Maximum Fighting Championship held "MFC 24: Heat XC" at its familiar stomping ground of River Cree Resort and Casino in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on February 26, 2010. The last event to be held at the said venue, MFC 24 signals an end of era of sort, as the promotion strives for further growth.
Despite a lack of marquee names on the card, the event did not disappoint, as the main card featured a rapid-fire series of quick knockouts.
Kicking off the main card, the Bodyshop Fitness fighter, Jesse Juarez rode his momentum to earn an ultra-quick finish over Nathan Gunn. As soon as the opening bell rang, Gunn charged forward, but missed his first strike. Juarez wasted no time to counter, and landed a devastating head kick that left Gunn motionless at 0:11 of the opening frame. This was Juarez's second appearance in MFC and he is now on a seven-fight winning streak since losing to Luke Stewart in Strikeforce in September, 2008.
The Southampton, England native, Tom "Kong" Watson scored the second head kick KO of the night over KOTC/Pride/Elite XC veteran and local favorite, Travis Galbraith. After a tentative start in which Galbraith struggled to take Watson to the mat, "Kong" exploded for a headhunting opportunity and landed a head kick that ended Galbraith's night at 1:56 of round 1.
In the co-main event of the night, Dwayne Lewis and Ryan McClain vied for the MFC Light Heavyweight title. From the opening round, both fighters engaged in a busy, striking battle. They exchanged combinations and mixed in a little clinch game, with Lewis likely coming out ahead on points at the end of round 1. Lewis continued his onslaught in round 2, landing a big punch that dropped McClain. Once on McClain's back, Lewis worked for crucifix position and battered his opponent with punches and elbows until the referee evenutally halted the fight.
Finally, in the main event of the night, the UFC and Pride veteran, Yves Edwards collided with fellow UFC veteran, Derrick Noble. After a tentative start to fight in which both exchanged kicks and landed occasional combinations, Edwards landed the first big strike, stunning Noble with a left hand. The pace slowed down once again and fighters got back to trading strikes piecemeal. With less than thirty seconds left in the round, Edwards pounced at Noble with a huge straight right. He then followed Noble to the floor and finished the fight at 4:44 of round 1 via TKO. With the victory, the self-proclaimed "thug-jitsu" expert has pieced together a three-fight winning streak since suffering back-to-back losses against KJ Noons and Duane Ludwig in 2008,
Zach Blaber def. Eric Chouinard by submission (kimura) at 1:17 of Round 1
Garret Nybakken def. Chris Barber by submission (rear naked choke) at 2:30 of Round 1
David Letourneau def. Nick Hrynchyshyn by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Dami Egbeyemi def. Paapa Inkumsah by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
Jesse Juarez def. Nathan Gunn by KO (head kick) at 0:11 of Round 1
Dwayne Lewis def. Ryan McClain by TKO (ref stoppage due to strikes) at 2:08 of Round 2
Tom Watson def. Travis Galbraith by KO (head kick) at 1:56 of Round 1
Yves Edwards def. Derrick Noble by TKO (strikes) at 4:44 of Round 1