ECC 22 Recap: MacGrath, Tucker, Spoenlein Victorious

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ECC Champions: Gavin Tucker, Michael Spoenlein, Matt MacGrath (photo: Martin Blais|Aggro Photography)

ECC Champions: Gavin Tucker, Michael Spoenlein, Matt MacGrath (photo: Martin Blais|Aggro Photography)

Derek Leblanc was cageside at Extreme Cage Combat 22 to cover all the MMA action in Halifax, Nova Scotia on February 28, 2015.

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Here is the recap:

Main Card
Matt MacGrath vs. Richard Arsenault
Round 1
Both fighters are very patient waiting to see which one will make the first move. After a little bit, it’s MacGrath who pulls the trigger and hits Arsenault with a big left hand. MacGrath then hits him with a leg kick before he is able to take Arsenault down to the mat. MacGrath is lying on top and he tries to wear Arsenault down. MacGrath is working on top in half guard looking for some openings to land some punches. He continues this for some time also mixing in some elbows to the head. Arsenault is doing what he can to get up but is not able to. MacGrath keeps him on the ground until he gets up on his feet near the end of the round. MacGrath decides to go back down and work on his ground and pound in half guard till the round ends.
Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 MacGrath

Round 2
Both men circle around the cage again to begin the 2nd round until Arsenault hits MacGrath with a right hand. Both fighters trade a couple of punches until MacGrath shoots in and goes for the takedown. MacGrath is able to get into half guard and moves into side control. After a while, MacGrath moves around and cannot gain full control on the ground. Arsenault finds an opening to get up but MacGrath hits him with some elbows to keep him down. MacGrath stays on top in half guard hitting Arsenault with elbows until he moves into side control when the round ends.
Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 MacGrath

Round 3
The pace picks up a little more in the third round when MacGrath moves in for a punching combination. After they circle around, Arsenault fakes a spinning back fist before he goes in and tries to hit MacGrath with a right handed uppercut. This is when MacGrath shoots in for the takedown. MacGrath starts out in half guard for a while working in some punches until he moves into a north south position. Arsenault is able to prevent MacGrath from finishing the fight but MacGrath is able to control the pace on the mat. He moves back into half guard where he is mixing punches to the head and the side of the body until the round ends.
Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 MacGrath

Round 4
MacGrath takes a little time before he goes in for a head kick. Arsenault is still showing he is not tired and starts throwing kicks to the legs. Along with leg kicks, Arsenault is able to work in the jab as well. Arsenault continues to use the leg kicks but MacGrath has had enough and takes Arsenault down. MacGrath is still having trouble passing guard but he is continuing to have success working on his ground and pound. After a while MacGrath gets up on his feet but goes back down. Arsenault is able to get some punches off his back before the round ends.
Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 MacGrath

Round 5
In the final round, things start getting a little more heated as both men keep it on the feet. Arsenault goes back to throwing leg kicks again but MacGrath hits him with a big right hand that sends Arsenault down. When Arsenault goes to get up, MacGrath hits him with a knee when the ref stops the fight. Arsenault’s was still down when he was hit and after a minute later the fight resumes. Both fighters are back on their feet but MacGrath doesn’t wait long before he shoots for the takedown. Arsenault is trying to do what he can to get up and is able to hit with a few punches to McGrath’s head. Arsenault is scrambling around and both men move around trying to gain control as the round ends.
Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 MacGrath
Top MMA News scores the fight 50-45 MacGrath
Matt MacGrath wins by unanimous decision (50-45, 49-46, and 49-46)
Matt MacGrath retains the ECC Welterweight Title

Gavin Tucker kicks Bo Harris (photo: Martin Blais | Aggro Photography)

Gavin Tucker kicks Bo Harris (photo: Martin Blais | Aggro Photography)

Gavin Tucker vs. Bo Harris
Round 1
Harris begins the fight trying to establish his leg kicks. Tucker tries to do the same thing when he goes for a roundhouse but misses. Tucker then shoots in for a takedown with Harris swinging at him. Tucker then works the jabs before he gets Harris in the clinch against the cage. Harris tries to get out with knee strikes but Tucker is able to block it. Both the fighters let go and then Tucker hits with a front kick. Harris moves in and throws him down but let’s Tucker gets back up. Tucker works in some leg kicks before moving in but eats a knee from Harris. After an exchange between the two, Tucker gets Harris in the clinch. Tucker gets him against the cage when he tries for a spinning back fist but cannot connect. Both fighters trade a few punches before Tucker looks for the roundhouse kick again but misses. Tucker then shoots in for the takedown but can only get Harris against the cage. From there he looks for the single leg but Harris escapes. Tucker does get him against the cage again and gets a hold of Harris’s wrist and looks for a slam but the round ends
Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 Tucker

