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
Fighting Championship 32 “Bitter Rivals” headliner on Friday at
the Mayfield Inn Trade and Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta,
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
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
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
Coy -- who also hold wins against current UFC welterweights
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
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
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.