MFC 38: Behind Enemy Lines – Play-by-Play

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MFC ThumbMaximum Fighting Championship put on a spectacular show last night at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta with one of their most explosive cards to date. The MFC crowned three new champions in Anthony Birchak, Sam Alvey and Anthony Hamilton. The fighters treated the loyal MFC fan base to several mind blowing finishes including an incredible head kick KO, a buzzer beating TKO with just seconds left in the fifth round and a new MFC Fastest Knockout record.

  • Knockout of the Night: (Tie) Anthony Hamilton and Aaron Gallant
  • Submission of the Night: Cody Krahn
  • Fight of the Night: Sam Alvey vs. Jason South


Anthony Birchak vs. Tito Jones
Round 1: Jones misses with a head kick and secures the body lock for a takedown but Birchak pops back to his feet only to get pushed into the corner. A knee from Jones lands low and Birchak is given time to recover. On the restart Birchak lands a kick to the body and they tie up on the ropes and he lands knees to the body. Birchak tries to drag him to the mat but Jones manages to stay on his feet. They trade a few shots and Birchak is able to get him down but Jones manages to land in the guard. Jones works the body before standing back up. Birchak lands a solid shot and gets the single to guard where he postures up and lands punches. Birchak stands before dropping to side control. Jones gets his half guard back briefly before Birchak gets full mount as round ends. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 Birchak

Round 2: Birchak opens the second with a big knee and a solid right before bullying him into the corner. Birchak fires away with knees to the body and thighs and gets a hip toss to half guard. Birchak begins to chip away with short elbows and Jones escapes back to his feet and eats a few hard shots on the way up and Birchak brings him right back down. Birchak unleashes a flurry of elbows forcing Jones to give up his back. Birchak continues to fire away until he sees an opening and slips a rear naked choke under the chin forcing an instant tap from his overmatched opponent.
Anthony Birchak submits Tito Jones by Rear Naked Choke in Round 2, 3:30
***Birchak wins MFC Bantamweight Title

Sam Alvey vs. Jason South
Round 1: South lands a body kick and a pair of leg kicks before having a head kick blocked. Alvey comes alive and lands a combo that drops South to a knee and Alvey follows up with a knee to the body. South is cut over the right eye and they tie up against the ropes where Alvey connects with some knees. South drops for a single but Alvey defends only to have South take the back. Alvey is able to spin and get separation. Alvey connects with a big left hook South desperately ties him up in the corner. Alvey reverses and they trade shots with Alvey getting the better of the exchange. There’s another tie up and time expires in the opening stanza. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 Alvey

Round 2: A front kick from South grazes Alvey and a head kick is blocked. South looks for a takedown but it’s defended and the reset in the centre of the ring. South fails to connect with a pair of kicks and jumps in but gets dropped with a stiff right. Alvey lands a few shots on the ground before letting South back to his feet. Alvey connects again and a pair of rights stagger South and another drops him. Alvey again lets him back to hid feet and continues to light him up. Alvey drops him yet again, this time with a left and follows up with a couple hammerfists. South looks for a hail mary reverse triangle but Alvey defends and gets back up. South ties him up and Alvey knees to the thigh. The ten second warning sounds and they exchange a wild flurry for the rest of the round. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 Alvey

Round 3: South lands a shot and a leg kick and Alvey responds with a knee to the body and they tie up. South with a short elbow and knee to the body. South connects with a solid combo and they trade punches. Alvey connects with a vicious right and a big knee. South shoots for a takedown but Alvey defends and looks for a guillotine. After a lull in the action the referee breaks them apart and Alvey connects on the restart and South again looks for the takedown and presses him into the corner. South drags him to the mat but Alvey scrambles and gets on top before standing and kicking the legs for the final seconds of the round. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Alvey

Round 4: Alvey blocks a high kick and South barely connects with a spinning kick to the body. South lands a leg kick and connects with a right. Both men trade shots and South lands to the body and ties up in the corner another restart by the referee and South lands a leg kick and again right back into the corner. They trade little chipping shots and Alvey ends up on the other side of the ropes earning a warning from the referee. They restart and Alvey secures the clinch and lands the knee before they wind up back in the corner. Alvey with another big knee and South responds with a combo just before the bell. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 South