Round 2
Tucker uses a mix of kicks and jabs to begin. Harris is able to hit Tucker with a kick to the head but Tucker looks OK. Tucker then starts with leg kicks of his own but Harris is able to hit Tucker with another kick to the head. Tucker is able to push Harris and get him against the cage. Tucker then looks for the single leg but works him along the cage with some dirty boxing instead. Tucker works in a couple of more punches before trying to get a leg sweep. Tucker still has him along the cage before he gets him down to the mat but Harris is able to get back up. Both men are in the clinch but Tucker is able to get him down again. Tucker then starts teeing off and is able to pound on Harris until the ref calls it..
Gavin Tucker wins by TKO (Ground and Pound) at 3:09 in the 2nd round
Gavin Tucker is the new ECC Featherweight champion

Michael Spoenlein vs. Rick Pfeifer
Round 1
Both fighters try to feel each other before they ended up in the clinch. Spoenlein is able to gain control against the cage but Pfeifer is able to turn him around. The ref stops the fight briefly because one of the cage doors is not fully shut. The match resumes with Spoenlein goes for a leg kick that Pfeifer is able to catch. Pfeifer gets him against the cage and lands a knee before Spoenlein is able to turn him around and try for a single leg. Both fighters end up on the ground but both are back up. Spoenlein then tries to slam him but fails. Pfeifer is able to turn him around and gain control and looks for the takedown but Spoenlein turns him around and gets him down. He is on top moving around trying to find a position but is able to get his arm and get Pfeifer’s head locked. Both fighters are moving around and Pfeifer is able to get a slam down but Spoenlein is still working off his back. He is able to get a hold of his wrist but loses it. He then tries for the inverted triangle but can’t fully extend. Pfeifer is able to move on but Spoenlein is able move around and tries for the knee bar before the round ends
Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 Spoenlein

Round 2
To begin the round, Spoenlein goes to throw a leg kick that Pfeifer catches and slams him down. Spoenlein tries to work up off his back but can’t get up. Spoenlein is able to work a triangle but then turns around and gets Pfeifer arm again but can’t hold on Both men are back on their feet. It doesn’t last long when there back on the mat and Pfeifer is able to get an arm bar attempt. Spoenlein is able to stay on top and is able work his way out and gets his back. He tries for the rear naked choke. After working for a bit, he is able to get it in and squeeze for dear life but it wasn’t enough. Pfeifer is able to turn around and works some elbows and gets on top. Spoenlein is able to get a hold of his arm but let’s go. Spoenlein is able to get up but Pfeifer gets him back down. Pfeifer is able to work some punches in before round ends.
Top MMA News scores a close 10-9 to Spoenlein

Round 3
Both fighters seem content in grappling when the round starts with Pfeifer able to gain control and take his back. Spoenlein is able to use his leg and walk along the cage to gain side control. Pfeifer then tries to do the same thing but has no luck. Spoenlein is trying to pass guard but Pfeifer is able to keep him off. Spoenlein tries for a crucifix but moves to see if he can pass guard again. Pfeifer is able to eventually move around and gain control. Pfeifer is now trying to pass guard but Spoenlein works for the triangle. Pfeifer is able use his punches to avoid it. Pfeifer continues to work with body shots and is able to wrap his legs around his head. Spoenlein is able to get on top but Pfeifer is able to hit him with some knee strikes. Pfeifer is able to get the crucifix but then goes for the arm bar. Pfeifer is able to get it and hold on but can’t get him to tap before the horn sounds.
Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 Pfeifer

