MFC 35: Explosive Encounter – Recap


MFC MW Champ Elvis Mutapcic (photo: Maximum Fighting Championship)

MFC held their 35th event tonight at the Mayfield Trade Centre in Edmonton, Alberta. The card was exciting from top to bottom and the MFC crowned a new Middleweight Champion in Elvis Mutapcic. Graham Spencer and Smealinho Rama also put on impressive performances and will likely climb up a rung or two in their respective weight class rankings.

  • Fight of the Night: Paul Grandbois vs. Jason Kuchera
  • Knockout of the Night: Paul Grandbois
  • Submission of the Night: Sabah Fadai

Elvis Mutapcic vs. Joseph Henle
Round 1: Henle immediately dodges a punch and looks for a single but Mutapcic stays on his feet. Mutapcic lands a solid leg kick and falls short with a flying knee before landing another leg kick. Henle sticks a jab and Mutapcic responds with a head kick and a body kick. They briefly tie up and Mutapcic lands another leg kick. Henle lands a right and Mutapcic responds and lands a combo that backs Henle into the corner. Muatpcic lands another big leg kick and and Henle connects with a solid left. Mutapcic lands a front kick and a leg kick and Henle comes back with a stiff jab. Henle’s leg is starting to show the effects of the leg kicks and he avoids another head kick. Henle lands a leg kick and Mutapcic drops him with a huge right but time runs out and Henle survives the round. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Mutapcic

Round 2: Mutapcic lands another leg kick to open the round and Henle connects with a jab and a leg kick of his own. Henle just steps out of the way of another big head kick. Mutapcic again goes to the leg kick and follows up with a combo. Henle lands a pair of punches followed by a leg kick and ties him up against the ropes. Henle lands a shot that knocks out Mutapcic’s mouth guard. They restart and Mutapcic plants a front kick to the chest followed by a combo. Henle lands a jab and blocks a head kick. Henle lands another jab and eats another leg kick before connecting with a kick to the body himself. They both trade punches and Henle is getting the better of the exchange. Mutapcic responds but Henle gets the takedown and lands in half guard but time runs out in the round. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Henle

Round 3: Henle lands a combo and Mutapcic connects with a front kick. Henle lands several solid rights and avoids a head kick but Mutapcic connects with one to the body. Henle lands another shot and a leg kick. Mutapcic throws a low kick that connects hard and buckles the knee of Henle who drops and screams in pain. Mutapcic sees that Henle is done and doesn’t follow up with any unnecessary shots and Mutapcic captures the Middleweight Title.
Elvis Mutapcic defeats Joseph Henle by TKO (Knee Injury) in Round 3, 1:45

Graham Spencer vs. Shane Nelson
Round 1: Spencer lands a combo and Nelson responds with a leg kick and they tie up. Nelson lands a pair of knees to the body and Spencer gets a takedown to full guard. Nelson lands a few elbows from the bottom and Spencer lands shots the body and connects with some rights. Nelson tries to get back to his feet but Spencer keeps him down. Nelson finally pushes him off and gets back to his feet and gets a takedown of his own but Spencer pops right back to his feet. Spencer pressures him into the corner and lands body shots. They jockey for position and Nelson lands knees before Spencer gets the trip to guard and lands a few shots. Nelson connects with a knee to the body just prior to the end of the round. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Spencer

Round 2: Spencer looks for a combo but Nelson blocks it. Spencer lands a combo and they tie up against the ropes where he gets the takedown to half guard. Spencer lands a right and Nelson responds with elbows from the bottom and regains full guard. Nelson looks for an armbar but Spencer defends and gets to his feet. Nelson looks for a takedown but Spencer ends up in full mount where he lands shots. Spencer takes the back and looks for a rear naked choke but Nelson is able to defend. Nelson sweeps and gets to full guard as the final ten seconds tick away. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Spencer

