Who’s Next… Modern FC 1


Modern Fighting Championship held their debut event Friday night from The Saskatoon Soccer Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (Check out the full play-by-play HERE). They crowned a Bantamweight champ as Patrick Ward took a hard fought decision win over the previously undefeated Denys Zelenskyi and red hot Welterweight prospect Alex Martinez improved to 4-0 as a pro with a dominant decision win over Adam Wayne.

Keep in mind, in most cases the match-ups listed here are hypothetical and have not been announced or rumored to be taking place unless otherwise noted.

Let us know your thoughts on who should be up next for the big winners and the rest of the card and who you think would win our hypothetical match-ups.

135lbs- Patrick Ward (2-1) vs. Chad Anheliger (7-5) for Modern FC Bantamweight Title
A couple people on the Top MMA News message boards didn’t give Patrick Ward a chance against the undefeated Denys Zelenskyi. Ward proved his doubters wrong with a one-sided decision victory and captured the Bantamweight title in the process. Some suggested that Chad Anheliger should have been given the shot against Zelensyi however he was instead matched up with Eric Wilson. Anheliger managed to pick up his fifth straight victory with a decisive decision. Similar to fellow Calgarian Jesse Arnett, Anheliger had a rough start to his pro career 2-5 record before experiencing a career resurgence and rattled off a string of wins. Only time will tell if Anheliger can match Arnett’s run to become a top Canadian prospect.

155lbs- Alex Martinez (4-0) vs. Craig Shintani (7-2)
Alex Martinez faced a stiff test against the always tough Adam Wayne and passed with flying colors. Martinez pitched a shutout on the scorecard en route to his fourth pro win. Martinez is a tough fighter to match as his 4-0 record can be deceiving when you consider that he’s also 16-4 as an Amateur.  At this point it’s time for Martinez to move on to some elite competition and one man who fits the bill is Craig Shintani. The Kingdom MMA representative has won seven of his last eight outings finishing all but one by TKO or Submission. Shintani holds notable victories over  Garrett Nybakken, Scott Hudson and Wolfgang Janssen.

205lbs- Tyler Weran (3-0) vs. Sheldon Doll (5-3)
To say the Light-Heavyweight division in Canada is thin would be an understatement. Tyler Weran along with a few others have injected a little life into the division with Weran picking up his third straight pro victory to start his career Friday night against Devon Smith. Sheldon Doll recently returned from a four year absence from the sport and moved up to Light-Heavyweight. Doll won his first two bouts at his new weight with a submission win over Smith and a quick KO over Justin Schmit. A match-up between Weran and Doll would likely produce an exciting bout and see where each man falls in the pecking order.

170lbs- Thomas Richardson (5-1) vs. Winner of Menad Abella (4-0) vs. Dejan Kajic (8-6-2)
Thomas Richardson is another fighter who would benefit from a step up in competition to really see where he’s at in the Welterweight picture. Richardson was en route to a clean decision win when he caught Jose Rodriguez in a vicious neck crank to finish the bout with just under a minute to go in the third giving him his fifth win in six pro outings. Tugboat is also undefeated as an amateur with a 4-0 record. Menad Abella and Dejan Kajic will meet this coming weekend at Prestige FC 9 and the winner will put themselves in line for a big fight next. Whether on the next Modern FC, Prestige FC or any other promotion this would make for another intriguing matchup.



4 Responses to “ Who’s Next… Modern FC 1 ”

  1. Degeneration-X says:

    I was lucky enough to catch that card live. (Was great)

    Ward vs Hay or Ali would be a super interesting fight, little Berta flavour in Sask. That would be a legit title win and defence in my eyes.
    . Really curious about what happens for Zelenisky next. Super intriguing guy that I can’t quite get a gauge on.
    I’ve seen multiple times that Anheliger is looking for fights at 125. If he doesn’t challenge for Wards I don’t see why modern(or someone else actually) wouldn’t do a 125 championship with him,
    Wilson is a grizzled vet, had a lot of support at the show. He has made 125 in the past, guessing that based on his last two he doesn’t do that any more. I was thinking he would be tough for the top Canadian flyweights to handle if he could. Super entertaining (and holy crow, tough!) guy regardless.
    Hard as hell to not give some props to Martinez, bring on the stiffer comp. Another fighter with an extensive amateur career. Beauty.

    Very promising first show, anyone know if there’s a fork in HKfighting or not?

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  2. Jamie Siraj says:

    I’ll fight ward,chad,denis,owen carr, Justin basra.

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  3. Adam Lorenz says:

    Thank you for the coverage! Things turned out fairly well for our first kick at the can. I was lucky to have the help of some great people.

    Jamie & other fighters, feel free to contact me and I’ll add you to our athlete list. We’ll try our best to make the next event even more exciting than the last. Thanks guys!

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  4. Kris Blondy says:

    Props to Martinez but I heard Shintani is moving down to 145 and was looking like him and Clay Dixon for Unified in May

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