Pete Spratt weighs-in for The Ultimate Fighter 4 Finale. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The weeks leading up to the fight were filled with verbal barbs back and forth but in the end it was young Canadian phenom Ryan Ford that remained undefeated in submitting HDNet Fights and Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Pete Spratt at the Maximum Fighting Championship’s “Rags to Riches” event last night.
Both fighters scored early and often in the first round with a mix of effective striking and powerful takedowns. It was obvious later on in the round that Ford was the much stronger fighter as his pure strength made up for his inferior wrestling against the former college football standout.
Spratt turned the tide during the final minute of the round when he landed a high kick that rocked Ford, who ended up falling underneath of the ropes. Spratt pounced on his opponent but instead opted to take the fight back up to the feet, in hopes of scoring another devastating blow that might finish his opponent off. Instead Ford scored a takedown and controlled his foe until the end of the round.
When the horn sounded, it was visible that Spratt was aware that it was the end of the round while Ford and referee Herb Dean did not. Ford then connected with two right hands flush to the face of an uncommitted Spratt before a ringside official caught Dean’s attention and informed him that time expired.
A stunned Spratt remainded on the canvas for almost a minute and a half before finally making his way back to his corner. He was allotted a full five minutes in order to regain his composure but Spratt was unable to get his bearings back for the second round, evident by his slow start.
The pace picked up with an eventful exchange on the feet. Spratt tried to take Ford down but the Edmonton, Alberta native grabbed his opponent’s short, causing Dean to deduct a point. Spratt landed a stiff left jab and yet another high kick but Ford managed to shake off the shots and score a takedown. After softening Spratt up with some punches, Ford took his back and sunk in a fight-ending rear naked choke.
Ford ran up his record to a perfect 5-0 with the win. The loss snapped a brief two-fight winning streak for Spratt, who has now lost four out of his last six.
After the fight, an ever-confident Ford had some more choice words for Spratt and revealed a potential trek to the UFC later this year.
“I choked his ass out just like Georges St. Pierre did,” Ford said during a post-fight interview inside of the ring. “He talked a lot of trash before this fight, and so I had to shut him up. Next for me is the welterweight title here and after that I’m off to the UFC. The question is not what’s next for me, it’s who’s next for me.”
Jesse Forbes, a former cast member of the third season of “The Ultimate Fighter”, survived a brutal attack from fellow middleweight Chris Camozzi before scoring a surprising armbar that forced his opponent to tap out in the show’s co-main event.
Complete event results are below:
Ryan Ford def. Pete Spratt - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Jesse Forbes def. Chris Camozzi - Submission (Armbar)
Mike Maestas def. Ryan Heck - Unanimous Decision
Ryan Jimmo def. Craig Zellner - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Jason Kuchera def. Alan Hope - TKO (Strikes)
Ryan McGillivray def. Jason Zorthian - Submission (Armbar)
Gavin Neil def. Josh Groves - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Mike Tubbs def. Alec Peletsov - Unanimous Decision
Keto Allen def. Doug Page - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Dave Nippard def. Carlos Espinosa - TKO (Strikes)
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