Round 3: Both men exchange punches and they tie up with Nelson looking for a guillotine choke but Spencer escapes. Spencer begins to work the body and land punches at will. Spencer gets a takedown to side control however Nelson gets back to his feet. Spencer scoops Nelson up with a double and slams him back down to side control. Nelson replaces half guard and eats some shots before making it back up to his feet. Spencer again takes him right back down and lands shots until the fight comes to an end. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Spencer
Graham Spencer defeats Shane Nelson by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Smealinho Rama vs. Ryan Fortin
Rama lands a leg kick and picks Fortin up and looks for the slam but Fortin is able to stay up briefly before Rama completes the takedown to full mount. Rama rains down a few shots before dropping back for an armbar that looks deep. Fortin is able to pull his arm free and gets to mount. The position is short lived as Rama transitions to the back and looks for the rear naked choke. Rama softens him up with a couple hammerfists and sinks the choke deep under the chin and forces the tap.
Smealinho Rama submits Ryan Fortin by Rear Naked Choke in Round 1, 2:02

Derek Parker vs. Jared McComb
Round 1: They trade leg kicks and Parker lands a combo before McComb lands a few more leg kicks. They trade shots and Parker lands a big knee. McComb lands a solid leg kick and Parker responds with a big body kick followed by a leg kick and a right. McComb lands a combo and a leg kick before Parker ties him up with a body lock and muscles him down to full mount. Parker lands shots but can’t get enough seperation to let loose. Parker is finally able to posture up and land bigger punches and body shots. Parker takes the back and looks for a rear naked choke. McComb spins out, gets back to his feet and presses him into the corner as the round ends. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Parker

Round 2: They trade shots and tie up in the corner before Parker gets the single leg and drags him to his own corner. Parker finally completes the takedown to north/south position. McComb replaces his half guard and and Parker lands short elbows. Parker takes the back before moving to side control and landing shots and a knee to the body. Parker again takes the back and lands more shots. After a bit of a stalemate referee Kyle Cardinal stands them back up but time expires. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Parker

Round 3: McComb lands a leg kick and Parker responds. McComb lands a huge right that stuns Parker and opens up a cut over the eye. Parker misses a head kick and they tie up. Parker lands a kick to the body and McComb connects with a stiff jab and a big right followed by a leg kick. Parker lands a right followed by combo and McComb responds with a right of his own. Parker bounces off the ropes and calls to the crowd for noise before landing a body kick. McComb lands a pair of leg kicks and Parker connects with a right and a combo against the ropes. Parker lands more leg kicks and punches in the corner. Parker gets the takedown but McComb lands in full guard. Parker lands shots from the bottom but McComb gets back to his feet. McComb connects with a leg kick and body shots before they tie up against the ropes and the round comes to an end. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for McComb
Derek Parker defeats Jared McComb by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Sabah Fadai vs. Cody Krahn
They trade shots and Krahn ends up in full guard. Fadai looks for a triangle but Krahn defends and tries to hammerfist his way out. Fadai lands an elbow from the bottom and locks in the triangle deeper forcing Krahn to tap. Fadai stands and screams at Krahn “make weight motherf***er” over and over directly at Krahn. The crowd showers Fadai with boos as the decision is read and after the fight Fadai goes to shake hands with Krahn and his corner but Krahn wants nothing to do with him. As Fadai puts his arm around him, Krahn pushes him away.
Sabah Fadai submits Cody Krahn by Triangle Choke in Round 1, 1:24

Paul Grandbois vs. Jason Kuchera
Round 1: Grandbois lands a leg kick and they both begin throwing bombs. Kuchera connects with a big combo and a knee. Kuchera lands a huge right and several body shots and a flurry. Grandbois lands a combo and they trade shots with Grandbois getting the upper hand. Kuchera responds with a another combo and they both continue to bang away and Kuchera lands more body shots. Grandbois swings away but falls short and eats another barrage of punches that back him into the ropes. Grandbois fights his way off the ropes and they go back to trading leather. Grandbois lands several shots and Kuchera responds with another barrage to the body followed by another huge combo. Both men continue to trade huge shots right up until the bell. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Kuchera

Round 2: Grandbois sticks some stiff jabs and Kuchera responds but Grandbois goes right back to it and connects with more. Grandbois follows up with some big shots that back Kuchera up all the way to the other side of the ring. They tie up and Grandbois lands a knee and Kuchera comes back with a combo. They both gon toe to toe and slug it out yet again against the ropes. Grandbois tags him with a huge right that dazes Kuchera and back him into the corner. Grandbois continues to hit Kuchera right on the chin with another couple shots and the only thing holding Kuchera up is the ropes and the referee steps in and rescues Kuchera from any more punishment.
Paul Grandbois defeats Jason Kuchera by TKO (Punches) in Round 2, 1:43

