On Friday, Feb. 15, Maximum Fighting Championship hosted its 36th event, “Reality Check” from the Shaw Conference Center in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Mukai Maromo and Elvis Mutapcic aimed to cement their status as among the promotion’s best.

Maromo battled Graham Spencer for the lightweight title, while the middleweight champion Mutapcic faced Bellator and Ultimate Fighter veteran Sam Alvey in an electric co-headliner.

The two title fights headlined a 10-fight card in which the top six bouts aired live on AXS TV.

Spencer submits Maromo to become new lightweight champion

Maromo found himself in trouble with Spencer outworking him and taking him down from the get-go. Maromo made an argument for taking the second round, but fatigue settled in quickly in the third round. The flashy Muay Thai practitioner succumbed to a takedown from Spencer and provided no defense to a north-south choke from the Team Alpha Male standout. The new champion Spencer improved to 10-1 with his second career win over Maromo.

Mutapcic edges Alvey to retain MFC middleweight title

“The King” found his mark for five rounds against Alvey, but the win did not come easily for the Bosnian import. After two clear rounds in Mutapcic’s favor, Alvey came out and claimed the third round after establishing his jab. A groin shot evened out the fourth round on the scorecards, though the round went more in Mutapcic’s favor prior to the shot. The final round was the most entertaining of the contest, as both fighters pushed forward.

In the end, the point deduction proved a moot point as Alvey dropped the unanimous decision to Mutapcic as the judges rendered scores of 48-46, 49-45, and 48-46, allowing Mutapcic to keep his middleweight strap.

Hackert succumbs to Rama’s first-round flurry

Heavyweight Smealinho Rama promised a first-round finish, and a first-round finish he delivered. For much of the first round, Rama exhibited takedown defense and jockeyed for position with Hackert. Once he found a home for his right hand, however, Rama smelled blood, took the back, and rained down with a flurry of strikes before the referee’s intervention.

Novaes mounts third-round comeback against Southern

Lightweight Jonatas Novaes found himself blasted early and controlled throughout the first two rounds of his clash with Canadian Kurt Southern. Southern scored over and over with takedowns, but Novaes hung on. In the final frame Novaes mounted an unexpected comeback. A technical error on Southern’s part opened the door for Novaes to sink in an armbar and force the tap.

Zentgraf takes home Davidson’s arm in second round

Middleweight Clay Davidson gained early control in the first round after a body kick and effective work in the clinch. Davidson’s takedown defense proved a problem early for Jason Zentgraf, but Zentgraf found a takedown in the second round and worked hard for submissions. After failing repeatedly for a rear-naked choke, Zentgraf sunk in an armbar and forced the tap with just three seconds left in the round. The fighter moved to 7-1 with the win.

Swofford stuns Silva in just 41 seconds

UFC veteran Jay Silva dropped last-minute replacement Wes Swofford early after a head kick and looked to have the fight won. However, a left elbow and a series of right uppercuts turned the tide for Swofford, who improved to 8-3 with a flashy, 41-second stoppage win. Silva was clearly out on his feet while against the ropes.

Graham Spencer def. Mukai Maromo by submission (north-south choke). Round 3, 1:01 – claims vacant lightweight championship
Elvis Mutapcic def. Sam Alvey by unanimous decision (48-46, 49-45, 48-46) – retains middleweight championship
Smealinho Rama def. Mike Hackert by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 2:28
Jonatas Novaes def. Kurt Southern by submission (armbar). Round 3, 1:06
Jason Zentgraf def. Clay Davidson by submission (armbar). Round 2, 4:57
Wes Swofford def. Jay Silva by TKO (elbow and punches). Round 1, 0:41
Garret Nybakken def. Keenan Feeney by submission (guillotine choke). Round 1, 4:45
Marcus Hicks def. Paul Grandbois by submission (arm-triangle choke). Round 2, 2:13
Elvis Vukaj def. Chris Mattock by TKO (elbow and punches). Round 2, 1:23

Photo: Maximum Fighting Championship Logo (MFC)

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Dale De Souza
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Dale De Souza is a 22-year-old kid straight out of Texas, who grew up around Professional Wrestling but embraced the beauty of Mixed Martial Arts and Combat Sports at a young age. Dale is a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report MMA, a writer at The MMA Corner.