Maximum Fighting Championships will hold its first ever event inside a cage this Friday night (April 8, 2011) in Windsor, Ontario, live on HDNet for their twenty-ninth mixed martial arts offering.
The main card will air live on the basic cable network beginning at 10 p.m. ET.
Headlining this weekend's event is a 170-pound title fight between current division champion Douglas Lima and "Dangerous" Terry Martin. The co-main event will feature a light heavyweight championship bout between champion Ryan Jimmo and late replacement title challenger Zak Cummings.
Complete MFC 29 preview and predictions after the jump.
170 lb. Title Bout: Douglas Lima (17-4) vs. Terry Martin (20-8)
Douglas Lima is hot prospect the MFC hopes will stick with the promotion and help give it vindication moving forward. A victory over Terry Martin, a man who has fought for some of the biggest promotions in the world, will do wonders for his credibility.
Nicknamed "The Phenom," Lima built a name for himself with his hyper-aggressive jiu-jitsu game. Despite only being 23 years-old, Lima has already fought over 20 times professionally and he has plenty of room for growth. The hotshot prospect tore through fellow MFC welterweights, winning the title against Jesse Juarez last November with a vicious triangle/armbar combination.
Terry Martin built a name for himself fighting bigger, stronger men in the UFC at light heavyweight and middleweight. Before his dramatic knockout loss to Chris Leben at UFC Fight Night 11, he held a 16-2 professional record. He has since gone 4-6 in his last ten fights including four knockout losses. Martin will be dropping down to welterweight for the first time in his career to challenge for the MFC belt.
If Lima fights intelligently, he should win handily. For once, Martin will be the larger man in the cage and he still possesses big power in both hands. If Lima takes him lightly and chooses to stand with him for extended periods, he could find himself parted from his senses and wondering what happened to his title.
Look for Lima to aggressively attack Martin with his superior grappling and dominate him positionally. Lima has a very real chance of handing "Dangerous" Terry Martin the first submission loss of his career.
Final Prediction: Douglas Lima via submission.
205 lb. Title Bout: Ryan Jimmo (14-1) vs. Zak Cummings (12-2)
MFC President Mark Pavelich is very high on Ryan Jimmo. After building his promotion's name with stars from other organizations, he's finally grown one of his own.
Jimmo lost a close decision to Antwain Britt in a qualifier exhibition and was left off The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season 8 cast. The loss was a blessing in disguise as he has reeled off eight consecutive victories since, including the MFC light heavyweight championship in his fight with Dwayne Lewis last February.
Cummings started his career 10-0 before losing a headlining match with Tim Kennedy at Strikeforce Challengers 3. He normally fights at middleweight but he stepped in on late notice when former MFC Champion Emanuel Lewis went down with an injury.
Cummings will be giving up a lot of size against Jimmo but he can make up for it with the power he packs in his punches. The Mizzouri native also possesses a dangerous ground game, having won each of his last two fights via submission in less than 90 seconds.
Jimmo has some nasty leg kicks in his striking arsenal and will look to either punish Cummings in the clinch or take him down. The "Big Deal" has a very active top game and don't be surprised if he uses brute force to pass Cumming's guard and drop serious punches and elbows from above.
This fight should be a glorified exhibition of Ryan Jimmo's strengths and I doubt the challenger can withstand a full five rounds of continuous top control assault.
Final Prediction: Ryan Jimmo via TKO.
160 lbs.: Robert Washington (9-2) vs. Hermes Franca (20-11) (1 No Contest)
Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Hermes Franca was once considered one of the best lightweights in the world. The former WEC champion and UFC lightweight title challenger has gone 2-6-1 in his last nine fights and has resorted to fighting on the regional circuit. Franca flirted with retirement subsequently after being cut from the UFC but he couldn't put out the fire.
Washington stepped in for an injured Drew Fickett on relatively late notice. The H.I.T. squad product possesses some decent power in his hands and is coming off a split decision loss to Tyrone Glover at MFC 28. While Washington is the younger, hungrier fighter, he's never faced someone with Franca's experience.
Franca has excellent jiu jitsu but he often chooses to stand and bang with opponents despite lacking power or technique in his strikes. If he stands with Washington, it could be a short night for him.
Final Prediction: Washington via TKO.
170 lbs.: Marcus Davis (17-8) vs. Curtis Demarce (10-8)
Despite being cut from the UFC, Marcus Davis put on quite a show against Jeremy Stephens in his lightweight debut. Davis was well on his way to a decision victory before his chin betrayed him in the third round. "The Irish Hand Grenade" is a veteran of 15 UFC fights and he'll bring that experience into the cage against Curtis Demarce on Friday night.
Demarce knows what it's like to be an underdog and he put forth a tremendous effort in his last fight, losing a split decision against Richie Whitson in his MFC debut this past February. "The Demon's" record is also very deceiving as he has won seven of his last eight fights.
Davis expects to use his fantastic footwork and boxing skills to pick apart "The Demon" on Friday night but he'll have to be wary of Demarce's submission skills. For once, "The Irish Hand Grenade" can relax a bit as Demarce lacks big power in his strikes and he can really pull the trigger if he finds an opening.
Final Prediction: Marcus Davis via decision.
UFC veteran Pete Spratt is a man who never really adapted to the full realm of mixed martial arts. Of his 17 career losses, 15 have come by way of submission. "The Secret Weapon" still packs some heat with his punches and he always brings it when he fights for MFC. This will be his fifth fight with the promotion.
Deeds has been away from the sport for nearly a year after suffering back to back losses in 2010. Unlike Spratt, he's embraced the submission game. He holds a well-rounded record of seven wins via submission and seven by way of knockout.
If Deeds plays it smart, he'll take the 40 year-old Spratt down and quickly work his submission game.
Final Prediction: Demi Deeds via submission.
The opening bout of the main card will feature two undefeated middleweight prospects. Ali Mokdad is a local grappler taking the next big step in his career. His opponent "The Sweet Suede" Andreas Spang, comes in with a a respectable amount of hype behind him as well as a strong background in boxing and kickboxing.
Both fighters have displayed excellent finishing tendencies in their brief careers thus far and the winner of this match will take the next major step forward, potentially toward the MFC's vacant middleweight title.
Final Prediction: Spang via knockout.
That's a wrap for us, Maniacs. Your turn to sound off in the comments with your predictions. Disagree with these picks? Let us have it!