Daniel Swain vs. Matt Jelly
Round 1: Jelly falls short with a jumping front kick and Swain connects with a nice combo and presses him into the corner. They jockey for position and Jelly lands a knee to the body and Swain responds with a knee to the thigh. Swain secures the body lock and uses it to take Jelly down to full guard. Jelly uses the rubber guard and looks to scramble out but Swain stays on top and lands elbows. Jelly looks to work back to his feet but Swain keeps him on the mat and moves to side control. Jelly gets his full guard back and Swain lands shots before looking for an ankle lock. Jelly pulls his leg free and gets back to guard. Swain attempts an armbar but Jelly sweeps and scrambles but Swain is still on top in full guard where he remains until the end of the round. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Swain

Round 2: Swain lands the jab and a combo before they lock up and Swain lands a knee to the body followed by a few more solid knees. Swain again gets the body lock and uses it to get the takedown to full guard. Swain postures up and lands shots before standing and briefly and dropping back to guard. Jelly lands an elbow from the bottom and looks for a sweep but Swain stays on top and connects with more elbows. Jelly pushes Swain off and gets to his feet where they tie up. Swain hip tosses Jelly to the ground and lands in guard. Jelly looks for an omoplata but Swain escapes and time runs out. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Swain

Round 3: Swain ties up and Jelly lands knees while Swain looks for some uppercuts to the body. Swain gets the takedown to guard but Jelly rolls him over and takes full mount. Jelly lands a big elbow and Swain rolls away and gets his guard back. Jelly pounds away on the body and goes to the head while mixing in more body shots. Jelly drives a pair of short elbows to the face of Swain and continues landing to the body and head and bloodies Swain. Jelly lands a couple more short elbows but it’s too little too late as time runs out. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Jelly
Daniel Swain defeats Matt Jelly by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Jesse Veltri vs. Garret Nybakken
Nybakken opens with a leg kick and Veltri looks for the takedown against the ropes and lands in side control. Nybakken works to get back to full guard and locks in an armbar and forces Veltri to tap out.
Garett Nybakken submits Jesse Veltri by Armbar in Round 1, 1:24

Chad Sherman vs. Chase Degenhardt
Round 1: Sherman lands a kick to the body and Degenhardt catches it. Degenhardt lands a couple of combos and Sherman responds with leg kicks and a right. Degenhardt lands a leg kick and Sherman responds with one of his own and they tie up. Sherman lands a knee to the body and gets the takedown to guard. Degenhardt sweeps and ends up in half guard and opens up a small cut over the right eye of Sherman. Sherman lands hammer fists from the bottom and Degenhardt stands and lets Sherman back to his feet. Degenhardt lands a kick to the body and a combo. Sherman lands a couple hard rights and a front kick into the corner and lands one final right at the bell. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Degenhardt

Round 2: Degenhardt begins the second round with blood streaming from his nose and rushes forward with a combo. Degenhardt lands a knee to the body that causes Sherman to drop his hands a turn away. Degenhardt seizes the opportunity and drops Sherman with a vicious right and follows up with few big rights that force referee John Braak to step in and call a halt to the contest.
Chase Degenhardt defeats Chad Sherman by TKO (Punches) in Roudn 2, 0:41

19 Responses to “ MFC 35: Explosive Encounter – Recap ”

  1. Mighty Mouse says:

    Sabah Fadai needs to keep his emotions in check. Acting the way he did live on TV only gives the impression to new viewers and fans that MMA fighters aren’t professional athletes.

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  2. I'll Say It says:

    What happened I didn’t watch it

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  3. I'll Say It says:

    Ne remind just read it above both guys should be released Krahn for missing weight for the second time in a row and fadai for being an idiot

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  4. Cody Rempel says:

    After the fight I was informed by the commission that both Fadai and Krahn would be fined and suspended for 90 days for unsportsmanlike conduct for the post fight altercation.

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  5. Bobby Karimi says:

    Why Krahn??? All I saw him do is push Fadai away after being verbally berated post loss. What’s he supposed to do stand there and get hugged?

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  6. cody krahn says:

    My apologies for missing weight, no excuse for it and I’m embarrassed.

    After I tapped out I was on the ground in turtle position and Sabah shoved me then yelled at me to “make weight.” Obviously after losing that was an insult to injury and he seemed to be gloating about it. So I went back to my corner and Sabah walks over trying to sling his arm around me and act like we’re cool now so I pushed him away from me. Not sportsmanlike at all and it’s something that I regret doing in the heat of the moment.

