Alaska FC 140 Preview: Carlton Minus (7-0) Battles Justin Buchholz, TUF alum Nic Herron-Webb Fights for Middleweight Gold
Anchorage, Alaska – If you haven’t checked out UFC Fight Pass Wednesday night regulars Alaska FC for a while, the show has received a massive face lift and talent boost ever since the promotion moved to its new home at the Alaska Airlines Center last year. This Wednesday’s Alaska FC 140 promises to be one of their top cards yet, featuring several undefeated regional prospects to go along with proven big show talents like Justin Buchholz and Nic Herron-Webb. Get hyped for AFC 140 on UFC Fight Pass with some background info, and a dash of salient fight video, on the evening’s most intriguing competitors!
Alaska FC 140 Main Event @ Lightweight:
Justin Buchholz (16-10, 1-4 UFC, #330 World)
Carlton Minus (7-0, #518 World)
The main event of AFC 140 could serve as the coronation for Alaska’s next UFC-level talent, Carlton “Clutch” Minus. The 25 year old Anchorage native started his career by blasting through a five-pack of debuting foes, but in the past year he’s stepped things up considerably with a decision win over Alaskan all-timer Collin Reuter and nine year vet Jesse Kueber. Minus is a solid striker and a very tough guy who survived some really tough early going against Reuter before redoubling his efforts and riding his cardio to a three round unanimous decision win. For a taste of the sort of finishing power that he brings to the cage, here’s a clip of Carlton Minus putting Kris Berberich out with a wicked knee to the face in late 2016:
— UFC Fight Pass (@UFCFightPass) November 17, 2016
With wins over those top regional journeymen under his belt, the next step up the ladder for Minus is a contest with recently-unretired UFC veteran Justin Buchholz. Buchholz left his head coaching position at Team Alpha Male, which has allowed him to focus on training fighters like Cynthia Calvillo and Darren Elkins one-on-one. Things got pretty weird the last time Justin main evented an AFC card in September 2017; he finished off Marques Facine with a PRIDE rules grounded soccer kick to the head but somehow managed to secure a TKO win instead of a DQ loss:
— Lord Honky Humungus (@Mr_Honky) September 21, 2017
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Alaska FC 140 Co-Main Event @ Middleweight:
Nic Herron-Webb (19-8, TUF 16 Alum, #270 World Lightweight)
John Stern (3-3), 5 round Alaska FC title fight
By all rights, 28 year old Anchorage native Nic Herron-Webb could easily have walked away with the Cage Warriors lightweight belt following his entertaining five round battle versus Chris Fishgold back in November 2016. “Naptime” has always been a nasty jiu-jitsu player, but the ABJJ rep showed better-than-ever wrestling skills against a man regarded as one of the top grapplers in Europe. In any case, that decision didn’t go Herron-Webb’s way, but he has a chance to get back in the win column and claim a different regional belt in this walking weight contest against Alaska’s John Stern. Stern started his career 1-3, but bounced back with consecutive submission victories in his last two AFC outings, and is the sort of grappling aficionado who can pull off an omoplata finish in a pro fight. The real wild card in this one is the fact that Herron-Webb is coming up from 155 pounds, while Stern is dropping down from 205. Will the size difference help John Stern overcome Nic Herron-Webb’s massive experience edge?
— Cage Warriors (@CageWarriors) December 30, 2016
Alaska FC 140 Feature @ Light Heavyweight: (Scrapped)
Joey Faletagoai (3-0)
Onosai Moana (3-4) 5’8″ ex-heavyweight Joey Faletagoai may not look like a prototypical well-rounded mixed martial artist at first glance, but once you see him in action it’s a different story. Faletagoai has earned two Mata Leon (RNC) finishes in the AFC cage, but he also owns a pair of well-educated hands that he can use to help get the fight to the canvas. The major database sites are missing at least one regional Alaskan bout from last November, which saw Faletagoai crush Stephen Waalkes with a counter right hook within seconds before finishing the fight with audacious ground and pound (see below). His foe on this evening, seven-fight AFC starter Onosai Moana, is another exciting sub-six-footer who is just now cutting to light-heavyweight for the first time. When big dudes thrown down in the regionals, you hear people say “this one ain’t gonna go to a decision” quite a bit – well, with zero trips to the scorecards between them, I think it’s safe to say this one ain’t gonna go to a decision.
Alaska FC 140 Feature @ Welterweight:
Patrik White (5-0)
James Mitchell (1-0)
Five Alaska FC bouts, five knockouts – this cagefighting thing has been all roses so far for AFC lightweight prospect Patrik White, who will battle up a weight class at 170 on short notice at AFC 140. The 5’11” White turned pro 26 months ago and has run through a slate of opponents, three of whom couldn’t make it the second minute of the fight. White’s boxing is well-honed under the tutelage of striking coach and frequent AFC announcer Giovanni DeVera, but if there’s one thing that sets him apart it’s a Gaethje-esque dedication to leg kicks. Before he takes on 1-0 James Mitchell, who won his single AFC bout by TKO, check out Patrik White’s brutal leg kick finish of Tyson Duckworth at AFC 137 back on Valentine’s Day:
Check out the post-weighins update – full Alaska FC 140 fight lineup courtesy of alaskafighting.com: