There was bad blood leading into the MFC main event on Friday night, but Douglas Lima settled the grudge with Jesse Juarez and took home the welterweight title with a slick submission win in the third round.
Training under new UFC lightweight Antonio McKee, Juarez mimicked his sensei as he took Lima down time and time again, and began to work him over with punches. Just when it looked like Juarez was on his way to a dominant decision, Lima slapped on a triangle choke before transitioning to an arm bar to put his opponent in deep water.
As Juarez turned over, Lima continued to apply massive amounts of pressure and the California based fighter had no alternative but to tap or watch his arm snap.
“He was strong in the beginning, I had to wait for the right moment,” Lima commented about Juarez. “I got the tap, I’m happy.”
Following former champion Pat Healy’s exit from the promotion, Douglas Lima now goes home with the MFC welterweight title around his waist, while picking up his fourth win in a row overall.
“There’s no word that can explain how happy I am right now,” Lima said after the victory.
The rivalry between Ryan Ford and Pete Spratt came raging into MFC on Friday night, but once again it was the Canadian who claimed the win at the end of the night. Now 2 for 2 against Spratt, Ryan Ford had to battle through a tough first round where his opponent took him down multiple times much to his own shock.
Persevering through the first five minutes, Ford finally secured a takedown of his own in the 2nd round and immediately started to work past Spratt’s defense. Taking Spratt’s back, Ford continued to work until he sunk in a rear naked choke to get the tap out and the win.
After the bout, the two bitter rivals finally closed the book on their feud, and Ryan Ford gets back on the winning track after a loss to Douglas Lima in his last fight.
Dwayne Lewis pulled off a split decision win over Razak Al-Hassan on Friday night in a somewhat controversial matter. Al-Hassan seemed to have the win under his belt with good top control and some thunderous leg kicks in the first round, but Lewis did toss up some solid submission attempts from his back and got Al-Hassan on his back and the 2nd round.
In the end the judges sided with the Canadian, as he moves one step closer to a MFC light heavyweight title fight.
A battle of two former UFC fighters turned into a bit of a snoozer as late notice replacement Rodney Wallace was able to outwork David Heath en route to a unanimous decision win. Heath came out strong early, but faded for much of the remainder of the fight as the fighters basically battled for position with little action for the 15 minute duration.
The win gets Wallace back on track after dropping three in a row before being released from the UFC.
An unrelenting ground attack led Kajan Johnson to victory on Friday night as he simply overwhelmed Ryan Healy for all three rounds in their match-up. Johnson continuously worked Healy over on the mat, going for multiple submissions and just superior ground work for all 15 minutes.
The judges saw the same result handing down scores of 30-26, 30-26, and 30-25 for the blowout win for Kajan Johnson.
Dhiego Lima started the night off for the MFC on the right note as he landed a straight right down the pipe to put Bill Fraser away with a 2nd round KO. After a feeling out period in the first round, Lima found his range in the second and threw a quick 1-2 combo with the second strike putting Fraser out, flat on his back.
The win brings Lima to 4-0 in his pro MMA career, with a very bright future ahead of him.