Travis Lutter vs Jason MacDonald
“MFC 22: Payoff” took place last night at the River Cree Resort and Casino in Alberta, Canada. Fans in attendance were treated to a total of ten fights with many former UFC fighters on the card including a main event of Travis Lutter versus Jason MacDonald. Read on for full results and recap of the televised portion of the event.
In the night’s opening bout, Pete Spratt took on Nathan Gunn. Gunn controlled the action in the first round utilizing his ground game. Gunn put Spratt on the mat multiple times with takedowns and was able to get Spratt’s back. But Spratt defended well and in the second round was able to do more damage in the stand up game. Near the end of the second round, Spratt connected with a devastating uppercut that knocked Gunn out cold.
In the opening round of Marvin Eastman versus Ryan Jimmo, Eastman looked to take his shots and escape. But Eastman was forced to work an inside game due to Jimmo’s five inch reach advantage. While in the clinch, Jimmo was able to neutralize Eastman’s strength and would pummel Eastman with knees. The second round saw more of the same until Jimmo attempted a takedown, which Eastman reversed and landed in side control. Once in side control, Eastman didn’t do much and had a very minimal ground and pound attack. In the third round Eastman was finally able to make use of his wrestling ability and clearly won the third round. While the first round went to Jimmo, and the last to Eastman, the second round could have gone either way and as such the judges were split, but awarded Jimmo the victory.
Mike Nickels and David Heath put on arguably the fight of the night. A great back and forth battle with both fighters swinging and hitting their mark. Heath was warned and deducted a point for spitting out his mouth guard multiple times. At least one of the times his mouth guard came out saved him from getting knocked out. IN the third round the two fighters went toe-to-toe and at one point Heath just let Nickels unload blow after blow without even trying to defend. Finally four minutes into the third round Nickels was able to take Heath down and secure in a rear naked choke for the victory.
American Top Team’s Luigi Fiorvanti took on Xtreme Couture’s John Alessio in a back and forth battle. Alessio looked to find his shots and back away to avoid the dangerous counter-striking of Fiorvanti. In the end, Alessio scored a massive right that sent Fiorvanti to the ground and Alessio quickly capitalized and got the referee stoppage.
In what was originally scheduled to be a five round contest for the lightweight belt, Antonio McKee took on Carlo Prater in a three round catch weight contest after Prater failed to make weight. McKee dominated all three rounds with his wrestling and ground and pound. Prater had no answer and the judges had an easy decision in awarding the victory to McKee.
The main event featured two former UFC stars in a middleweight contest. In the first round Travis Lutter was able to get Jason MacDonald’s back but MacDonald was able to defend the attacks well. In the second round, Lutter again took MacDonald down and was able to get the full mount position. Like the first round, MacDonald defended well. In the third round, Lutter appeared to gas and MacDonald was able to take advantage and get a takedown. While MacDonald clearly won the third round, but it wasn’t enough as the judges awarded Lutter the victory.
Travis Lutter def. Jason MacDonald — Unanimous Decision
Antonio McKee def. Carlo Prater — Unanimous Decision
John Alessio def. Luigi Fioravanti – TKO (Punches) 1:34 R3
Mike Nickels def. David Heath — Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 4:02 R3
Ryan Jimmo def. Marvin Eastman – Split Decision
Pete Spratt def. Nathan Gunn — KO (Punch) 4:19 R2
Dwayne Lewis def. Jared Kilkenny — TKO (Punches) 3:31 R1
Jason Heit def. Paapa Inkumusah — TKO (Punches) 4:59 R2
Joe Christopher def. Andrew Buckland — Submission (Guillotine Choke) 1:54 R1
Nick Hryunchyshyn def. Jesse MacDougall — TKO (Punches) 4:29 R2