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  7. Cody Rempel says:

    I agree with Bobby, while it was maybe not the best thing to do on Krahn’s part, the amount of verbal abuse and the attitude Fadai was showing I wouldn’t wanna shake his hand either and the little shove he gave him didn’t warrant a fine and suspension in my opinion!

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  8. vlad says:

    Fadai did apologized in the post fight press conference and explained that he wasn’t himself and he is very sorry. I think he is a good dude, just got very exited and pissed off because his opponent did not make weight first and then refused to fight at all. As far as I understand Cody agreed to fight only in the morning of Oct 26. How would you feel if you agree to fight on very short notice with the guy who is weight class above you and the guy didn’t make weight and then refuse to fight at all.

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  9. I'll Say It says:

    He wasn’t himself? Didn’t he start a beef with somebody before? He beat Krahn there was no need to rub it in, he should have got a longer suspension and should be kicked out of MFC,

    Release him and as nice of a guy as Krahn is he missed weight twice now release him or atleast put him on the undercard portion, Good luck Krahn hope you do figure out you weight issue, my opinion stay at 185

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  10. AMLEHTC says:

    I think Sabah showed who he really was in that moment, I think mma really brings forward who you are at that moment of victory or defeat and fadai showed he’s an arrogant dickkhead

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  11. vicious beast says:

    cody was in the hospital til 1030 the night of the weigh ins, thats why he couldnt agree to fight until being seen by a second opinion doctor in the am.

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  12. Mighty Mouse says:

    Vlad, you can’t defend some guy you barely know base off of his post fight apologies. I’m sure the Commission advised him to watch his mouth after his childlike antics in the ring.

    If he knew the situation he would of known that Cody HAD to get cleared before fighting. Pav I’m sure knew and the Commission required it.

    Sabah is a hot head plain and simple. He talked shit after kneeing Bautista’s testicles up into his throat and then he decides running around the ring yelling “make weight motherfucker” would be a good idea on LIVE TV. This is what happens when you get one side of the story.

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  14. Ryan W. says:

    While you can’t defend somebody based on post fight actions, you also cant attack somebody on a personal level based on them either. What Fadai did was disrespectful, unnessecary and prickish. But you can’t crucify somebody because they got a little heated after quickly beating somebody they felt disrespected by. None of us know Fadai, and likely cody on any personal level, so lets not act like any of us have a fucking clue what we’re talking about when it comes to them as people and their personalities.

    Fadai even went over to Cody and tried to be cool, which to me shows that he quickly realised his mistake, and Cody, 100% understandably wanted nothing to do with that.

    Cody’s suspension is however the most ludicrous thing I’ve ever heard. It reminds me of when in grade six me and a guy who punched 3 people got suspended for the same amount of time because I just happened to be the first person he hit, lol. The edmonton commish should go F itself with a cactus.

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  15. booboo says:


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  16. Oilcity30 says:

    Cody missed weight again, disrespectful what Sabah did but come on it was probably heat of the moment emotions. I don’t get some of you guys you all get on her and talk shit when someone misses weight example the show and plenty others
    And you say how disrespectful it is. Why the change of tune with Cody. So what Sabah freaked there fighters they just fought he brang emotion to the fight he was pussed obviously shoulda choose words different.

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  17. E-town Mma says:

    Cody is a idiot

    Fight within your natural weight

    Good job on going down from 210lbs to 172lbs

    But totally stupid, young fighters don’t look up to his actions

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  18. cdnmmeh says:

    Grandbois vs Kuchera gets fight of the night?!?! Come on, that’s BS. That fight could have been in the parking lot of any nightclub. How on earth does a tilt where neither fighter has any skill get FOTN? It was entertaining, but in a side-show sort of way. There were way better displays of skill and much better fights imo.

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  19. cdnmmeh says:

    can’t believe Krahn got his pee pee slapped for not wanting to be buds with Sabah after the fight. Everyone knows that the commission in Edmonton is retarded. It’s kind of a pattern for Krahn, missing weight and all, but that’s why there’s a 20% fine. Why was Cody in the hospital? Why did he have to get cleared by a second dr? Was Sabah notified of the situation? Like E-town said, fight in your own weight class, or, do a better job preparing for your fights.

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