Round 5: Both men exchange but neither is landing with much power and they’re right back into the corner briefly. They separate and trade little shots before South gets him back into the corner and Alvey gets the reversal and again breaks free. Alvey lands a knee and a combo and South responds in kind. The two stand and go shot for shot but neither can generate the knockout power in the waning moments of the five round affair. South lands a shot below the belt and Alvey takes a few minutes. On the restart South has a front kick blocked and lands a leg kick. Alvey lands a shot and ties up in the corner. The referee brings them back to the centre and Alvey blocks a high kick and gets the clinch with a pair of knees. South hears the ten second warning and presses forward knowing he’s down on the scorecards. South’s desperation costs him as Alvey drops him with a huge counter right and finishes him off with a few more shots with just four seconds remaining on the clock. Spectacular finish to an entertaining fight.
Sam Alvey defeats Jason South by TKO (Punches) in Round 5, 4:56
***Alvey wins MFC Middleweight Title

Smealinho Rama vs. Anthony Hamilton
Round 1: They feel each other out briefly before Hamilton rushes in for the takedown and presses him into the ropes. Rama with a guillotine attempt but can’t lock it in on the much taller fighter. Hamilton is able to get the takedown and gets full mount where he lands a few shots. Rama works hard for the sweep and finally gets it and works back to his feet. A bloody Rama gets separation and connects with an elbow. Hamilton ties him up and drags him back down and Rama eats a solid right. Rama gets the clinch and lands a knee before again looking for a guillotine. Rama lets go and they engage and tumble to the mat with Hamilton landing in half guard. Hamilton is trying to land but can’t generate any power. Rama lands some nice elbows from the bottom and looks for a kimura as time expires. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 Rama

Round 2: Hamilton waits for his opening and connects with a thunderous head kick that sends Rama crashing to the mat and followed up with a big right but it’s not needed as Rama is already out cold.
Anthony Hamilton defeats Smealinho Rama by KO (Head Kick) in Round 2, 0:12
***Hamilton wins MFC Heavyweight Title

Kurt Southern vs. Jonatas Novaes
Southern falls short with a high kick but connects with a right. Novaes laughs and responds with a hard leg kick before looking for the takedown. Southern defends and Novaes lands a shot and gets the takedown to full guard. Southern works back to his feet lands a huge right that drops Novaes. Southern follows him down and lands a few more. Southern stands and lets him up. They tie up in the corner and Southern works the head and body with little shots. They separate and Southern blocks a head kick before bullying in and sending Novaes crashing to the mat with a huge combo and follows him down to finish him off on the ground and exacting his revenge.
Kurt Southern defeats Jonatas Novaes by TKO (Punches) in Round 1, 3:46

Teddy Ash vs. Jared McComb
Round 1: Ash lands and McComb gets the clinch but Ash is the one to land the shots. The break apart and exchange big shots. Ash lands a nice combo and they tie up. Ash lands some knees and a short elbow and McComb reverses and Ash lands another knee and a combo in the clinch. They separate briefly before tying up again in the corner. They trade knees and McComb gets the throw but Ash lands in half guard. Jared looks for the sweep and gets to side control. Ash tries to work back to his feet but McComb keeps him down and works for a kimura. Ash defends and escapes and connects with some solid shots as the round winds down. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 Ash

Round 2: They trade shots before tying up in the corner. McComb tries to drag Ash to the mat but is unable to get him down. Finally McComb is able to secure the takedown to half guard but Ash is able to get back to his feet. McComb controls him in the corner and lands a knee. Ash pushes the head away and lands a short elbow and defends a takedown. Ash lands a shot and they tie up again. McComb looks for another throw and Ash is able to avoid and land a shot. McComb presses him into the corner until the referee breaks them up. They trade shots and Ash lands a knee. McComb tries to force him into the corner but Ash reverses but McComb stifles the offense before they separate and trade punches for final ten seconds. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 McComb

Round 3: McComb lands a nice combo and Ash responds and McComb slips to the mat. McComb pops right back up and looks for
the takedown. Ash tries for a guillotine but it’s defended and the referee moves them away from the ropes. Ash scrambles to his feet and McComb takes his back and drags him down but Ash spins to guard and lands. McComb throws his legs up for a triangle but Ash clears the legs only to get caught in a kimura. Ash escapes and and lands before moving to side control. The referee again moves them away from the ropes and McComb gets back to his feet and lands a knee and a combo before pressing him into the corner. McComb gets the clinch and connects with some knees to the body. They separate and trade shots in the corner and Ash secures the clinch and lands a pair of knees. McComb gets frees and unleashes a flurry and Ash looks for a guillotine but gets taken down at the bell. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 McComb
Teddy Ash defeats Jared McComb by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Matt Jelly vs. Aaron Gallant
Gallant immediately lands a right, left, uppercut combo and sets a new MFC record in the process, knocking Jelly out in just seven seconds.
Aaron Gallant defeats Matt Jelly by KO (Punches) in Round 1, 0:07

