Spencer’s Showcase All About Will To Win
Shane Nelson may be better known, having been on television before, and may have fought more recognizable names in the past, but all that doesn’t faze or bother Graham Spencer.
All it’s done is spur on more intense training and a greater desire to win in the Nanaimo, B.C., product who will take on Nelson at MFC 35: Explosive Encounter.
“I know Shane has a better resume than me, but that’s why I’m really excited to fight him,” said Spencer.
“But when it comes down to it, it won’t matter what our records are. Once we are in the ring it’ll just be him and me.”
Spencer (8-1, 1 NC) and Nelson (15-6) will clash in the MFC’s first major and widely promoted featherweight matchup at MFC 35 going down Friday, Oct. 26 at the Mayfield Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta. The main card will air live on AXS TV Fights throughout the United States beginning at 10 p.m. ET/8 p.m. MT/7 p.m. PT (check local listings for channel designation). MFC 35 will then air on tape-delay on TSN2 throughout Canada.
While Nelson has the pedigree that obviously grabs more attention, Spencer feels his best competitive feature will be what sets him apart from his foe when they finally go head-to-head.
“My best attribute is my will to win,” said Spencer, who rides a three-fight winning streak into his MFC debut.
“I’ve fought guys that supposedly had more talent than me – better strikers, better grapplers – but fighting is just not all about skill. You need to be tough and willing to do whatever it takes. That being said, I work every day to improve my skills. Right now I’m in Sacramento at Team Alpha Male with some of the best fighters in the world doing everything I can to be fully prepared for this fight.”
The bout at MFC 35 will certainly be a big step up for Spencer, whose time in California is matched with additional training back home on Vancouver Island alongside MFC welterweight Nick Hinchliffe. He’s definitely taking a more serious approach to his new run by quitting his day job as a journeyman electrician to focus solely in preparation.
Of note, Spencer hits the MFC stage looking for a second notable career win. Just two years ago, Spencer took a unanimous decision from MFC lightweight title contender Mukai Maromo. Could there be a future opportunity for Maromo to exact some revenge or for Spencer to make it two in a row? Perhaps there is as Maromo lies in wait for his lightweight title fight opponent, and Spencer has shown to be a threat in the 155-pound division in the past.
For now, though, there’s the 145-pound task in front of him.
“I’m very excited to be fighting in the MFC,” said Spencer. “It’s a huge show and I was always disappointed they never had my weight class. Now they do and I can’t wait to show everyone what the featherweight division is all about.”
Tickets for MFC 35: Explosive Encounter are on sale now and available exclusively via the MFC Ticket Hotline by calling (780) 504-2024.