Maximum Fighting Championships debuted in Ontario on Friday night, with an impressive performance from welterweight champion Douglas Lima to cap off the evening, while light heavyweight titleholder Ryan Jimmo unfortunately put the crowd to sleep with his defense against Zak Cummings.
Douglas Lima vs. Terry Martin
Douglas Lima lived up to his billing as the MFC welterweight champion with a quick TKO over UFC veteran Terry Martin to cap off the promotion’s first event in Ontario.
With a huge reach advantage at his disposal, Lima kept the short and powerful Martin away from him, but didn’t look afraid one bit to trade hands with his opponent. As Martin stepped in looking for a shot of his own, Lima threw an overhand right that popped Martin right behind the ear.
As Martin fell to the canvas, Lima recognized he was in serious trouble and came after him like a ball of fire. Lima unloaded a few more quick punches and that was enough for referee Yves Lavigne to rush in for the stoppage.
“I’m just happy with the win. I trained for 3 months straight, I was ready,” Lima said following his 5th win in a row. “I had it in the back of my mind I’m going to finish this fight in the first round, and I’m going to finish with my hands. I’m glad I did it.”
Lima has looked very impressive over his last few fights, and did exactly what he should do against a journeyman like Martin in this title defense. Now he awaits MFC president Mark Pavelich to find him another opponent to defend his belt against next time.
Ryan Jimmo vs. Zak Cummings
If Ryan Jimmo was trying to showcase his dominance as the MFC light heavyweight champion against late replacement Zak Cummings, he didn’t show much outside of his ability to stop a takedown.
The MFC’s best 205lber has long been talked about as one of the top up and coming fighters in the division, and while he scored a clean sweep over Cummings, he did anything but make it exciting. Jimmo and Cummings spent about 20 minutes of their 25 minute bout in the clinch with Cummings going for takedowns, and Jimmo stuffing his efforts.
Jimmo did get the mount on two different occasions, but simply couldn’t put Cummings away. The MFC’s champion went for a head and arm choke during the 3rd round, and almost caught a choke in the 4th round, but couldn’t finish Cummings.
Overall, Jimmo was dominant, but not exciting in what ended up being his 15th win in a row. Now it’s up to MFC to find Jimmo a tough opponent to push him to show that he truly is a top 205lb fighter.
Marcus Davis vs. Curtis DeMarce
In the first fight in his post UFC career, Marcus Davis ended up in a war with Curtis DeMarce in his MFC debut, but pulled out a split decision win after three rounds of action.
It was actually Davis that took the fight to the mat initially, looking for short shots on DeMarce on the ground during the initial five minutes. Somewhere during the action of the fight however, Davis suffered a nasty cut on his forehead and he started to gush blood on himself and his opponent’s face as well.
As nasty as it was, Davis was still able to see so the fight continued. Time and time again, Davis timed DeMarce as he shot in for takedowns, blasting the young fighter with knees. To his credit, DeMarce kept pushing through, but as the fight wore on his takedowns because less effective.
“That kid has a chin!” Davis commented after the fight.
The judges scored the fight 29-28, 30-27, 28-29, with the nod going to Davis in his second fight in the lightweight division. Following the bout, Davis asked to face Richie Whitson in June in the MFC, to settle a standing grudge between to the fighters.
Robert Washington vs. Hermes Franca
Hermes Franca may not have the most technical stand-up, but he does have a sledgehammer for a right hand. He showed that off again on Friday night, tagging Robert Washington with a big right and then finishing the fight off with strikes on the ground.
Franca was getting frustrated with Washington in the first round, as the two fighters were dancing around mostly with Washington backing away from engaging too much. Franca stayed on the attack in the 2nd round, swinging huge shots just hoping to land one.
Sure enough, it paid off as Franca clipped Washington with a right hand, dropping him to the canvas. Franca followed up with a few more unanswered strikes as the referee swooped in for the save.
Demi Deeds vs. Pete Spratt
It had been nearly two years since Pete Spratt picked up a win by submission, so apparently he was due. The 40-year old veteran showed off his ground skills on Friday night, putting Demi Deeds away with an armbar in the 2nd round of their bout.
A back and forth first round didn’t result in much damage landing for either fighter, but Spratt came out firing in the 2nd round. Spratt nailed a quick punch that stunned Deeds, and he followed up looking to finish the fight with strikes.
Never passing up an opportunity to finish the fight, Spratt saw an arm open up and took advantage, snatching a quick armbar for the submission. The win snaps Spratt’s two fight losing streak, and gets him back on the winning track.
Andreas Spang vs. Ali Mokdad
It didn’t take long for the first televised fight from Ontario to end with Ali Mokdad finishing off Andreas Spang early in their middleweight bout.
Mokdad put Spang in a bad position almost as soon as the fight started, working his way to taking his opponent’s back and locking in a body triangle. Mokdad stayed patient and soon locked his arm under Spang’s chin, and a moment later the tap out came to signify the end of the fight.