Round 4
The championship rounds start with both men exchanging jabs before Pfeifer goes for the takedown where he is able to get Spoenlein against the cage. Pfeifer gets him down and is in side control. He then moves around trying to pass guard. Spoenlein is able to move around and is to gain control and look for the inverted triangle. He then moves around and works for the arm bar. Spoenlein elbows Pfeifer in the head a few times and moves around and is able to get the inverted triangle again and is finally able to get Pfeifer to tap for the submission
Michael Spoenlein wins by submission (Inverted Triangle) at 2:44 in the 4th round
Michael Spoenlein is the new ECC Bantamweight championship

Morgan Rhynes vs. Ryan Connor
Round 1
Connor wastes no time starting as he sprints towards Rhynes. Both fighters are faking each other out with the jab. Rhynes then lands a right hand on Connor’s head but Connor gets him against the cage. Connor is now in the clinch working in some shots in before he tries for a single leg. Rhynes defends it and turns him around. Connor then hooks himself and gets on his back but Rhynes takes him down. Connor is able to work off his back and after a little bit of time is able to secure an arm bar. Connor locks it and Rhynes taps
Ryan Connor wins by submission (arm bar) at 2:21 in the 1st round

Rick Doyle vs. Peter Campbell
Round 1
The pace of the fight starts off slow for a little bit but after some time, Doyle shoots for the takedown. Doyle is unable to get but is able to get Campbell against the cage. Doyle works some punches to the body before trying for the single leg. Campbell hits him with a couple of punches before Doyle is able to get him down. Doyle is in half guard trying to pass but Campbell is showing good defense off his back. Campbell is able to try for an arm bar but can’t get the full extension. He lets go when Doyle tries to slam him. Doyle is still looking to pass guard while Campbell goes back to looking for the arm bar, Doyle works in some. Doyle then switches into side control but Campbell is able to flip around and get on top in full mount but Doyle gets up and gets back on top to end the round
Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 Doyle

Round 2
Doyle goes back to his wrestling and looks for the takedown to start but is only able to get Campbell against the cage. Campbell is able to reverse but Doyle regains control. Both men continue working the clinch until Doyle looks for the single leg. Campbell stuffs it at first but Doyle is able to get him down to the mat in side control. Doyle elbows Campbell a couple of times but Campbell is showing great defense off his back. Doyle not looks to get in full mount but goes back into side control. Doyle works on top landing the odd shot when Campbell tries to keep a hold of his head. This goes on for the rest of the round before the horns goes off
Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 Doyle

Round 3
Doyle comes out in the third round with his hands down before he gets Campbell against the cage and gets him down. Doyle is looking to pass guard but Campbell has his legs hooked on his back. Doyle lands a vicious right when Campbell turns to the right side of his body. Campbell gets a hold of his wrist but Doyle breaks it off and hits him with a right. Doyle then hits him with his left and an elbow before Campbell tries to get a hold of his arm. Doyle keeps working in elbows while Campbell looks for the arm bar off his back. Campbell tries to extend it but Doyle breaks it off but Campbell tries for the triangle. The referee stands them back up and both fighters starting slugging looking for the home run shot. Campbell moves in but Doyle gets the clinch and takes him down as the round ends.
Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 Doyle
Top MMA News scores the fight 30-27 for Rick Doyle

Rick Doyle wins by unanimous decision 30-27 across the board.

Jonny Campbell vs. Christien Savoie
Round 1
From the get go this has the makings of a slugfest as both men are teeing off on each other. After things calm down a little bit Campbell starts working the jab while Savoie is attacking with leg kicks. Savoie is able to get him against the cage but it doesn’t last long. Both men are circling around the cage and after a few hits are thrown, Savoie is able to get Campbell down but he is able to get back up. There is a quick stop but the ref resumes the fight. Savoie is able to get leg kick. Campbell works his way in but eats a knee for it. Campbell is able to get back up and starts working in elbow strikes. Savoie keeps kicking the leg kick but Campbell keeps moving in. Campbell gets him in the clinch and working a mix of elbows and knees. Savoie escapes but Campbell still keeps pushing. Both men keep trading jabs back and forth. Campbell is able tee off on a couple of punches before the round ends. It appears Savoie has a cut on his mouth.
Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 Campbell.

