Each day, The MMA Corner will provide a recap of results, event announcements, fight matchups, and injuries/cancellations from throughout the world of MMA.
At MFC 34, Elvis Mutapcic and Joseph Henle cemented their claims as the two legitimate contenders to the MFC middleweight championship. Now, the two will square off in the headliner of MFC 35: Explosive Encounter. The event takes place at the Mayfield Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, and airs live on AXS TV Fights throughout the United States beginning at 10 p.m. ET/8 p.m. MT/7 p.m. PT and on tape-delay in Canada on TSN2.
The rest of the main card is as follows:
Graham Spencer vs. Shane Nelson
Smealinho Rama vs. Ryan “The Vanilla Gorilla” Fortin
Derek “The Lion” Parker vs. Jared “The Yeti” McComb
Sabah Fadai vs. Cody “Genghis” Krahn
Paul “The Punisher” Grandbois vs. Jason “The Show” Kuchera
The Score Fighting Series returns on Friday, October 19th in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada with two sensational fights for fans in attendance. On the preliminaries, Joel Paquette and Ronnie Phillips will come off of respective losses to face each other inside the SFS cage. Paquette suffered a submission loss to Jason Meisel in December, while Phillips suffered a TKO defeat to Oliver Vadnais in April. In main-card action, Jesse “The Ghost” Gross and Seiji Sugiman-Marangos will do battle in a clash of featherweight prospects. Gross recently suffered a loss to Daron Cruickshank of TUF: Live fame, while Sugima-Marangos rides a four-fight win streak into this bout
An injury to Pascal Krauss now opens the door for Damarques Johnson to face Gunnar Nelson in a welterweight tilt on the prelims of UFC on Fuel TV 5 in Nottingham later this month. The undefeated Nelson will make his UFC debut against Johnson, who has dropped two of his last three. Johnson steps in after original replacement Rich Attonito expressed concerns over making the welterweight limit against Nelson.
The nature of a recent injury to former Strikeforce bantamweight queen Sarah Kaufman could not be disclosed, but the injury will force her out of a planned bout with Kaitlin Young. On the plus side for MMA fans, however, Young will have the chance to settle a score as she faces Leslie Smith, who went to a split draw with Young at Invicta’s inaugural outing. Smith’s original foe, the undefeated Kim Connor-Hamby will now face Raquel Pennington, who earned a decision win over Sarah Moras at Invicta FC 2.
Invicta FC 3, headlined by an inaugural atomweight tilt between Jessica Penne and. Naho Sugiyama, takes place Oct. 6 in Kansas City, Kan. As was the case for Invicta’s past outings, the event is expected to stream online for free.
Photo: Joseph Henle (MFC)
Photo: Joseph Henle (MFC)