Maximum Fighting Championship
Hard To Get … Harder To Hold
MFC light-heavyweight title proving to be hot potato
By MFC Staff
February 25, 2011
River Cree Resort and Casino
Edmonton, Alberta (Canada)
Winning a title in the Maximum Fighting Championship is a difficult challenge.
Holding onto the belt has proven to be an even greater battle. And certainly in the case of the MFC’s world
light-heavyweight title, maintaining the role of champion has not been an easy task.
While the belt has been an attractive treasure for several fighters over the years, there’s been very little
longevity to any title reign. In fact only once has the MFC’s 205-pound division crown been defended
successfully by its holder.
So when Dwayne “D-Bomb” Lewis and Ryan “The Big Deal” Jimmo square-off for the light-heavyweight gold
at MFC 28: Supremacy, they go into the fight knowing that just winning the belt isn’t good enough. They
have the opportunity to not just claim the crown but to also start on a quest to be the MFC’s longest-serving
“It’s been a pretty long journey for me in the MFC and I’ve been aiming to get that belt so winning it would be
huge,” said Jimmo, who will be riding a 13-fight winning streak into the matchup. Included in that streak is a
decision victory over Lewis, though there have been some significant changes since that original clash at
MFC Unplugged 3 in 2007.
A previously tentative Lewis has found a more aggressive side that has resulted in eight knockout wins.
Jimmo, meanwhile, has maintained a very deliberate style, but has flashed a mean streak on rare occasions
such as the second-round assault on Wilson Gouveia at MFC 25.
“All I’m doing is refining the system that I use because it has been successful for me,” noted Jimmo. “I’ve
been training hard, and training with more consistency than I did for my last fight. I’ve been training for a
five-round fight. Dwayne is very dangerous with that KO power so if I do see the opportunity to end the fight
that’s what I’ll do.”
One past MFC light-heavyweight champ took that sentiment to heart – finish the fight when the opportunity
presents itself. Roger Hollett, the second man to hold the title, pounced on a fallen Victor Valimaki to take
his belt only 2:06 into their matchup at MFC 13. But Hollett’s reign was a short one, in part affected by a
serious knee injury, yet upon coming back, he surrendered the belt to Emanuel Newton at MFC 19 in a five-
round decision. And Hollett would further tumble down the rankings in his next effort when he was the victim
of a shocking first-round submission at MFC 20 against David Heath.
Newton lasted only one encounter as the man in the division, however, as he was narrowly beaten by Trevor
Prangley at MFC 21 – this too in a fight that went the distance, though it was an entertaining scrap
particularly a wild fifth round that saw both men hit the canvas at the final bell. Like Hollett, Newton also
would take another tumble after losing his belt when he dropped a decision to Jimmo at MFC 23. Newton will
look to regain his footing in the MFC’s rankings when he meets Rodney Wallace at MFC 28.
Valimaki, in fact, was the only former champ who successfully defended the belt. He claimed the title at
MFC 10 with a quick submission win over Jason Day, and then held off a hard-hitting Jared Kilkenny before
scoring the knockout at 3:26 of Round 1 in their main-event tussle at MFC 11.
- Press Release from the MFC
- Photo courtesy of the MFC
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