MFC 36 winners take huge leap in world rankings

February 18, 2013

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MFC 36 winners take huge leap in world rankings



Monumental victories at MFC 36: Reality Check have catapulted several of the Maximum Fighting Championship’s top talent up the world rankings assembled at FightMatrix.com.

Elvis “The King” Mutapcic defended his middleweight crown with a narrow unanimous decision verdict over “Smilen” Sam Alvey, and the win moved the Des Moines, Iowa, fighter up nine spots to No. 42 in the rankings. Mutapcic (13-2), who is originally from Bosnia, is now ranked ahead of such notables as Tom Lawlor and CB Dollaway.

Newly crowned MFC lightweight champ Graham “Cracka” Spencer went from unranked in the 155-pound division all the way to No. 88 thanks to his third-round submission win over Mukai Maromo. Spencer (10-1, 1 NC), who fights of Nanaimo, British Columbia and trains in Sacramento, California, has intentions of not only defending his lightweight belt but also taking a run at the MFC title in the featherweight division.

Undisputed Canadian heavyweight kingpin Smealinho “The Prince” Rama took another major leap in the rankings as the Calgary, Alberta, prospect soared 36 spots to move inside the world’s top-40 at No. 33. Rama (6-0), who was the Fight Matrix Male Rookie of the Year for 2012, will get a shot at the vacant MFC heavyweight title later in 2013, as his decisive first-round TKO stoppage of Mike Hackert pushed him past well-known heavyweights Matt Mitrione, Mike Russow, and Pat Barry.

The biggest leap in the rankings went to Wes Swofford, a late replacement who scored the Knockout of the Night at MFC 36 with his stunning comeback win over Jay Silva. Swofford, who fights out of Sacramento, California, rocketed up 253 spots to No. 56 in the world middleweight rankings. Swofford (8-3) is now right in the thick of the MFC’s talent-rich middleweight ranks and will likely get a prominent spot on the MFC 37 card coming up on May 10.

The two other winners on the MFC 36 main card also made significant strides in the world rankings. Jonatas Novaes (11-4), who stunned Kurt Southern with a come-from-behind submission win in the third round of their lightweight battle, moved to No. 59 in the rankings – a jump of 13 positions for the Brazilian who now fights out of Chicago, Illinois. Meanwhile, middleweight title hopeful Jason “The Savage” Zentgraf (7-1), a native of Missoula, Montana, vaulted 41 spots to No. 115 after his second-round submission win over Clay Davidson.

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