Today’s Example of Why MMA is MMA

Pat Healy. Photo courtesy of the Maximum Fighting Championship.

We all know that mixed martial arts encompasses everything. You can win a fight by doing other things besides throwing a punch.

Just ask Pat Healy.

In his come-from-behind submission win over the previously undefeated Ryan Ford at last weekend’s Maximum Fighting Championship show, you might have noticed that Healy didn’t throw many punches. That’s because he really didn’t. According to the CompuStrike numbers from the event, Healy threw nine punches over two and a half rounds and only one of them landed. One.

Da chart doesn’t lie:

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After getting handled in the first two rounds, Healy’s continuous quest for a submission on the ground finally paid off as he caught Ford in an armbar following one of Ford’s many slams in the fight. Off the top of my head, I can’t remember a past scenario that comes even close to this one, in terms of numbers. Crazy.

Heath Signs Multi-Fight Deal With MFC

David Heath. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Following his release from the Ultimate Fighting Championship earlier this year, David Heath has signed a multi-fight deal with the Canada-based Maximum Fighting Championship.

The organization announced the signing of Heath in a press release sent out to the media this morning. No indication has been made as of yet by MFC President Mark Pavelich concerning a potential debut date and opponent for him.

After racking up five straight wins in smaller shows, Heath busted onto the UFC light heavyweight scene almost two years ago, winning consecutive over Victor Valimaki and Cory Walmsley. However Heath’s quick success earned him matchups against much tougher opponents and the Oklahoma native ended up dropping his next three UFC bouts. He was last stopped by replacement opponent Tim Boetsch at UFC 81: Breaking Point in February before his contract was terminated.

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Healy Shocks Ford, Wins MFC Title

Pat Healy (left) connects with a left hand against Jake Ellenberger. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

Longtime veteran Pat Healy’s experience came in handy tonight as he overcame an extremely rough start against rising prospect Ryan Ford to surprisingly submit Ford with a third-round armbar in the main event of Maximum Fighting Championship’s latest showing at the River Cree Resort and Casino in Edmonton.

The first round saw Ford fight for a successful takedown during the beginning moments. Pinning Healy in the corner, Ford worked some ground-and-pound before Healy was able to force a scramble. Healy nearly caught Ford with an armbar but Ford was able to slip out and stand up before slamming Healy down once again just before the round’s end.

In a reversal of roles, it was Healy that forcefully slammed Ford to the mat at the start of the second stanza, only to have Ford quickly reverse position. With Ford continuing to punish Healy, it looked as if the fight was nearing the end. However midway through the third, another slam left Ford vulnerable for an armbar. Healy quickly capitalized, locking in the hold and forcing Ford to tap out, ruining Ford and MFC President Mark Pavelich’s plans to award the hometown favorite the promotion’s vacant welterweight title in the process.

The night’s co-main event saw Donald Sanchez submit veteran Jason Maxwell with a second-round triangle. UFC veteran Ron Faircloth was also victorious, submitting Levi Avera with a rear naked choke in the second round of their bout. Complete results of the event are after the jump courtesy of Rogers Sportsnet.

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Ford-Healy Headlines MFC’s Latest Sellout

Ryan Ford. Photo courtesy of the Maximum Fighting Championship.

Rising prospect Ryan Ford will try to make good on his bid for Maximum Fighting Championship’s welterweight title this weekend as he takes on longtime veteran Pat Healy in the promotion’s latest event at the River Cree Resort and Casino in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada tomorrow night.

“I’ve wanted to have Pat Healy in the MFC for some time,” MFC President Mark Pavelich said in a recent press release. “Ryan has never wavered one bit in his confidence and it doesn’t matter to him who he fights for the title. Pat is one of the toughest and most dangerous fighters anywhere. When these two guys collide in the middle of the ring, there is going to be an unbelievable explosion of speed, power and aggression. Our beautiful new title belt will deservedly go to the winner of this clash.”

After picking up his biggest career win over Pete Spratt in February, Ford ford submitted CJ Fernandes in May to earn the welterweight title shot. His opponent, Healy, has split his last six fights. He most recently dropped a unanimous decision to Jake Ellenberger at an IFL event earlier this year. Healy will be taking the place of Joe Jordan, who was originally a replacement for Drew Fickett and has now suffered a back injury that will leave him unable to compete.

UFC veteran Ron Faircloth will participate in one of four fights on the event’s main card. A total of eleven fights are scheduled to take place. The show is MFC’s tenth-straight sellout. Those interested in catching the event will be able to watch it live tomorrow night on HDNet starting at 10:30 PM ET.

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Ford, Gormley Victorious at MFC 16

Ryan Ford. Photo courtesy of the Maximum Fighting Championship.

Canadian welterweight prospect Ryan Ford remains undefeated after submitting Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran C.J. Fernandes with a first-round rear naked choke in the main event of Maximum Fighting Championship’s “Anger Management” show last night in Edmonton, Alberta.

