Undefeated welterweight Ryan “The Real Deal” Ford will not only be taking a big step up in competition at the Maximum Fighting Championship’s MFC 15: Rags to Riches.
He’ll also be in the spotlight of the main event.
Ford will square off against seven-time UFC veteran Pete Spratt at MFC 15 which will take place on Friday, February 22 at the River Cree Resort and Casino in Edmonton. MFC 15: Rags to Riches marks the Maximum Fighting Championship’s first event of 2008 and the first fight card in a five-event agreement for 2008 with the River Cree Resort and Casino.
Ford (4-0), a fast-rising powerful phenom, faces Spratt (17-10) in just the fifth fight of his career. In an interesting twist, current UFC interim welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre also faced Spratt in the fifth fight of his career back in 2003. St. Pierre was victorious with a submission at 1:40 of the first round.
“Like many others, I believe Ryan Ford has the talent to become a major force in this sport and it is fitting that he gets this test against Pete Spratt at the same time in his career that Georges St. Pierre did,” said MFC Owner/President Mark Pavelich.
“Ford is a hungry lion in search of his next prey. Pete Spratt is a dangerous opponent looking to silence a young gun. This has all the makings of a great main event.”
MMA on Tap was able to catch up with Pete “The Secret Weapon” Spratt who discussed his win over fellow welterweight Tristan Yunker at HDNet Fights: Reckless Abandon this past weekend.
When asked about the direction that the fight went in, Spratt said that he expected it to go the way it did.
“It went the way I thought it would,” said Spratt. “I knew exactly what he wanted to do from the start. He was looking to back me up against the cage with punches and then take me down, it’s kind of his signature move I think. I know that I’m the better striker so I was glad to exchange with him.”
After the two hit the ground, Spratt was able to reverse position and ended up on top of Yunker. He then moved to side control where he landed a series of punches and elbows that cut Yunker and ultimately ended up stopping the fight.
“The cut was in a real bad spot,” said Spratt. “It was right above his eye and it started leaking down right away. We kept on going and then I stood up but he told the referee that he couldn’t see and the fight was called.”
The win was the second in as many fights for Spratt. So what’s next for the UFC veteran? It’s looking like a continuation of his revamped training.
“I want to do things that will lengthen my career,” stated Spratt. “For the longest time I was always getting submitted buy I’ve started working my jiu-jitsu and wrestling and it’s really paid off. I still want to keep my striking sharp but the ground game is my main priority now.”
Jason “Mayhem” Miller and Frank Trigg were both victorious last night in their respective bouts, setting up a potential rematch of their ICON Sport middleweight title bout that took place just one year ago.
The 6,754 that packed into the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas saw a main event between Miller and Tim Kennedy live up to expectations as a very competitive bout. Kennedy came away with the first round on the scorecards, using superior striking and wrestling to keep Miller at bay. Kennedy came close to ending the fight when he secured Miller’s back and had an extended amount of time to try and sink in a rear naked choke. The opportunity was foiled when the horn sounded to end the round.
Both fighters came out of the gate firing away with punches and kicks to start the second. Kennedy (8-2) once again took control of Miller (20-5) from behind but Miller was able to reverse the position and put Kennedy on his back. Miller fired away with punches and elbows that opened up a nasty cut on the bridge of Kennedy’s nose. “Mayhem” started to pull away in the final stanza after securing an early takedown.
Kennedy’s cut was checked by ringside doctors on two different occasions but the bout was permitted to continue both times. The fight was restarted on the feet by the referee after the second check of the cut and gave Kennedy the opportunity to take Miller down. However Kennedy was unable to generate much offense because of multiple submission attempts by Miller. Miller rolled Kennedy to his back and pounded away on his opponent until the end of the fight. The judges convened and their scorecards all matched up as Miller was awarded a well-earned unanimous decision, finally avenging a loss to Kennedy earlier in his career.
When asked who he would like to take on in his next fight, Miller hysterically stated that he wouldn’t mind fighting HDNet Fights owner and famed billionaire Mark Cuban for each other’s wallets. While Cuban won’t be standing across the cage against Miller in his next fight, Trigg most likely will be.
Marcus Lanier def. Lee King - Submission (Armbar)
Liam McCarty def. Jason House - TKO (Cut)
Jay White def. Patrick Castillo - Submission (Armbar)
Nissen Osterneck def. Freddie Espiricueta - Submission (Strikes)
Corey Mahon def. Chris Bowles - Submision (Armbar)
Pete Spratt def. Tristan Yunker - TKO (Cut)
Krzysztof Soszynski def. Robert Villegas - Disqualification
Yves Edwards def. Alonzo Martinez - Submission (RNC)
Frank Trigg def. Edwin Dewees - Submission (Kimura)
Jason Miller def. Tim Kennedy- Unanimous Decision
Tonight we will be going live at 7:30 PM EST, covering HDNet Fights: Reckless Abandon with one of our patented live blogs. Be sure to leave some comments throughout the night…
While you are waiting for the event to start, feel free to check out our coverage of the event which includes interviews, weigh-in results, and much more:
HDNet Fights II Weigh-In Results
A Chance for Revenge and Mayhem in HD
RawVegas Interviews Mir and Trigg
Rob Zombie’s ‘Halloween’ to Sponsor HDNet Fights
Report: Osterneck Tapped to Replace Dollaway
Dollaway Out of HDNetFights: Reckless Abandon
Report: Salmon Replaced Against Mayhem
Trigg-Dewees, Miller-Salmon Headline HDNet Fights
Jason Miller vs. Tim Kennedy
Frank Trigg vs. Edwin Dewees
Yves Edwards vs. Alonzo Martinez
Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Robert Villegas
Pete Spratt vs. Tristan Yunker
Cory Mahon vs. Chris Bowles
Freddie Espiricueta vs. Nissen Osterneck
Jason House vs Liam McCarty
Jay White vs. Patrick Castillo
Lee King vs. Marcus Lanier
Tristan Yunker failed to make weight for his scheduled welterweight bout against Pete Spratt. Yunker weighed-in at 174 lbs at the weigh-ins and was only able to get down to 173 lbs following the allotted two-hour time limit.
