Mon Feb 28 11:15am EST
Ryan Jimmo has carved out a reputation as a points fighter, but he did a nice job of forcing the doctor's hands at Maximum Fighting Championship 28 by busting up Dwayne Lewis. After peppering Lewis with kicks for 11 minutes, Jimmo got the fight to the ground where he pounded away as the former champion's face. The skin below Lewis' eye blew up like a balloon forcing a third round stoppage and handing the MFC's 205 title to Jimmo.
"Whenever he came wild, I just made sure I evaded," Jimmo told MMACanada.net (Video - 2:15 mark). "So what I did, instead of evading that time, I just planted and threw. I knew he just didn't think I was going to come with anything. I'm pretty sure I caught him with a right hand. Right after, we clinched up, he went down almost like jelly. I knew I rocked him. The takedown was almost way too effortless."
Since an early ouster on Season 8 of "The Ultimate Fighter," Jimmo has put together a solid run in Canada. The competition hasn't been the best, but the light heavyweight looks like a good prospect. With a karate background, he possesses awkward timing and had Lewis confused most of the fight. Now it's Mark Pavelich's job to bring in some bigger name challengers for Jimmo in 2011.
The best story of the night came from Drew Fickett. With all that Fickett has battled outside the ring and cage, it's hard to believe the MMA veteran is only 31 years old.
Fickett was a slated to face MFC lightweight champ Antonio McKee, but the one-and-done UFC fighter had to back out the fight last week because of a knee injury. Instead UFC-veteran Matt Veach filled in. Veach, who was 1-2 with the UFC and actually manhandled current UFC lightweight champ Frank Edgar at times during their December 2009 fight, looked like an amateur against Fickett.
Fickett's as slick as it gets in the submission game, so it was bizarre to see Veach choose to take it to the ground early and jumped into his opponent's guard. It took just a few seconds for Fickett (41-13) to throw his leg up, secure an arm and lock on an armbar for the finish. All that in just 36 seconds.
Fickett, who has fought a well-chronicled battle against alcholism, signed a long-term deal with MFC. Let's hope he keeps it together and we get to see him face McKee in the near future.
TUF 9 alum Richie Whitson (11-1) was also a winner, although the decision was a tight one against Curtis DeMarce. On TUF 9, Whitson lost to Ross Pearson, the eventual show victor.
Former UFC light heavyweight Rodney Wallace (10-4, 0-3 UFC) was taken out by Emanuel Newton via second round submission.
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