Former UFC washout Travis Lutter earned a close decision victory over fellow UFC vet Jason MacDonald last night at the Maximum Fighting Championships 22 card.
Lutter, fighting for the first time in eighteen months, was released from the UFC after failing to make weight for a losing championship bout with Anderson Silva. “The Ultimate Fighter 4″ winner used his considerable Brazilian jiu-jitsu skills to land a very close 29-28 win.
“I definitely felt my Brazilian jiu-jitsu was the difference in the fight,” said Lutter. “When I was on top, I passed and when he was on top, he couldn’t.”
MacDonald was fighting for the first time near his home province in nearly three years. He had ten fights in the UFC and was considered one of the most reliable and exciting fighters on the roster, which made for a complete surprise when the UFC cut him after his UFC 97 loss to Nate Quarry.
On the undercard, lightweight veteran Antonio McKee defeated Carlo Prater by unanimous decision. The 39-year-old McKee hasn’t lost a fight since a February 2003 loss to Karo Parisyan. The bout with Prater was scheduled to be a title match, but Prater missed weight by three pounds and lost the chance for a championship match.
After the bout, McKee noted that he believes he’s the best lightweight in the world.
“I really think I’m the best at 155 in the world. Who’s going to beat me?” asked McKee. “(MFC owner) Mark Pavelich can try and find whoever to take my title, but I’ll just beat down their ass as well.”
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