Top MMA News Breaks Down Armageddon FC 6
sixth show in Victoria this weekend. One of the best attended shows in Canada, AFC is coming off the high of having home grown Sarah Kaufman on their card. Now, the AFC is back with three stalwarts of their promotion – Kalib Starnes, Robert Drysdale, and Derek Medler. The three are a combined 9-0 in AFC competition.
On to the break down:
Kalib Starnes (12-6-1) vs. John Salter (6-2)
***AFC Middleweight Title Fight
Will the two grapplers cancel each other out and trade strikes or will one of the two main eventers get the advantage on the ground? Salter is the stronger wrestler and he shows improvement in his BJJ skill every fight. Salter last beat an inexperienced Casey Huffman on a Strikeforce Challengers card. Prior to that, Salter went 1-2 in the UFC with his lone win coming by way of injury to Jason MacDonald.
Starnes is defending the title he won after beating Nick Hinchliffe at AFC 3. Starnes last fought Patrick Cote in Montreal where he dominated Cote on the ground in the first round before losing the standup in the second and third. Starnes has the better submission skills here and I believe the better standup as well. However, he will need to avoid being trapped on the bottom by the wrestler. If he gets put on his back, he can’t become comfortable there or he will risk a ground ‘n pound stoppage. During one of these escape attempts from the bottom, expect Starnes to get Salter’s back and slap on a RNC for the win.
Prediction: Kalib Starnes by Rear Naked Choke in Round 2
Robert Drysdale (2-0) vs. Mike Nickels (9-4)
Robert Drysdale is taking very deliberate steps up in competition in what appears to be a well managed road to the UFC. Drysdale subbed both his previous two AFC opponents rather quickly as you would expect from the Abu Dhabi champ. People are quick to discount his standup, but do not be surprised if his years of training with MMA stars has produced some sharp striking skills.
Drysdale’s AFC 6 opponent is 1-1 in the UFC and has some great MMA jiu-jitsu and has won almost 70% of his fights by submission. He also is not afraid to trade strikes as shown by his fight with David Heath at MFC 22. This is a perfect opponent for Drysdale. A name opponent that Drysdale can try to stand with and if he happens to be having trouble there, he can take Nickels down and sub him. I expect this to stay standing for close to a round until Nickels goes for a takedown and gets subbed for his efforts.
Prediction: Drysdale by Arm Bar in Round 1
Derek Medler (5-0) vs. Jaret Evans (7-3)
Medler is a former CIAU football standout taking a second run at a career in sports (check out our AFC 5 story on Medler here). Like many football players, Medler has made a strong transition to MMA. It just seems that the competitiveness, commitment, and physical practices in football really prepare future fighters for successful MMA careers. Like Drysdale, Medler has gradually progressed to better and better opponents and the result has been an unbeaten run in MMA.
Medler now must face his toughest challenge yet – Jaret Evans. Evans comes from the BDB gym which features world class fighters like Nick Ring, Sheila Bird, and Brad Cardinal. However, Evans has not found the success of his training brethren. Sure he has a nice 7-3 record but many of those victories have come against fighters with poor records and when he has stepped up against tougher fighters like Nathan Gunn or Victor Daychief, Jaret has come up short.
This is a well-matched fight and is perfect to determine which of the two fighters deserve to be just outside of Canada’s Top 10 Welterweights. I expect Medler’s athleticism to be the difference and he will out work Evans for the decision win and to become the only fighter to win on all six AFC cards. Watch out though, Evans does have a very good chance to sub Medler if he becomes careless in top position.
Prediction: Derek Medler by Unanimous Decision