Mark Pavelich's Canadian-based mixed martial arts promotion Maximum Fighting Championships (MFC) put on its nineteenth event last night at a sold out River Cree Resort and Casino in Enoch, Alberta, Canada.
The headliner for MFC 19: "Long Time Coming" featured light heavyweight champion Roger "The Hulk" Hollet defending his title against Emanuel "The Hardcore Kid" Newton. Hollet had only lost once before in his pro career and had never previously been in a fight that went past the first round.
Last night, however, Newton took the champ the full five rounds and worked his way to a a clear-cut unanimous decision victory. The win marked the eleventh straight fight for the new MFC 205-pound champ without a loss.
Former Elite XC welterweight number one contender Paul "Semtex" Daley was also in action on the card. He took on MMA journeyman John Alessio in a 170-pound tilt ... or at least it was supposed to be a 170 pound tilt -- Daley came into the weigh-ins three pounds over the limit and had to forfeit a quarter of his purse.
Of course, being the fighter that he is Alessio still agreed to take the fight and it went on as expected. And it pretty much played out as expected, too.
There aren't too many welterweights out there who want to stand with Daley, so Alessio looked to set up takedowns early and often, while Semtex tried to defend those attempts and keep the action on the feet. At about the halfway point of round two, the Brit finally found an opening and demonstrated his amazing power once again.
After the fight he said we would probably see him next on an Affliction or Sengoku card very soon.
Here's the full results for MFC 19: "Long Time Coming":
- Challenger Emanuel Newton (11-3-1) defeated champion Roger Hollett (8-2) via unanimous decision to capture the MFC light heavyweight title
- Paul "Semtex" Daley (19-7-2) defeated John Alessio (24-12) via technical knockout (strikes) at 2:18 of round two
- Derrick Noble (23-11-1) defeated Ariel Sexton (5-2) via submission (guillotine choke) at 1:30 of round two
- Kyle Sandford (7-1) defeated Joey Gorczynski (12-4) via split decision
- Ryan Machan (7-2) defeated Mike Sorenson (4-2) via submission (rear naked choke) at 4:54 of round one
- Josh Russell (2-0) defeated Colby Snyder (5-2-0) via submission (rear naked choke) at 1:44 of round one
- Aron Lofton (4-1) defeated Jason Kuchera (3-3) via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 0:44 of round one
Next up for the promotion is MFC 20: "Rematch" at the same location on February 20 at the same location. It features a main event rematch between lightweights Pat "Bam Bam" Healy (19-13) and Ryan "The Real Deal" Ford (8-1). Healy won the first match at MFC 17: "Hostile Takeover" in July with a third round armbar submission.