Great expectations

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:29 AM ET

Evan Sanguin was aware his opponent took all of eight seconds to win his Maximum Fighting Championship debut.

Regardless, he was well prepared going into the MFC 16 Anger Management fight card at The Venue at the River Cree Resort and Casino last night.

That's the benefit of having Jason McDonald in your corner.

"Working with Jason MacDonald is awesome," Sanguin said after defeating Dave Nippard of Fort McMurray. "I get a little nervous because everyone expects so much from me because I train with him. But I just go in there and try to do my best no matter what, win or lose, and he said that's all he wants so that takes a lot of pressure off me."

Sanguin beat Nippard in the first fight of the night.

The co-main events saw Chase Gormley take on Eric Pele, while C.J. Fernandes took on local fighter Ryan Ford.

Neither bout had been completed prior to press time.

In evening's other bouts, Troy Sorense beat Mike Tubbs, Mike Sorensen defeated Jeremy Martin, Brandon Curts defeated Sean Wright, Gavin Neil got the decision over Ryan McGillivray and Aaron Lofton beat Jason Kuchera in a bloody affair.

Kuchera, a local fighter and fan favourite, hung in the best he could despite sustaining a nasty gash over his lip. Eventually he was submitted by Lofton with five seconds left in the second round. It was by far the bloodiest battle of the night.

Chris Camozzi then earned a decision over Dwayne Lewis. Ben Henderson defeated Mike Maestas, who suffered a bad cut on his head during the bout and Matt Veach got the decision over Matt Macgrath.

McDonald, a rising star in the UFC circuit, is still in the middle of a promising fighting career himself. Yet there are a couple of young fighters that he has taken under his wing at his gym in Red Deer.

Sanguin, 21, is one of them and improved his record to 2-0 with last night's victory.

"He's a great kid, he's a hard worker," MacDonald said. "He takes his fights pretty seriously, he actually wants to go somewhere with his fighting, he's not a guy that's just doing it for fun or because he thinks it's cool.

"He's got a good level-head on his shoulders. I think with a lot of hard work, a little bit of luck, good coaching and the right opportunities, he's definitely going to be a great new addition to the lightweight division at the MFC."

Against Nippard, Sanguin was able to get an early takedown then worked on his opponent until he was unable to defend a barrage of punches to the head 2:23 seconds into the first round.

Nippard was taking part in his second professional fight.

His first came was a one-punch victory at the last MFC event in February.

"He came out with a flurry, like I thought he would," Sanguin said.

"He had an eight-second knockout in his last fight, so I was kind of nervous, I didn't want to get caught. But I was able to catch up with him, took him down and I could feel he got really tense and tight."

Sanguin showed good patience once on top of Nippard.

"I just wanted to get on top of him and finish him," Sanguin said. "I'll choke him if I have to."


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