Maximum Fighting Championships (MFC) 29 has officially wrapped from the Colosseum at Caesars Windsor in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, on April 8, 2011.
The promotion that makes its home in the Great White North can typically be counted on to provide plenty of hits for fight fans north of the border.
Mission accomplished -- kind of.
Lima, a submission specialist, never even thought of taking the fight to the mat, instead electing to stand and trade leather with the noted knockout artist, albeit one with a questionable chin.
It's questionable no longer.
"The Phenom," that would be Douglas, not Vitor, even had him doing the chicken dance. Good night, Irene, indeed.
Unfortunately, a large contingent of fans missed the explosive main event due to the nature of the co-featured fight of the night.
That's because he blasted his way to a technical knockout stoppage to win the light heavyweight strap and in the process gave Lewis one of the nastiest hematoma's in recent memory. You can check it out by clicking here.
In short, he's kind of a "Big Deal."
Of course, that was before last night. By the time his five-round battle, if you can call it that, with late replacement Zak Cummings was over, fans were racing for the nearest exit.
That's not to say Jimmo wasn't dominant. On the contrary, the Canadian Karate master was never in danger and used superior grappling, positioning and kickboxing to overwhelm his clearly over-matched opponent.
It was a the first successful defense of his freshly minted 205-pound strap -- but how truly successful was it if no one was around to see it through?
It was the first fight outside of the world's largest promotion in five years for "The Irish Hand Grenade" and just his second in the 155-pound division.
A serviceable welterweight with a penchant for boxing and power in both his hands, "The Celtic Warrior" set sail to become a lethal lightweight but hit a big road bump in a knockout loss to Jeremy Stephens back at UFC 125.
No such problem here.
The Maine native learned from his mistakes and utilized a mixed attack, working his wrestling in with his stand-up (with a few submissions thrown in for good measure) to control his way to the decision win. Is he back?
Another former Octagon marauder was in action, as Hermes Franca was out to prove he still belongs in mixed martial arts after losing six of his last nine fights.
And while a win over Robert Washington isn't likely to turn heads in Las Vegas or San Jose, a win is a win is a win, as they say -- and an impressive one at that.
After Washington rode his bicycle for the first round, a la Houston Alexander against Kimbo Slice, Franca decided to do his best Roy Jones Jr. impersonation in an attempt to goad his opponent into making a mistake.
Whatever works, right?
Turns out, it was a winning strategy. Shortly into the second frame, the Brazilian clipped his counterpart with a big right hand and followed it up with the necessary punishment to force a referee stoppage.
Not too shabby.
After a stalemate in the stand-up game for a round and a half, the 40 year-old American unloaded a few punches that put Mr. Deeds on his ass. When the follow up ground-n-pound didn't finish the job, Spratt threw his legs over and took home an exposed limb.
Not bad for an old man.
And in the opening bout of the evening, hometown boy Ali Mokdad made quick work of Andreas Spang, taking him down, passing to superior position and eventually sinking in the fight-ending rear-naked choke.
All of that in just 95 seconds.
Well, that's it for us, Maniacs. It's your turn to sound off in the comments below on all things MFC 29.
For complete results and detailed blow-by-blow coverage of all the main card action click here.