Yunker will now forfeit a percentage of his purse to Spratt and the fight will take place at a catch weight of 173 lbs.
Jason Miller (186 lbs) vs. Tim Kennedy (185 lbs)
Frank Trigg (183 lbs) vs. Edwin Dewees (185 lbs)
Yves Edwards (156 lbs) vs. Alonzo Martinez (156 lbs)
Krzysztof Soszynski (204 lbs) vs. Robert Villegas (205 lbs)
Pete Spratt (170 lbs) vs. Tristan Yunker (174 lbs)
Cory Mahon (155 lbs) vs. Chris Bowles (154 lbs)
Freddie Espiricueta (184 lbs) vs. Nissen Osterneck (184 lbs)
Jason House (184 lbs) vs Liam McCarty (185 lbs)
Jay White (256 lbs) vs. Patrick Castillo (241 lbs)
Lee King (155 lbs) vs. Marcus Lanier (154 lbs)
News and Notes
- Our rumors section has been updated…
- The IFL has announced that it has signed welterweight Mark Miller to a contract extension through the end of 2008.
- Bubba the Love Sponge mentioned on his satellite radio show yesterday that he ran into Dan Henderson over the weekend and Henderson mentioned that he would be fighting in December and possibly at middleweight:
It appears that Dan Henderson may very well be fighting on the UFC 79 Nemesis December 29th card. While on a trip to Vegas this weekend, Bubba the Love Sponge mentioned on his Satellite Radio program today that he ran into Henderson. He stated that Dan mentioned in conversation that he thought he would be fighting in December. Bubba went on to say that Dan would not say who he would be fighting, but did mention that he may be fighting at 185 lbs.
- MMA Junkie is reporting that Pete Spratt will take on Tristan Yunker at HDNet Fights II in December.
- UFC Mania has now become MMA Mania...
- HCF CEO Keith Crawford and Scott Zerr of Maximum Fighting Championship exchanged heated press releases yesterday. Crawford claimed that the slated MFC bout between Shonie Carter and Brad Zazulak is a complete mismatch and shouldn’t be allowed to happen. Zerr fired back with claims that Crawford’s company is losing money and not paying their fighters on time.
- Kevin Randleman is currently in the hospital, dealing with an extremely severe staph infection. .I’m not going to upload the pictures of his infection on here because it’s pretty tough on the eyes but you can see it here.
Randleman was apparently in critical condition for three weeks:
Kevin spent three weeks in the hospital and was released two weeks ago. After having a look at that picture I could only assume that it was painful, Kevin offered this: “I was in critical condition for almost three weeks and I am two weeks out of the hospital now.” He continued, “pain is just part of the healing, and it hurts a lot.”
Painful indeed as one could only assume two holes in the side of your body could be. Kevin is doing okay now but will need to be careful. “I had two organs shut down again. I think what I need to do is stop enduring the pain and go see the doctors earlier.”
- Dave Meltzer has an excellent piece on how olympic-skilled wrestlers have revolutionized MMA’s heavyweight division over the years.
Jeff Ford (225 lbs) vs. Erik Paulson (212.5 lbs) *
Freddie Espiricueta (185.5 lbs) vs. Jason House (183 lbs)
Anthony Lapsley (170.75 lbs) vs. Drew Fickett (171.25 lbs)
Matt Thompson (241 lbs) vs. Justin Eilers (231 lbs)
TJ Waldburger (170.5 lbs) vs. Pete Spratt (168.75 lbs)
David Roberts (154.75 lbs) vs. Chris Bowles (153 lbs)
CB Dollaway (186.25 lbs) vs. Hans Marrero (184 lbs)
Corey Salter (N/A) vs. Joel Traves (268 lbs)
David Morris (184 lbs) vs. Liam McCarty (185 lbs)
Justin Howard (244 lbs) vs. Jay McCown (245.75 lbs)
* The main event featuring Jeff Ford and Erik Paulson which was originally scheduled to take place at 205 lbs has now been switched to a heavyweight affair after it was announced that Jeff Ford was unable to make weight.
“I’ve been busting my ass to drop (to the required weight), running, hitting the sauna two times a day, training, dieting, not eating,” said an obviously irritated Paulson. “I dropped down to 205 (Thursday) night and then I got news after I got out of the sauna that (Ford) was about 230 and that he was not going to be able (to make weight).”
HDNet Fights hosted a conference call earlier this afternoon to promote their new venture into the world of mixed martial arts as well as their inaugural event which will take place on October 13th at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas. HDNet Fights officials eatured on the call were HDNet owner Mark Cuban and UFC and PRIDE veteran Guy Mezger. The fighters participating were Erik Paulson, Jeff Ford, Justin Eilers, Jason House, and Freddie Espiricueta.