Daniel Mark vs. Corey Gower
Round 1: Gower lands a right and Mark responds with a body kick and Gower right back with a body shot. Mark lands a right and Gower is trying to get his vision back from what appeared to be a poke in the eye that was missed by the referee. Gower lands some pawing jabs and a leg kick and Mark gets the takwdown to half guard. Mark is bleeding from the nose and lands some chipping shots. Gower tries to work from the bottom and gets back to his feet. Gower lands a combo and Mark misses with a side kick. Gower connects with a solid 1-2 as the round ends. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 Gower

Round 2: They Trade punches to open the second round and Gower gets the better of the exchange and follows up with a leg kick and Mark responds with a glancing head kick. Gower combo just misses and Mark lands a leg kick before they trade jabs. Gower connects with a left hook that drops Mark and follows up with a few shots before taking the back and looking for the rear naked choke. Mark defends and Gower is still working to sink the choke. Mark spins to guard and lands some little shots to the body. Gower is looking for elbows from the bottom as the time ticks away. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 Gower

Round 3: Gower paws at him with jabs and Mark connects with a leg kick and Gower with a solid right. Gower blocks a head kick and lands shots before Mark works hard for a single but Gower is able to stay on his feet. They tie up in the corner and a knee from Gower lands below the belt. Mark is given time to recover and they restart. Gower avoids a shot and they exchange leg kicks. Mark gets a nice trip takedown to side control before Gower is able to replace his half guard. Mark looks for a guillotine and Gower powers out and looks for a guillotine of his own and lands elbows to the body. Mark pulls his head out and lands shots before they get back to their feet. Gower lands a few more shots as the round comes to a close. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 Gower
Corey Gower defeats Daniel Mark by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Garrett Nybakken vs. Adam Wayne
Round 1: Wayne just misses a spinning kick and follows up with a leg kick. Nybakken closes the distance and ties him up looking for a takedown. Nybakken gets him to the ground and looks for an armbar. Wayne pulls his arm free and lands a pair of hammerfists. Nybakken passes to side control briefly as Wayne looks for a guillotine. Nybakken pulls his head free and Wayne gets half guard and looks for a sweep but gets his back taken. Nybakken lands shots and elbows before moving to north/south. Wayne tries to work back to his feet buy Nybakken lands some elbows to the body as time runs out. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 Nybakken

Round 2: Wayne connects with a leg kick and misses a pair of head kicks. Nybakken lands a side kick to the body and shoots for the takedown to half guard. Wayne gets the sweep to full guard and lands a few shots before Nybakken begins working for an omoplata and uses it to get the sweep to half guard. Wayne gets another sweep and lands some shots before moving to north/south where he lands an elbow to the spine. The referee pauses and warns Wayne and they restart. Wayne misses a high kick and connects with a leg kick followed by a combo and the round comes to an end. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 Wayne

Round 3: Wayne unleashed a barrage of wild kicks but Nybakken is able to avoid them and stay just out of range. They trade shots and tie up and Wayne gets the takedown to half guard. Wayne tries to land to the body but can’t get off much offense and Nybakken uses a shoulder lock to get the sweep. Wayne looks for a sweep of his own and is able to get back to his feet. Nybakken immediately takes him back down to full guard and chips away with little shots to the body. They get back to their feet and Nybakken lands a leg kick and a solid right and Wayne spends the last ten seconds screaming at Nybakken to hit him again. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 Nybakken
Garrett Nybakken defeats Adam Wayne by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Cody Krahn vs. Nick Campbell
Krahn lands a leg kick and they tie up and trade knees to the body. Krahn connects with a knee and Campbell counters with a right and a combo. Campbell tries to muscle him to the mat but Krahn is able to stay on his feet. Krahn sticks a few jabs and connects with a nice combo that briefly stuns Campbell. Krahn ties him up in the corner and Campbell lands a shot and a takedown but gets stuck in a triangle. Campbell tries to work the body but is ultimately forced to tap.
Cody Krahn submits Nick Campbell by Triangle Choke in Round 1, 2:18

Paul Gerbinski vs. Sheldon Adamson
Adamson lands a big shot and they clinch up against the ropes where Gerbinski looks for a guillotine. Adamson gets the slam but ends up on the bottom stuck in north/south. Adamson works back to his feet and gets some space. Adamson lands a body kick and they tie up again. Gerbinski again secures the guillotine choke but this time pulls guard and is able to force the tap.
Paul Gerbinski submits Sheldon Adamson by Guillotine Choke in Round 1, 1:38

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