The sold out crowd inside the River Cree Resort and Casino saw Ford swiftly take Fernandes’ just seconds into the fight. Fernandes’ experience played a big part in getting out of the dangerous position as he patently waited until he was able to reverse position and mount Ford on his back.

With the fighters too close to the ropes, the fight was moved back to center where Ford was able to take Fernandes’ back once again. The veteran fought off yet another choke attempt but Ford was eventually able to sink in his hooks and force Fernandes to tap.

The win has earned Ford a shot at the vacant MFC welterweight title at the promotion’s next event on July 25th. His opponent may be fellow undefeated rising star Matt Veach, who used superior wrestling and constant takedowns to hand Matt MacGrath his first professional loss in another featured fight on the card.

The co-main event saw California product Chase Gormley use dirty boxing techniques to keep BodogFight veteran Eric Pele against the cage and unable to mount any offense en route to a lackluster unanimous decision but the biggest win of his young career thus far.

Also victorious on the card was Aron Lofton, who bloodied and eventually submitted previously undefeated local prospect Jason Kuchera.

Complete results from the event:

Evan Sanguin def. Dave Nippard - TKO (Strikes)
Troy Sorenson def. Mike Tubbs - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Brandon Curts def. Sean Wright - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Mike Sorenson def. Jeremy Martin - Submission (Guillotine)
Gavin Neil def. Ryan McGillivray - Split Decision
Aron Lofton def. Jason Kuchera Submission (Guillotine)
Chris Camozzi def. Dwayne Lewis - Unanimous Decision
Ben Henderson def. Mike Maestas - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Matt Veach def. Matt MacGrath - Unanimous Decision
Chase Gormley def. Eric Pele - Unanimous Decision
Ryan Ford def. C.J. Fernandes - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)

MFC 16: Anger Managment Weigh-In Results

Ryan Ford. Photo courtesy of the Maximum Fighting Championship.

The official weigh-in results for tonight’s MFC 16: Anger Management show are below. Two fighters, Ryan McGillivray and Jeremy Martin failed to make their required weight limits. Both fighters will lose a quarter of their purse.

The card will be headlined by two co-main events: MFC undefeated welterweight contender Ryan Ford will attempt to capitalize on momentum gained from his last win over UFC veteran Pete Spratt in taking on C.J. Fernandes (Rogers Sportsnet has an interview with Ford here); longtime veteran heavyweight Eric Pele will go up against California prospect Chase Gormley.

HDNet will televise the main card portion of the event starting at 10:30 PM ET.

Main Card:

C.J. Fernandes (170.5 lbs) vs. Ryan Ford (171 lbs)
Chase Gormley (266 lbs) vs. Eric Pele (263 lbs)
Matt Veach (171 lbs) vs. Matt Macgrath (170 lbs)
Ben Henderson (155.5 lbs) vs. Mike Maestas (154.5 lbs)
Chris Camozzi (184.5 lbs) vs. Dwayne Lewis (186 lbs)
Aron Lofton (204 lbs) vs. Jason Kuchera (203.5 lbs)
Gavin Neil (165 lbs) vs. Ryan McGillivray (174 lbs)
Jeremy Martin (175.5 lbs) vs. Mike Sorensen (169.5 lbs)

Preliminary Bouts:

Brandon Curts (184.5 lbs) vs. Sean Wright (183.5 lbs)
Troy Sorenson (155.5 lbs) vs. Mike Tubbs (154.5 lbs)
Dave Nippard (151.5 lbs) vs. Evan Sanguin (154 lbs)

Evening News and Notes: April 24, 2008

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M-1 Global has announced the launching of a mixed martial arts-based reality show that will center around former PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko.

“Fighting Fedor” will involve sixteen heavyweights from all over the world traveling to Russia to live and train with the Red Devil Sport Club. The fighters will apparently compete against each other in a tournament-style format and the winner will have the chance to fight Emelianenko and pretty much face near-death in the process.

Additional details as well as the list of cast members is expected to be announced shortly.

DREAM Dropped by TBS; Picked up by HDNet?

DREAM live events have reportedly been dropped from the Tokyo Broadcasting System’s lineup due to lackluster ratings. The organization’s inaugural event only drew an 8.9 percent rating average in primetime, which is considered dismal by Japanese standards.

The network will air DREAM’s April 29th event on tape delay one week after the event takes place. It will be the last event the network airs. SkyPerfecTV pay-per-view will then assume duties of airing DREAM events for the future.

However what is Japan’s loss might be the United States’ gain according to our friends at, who report that tomorrow night’s episode of “Inside MMA” on HDNet will feature some interesting news regarding the FEG-owned promotion and the digital cable network.

Yvel-Overeem Scrapped

A bout between Dutch strikers Alistair Overeem and Gilbert Yvel scheduled to take place this Saturday at the K-1 European Grand Prix has been scrapped due to Yvel suffering a left calf injury during a recent training session. The fight was the only MMA bout slated to happen on the card, which will pan out at the Amsterdam Arena in the Netherlands.

