Each event, there will be a “guest predictor” who will offer their insight into the event and provide their predictions for each MMA bout.
For Havoc FC 14, Justin Schmit has stepped in to provide his predictions and analysis for the 11 MMA bouts on the card.
Schmit holds a professional record of 4-9, with his most recent win coming over Zach Manywounds in 2017. Schmit is one of the true veterans of the sport in Western Canada, and is known for his unparalleled toughness and never saying no to fight, no matter the opponent.
Here are Schmit’s predictions for Havoc FC 14:
Devon Neis (6-5) vs Grayson Wells (4-3): PRO Heavyweight Title Bout** FIGHT PREVIEW
“This fight has fireworks written all over it. Neither of their last two meetings made it out of the first round. I know Neis is training hard, but Wells is a beast. Both fighters are going to be super cautious early. I see Neis knocking out Wells, but literally could go either way.”
Prediction: Neis wins by knockout in the second round.
Craig Shintani (8-3) vs Corey Gower (7-6): PRO Lightweight Title Bout** FIGHT PREVIEW
“Both fighters have been around for a long time. I have seen Shintani beat up some very legit guys. I know Gower has been in some hard fights with tough guys, but Shintani has that grinding style and pushes such a hard pace.”
Prediction: Shintani wins by unanimous decision.
Ryan Williams (1-1) vs Harley King (0-0): PRO Bantamweight
“King gets a tough draw here in his professional debut, taking on a jiu-jitsu black belt in Williams. I see King finding success on the feet early, but eventually Williams will be able to get him to the mat and let his jiu-jitsu do the rest.”
Prediction: Williams wins by submission in the second round.
Austin Batra (0-0) vs Sean Michael (0-0): PRO Lightweight
“This one has fight of the night written all over it. Two hard-hitting lightweights making their professional debuts. All seven of their combined amateur wins have been finishes. With Batra fighting the majority of his amateur career at welterweight, and even as high as middleweight, he’s likely to be the bigger, stronger fighter, which could be the difference in what should be a hard-hitting affair.”
Prediction: Batra wins by unanimous decision.
Evan Piercey (3-2) vs Mike Parsons (4-2): AMATEUR Lightweight Title Bout** FIGHT PREVIEW
“Every show I’m at when CMC has guys there Piercey is helping out his teammates, other fighters, officials, you name it. He stepped up huge and helped corner me versus Justin Doege in Penticton a couple years ago, and then helped me tape hands and corner two other guys. He is simply a great friend and teammate. He has a great gas tank, legit striking skills, and good takedown defence. I’m guessing this will be his last amateur fight, regardless of the outcome.
Parsons is a guy I have known for more than 10 years. He has worked my corner on numerous occasions, and we have trained together tons. He is a great coach and true friend. He has great wrestling and pushes a wrestlers pace for sure, which he will need against Piercey. He hits as hard as most professional lightweights and definitely has a strength advantage on Piercey.
This fight is a huge step up in competition for Piercey, but he has a great team around him down in Lethbridge getting him ready everyday, which puts him at an advantage over Parsons. I see Parsons having the striking advantage for sure, as well as the strength. Piercey has a more well-rounded ground game, but lacks the takedowns Parsons has. Their conditioning is close, but probably advantage Piercey once again because I know how much those guys spar at CMC.
I really wish both guys could win this one. I know both men will leave everything in there and walk out with more experience than they have gotten in their last five fights. It’s too close to call.”
Prediction: Piercey wins by split decision.
Christopher Levia (0-0) vs Kevin William Garnet-Carmichael (0-0): AMATEUR 160 pounds
“Another matchup of two debuting amateurs. Levia comes out of Kensei Martial Arts with a strong team behind him, and I feel he’ll ride the wave of fighting in his hometown to victory.”
Prediction: Levia wins by unanimous decision.
Sean Carroll (1-1) vs Jesus Ricko (0-1): AMATEUR 150 pounds
“Ricko lost his debut, but went the distance against Garrett Noonan, who is a really tough guy. I feel he has the experience advantage over Carroll just from that fight alone. Ricko has that tough Mexican boxers attitude and is one of Mike Parsons’ students.”
Prediction: Ricko wins by TKO in the second round.
Grady Behrens (2-0) vs Steven Siebrecht (1-0): AMATEUR Middleweight
“Both of these guys have yet to taste defeat in their young amateur careers. Behrens holds the edge in cage time by a large margin with his first fight going to decision and his second fight being a third round submission. Siebrecht’s lone win came in impressive fashion, a 19-second knockout of Wyatt Yake. Siebrecht comes from a strong gym in Saskatchewan and I can see him adding another finish to his record.”
Prediction: Siebrecht wins by TKO in the second round.
Eric Haldemann (1-0) vs Patrick Padja (0-0): AMATEUR Lightweight
“After making amateur debut back in June in Grande Prairie, Haldemann will now get to compete in his hometown cage for the first time. Padja is making his debut, but has been working with the likes of Jesse Arnett and Noah Ali at Alavanca in Calgary. Padja will enter his amateur debut more than prepared, and his strong wrestling should be a difference-maker.”
Prediction: Padja wins by unanimous decision.
Ryan Noble (0-0) vs Vincent Hinger (0-0): AMATEUR Flyweight
“Two fighters making their amateur debut here, which makes it very tough to predict. Noble is fighting in his hometown, so he’ll likely be coming out very motivated for the win. I see it being a close contest, but it’ll be the jiu-jitsu of Hinger that makes the difference.
Prediction: Hinger wins by submission in the first round.
Alex Markett (0-0) vs Peko Sananikhom (1-0): AMATEUR Lightweight
“Markett is making his amateur debut, while Sananikhom holds one win to his name, a first round submission back in 2015. I see Markett keeping it close, but ultimately Sananikhom having already experienced an MMA fight will be the deciding factor.
Prediction: Sananikhom wins by unanimous decision.