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Leites taps Taylor, Gouveia upset by Jimmo at MFC 25

Though the proverbial spotlight may be firmly planted on Montreal for UFC 113, Maximum Fighting Championship made sure Canadian MMA fans outside of Quebec also had a chance to get their live-show fix this weekend courtesy of last night’s ”MFC 25 – Vindication”. The Edmonton event featured a slew of fighters hailing from America’s northerly neighbor as well as a handful of names once associated with the infamous Octagon.

Chase Gormley, who started his career out with six wins before dropping a pair of fights in the UFC, got back on the winning track by outpointing Ryan Fortin on all three judges’ scorecards. The victory was his second by unanimous decision in the promotion.

Not so lucky in result was TUF 6 alumnus Richie Hightower who emerged a loser after falling victim to a first-round submission at the limbs of Gavin Neil. The Rear-Naked Choke brought Neil’s record to 8-1 and was his fourth win in a row.

However, not all was lost for fighters with Ultimate Fighter experience, as Season Four’s Pete Spratt avoided the judges’ scorecards by finishing fellow Octagon veteran Luigi Fioravanti with less than a minute remaining in their bout. The accomplishment marked Spratt’s eleventh career TKO, while American Top Team’s Fioravanti is now 3-2 since parting ways with the UFC slightly more than a year ago.

To the surprise of some, especially those not flying a flag with a maple leaf on it, Ryan Jimmo lived up to his nickname and proved he is indeed a “Big Deal” by welcoming Brazilian Wilson Gouveia to MFC with a unanimous decision defeat. Gouveia, who showed up three pounds heavy to the weigh-in, has fallen in his last three fights and is now 12-8 as a professional. Comparably, the win improved Jimmo’s record to 13-1 and continued an impressive streak dating back to the Canadian’s only loss – his debut in February 2007!

The evening’s main event involved perhaps the largest contrast in personalities if not styles, as soft-spoken, technical jiujitsu practitioner Thales Leites tested his skills against colorful, physical wrestler Jesse “J.T. Money” Taylor and needed less than two-and-a-half minutes to pass the exam with a Triangle Armbar. It was the third loss for Taylor in his last four fights and his fifth by submission out of six total career defeats. On the other end of the spectrum, the hold brought about the one-time UFC Middleweight Championship contender’s third victory in a row since being released by the organization after a split-decision snoozer to Alessio Sakara at UFC 101.

Here is a complete rundown of results:

Jevon Marshall def. Garret Nybakken via Submission Round 3
Keto Allen def. Aaron Berke via TKO Round 1
Chad Freeman def. Mike Froese via Submission Round 1
Chase Gormley def. Ryan Fortin via Unanimous Decision
Gavin Neil def. Richie Hightower via Submission Round 1
Pete Spratt def. Luigi Fioravanti via TKO Round 3
Emanuel Newton def. Dwayne Lewis via Unanimous Decision
Ryan Jimmo def. Wilson Gouveia via Unanimous Decision
Thales Leites def. Jesse Taylor via Submission Round 1

  • Dufresne says:

    Wow, if this card had been a year or two ago I would have sworn it was a UFC card.

    Good for Leites getting the win. I have never been a fan of Taylor and other than the incredibly boring performance he put on with Silva, he seemed like a pretty decent fighter.

    I’m kinda split on the Spratt/Fioravanit fight. I really enjoy watching both of them brawl, but I guess one of them had to win, so congrats Pete.

    Gouveia… meh. Never really liked him or thought he was that talented to be honest.

  • cocoonofhorror says:

    so was it Jesse Taylor or Forbes?

  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    Taylor. Jesse Forbes is on the prelims of UFC 114 vs. Ryan Jensen.

  • Makington says:

    Gouveia is an example of wasted potential to me. A lot of guys at ATT that train with him have said he is the most skilled person they’ve trained with. To have one person saying that doesn’t mean much, but when 50% of the guys say it than it gets credibility.

    Unfortunately for him, he loses every single bit of that credibility with his 0 motivation. I don’t think I’ve seen him come into a fight in shape in forever. It seems like he’s always missing weight, then gassing in the first round. I personally don’t care for him in the slightest. I’d kill to have some of the abilities he’s naturally amazing at and he wastes them so there’s no love lost from me.

  • Rich S. says:

    Yeah, what a shame that Gouveia lacks the motivation to put his skill to good use..

    Knockout power mixed with an excellent ground game is one of the most deadly things in this sport, but it’s nothing without drive..

  • rage says:

    Man what has happened to gouveia does he ever make weight these days?i used to like the guy but damm its so disrespectful not showing up on weight,if he cant make 185 dont fight at 185

  • fanoftna33 says:

    pretty good night of fights, Makington gotta agree with you about Wilson, I have seen him live and he has a ton of talent just needs direction. Leitas looked great loved the cut on Taylor with Metzger openly wondering how it got there(was hopeing he would reference the Shamrock\Kimbo cut)Plus thank mfc for letting Maria do the interviews


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