Pictured: Wilson Gouveia
Maximum Fighting Championship (MFC) 32: "Bitter Rivals" took place last night (Fri., Jan. 27, 2012) at the Mayfield Inn Trade and Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
In the main event, a pair of former MFC title challengers squared off as Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) veteran Wilson Gouveia battled veteran Canadian scrapper Dwayne Lewis in what was planned to be the first five round non-title headlining bout in MFC history.
MFC CEO Mark Pavelich promised this wouldn't need all five rounds, or even three, and his prediction rang true as Gouveia made mince meat of Lewis' lead leg with a series of brutal leg kicks in the opening frame, although the veteran hung tough.
The damage became evident by the second round as Lewis began to visually react to each kick, limping, and when he paused briefly to grab his own shin after a particularly nasty kick, Gouveia pounced, taking down Lewis and finishing the fight after attaining backmount and pounding out a technical knockout victory.
It was Gouveia's first win in more than three years, and was a much needed strong conclusion to a very up-and-down night of fights.
Here's what the rest of the MFC 32 card looked like:
In the co-main event, Antonio McKee, who hours earlier had been stripped of his title for missing weight by seven pounds, got off to a hot start against his originally scheduled title challenger Brian Cobb, working a multifaceted attack that included stand up striking and his patented wrestling.
McKee repeatedly floored Cobb with takedowns and even kicks to the gut early on, but the 41 year old began to fade and Cobb took over in the third round, in which he spent the majority of his time on McKee's back looking for a rear naked choke.
It's kind of humorous, but by taking away the extra two rounds of the title fight, Pavelich may have cost Brian Cobb an opportunity to defeat McKee, a man he dearly wanted to see exit the MFC on a loss. Since they both missed weight, Pavelich promised to cut both men if Cobb were to lose.
No word on if the brash promoter will follow through.
In a highly anticipated welterweight match up, undefeated prospect Dhiego Lima was completely controlled and outclassed by veteran grappler Nathan Coy. Coy repeatedly took Lima down throughout the course of the fight, seven times in all, and never relented, even scoring in the stand up when Lima became too wary of his vaunted All-American level wrestling.
When all was said and done, Coy easily took a unanimous decision victory, handing the Brazilian prospect his first professional defeat and giving him a very important learning experience.
In other welterweight action, former Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season 13 participant, Ryan McGillivray stepped up against previously undefeated Diego Bautista and tapped him out with a third round armbar. It wasn't a good night to be an undefeated welterweight prospect in Edmonton.
Bautista had his moments, opening up a big gash on the TUF 13 veteran's head, which bloodied up the ring for the rest of the evening, but it simply wasn't enough as McGillivray used his aggression against him, locking up an arm and rolling over over, belly-down to finish the fight.
McGillivray and Coy will now battle for the vacant MFC welterweight title, last held by Dhiego Lima's older brother, Douglas.
Here are the full results from the MFC 32: "Bitter Rivals" main card:
Wilson Gouveia def. Dwayne Lewis via TKO at 3:19 of round two
Antonio McKee def. Brian Cobb via unanimous decision
Ryan McGillivray def. Diego Bautista via submission (armbar) at 2:25 of round three
Nathan Coy def. Dhiego Lima via unanimous decision
Jamie Toney def. Kyle Jackson via unanimous decision Alberta.
To check out our complete MFC 32: "Bitter Rivals" event archive click here.