On Friday night, Maximum Fighting Championships will bring their brand of mixed martial arts to Ontario for only the province's second regulated show.
Highlighting the monumental card is a slew of UFC veterans, as well as two championship fights featuring some of the finest prospects in the sport.
Below is a brief breakdown of the main card.
Pete Spratt vs. Demi Deeds
Coming off of two straight losses, Demi Deeds will look to get things back on track against UFC veteran Pete Spratt in what should be an explosive welterweight battle.
The two well rounded fighters have both been known to succumb to submissions and will likely cancel each other out on the ground, making this a stand up battle.
The aging Spratt has struggled as of late, and I’m going to take the upset in this one. Deeds by decision, or possibly submission.
Marcus Davis vs. Curtis Demarce
Losing four of his last five, “The Irish Hand Grenade” is looking to back on track with a fresh start in MFC. Luckily for him, Demarce is not the fighter to test his ever weary chin.
Demarce is a submission fighter and could threaten on the mat, but the wily Davis should be able to avoid the ground game. I’ve got Davis getting back on track with a knockout.
Hermes Franca vs. Robert Washington
Longtime UFC vet and former title contender Hermes Franca is looking for redemption. The last two years have been miserable for Franca and he’s hoping MFC will be his rebirth.
Standing in his way is the 9-2 Robert Washington, who’s looking to establish himself as a threat at lightweight against Franca.
Washington should have a significant strength and size advantage in this fight, but will have to be careful of the always dangerous submission game of Franca.
I don’t think Washington has the striking to knockout Franca, and think the UFC veteran will get back on track with a decision victory in this one.
MFC Welterweight Championship: Douglas Lima vs. Terry Martin
The heavy handed UFC veteran Terry Martin will look to put an end to Douglas Lima’s title run and win streak when he brings his heavy hands to the cage Friday night. Unfortunately, “The Phenom” has other plans.
The submission guru will likely look to put Martin on the ground in a hurry, and should have little trouble doing so. I see Lima taking this one by submission in the first with little difficulty.
MFC Light-Heavyweight Championship: Ryan Jimmo vs. Zak Cummings
Fourteen straight wins has Jimmo pegged as one of the top prospects in the sport, not to mention the shiny MFC Light-Heavyweight Championship he carries around with him.
Zak Cummings, a Strikeforce veteran with an impressive 12-2 record himself, will look to put an end to the incredible undefeated streak and take away Jimmo’s belt.
The two well rounded fighters should put on an exciting bout that incorporates all aspects of the mixed martial arts game, and I’m finding it hard to pick a winner in this one.
I expect a decision and I’m going to take Jimmo to retain his title. I believe holding the title will give him the momentum needed to overcome the always tough Cummings.
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