Brian Cobb (top) shocked Drew Fickett at MFC 30. | Photo: Greg
EDMONTON, Alberta -- “The Bandit” Brian Cobb
stayed true to his name, stepping in on short notice and snatching
a sudden come-from-behind victory over Drew Fickett
in the main event of
MFC 30 inside the Mayfield Conference Centre.
Cobb made a stunning comeback late in the first round, as the
majority of the frame was spent with Fickett on Cobb's back,
threatening with a rear-naked choke.
“It was a huge mistake letting him get my back. To overextend and
overthrow like that, it's frustrating because I know better,” Cobb
explained to Sherdog.com after the bout. “It's disappointing;
making huge mistakes like that could have cost me the fight.”
Fickett was able to sink his arm under Cobb's chin to complete the
choke, but “The Bandit” was peeled his opponent's hand and reversed
into the guard.
With 30 seconds left in the round, Cobb took top position, and with
Fickett trapped underneath the bottom rope, unleashed a series of
heavy right hands. Cobb pistoned his punches down upon Fickett --
27 punches in total -- dribbling his head to force the stoppage
from referee Vern Gorman at the 4:44 mark.
“When I got on top, I was just trying to lay some leather down on
him,” declared Cobb. “If I didn't end the fight, I wanted him to be
hurting in the corner between rounds.”
The Bakersfield, Calif., native took the HDNet Fights-broadcasted
bout on two weeks' notice, filling in for Hermes
Franca. The 30-year-old Cobb is now 19-6 in his MMA career.
UFC veterans Marcus Davis
Spratt failed to live up to what many hoped would be a slugfest
in their welterweight rematch.
Davis (right) outpointed Spratt.
Neither man put together a serious combination that threatened
their opponent on the feet, and in the end, Davis took a unanimous
decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) with his grappling.
The two met in April 2007, with Davis earning an Achilles lock
“I know people wanted to see us strike and bang it out but he was
just staying so far to the outside of me,” said Davis, now 19-8.
“We've both changed so much since our last fight, trying not to be
people we were the first time we fought.”
The first round was Spratt's best, as he landed a massive shot to
the body of the “Irish Hand Grenade.” However from the second round
on, Davis did a better job of landing one clean shot and getting
out of the way. Whenever the “Secret Weapon” tried to answer with a
blow of his own, Davis would shoot underneath the attempt and
secure a takedown on the Texan.
“My boxing isn't what it was 10 years ago,” Davis commented. “I
haven't been able to train it as much cause I got to spend time
training all the other stuff.”
After a long feeling out process, 21-year-old welterweight prospect
Lima exploded on tough journeyman Jamie Toney
to score a stoppage victory 2:47 into the first round.
Lima, the younger brother of former MFC welterweight champion
Lima, stood over top of his Los Angeles-based opponent and
threw down a flurry of rights and lefts until referee John Braak
stopped the action. Lima, of Atlanta, ran his record to 6-0 with
Westcott (left) decisioned Denny.
St. Albert, Alberta, Canada's Sheldon
Westcott finally accomplished what he set out to do four months
ago: defeat Thomas
Denny. The 26-year-old local took a unanimous decision (29-27,
29-27, 29-27) with superior ground control.
Washington and Curtis
Demarce fought a cautious affair, with neither wanting to make
a mistake that the other could take advantage of. Washington scored
with takedowns and control on the ground while Demarce's best
offense came in the second as he knocked down the East St. Louis,
Ill., fighter to open the stanza.
Confusion occurred after the fight in the ring, as Washington was
awarded a split-decision victory. However, upon the scorecards
being recounted, Demarce was announced as the winner with scores of
30-27 from judge Usman Ali and 29-28 from Bill Warwick. Judge John
Braak saw the bout 29-28 Washington, as did Sherdog.com.
Las Vegas-based Swede Andreas
Spang couldn't get his first guillotine choke attempt against
hometown fighter Cody Krahn to
hit paydirt, but his second try was successful as he secured the
tapout victory just 67 seconds into their middleweight contest.
Spang, fighting out of J-Sect MMA via way of Stockholm, moved his
record to 6-1, rebounding nicely from his MFC debut in April, a
quick submission loss to Ali
Team Hayabusa fighter Mukai
Maromo made short work of Colorado Springs, Colo., fighter
Cleve with a right kick to the body. Cleve quickly crumbled to
the canvas, forcing referee Vern Gorman to stop the bout just 36
The evening's opening contest was the shortest of all: In a rubber
match between two Edmontonian lightweights, Garret
Nybakken made quick work of Jevon
Marshall as he landed a thunderous overhand right that
destroyed his foe in a mere 16 seconds.