by Jody Peterson for MMAWeekly (Photo by Julie McQuinn)
Extreme Cage Combat 2: Collision Course was held Friday in front of 2,500 energetic fans at the Moncton Coliseum in New Brunswick, Canada. It marked the second successful card for ECC promoter Peter Martell with Jason MacDonald as the main event, and the first ever professional MMA event to take place in New Brunswick. Martell said, “Everything went well. [There were] exciting fights, energetic fans, and we are always looking to improve. Our next show is July 22nd in Halifax.”

With a roaring reception from the crowd, Jason ‘The Athlete” MacDonald entered the arena to Metallica’s “Turn the Page” and was set to square off with New York’s Jerry Spiegel in the main event.

As the fight began, it appeared as though MacDonald was willing to use his reach and striking to take control of the fight. When the fighters clinched after a few crisp jabs from MacDonald, he bullied his opponent to the cage, where he very neatly picked Spiegel up and set him down in his corner. Working like a skilled grappler, with his corner issuing instructions, MacDonald worked Spiegel’s body and head with strikes from within the guard, creating enough space to land some damaging shots early in the fight.

To the credit of the Jiu Jitsu-trained and former boxer Spiegel, he fought hard from the bottom and briefly rolled over into MacDonald’s guard. Spiegel, staying active, mistakenly attempted to go for MacDonald’s foot, looking for an ankle or heel hook, which allowed MacDonald to get to his feet. While standing in the center of the cage, MacDonald threw two left jabs and one right cross, which Spiegel neatly ducked and countered with a low kick to the inside knee of the off-balance MacDonald. It seemed as though MacDonald’s demeanor changed at that point in the fight, and if the eyes are a telling sign of a man, MacDonald’s eyes said it all. MacDonald took Spiegel down in his corner again and then attempted an armbar, which he was unable to finish before the bell sounded to end the first round.

The second round started with a very exciting atmosphere, as everyone in attendance was on their feet. MacDonald quickly bullied Spiegel to his corner once again, where he slammed him down and landed several damaging strikes before ending the fight with a right-left combination that forced the referee to call a halt to the fight at 33 seconds of the second round.

MacDonald had this to say just minutes after his fight: “I really wanted to finish this fight on the feet, but I had a game plan for the ground, too, and we were able to execute it well. I controlled him, took him over to our corner, and did the things we worked on going into tonight.”

As for the future of Jason MacDonald, he’s scheduled to be in the main event once again for ECC 3 in Halifax, Nova Scotia on July 22nd. Regarding his plans after that, MacDonald said, “I want to be in the UFC. That’s what my goal is, and I hope soon enough they see me… sign me up! I’m ready!”

In the semi-main event of the night, Victor Valimaki used his size, reach, and superior wrestling skills to win a decision over Craig Sloan, which was the only judges’ decision of the evening.

It was an exciting 15 minutes that saw both fighters stand and trade shots in the center of the cage, much to the delight of the crowd, who were standing throughout much of this battle. Valimaki was cleaner with his jabs and had better wrestling skills than Sloan. Valimaki was able to straighten Sloan up anytime he attempted to strike or shoot.

Sloan needed to get the fight to the mat in order to avoid Valimaki’s striking, so he attempted many takedowns and did manage to succeed at getting a few of them. Unfortunately for Sloan, he wasn’t able to inflict much damage on the ground, and Valimaki started taking control of the fight. After a 15-minute war that saw both fighters give the audience a great show, all three of the judges scored the bout 30 to 27 in favor of Victor Valimaki

Valimaki commented, “It went as planned. I knew he was tough and going to be real hard to finish, so I knew it was a case of staying in dominant position and [I had to] keep whacking away at him.” Valimaki will be back in action on July 22nd at the ECC 3 card in Halifax.

In another main card bout, Nelson Akawui Riquelme of BTT Canada delivered as advertised. The slick 170-pounder weathered an early storm from Canadian grappler Rich Kanasevich and went on to win the fight by TKO in the second round. Riquelme used some very fast punches and great footwork to set up the eventual finish, which came when Riquelme landed some vicious Muay Thai knees to Kanasevich’s head.

Full Results

-Jason MacDonald def. Jerry Spiegel by TKO at 0:33 of Round 2

-Victor Valimaki def. Craig Sloan by unanimous decision

-Nelson Akawui Riquelme def. Rich Kanasevich by TKO at 2:06 of Round 2

-Shawn Marchand def. Steve Skinner by TKO at 2:46 of Round 2

-Jesse Bongfeldt def. Eric Beaulieu by submission (rear naked choke) at 1:16 of Round 1

-Dave Scholten def. Tim Tamaki by TKO at 2:17 of Round 1

-Bryan Edge def. Josh Kyrejto by submission (guillotine choke) at 1:23 of Round 1

-Jay Jenkins def. Luke Hatfield by TKO at 5:00 of Round 2