Round 2
Its déjà vu as both men tee off again on each other to start the round. Savoie is able to use leg kicks to keep Campbell at bay. Campbell is able to work his way in and get Savoie against the cage and hits him with a couple of knee strikes. Campbell the goes for a spinning back kick but misses. Savoie goes back to working the leg kicks on Campbell’s legs when Campbell tries for the round house. Savoie works in a combination of punches and a couple of elbows. Campbell is able to get a hold of him and get him against the cage. Savoie gets out and starts throwing some haymakers. Both men just start trading back and forth before Savoie is able to hit with a big right hand. Campbell goes for a leg kick but it is blocked. Savoie hits Campbell with another punch that rocks him but Campbell is able to recover when he gets the clinch. Savoie is able to get control but Campbell is able to work and get a takedown and is trying to pass guard but Savoie is able to reverse and get full mount. Campbell turns and gives up his back but Savoie keeps working his ground and pound until the ref calls it.
Christien Savoie wins by TKO (Ground and Pound) at 4:52 in the 2nd round

Amateur Fights
Tyler Carnell vs. Nate Vakaras
Round 1
Both men circle around the cage until Vakaras is able to get Carnell against the cage. Carnell is able to hit Vakaras with a knee strike but Vakaras uses his jab to keep him against the cage. Vakaras then starts work in some knee strikes. After a little time Vakaras is able to get the takedown. Vakaras is able to keep him down as he tries to pass guard. Carnell then looks for a triangle but Vakaras moves over into side control. Vakaras hits Carnell with some elbows and moves around into various positions on top and keeps working on his ground and pound. Vakaras is able to hit with a big left hand on top as the round ends
Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 Vakaras

Round 2
Vakaras runs and jumps for a flying knee to start the second round. He keeps Carnell against the cage and is able to get him down. Vakaras is able to get in full mount. He starts swinging away before he goes for his back before deciding to go back to full mount. He keeps working on his ground and pound but is smart about not wanting tire himself out. Carnell tries to turn around to break free but Vakaras is able to keep control. Vakaras is able to stay in full mount when he tries for an arm bar but decides to keep working the ground and pound until the ref stops it.
Nate Vakaras wins by TKO (Ground and Pound) at 2:50 in the 2nd round

Kyle Blinkhorn vs. Nathan Burke
Round 1
Burke is able to gain control in the start by working the jab before the fight ends up in the clinch. Both men are working in jabs before they break off. Burke then goes for front kick and gets a single leg takedown. Blinkhorn is able to work off his and after a little time reverses and get on top Blinkhorn is able to get Burke’s head locked when they are back up and Blinkhorn is able to work it to a guillotine choke but Burke takes him down. Blinkhorn lets go and gets on top but Burke gets him against the cage. There back on their feet when Burke tries to slam him. Blinkhorn then looks for the single leg but is having trouble. He then tries for the double leg and gets him down. Blinkhorn moves into north south position as the round ends.
Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 Blinkhorn

Round 2
Burke is able to work the jab and lands a front kick. Burke is then able to get a guillotine but loses it and Blinkhorn gets him against the cage. Blinkhorn then gets his back and hooks his hooks his back but loses it. Blinkhorn starts punching Burke and is able to get full mount. Burke is able to turn and get his back and now is on top. He moves over into side control but Blinkhorn gets up and gets him against the cage. Blinkhorn takes him down and is able to get full mount again. Burke then turns on his back. Blinkhorn gets the choke in and works some ground and pound to end the round
Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 Blinkhorn

Round 3
Burke goes for a takedown to begin the final round but gets head caught in a choke. He is able to get out and into side control. This doesn’t last long as Blinkhorn reverses and gets side control. Blinkhorn is then able to get a choke but Burke turns around and is able to get up. Blinkhorn is able to get him back down and is able to get him into full mount. Burke keeps a hold of his head to keep him down. Burke is able to sit and tries to throw some punches. After some moving around on the ground, Blinkhorn stands back up but goes back down into side control. This doesn’t last long and both fighters are back on their feet. Burke goes for the takedown but Blinkhorn is the one who gain control on top as the round ends.
Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 Blinkhorn
Top MMA News scores the fight 30-27 for Kyle Blinkhorn
Kyle Blinkhorn wins by unanimous decision 30-27 across the board.

18 Responses to “ ECC 22 Recap: MacGrath, Tucker, Spoenlein Victorious ”

  1. Aggro says:

    I want thank all the guys for posing for this. Congrats!

