Eight straight for McKee

CON GRIWKOWSKY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:54 AM ET

It was billed as a contrast of styles at last night's MFC 20: Destined for Greatness card at the River Cree Resort & Casino.

One thing was certain -- either scrapper Derrick Noble of Champlin,Minn., or grappler Antonio McKee of Lakewood, Calif., would claim his first-ever MFC world lightweight title.

True to from, McKee used a defensive style to wear down his opponent and improved his record to 28-3 with a unanimous decison.

It was McKee's eighth straight win since 2003.

It was a somewhat dull affair that elicited an ever-growing chorus of boos and an occasional call of 'booooring' from the crowd, which likely would have liked to see a quicker ending.

The match started out cautiously, as the combatants traded more kicks and punches at safe distances for most of the first three rounds than the impatient crowd apparently expected to see.

Even though McKee managed to raise a few welts on Noble's back, Noble used his strength to ward off any decisive hold.

McKee started to take control of the bout in the fourth round as Noble weakened.

Neither the main event between Edmonton's Ryan Ford and Portland's Pat Healy had not commenced at press time nor the featured welterweight bout between Nick Thompson of Minneappolis and Paul Daley of Nottingham, England, had started by press time.

In the scheduled three-rounders, Milwaukee's Solomon Hutcherson (15-5), scored a unanimous decision, handing Dave Mewborn (6-1-2) of Georgia, handing Mewborn his first defeat.

Hutcherson, a veteran of UFC Reality, cut Newborn under the right eye early and simply overpowered his opponent.

David Heath of Tulsa, Okla. ,(11-4) used a guillotine choke for a first-round win over Roger Hollett of Halifax (8-3).

Bryan Walker (9-1) of Victorville, Calif., showed overwhelming punching power to knock out Rory Singer (12-9) of Georgia withfour seconds to go in the first round.

The prelim bouts all ended in first-round wins for Alberta scrappers,

Red Deer's Ryan Machan used a rear naked choke to win his bout by submission over Hamilton's Simon Marini; Evan Sanguin of Red Deer knocked out Alain Hernandez of Calgary; Calgary's Josh Russell ran his career record to 3-0, beating Donovan Foley of Milwaukee with a triangle hold, and Brad Zazulak of Fort McMurray moved to 4-0 with a TKO over Richard Symonds.

CON.GRIWKOWSKY@SUNMEDIA.CA


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