Prestige FC prepares for main event on August 12 at Casman Centre
By Curtis J. Phillips, Connect Contributor
It took me a few seconds to catch the significance of the nickname, and then I had a quick chuckle.
But it will be no laughing matter on August 12 when Edmonton’s Cody “Donkey” Krahn steps into the ring against Red Deer’s Luke “Sandman” Spicer in the co-main event at Prestige FC 7’s Welcome Back Fort McMurray Strong event to be staged at the Casman Centre.
With four pro Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), two pro kickboxing, three amateur MMA and three amateur kickboxing; it is a 12-bout card that Prestige Fighting owner Chad Rice hopes will set a new attendance record for combat sports held at the arena.
The previous record was around 1,800 when the main event featured local Sandy Bowman defeating Eric Esch (Butter Bean) at Prestige Fighting Championship 3 held October 21, 2011 with a first round 0:54 stop submission on punches.
This would be the third last career fight for the iconic Butter Bean, who would end his combat pro career with a record of 97 wins, 24 losses and 5 draws. He was five-time IBA World Super Heavyweight Champion in boxing where he won 77 times.
Although there will be no superstar combatants in the ring this time around, the true superheroes are various local charities as Rice states that all gate receipts, after expenses are covered, will be donated to them.
“It would be nice if we could get a full house, around 2,200,” said Rice. “The more we get the more we may give back to the community.”
Majority of the fighters on the card come out of the local Bowmans Tae Kwon Do Academy.
“It will be an emotional night for most of the fighters,” said Bowman, who is also Chairman of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Combative Sports Commission.
“When the evacuation happened, a lot of them were dispersed throughout the country and they had to find other gyms to train and get ready for their fights.
“Plus, a few of them have lost their homes (due to forest fire) and still had to train. They want to show what they can do and put on a good show for the city.”
For the co-main event, Krahn, 32, has a winning record of 15-13-0 since turning pro November 28, 2008 with a first round submission choke against Tom Benesocky.
Ranked 18th in the Canada Pro Light Heavyweights division, Krahn will be taking on Red Deer’s Spicer.
Spicer, 34, sporting a record of 2-1-0, has not fought MMA for three-and-a-half years prior to a victory December 4, 2015 with a Unanimous Decision. But he, like Krahn, has kept busy with kick boxing fights.
Spicer’s last MMA win was against no other than Donkey Krahn, who is on a four loss MMA skid, after compiling an impressive 15-9 record.
His last win was here in Fort McMurray on September 19 at Prestige FC 6 with a second round Guillotine Choke against Michael Kent.
Sandman’s only MMA loss was a first round TKO to Cory Tossoff in 2010 at PURE Fighting Championships 6.
“It should be a good fight and go the (three round) distance,” said Bowman of the 205 pound matchup.
REST OF CARD
At 205 lbs., Teddy “Bear” Ash (5-2-0) of Fort McMurray vs. 205 lbs. Bill “The Monk” Fraser (4-9-0) of Comox, British Columbia.
“Teddy has been working on his ground game and Bill is a tough guy known for his Brazilian jiu-jitsu.”
Heavyweight: Jannie Joubert vs. Chris Carol
155 lbs.: David Nippard vs. Tyler Dolby,
185 lbs.: Tyler White vs. Chris Lauzon,
170 lbs.: Christopher Boisvert vs. Phil Engeroff
150 lbs.: Jamie Osmond vs. Cam MacDonald
Heavyweight : Mike King vs. Brandon McWilliams
135 lbs.: Kate MacDonald vs. Gina Daniels
“Kate, I believe she is a teacher, has been training two to three hours a day, the last few months, to get ready. We are pretty excited for her.”
170 lbs.: Jason Cyprien vs. Michael Janvier
150 lbs.: Derek Donald vs. Patrick Skani
170 lbs.: Rob Abel vs. Joe Mapanda,
Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and touching of the fists at 8 p.m. Card subject to change.
Catch you on the rebound.
– Connect Weekly –