Gouveia Stops Lewis in MFC 32 Headliner; McKee, Coy Victorious


A series of devastating kicks to the lower lead leg of Dwayne Lewis carried American Top Team’s Wilson Gouveia to an impressive second-round technical knockout in the Maximum Fighting Championship 32 “Bitter Rivals” headliner on Friday at the Mayfield Inn Trade and Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

The end came 3:19 into round two, as Gouveia (13-8) halted a career-worst three-fight losing streak. The 33-year-old Brazilian had not won a fight since he struck Jason MacDonald into submission with elbows at “The Ultimate Fighter 8” Finale in December 2008.

From the start, Gouveia’s game plan became evident. He targeted the calf and knee on Lewis’ lead leg, landing his kicks with frightening power and precision.

Lewis (12-8) held his ground through the opening stanza, but, by round two, Gouveia’s onslaught was taking a serious toll. It began with a subtle limp and grew into visible winces on the Canadian’s face. At one point, Lewis reached down and clinched his shin. Gouveia pounced, ultimately assumed a dominant position on his foe’s back and pounded out the victory with unanswered punches.

A little more than 24 hours after being stripped of his title for failure to meet his contracted weight, former MFC lightweight champion Antonio McKee outpointed Brian Cobb en route to a unanimous verdict in the co-main event. All three ringside judges saw it the same: 29-28 for McKee (26-4-2), who has lost one time in the last nine years.

The 41-year-old McKee was uncharacteristically aggressive and had his foe grasping for answers for much of the fight, as he utilized a multi-pronged offensive attack in keeping Cobb (19-7) on his heels. Strikes and takedowns were the key ingredients, as McKee delivered multiple first-round takedowns and twice planted the UFC veteran on his rear end with kicks to the gut. His pace slowed in round two, but McKee grounded Cobb repeatedly, mounted the Californian and controlled him with his notoriously heavy top game.

Behind on the scorecards, Cobb made his move in the third, where he maneuvered onto McKee’s back and threatened with rear-naked chokes. However, McKee refused to give in and rode out the round for another decision victory, the 19th of his career.

Former Sportfight welterweight champion Nathan Coy short-circuited Dhiego Lima with a series of takedowns, ground-and-pound, guard passes and top control, as he defeated the highly touted prospect by unanimous decision in a featured matchup at 170 pounds.

All three ringside judges scored it for Coy (10-4): 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28. With that, Lima’s time as an undefeated fighter was over.

Coy -- who also hold wins against current UFC welterweights Mike Pierce and Rick Story -- pressured Lima (6-1) relentlessly on the feet and on the ground. The 33-year-old American Top Team representative paired his jab with a straight left hand and transitioned seamlessly into takedowns, seven of them in the 15-minute encounter. Coy even mounted Lima at one point in the second round and left little doubt as to who was the superior fighter.

“The Ultimate Fighter” Season 13 alum Ryan McGillivray coaxed a tapout from the previously unbeaten Diego Bautista with a third-round armbar in a welterweight showcase. Bautista (7-1) asked out of the bout 2:25 into round three.

McGillivray (12-5-1), now expected to face Coy for the vacant MFC welterweight crown in May, did not escape unscathed. Bautista came within an eyelash of locking in a rear-naked choke in the second round and later opened a diagonal gash near the Canadian’s hairline with a short, slashing elbow from the bottom. Blood flowed from the wound, coating both fighters and various sections of the ring.

Leaning on experience and knowhow, McGillivray turned his opponent’s aggression against him in the third period. He retreated to his back when confronted with heavy standup fire, lured Bautista into his guard and weathered some punishment. In a blink, the UFC veteran pinned Bautista’s arm to his chest, went belly down and rolled into the submission for his third win in four outings.

In other action, welterweight Jamie Toney (15-7) captured a unanimous decision over Kyle Jackson (6-2), sweeping the scorecards by matching 30-27 counts; the unbeaten Dan Ring (5-0-1) took a majority decision from James Haddad (4-2) in a lightweight bout; King of the Cage veteran Matt Jelly (2-1) posted his second straight victory with a split decision against Garret Nybakken (3-4) at 155 pounds; and middleweight Brendan Kornberger (3-0) remained perfect as a professional, as he stopped Allen Hope (7-10) on punches 4:45 into the first round.

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