Jimmo to Face Lewis for MFC Light Heavyweight Belt


Maximum Fighting Championship has signed a 205-pound title fight for MFC 28: Supremacy, its first card of 2011. The yet-to-be-scheduled event will be headlined by a title fight featuring Ryan “The Big Deal” Jimmo (#21 Light Heavyweight) and Dwayne “D-Bomb” Lewis (#48)

Both fighters are homegrown products of Canada’s premier MMA promotion; Jimmo has fought eight times for MFC since his 2007 debut, while Lewis has fought for the promotion 13 times over roughly the same period. Lewis is coming off victories over UFC vets Mike Nickels and Razak Al-Hassan, while Jimmo’s recent hit list includes UFC vets Marvin Eastman and Wilson Gouveia.

“The fans want to see these two settle the issue of who is the best light heavyweight in the MFC, so this is it. It’s time to make it happen,” said MFC Owner/President Mark Pavelich is quoted by the press release. The bout announcement is an interesting turn of events considering that the last time Pavelich issued a statement about Jimmo, it was to express frustration over the fighter’s refusal to face Glover Teixeira in a title fight. After a replacement was found, Teixeira withdrew reportedly due to issues with his visa, which resulted in another stern public statement from Pavelich.

The MFC Light Heavyweight Championship has been held by Victor Valimaki, Roger Hollett, Emanuel Newton, Trevor Prangley, and has never been successfully defended by any of its holders.

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