780) 451-8000.

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