Melnychuk, Getschel fight raises the bar

Con Griwkowsky, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:17 AM ET

EDMONTON - Just what was that grudge about?

In a fight that seemed to capture the imagination of the crowd, former hockey enforcer Marty Melnychuk of Sherwood Park and his rival Ryan Getschel of Edmonton went at it in their MMA debuts.

If the fight resembled a barroom brawl without the liquid courage, more than a display of technical skill, nobody seemed to mind.

There were just as many chants of “Marty, Marty,” as there were disparaging remarks as the energized crowd picked its favourite.

Chances are they’ll never step back into the ring again, but when they stepped out, it was Melnychuk that emerged the winner.

Melnychuk applied a guillotine choke at 2:23 of the second round, flattening Getschel, who was unable to get up off the mat and regain his composure for several minutes.

“I’m exhausted,” were about the only words that passed Melnychuk’s bloodied lips.

He sat with his head buried in a iced towel, trying vainly to respond to an entourage of well-wishers.

In the next dressing room, Getschel was in no better shape.

n In the main event, David Heath (15-6) of Tulsa beat Edmonton’s Jason Kuchera (5-5) at 4:45 of the third round with a TKO, unanswered blows.

It was a warmup for Heath, who will be back in the MFC when the three-event road show kicks off in Brandon this September.

“You saw what I was doing in there,” said Heath, who was shaking off some rust in what looked more like a sparring session. “I haven’t fought in six months. I have a lot of respect for Jason Kuchera.

“I just wanted to get back into the ring and do stuff that I’m used to doing and that’s it.”


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