Rama/Fortin winner has Hackert waiting in the wings

September 24, 2012
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MFC 35 heavyweight picture has big future

By MFC Staff

Fighters never like to look ahead. They have a smart and simple approach – focus on the fight in front of them, worry about future battles later on.

Figuring what may lie ahead is the job of writers, pundits, talk show hosts, and bloggers. So when fighters like Smealinho Rama and Ryan Fortin get down to business at MFC 35: Explosive Encounter, they’ll have nothing else on their minds other than the brawny opponent staring back at them from the other corner. Those sitting at ringside have the duty of forecasting the future.

And when it comes to Rama and Fortin, there is easy equation for what their future may hold. The answer is Mike Hackert.

Rama (4-0) and Fortin (6-3) square-off in much-anticipated heavyweight clash at MFC 35 taking place on Friday, October 26 at the Mayfield Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, and live on AXS TV across the United States. The card will then air on tape-delay across Canada on TSN2.

Rama and Fortin are regarded as two of the most prominent heavyweights in Canada. Hackert (6-1) is far and away the consensus top dog amongst Canadian heavys, climbing all the way to No. 35 (http://www.fightmatrix.com/mma-ranks/heavyweight-265-lbs/) in the world rankings after his first-round destruction of Tim Hague at MFC 34.

Rama made a good first impression in his organizational debut, dispatching hard-nosed veteran Lee Mein in short order. While he has big power thanks to his formidable size, the Calgary, Alberta, product might be better served taking his opposition to the ground where his frame can be used to cement a ground-and-pound attack or submission game (Rama holds two wins via tapout). (more…)