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  2. topmmafan says:

    Spoenlein vs Fisette.
    Tucker vs Carvalho.
    Connor vs Davis.
    Whitlock vs Imperato.

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  3. snauss says:

    The best mma card Ive seen in the maritimes. Something Peter and all the fighters should be proud of.

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  4. East Coast MMA says:

    Whitlock vs Imperato
    Spoenlein vs davis
    Rhynes vs Pfeifer
    Tucker vs Carvalho
    McGrath vs Sergei

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  5. Kanye West says:

    ECC’s payroll for those fights combined 2400$

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  6. Rick Pfeifer says:

    Me and rhynes makes sense. I’d be down for that

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  7. snoop aloop says:

    I really hope Tucker fights an actual featherweight next time, instead of a bantamweight who could probably make 125 with some dedication.

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  8. Snyper Mcgrath says:

    snoop aloop says:
    March 4, 2015 at 11:44 am
    “I really hope Tucker fights an actual featherweight next time, instead of a bantamweight who could probably make 125 with some dedication.”

    Harris has wins over Chuck Mady x 2, Wooley, he fought Gagnon and has 14 professional fights including a win in Belator. I’d say Harris has some “dedication” and was a great fight for Tucker who was coming off a two year absence and a serious injury.

    Look Harris is obviously a very good fighter and will rebound but he met a guy who is motivated and giving everything he has in his window of opportunity.

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  9. Mash says:

    Harris is a 35er along with all those names he beat. Wooley being 125.

    Tucker has padded record with biggest wins against two 135ers in Harris and Whitlock.

    Wasn’t he suppose to fight Jesse gross?

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  10. Brandon chase says:

    Tucker has a padded record lol mash I’m pretty sure Whitlock is actually taller and bigger then tucker and yes he was suppose to fight Jesse gosse but got injured this is his first match in two years and he looked good lifting Bo Harris in the air at the end of the second round and would of slammed him if there was enough time in the round war tucker!

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  11. I'll Say It says:

    Well now that Tucker has had his comeback fight how about bringing him out west vs Hakeem? Or Josh Machon if he’s recovered, or Even Karkula, Kennedy, Fadai or let Gross get the fight he deserves.

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  12. Snyper Mcgrath says:

    Here re the facts regarding Tuckers opponants;

    Seems about normal for a kid starting out his career and increasing the caliber of oppoants as he gains more experience. The Ryan Connor fight was a great one!

    Harris 7-7
    Witlock 9-4
    Rende 2-2 (Great fight between these two btw)
    Henry 5-4
    Corporon 0-2 (loss to Tucker and Elite 1 155lbs champ Hazelton)
    Spence0-3
    Waugh 0-6 (Fought at 170/ 155/ and 145
    Connor 5-2 (very good Fitplus fighter)

    Obviously I am a Gavin Tucker fan and that’s all I will conntribute to this matter as Gavin can speak for himself through his results.

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  13. snoop aloop says:

    well sniper, I don’t think you are helping out your argument with listing his opponents. lol look at some of those records. Also you stated that Harris has 2 wins over Chucky Mady like that is an accomplishment. Chuck Mady!! lol that was funny. Whitlock tough as nails, Harris is a tough 35er. All im sayin is it would be nice to see him not get sheltered by E.C.C. and fight Karkula or Gross or someone that isn’t hand picked. But hey, UFC likes unblemished records, maybe this is the easiest way to the show.

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  14. Brandon chase says:

    He was supposed to fight gosse snoop he got injured and pulled out

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  15. I'll Say It says:

    That’s the Peter Martell way, and U fortunately with matchmakers managing fighters it will be the way of the mma events of the future.

    PFC is the same way with Robin, Alex, Woody and now MAD part of their team they won’t put on to risky of fights for their clients.

    It’s unfortunate because the fans really are the ones who pay the price, or I should say don’t pay to see the Mis matches,

    I will say F4P’s Boris is a good guy who looks for the toughest fights for his brother Yoni

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  16. walker says:

    Hey mash. Whitlock made 35 yet? Oh nope. Not yet.

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  17. Mash says:

    Sorry he made 136.4? But your point is proven, weirdo

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  18. MMA_Fan says:

    Connor is flying under the radar imo 2 losses vs 2 top guys in canada and never been finished in a fight, ill keep a eye on him from here on out

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