MFC 35 Predictions- Part 1

Posted on Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 at 6:01 pm

MFC 35 Predictions- Part 1

As part of the exciting lead-up to Maximum Fighting Championship events,  the Z-Files reaches out to mixed martial arts insiders – fighters, trainers and respected media members – for their fearless predictions on the key fights.

With MFC 35: Explosive Encounter quickly coming up upon us, this is our first of three occasions to take a peek at some prognostications.

This chapter is the one that looks inside a hotly anticipated battle between two of the top heavyweight fighters in Canada as Smealinho Rama goes up against Ryan “The Vanilla Gorilla” Fortin.

Rama (4-0) – second fight under the MFC banner … holds two victories by knockout and two by submission … significant wins over Lee Mein and Craig Hudson

Fortin (6-3) – fourth MFC fight, three under Heat XC flag … four of six wins coming inside the first round … holds notable career victories over Dan Severn and Jared Kilkenny


“Canada has never been known for its heavyweights, but a new breed of quality prospects is emerging in the Maximum Fighting Championship. This compelling matchup will likely determine an opponent for Mike Hackert to crown an inaugural MFC heavyweight kingpin. Rama is undefeated in four professional bouts, having finished all four foes in the very first round. Meanwhile, Fortin is riding a three-fight winning streak. Both fighters are relatively untested as their recent opponents include Dan ‘The Beast’ Severn and Lee Mein, but Rama has shown more promise. He should be favored to connect with a cavalcade of strikes, bringing Fortin’s title aspirations to a halt early on in the fray. Rama, TKO, Round 1.”

- Ariel Shnerer, The Fight Network

“Ring rust will not be a factor for Fortin and Ryan’s size will be too much to handle for Rama. Fortin will end Rama’s four-fight win streak when he pounds him out in the second round. Can’t wait for Fortin vs. Hackert at MFC 36!”

- Keith Grienke,

“Rama won his MFC 34 debut and takes an undefeated record in against a more experienced Fortin. Take Rama in a second-round KO.”

- Con Griwkowsky, Sun Media

“Smealinho Rama has a great name, but he’s going to need a lot more than a name to beat the always-game Fortin. Gotta go with experience and level of competition on this one. Fortin doesn’t want any more losses after his back-to-back losses a couple years ago. Rama hasn’t tasted defeat as of yet and is due for a loss (unfortunately). And Fortin will be the guy to hand it to him. Look for a back and forth with Fortin getting rocked early but coming back to win via TKO or flat-out KO.”

- Todd Prescott, MMA journalist

“Currently a top-ranked Canadian heavyweight, Ryan Fortin will have his hands full when taking on undefeated Smealinho Rama. Rama is 4-0 with all first-round stoppages and is sure to quickly climb up the heavyweight rankings. My prediction is that Smealinho Rama will defeat Ryan Fortin via first-round submission.”

- Ryan Justason, MMA Insight Radio

“Fortin is a big strong fighter and had a very competitive match with my teammate Nick Penner. I predict Fortin by TKO.”

- Luke Harris, MFC middleweight

“The hometown favorite Ryan Fortin has his hands full with Smealinho Rama. Rama is undefeated coming into this fight with an array of different finishes. I think Fortin will get overeager and attempt a lazy submission that gives way to a Rama finish on the ground. Rama via submission, Round 2.”

- Julien Solomita, Fighting Solo Radio

“It’s always tough to judge a fighter like Smealinho Rama, who has finished all of his fights inside of the opening frame. The questions of how he responds if the fight gets out of the first round and into those ‘deep waters’ are the ones on people’s mind to see where he sits. Fortin has gone into those waters in the past but I do not foresee this one requiring the judges to do any work. Fortin is going to need to avoid Rama’s early onslaught and force Rama to compromise his game plan and fight to Fortin’s strength. It’s a coin flip in my mind because Rama has a lot of questions but I’ll lean his way.”

- John Pollock, Fight Network Radio

“Fortin via KO.”

- Mukai Maromo, MFC lightweight

“Both guys are beasts, although I think Rama spends more time in the gym. That being said, Fortin’s just a huge monster and will come forward looking to knock Rama’s head off. I see Smealinho out-boxing Ryan and avoiding his power until he catches him with a counter-punch. Rama by TKO, Round 2.”

- Cody Krahn, MFC welterweight

“Rama has heavy hands and solid jiu-jitsu with two wins by both knockout and submission. Fortin, however, will use his length to neutralize the power and ground game of Rama to earn the win.”

- Nikolai Gionti,

“The MFC is trying to build up its’ heavyweight roster and believe they have the best Canadian heavyweight in Mike ‘The Honey Badger’ Hackert who knocked out veteran Tim Hague in the first round at MFC 34. Everyone loves to watch the heavyweights bang it out and Pavelich is always looking to provide the MFC fans with the most exciting fighters he can find. Rama is undefeated in four career bouts and made his MFC debut at MFC 34 where he knocked out Lee Mein in the first round. He’s finished all four opponents, two by knockout and two by submission. Fortin has one of the more interesting nicknames in MMA. Known as ‘The Vanilla Gorilla,’ Fortin is 6-3 with four knockouts and two submissions. This will be his fourth fight for the MFC having lost all three of his previous attempts. He lost to William Richey at MFC 21 and veterans Nick Penner and Chase Gormley at MFC 23 and MFC 25, respectively. Both men are close to the heavyweight limit of 265lbs., but Rama seems to have the bigger upside and could be in line for a potential MFC heavyweight title bout against Hackert should he win. Winner via second-round TKO … Smealinho Rama.”

- Bryan Levick, Radio

“Fortin has been around the block. I bet this one ends early. Fortin via TKO, Round 1.”

- Erin McDougall, MMA blogger

“The winner here will prove they are Canada’s second-best heavyweight and earn a crack at the number-one slot against Mike Hackert. In paper Fortin is an easy favorite with an advantage in almost every facet of the sport. But something has to be said for momentum and Rama has that in spades. Considering Fortin hasn’t fought since October 2011 while Rama has earned 4 straight wins since then. Rama won’t allow Fortin a chance to shake off the rust as he’ll come out in typical blitzkrieg fashion and put Fortin on the ropes early to earn another first-round TKO finish.”

- Don Wilson,

“Smealinho Rama has stopped all of his opponents in the first round and in this fight I see nothing changing for him. Rama by first-round TKO.”

- Mike Radich, MMA Talkout Radio

“OK, at the risk of sounding like a broken record, this fight between Smealinho Rama and Ryan
Fortin will also end in a violent KO or TKO. Both men are big heavyweights who like to throw their lunchbox hands with nasty intentions. Ryan ‘The Vanilla Gorilla’ Fortin has not had much success under the MFC banner and I don’t see him beating the undefeated Rama in this fight. Don’t blink during this fight fans! After a quick feeling out process, expect Fortin to come in too quick and looking for a desperation finish only to get finished by Rama at the end of the first. Rama by TKO (ref stoppage) in between the third and fourth minute of the first round.”

- Richard Duguay,

“Rama’s record is unblemished, but he’s never been past the first round. Fortin has faced some bigger names and he’s been to deeper waters. As long as Fortin survives Rama’s first-round onslaught, he will wear Rama down and take a third-round TKO.”

- Rob Tatum,

“Two tough heavyweights but one shall fall. Great fight! Fortin by way of first-round KO.”

- Adam Martin,

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Wednesday, October 24th, 2012
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