Reader asks, columnist delivers: Which local fighters would be a good match?

Just a few days ago at Safeway in Kenai a man come stammering up to me at the checkout line. He ashamedly asked, “Are you the guy who writes those MMA articles for the paper?” Unaware if that was a good or bad thing I simple answered by nodding my head yes.


He then asked me a particularly interesting follow-up question. The man asked, “Who do you want to see fight when they hold the next event?” 

I was blown away and surprised by the question. After much thought I came up with four fantasy match-ups I’d like to see on the next PFC: 4 card in late March. Here they are:     

David Teufel vs. Tyler Ming 2

The first fight between these two at PFC: 3 ended in a disqualification. Tyler Ming was warned numerous times about strikes to the back of the head and in the end it cost him the match. However, Teufel was quick to offer a rematch at the next Peninsula Fighting Championship event in late March. Let’s hope this rematch is in the works.

Both fighters showed their dominance in the match. Ming looked strong on the feet, knocking Teufel down with vicious strikes. David, on the other hand, looked like the superior ground fighter with constant pressure and a barrage of submission attempts. This fight is one we’d all like to see, again. 

Seth Kroll vs. Lucas Murray

Murray came out of PFC: 3 with a great come-from-behind win over Steven Harding. It looked rocky at the start but experience and training took over. In the end Murray was the one with his hand raised, winning by submission in the first round. If Lucas is looking for a step up in competition I’ve got just the guy for him.

Seth Kroll tore through Trevor Huskey at PFC: 3 with a 17-second TKO victory in round one. I highly doubt he’ll steamroll Murray that easily. Both fighters have experience inside the cage and both have the ability to put on a fight-of-the-night performance. If this fight has legs I hope it runs all the way to the ring at PFC: 4 in late March. I know it won’t disappoint. 

Nathan O’Keefe
vs. Jason “Red” Tholl

My nominee for the breakout fighter at PFC: 3 was Nathan O’Keefe. His stand-up was crisp and aggressive while his ground game provided a submission victory by rear-naked choke at 29 seconds of round one. An impressive win for his professional debut. Nathan looked like a force to be reckoned with. Perhaps Jason “Red” Tholl is up for the challenge.

Tholl has been absent from the cage due to injury. However, that’s not stopping me from wanting to see this fight. A matchup between O’Keefe and Tholl promises fireworks from the first punch thrown. Both are aggressive and extremely talented. My hope is Tholl will be able to train and fight by the end of March — you should be hoping for that too.    

Victor Rodriguez vs. Cameron Crawford

Just two months away, that’s what I keep telling myself. Just two more months before this fight becomes a reality. At PFC: 3 Cameron Crawford defeated Mike Anderson by TKO in round one. An impressive victory for the lightweight contender. Crawford’s a true mixed martial artist. His skills both on the feet and ground are exceptional, which could cause problems for Rodriguez.

That same night Victor Rodriguez defeated Kory Spooner to retain his bantamweight belt. The fight was an exact replica of their earlier bout at PFC: 2 back in March 2012, with Rodriguez winning by submission due to strikes. After the win Crawford challenged the champion to a title fight at the upcoming PFC: 4 event. If both men can make weight and stay healthy this fight might go down as one of the greats. 

In the end, it’s up to the promotion and matchmakers to decide who fights who. I’m just throwing my 2 cents in and hoping it finds the right wishing well. 

Let me know what you think about my fantasy match-ups by following me on Twitter at @scottlevesque.

Scott Levesque writes a weekly column for the Clarion on mixed martial arts. He will cover MMA at the local, state and national levels. His handle on Twitter is @scottlevesque.


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