Newton crowned new MFC champ
Daley blasts Alessio in Long Time Coming’s superfight
Emanuel “The Hardcore Kid” Newton used a methodical approach and demonstrated a vastly superior gas tank as he ripped the Maximum Fighting Championship’s world light heavyweight title from Roger Hollett last night before a sold-out crowd at MFC 19: Long Time Coming.
Before the HDNet Fights’ cameras and a full house at The Venue at River Cree Resort and Casino, Newton simply wore out Hollett with a steady barrage of takedowns and an early attack to the body that clearly depleted the former title-holder. But while delighted with taking the title by a resounding unanimous decision, Newton (18-3) was apologetic for a fight that was less-than thrilling.
“I’m sorry it wasn’t very exciting and I promise I will be better when I defend this beautiful belt,” said Newton. “I relied on my cardio and that was the difference.”
Hollett (8-2) was a shell of the heavy-hitting “Hulk” form that made him a popular figure and a feared champion. He was reluctant to throw his hands and kicks save for a few knees coming out of the clinch. His first title defence was unquestionably a major disappointment.
The top end of the card did have a stellar superfight, however, as bitter rivals Paul Daley and John “The Natural” Alessio squared off. Alessio scored a mental advantage one night earlier when Daley hit the scales three pounds over the allowed limit 171. The error cost Daley 25% of his purse but the English striker got his revenge and recouped his losses in a big way with the win bonus.
Daley (19-7) defended Alessio’s takedown attempts throughout much of Round 1 and connected with a pair of big left hooks near the end of the frame. In Round 2, Daley showcased his dynamic power as he crushed Alessio with several heavy shots and then felled him with a head kick. A crumpled Alessio (24-12) covered up but couldn’t withstand more explosive firepower from “Semtex” and referee John Braak was forced to call a halt to the bout at 2:18 of the second. It was the first KO/TKO loss of Alessio’s lengthy career.
“I knew I could finish him off and I did. I wanted to get that money back,” said Daley.
In what was clearly the Fight of the Night, Derrick “The Eraser” Noble made a triumphant move down to lightweight as he stopped Ariel Sexton by submission via guillotine choke at 1:30 of Round 2. Somewhat surprisingly the two stood and traded high-powered strikes in Round 1. Noble’s nose was left bleeding but the former welterweight rocked Sexton with two rights that split the Costa Rican’s eyebrow wide open. That five-minute session put the raucous crowd on their feet in appreciation.
Noble (24-11) wore down Sexton (5-2) with his heavy hands in Round 2 but Sexton wouldn’t go away easy, returning some strikes of his own before Noble was able to lock on a vicious guillotine to finish it.
The televised portion of the event opened with Aron “The Poster Boy” Lofton (5-1) securing a quick victory in a rematch with hometown favourite Jason “The Show” Kuchera (3-3). Although the two battled through a bloody back-and-forth encounter in their first clash, Lofton wasted little time this time around as he scored with a solid jab before locking on a guillotine choke just 44 seconds into the fight. The loss was Kuchera’s third straight defeat.
It was a good night for Jason “The Athlete” MacDonald – the MFC’s homegrown talent who blossomed into a UFC middleweight star. MacDonald’s jiu-jitsu coach Josh “The Gringo” Russell (2-0) picked up a quick win over Colby Snyder (6-2) with a submission at 1:44 of the first round via rear-naked choke. MacDonald’s own student, Ryan Machan, then went out and dominated Mike Sorensen, going after several submission attempts before nailing down a rear-naked choke at 4:54 of Round 1. For Machan (9-2) it was his sixth straight win while Sorensen (4-2) saw his win streak stopped at two.
In an early preliminary bout, Jesse Clarke lived up to his nickname of “The Hitman” by scoring a TKO win and Knockout of the Night honour by dispatching Nolan Clark at 4:07 of Round 1.
Kyle Sandford def. Joey Gorczynski – Split decision
Gavin Neil def. Alan Hernandez – 2:44 Round 1, Rear-naked choke
Ryan McGillivray def. Elliot Duff – 1:33 Round 3, Submission via heel hook