Looking like a MFC card on too many energy drinks World Series of Fighting's Canadian franchise returns this weekend with WSOF “Ford vs. Powell”. This is an official WSOF event but is not part of the chronological series in the US which picks back up next month. WSOF “Ford vs. Powell” takes place February 21st at the Edmonton Expo Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with an undercard webstreamed on Sherdog.com, a main card broadcast on the NBC Sports Network.
21-4 Ryan Ford may not be the most familiar name to mainstream US fans but he is the most popular Canadian fighter outside the UFC at this time. In 2008 he was MFC champion where he defeated UFC vets Laverne Clark and Pete Spratt before losing the title to Pat Healy. In 2009 he was The Fight Club (not to be confused with Titan FC) champion, in 2011 AMMA champion, and in 2012 went 2-0 in Bellator. Not content to go through the tournamnet process in Bellator Ford moved on to AFC where he picked up two more wins giving Ford a five-win streak dating back to September 2011. 7-3 Joel Powell may not be as popular but the Hamilton, Ontario fighter has been earning respect climbing the ranks with defeats of George Lockhart and Michael Hill in 2013. Both are known for preferring standup while having solid ground skills and are about the same age leaving experience the main advantage.
For several yars now American Top Team have been saying NCAA Division I wrestling champion Steve Mocco is the next big thing (literally) and so far on the regional stage the heavyweight has lived up to expectations notching a 4-0 record with 3 submissions and 1 decision. Now it is time for Mocco to step onto the international stage to see if he can live up to the hype as he faces MFC vet Smealinho Rama. 6-1 Rama is coming off his first defeat as Anthony Hamilton KO'd Rama in October, a fight which ended Rama's streak of 6 first-round finishes. Rama is unlikely to be able to keep his feet should Mocco choose to take the fight to the ground, the question seems to be will Mocco choose to do so or take his chances standing with a more experienced striker.
Overall this is a significant card in terms of who will feed into the “real” WSOF but should not be confused with WSOF 9 March 29th. On that card Steve Carl attempts to defend the welterweight title against Rousimar Palhares while Marlon Moraes fights Josh Rettinghouse for the vacant bantamweight belt.
WSOF Canada “Ford vs. Powell” fight card:
- Justin Evans vs. Stuart Fontaine
- Roger Alves vs. Jemark Brady
- Behrang Yousefi vs. Hakeem Dawodu
- Owen Carr vs. Maged Hammo
- Tim Hague vs. Lee Mein
- Mike Kent vs. Matt Baker
- Lenny Wheeler vs. Will Romero
- Mark Drummond vs. Brandt Dewsbery
- Josh Machan vs. Adam Lorenz
- Michael Hill vs. Ryan Dickson
- Steve Mocco vs. Smealinho Rama
- Ryan Ford vs. Joel Powell