“Last Thursday during a training session with Mirko Cro Cop, I suffered an injury which was diagnosed as torn muscle fiber in the hospital,” Yvel explained Thursday at a news conference according to “Even after two days of absolute rest and with lots of ice on the leg, I was barely able to stand on my left foot.”

It is unknown if a replacement opponent will be found in time for Overeem.

Cole Replaces Goodridge at “Anger Management”

IFL veteran Wayne Cole will replace an injured Gary Goodridge against heavyweight Eric Pele at the Maximum Fighting Championship’s upcoming “Anger Management” show on May 9th according to The Fight Network.

Goodridge was forced to pull out of the main event bout due to a recently suffered back injury. Goodridge suffered the injury during a recent training session and will be required to undergo surgery to repair the the sciatic nerve in his lower back.

Goodridge Withdraws from MFC in May

Gary Goodridge stops Jan Norte with strikes at K-1 Hero’s 8 in March 2007. Photo courtesy of FEG.

Longtime mixed martial arts veteran Gary Goodridge has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled bout against Eric Pele at the Maximum Fighting Championship’s upcoming “Anger Management” show on May 9th due to a recently suffered back injury.

The promotion announced the news concerning Goodridge’s injury in a press release earlier this morning.

Goodridge suffered the injury during a recent training session and will be required to undergo surgery to repair the the sciatic nerve in his lower back.

“Big Daddy” was also slated to face infamous professional boxer Eric “Butterbean” Esch at YAMMA Pit Fighting’s inaugural show earlier this month but was not cleared by the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board after being knocked out by Mu Bae Choi on March 30th.

“It’s disappointing that he won’t be fighting but we will find a very suitable replacement immediately,” said MFC President Mark Pavelich. “Gary told me that he still expects to attend the show and that he hopes to be able to fight in the MFC later this year.”

MFC Rounds Out Card for May 9th Event

Ryan Ford. Photo courtesy of the Maximum Fighting Championship.

The Maximum Fighting Championship has rounded out its card for MFC 16: Anger Management to be held on Friday, May 9 at the River Cree Resort and Casino just outside Edmonton, Alberta. MFC 16 will also be shown live on HDNet Fights throughout Canada, the United States and Mexico.

Two fights have already been announced – the main event pitting international icon Gary “Big Daddy” Goodridge against heavyweight sensation and A&E reality show star Eric “The Big E” Pele, and in a welterweight clash, undefeated MFC star Ryan “The Real Deal” Ford takes on H.I.T. Squad member C.J. Fernandes.

Highlighting the main card are two featured matchups. The first is a light heavyweight clash with Ryan “The Big Deal” Jimmo, who is riding a six-fight winning streak, going up against Adam Maciejewski. And in a lightweight encounter, Mike Maestas, who has moved to the top of the lightweight title contender list since his successful debut in the MFC, will take on the dangerous Ben Henderson.

Another bout of note on the main card will see a battle between a pair of unbeaten light heavyweights. Aron Lofton will make the trip up from Oklahoma looking to take down another of the MFC’s most-popular fighters, Jason “The Show” Kuchera.

Plus in an international clash of rugged middleweights, Chris Camozzi squares off against Dwayne Lewis. And in a showdown of young welterweights, Gavin Neil will look to stay undefeated when he battles Ryan “’The Kid” McGillivray who will be searching for his second straight win.

The complete card for the event is after the jump.

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MFC Announces Ford-Fernandes, Goodridge-Pele

Ryan Ford. Photo courtesy of the Maximum Fighting Championship.

Ryan “The Real Deal” Ford will continue his ascent towards the Maximum Fighting Championship’s welterweight title when he puts his perfect record on the line against C.J. Fernandes at MFC 16: Anger Management on Friday, May 9 at the River Cree Resort and Casino.

Ford ran his record to 5-0 with a second-round submission victory over UFC veteran Pete Spratt at MFC 15: Rags to Riches and now he has the opportunity to get within short range of a shot at the MFC’s 170-pound championship.

“It’s a great chance for me to get one step closer to the title belt that I’ve wanted since I started in this sport,” said Ford. “I made Pete Spratt tap out and he’s fought for more than nine years. I’ve been in mixed martial arts for nine months.

“I was born for this sport. My destiny is to be a champion. C.J. Fernandes is a wall standing in my way and just like Pete Spratt and everyone before him, I’m going to bust a hole in that wall and walk right through.”

Fernandes is an accomplished veteran with a 12-6-3 record who has fought a number of top rivals including former UFC champion Dave Menne, The Ultimate Fighter: Season 4 competitor Chris Lytle, and UFC veteran Yves Edwards. He’s found a new life in MMA by joining the H.I.T. Squad team anchored by legendary fighter and former UFC champion Matt Hughes.

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