International spotlight - Fight Club 10 results Ryan Ford chokes out Tommy Speer in the first
Five star prospect Ryan Ford (12-2) pasted another test on his path to landing a contract with a National MMA promotion. In the main event of Fight Club 10, Ford was matched up with former Ultimate Fighter finalist Tommy Speer (13-5).
After a brief feeling out process the fight went to mat where Ford showed off his improved grappling game. The strength and quickness of Ford constantly put Speer in bad spots on the ground. Ford set up a rear naked choke finish with a barrage of strikes with the official time coming at 4:29 of the opening round.
The 30 year old Ford has now won three in a row since dropping a decision to Pat Healy at MFC 20. Ford is still 12-0 versus fighters not named Healy. Ford's combination of athleticism and raw power makes him a prime welterweight prospect.
Ford would make a fine addition to the UFC or Strikeforce 170 pound weight division. The Edmonton native sits at number six in the ULTMMA50, a pound for pound list of the top 50 unsigned MMA prospects.
In championship action Martin Desilets (9-2) upset title holder Victor Valimaki (16-5) late in the first round. The win for Desilets was not without controversy. Fighting out of Quebec, Desilets out pointed Valimaki on the feet but was also warned for a low blow by referee Yves Lavigne.
The final flurry from Desilets came with just three seconds left in the opening round. Desilets staggered Valimaki with multiple punches before the referee stoppage was called the bout, with Valimaki visibly upset about the stoppage.
Valimaki was looking to make his way to back to the UFC following an unsuccessful 0-2 stint. Desilets is the midst of a three fight winning streak while the loss for Valimaki snapped a impressive seven fight victory run.
Fight Club 10
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
David Bodrug def. Doug Newman by Submission RNC 3:55 R2
Rio Wells def. Timothy Skidmore by TKO 3:33 R1
Curtis Demarce def. Mike Bell by Unanimous Decision
Mitch Clark def. Brandon McArthur by Submission RNC 1:14 R2
Sheldon Westcott def. Tim Smith by TKO at 0:29 R1
Victor Bachmann def. Markhaille Wedderburn by Submission RNC 3:28 R1
Martin Desilets def. Victor Valimaki by TKO 4:57 R1
Ryan Ford def. Tommy Speer by Submission RNC 4:29 R1