Maximum Fighting Championship 34 “Total Recall” kicked off the weekend on Friday night at Mayfield Inn Trade and Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta.Of the nine bout card only one bout went the distance, as MFC 34 was a night of finishes, with six TKO/KOs and two submission finishes. In the main event, Mukai Maromo and Adam Lynn squared off in what was to be an MFC Lightweight Title rematch from MFC 33, where Maromo picked up a split decision over Lynn. However, Lynn failed to make weight, therefore MFC officials had no choice but to altered the bout into a three round non-title match up. With something to prove, Maromo refused to allow the judges to render a decision when he finished Lynn with a beautiful knee 86-seconds into the second frame to knockout him out.
Heavyweight Mike Hackert made short work of UFC veteran Tim Hague with a mid-round TKO in a rematch from May of this year. Following the bout Hague officially retired from MMA competition via Facebook.
Also on the card, Middleweights Elvis Mutapcic and Joseph Henle picked up victories to battle it out for the MFC Middleweight title at MFC 35 on October 26th of this year. Both fighters made short work of their opponents with first round TKOs. The Midwest Cage Championship Middleweight champion Mutapcic defeated Jacen Flynn 99-seconds into their bout, while Henle defeated Luke Harris in just under two minutes. (Full MFC 34: Total Recall event results below.)
UFC 150 wrapped up the weekend on Saturday night at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. The main event featured to February Lightweight title rematch between now champion Benson Henderson and former champion Frankie Edgar. Picking up the unanimous decision victory and the title at UFC 144 in a questionable five-rounder, Henderson’s first title defense was an immediate rematch to the former champion. Much like their first bout, this went to decision and was an extremely questionable call on the judges behalf. Both fighters went toe-to-toe in a very close fight that saw Henderson win three of the five rounds, much to the dismay of the fans in attendance who disagreed with the final ruling. This bout was down to the wire, with the split decision possibly going either way, however Edgar will no be granted an immediate rematch as Nate Diaz will now challenge Henderson, who is 5-0 in the UFC since crossing over from the WEC.
In other Lightweight action former teammates Donald Cerrone and Melvin Guillard squared off. WIth Cerrone missing a high kick, Guillard clipped him with a left hook and rushed in with a flurry of punches and knees, almost ending the bout. However, Cerrone was able to sway off the early assault and land a left leg head kick, that hand Guillard wide open. With Guillard’s guard down, Cerrone connected with a big right hand that dropped Guillard to the ground to end the bout just 76-seconds in.
Also on the card Middleweights Yushin Okami and Jake Shields were victorious in their respective bouts. Roberts rushed in early with wild punches, but Okami looked extremely impressive pounding out Roberts in a very lopsided last minute matchmaking bout. Roberts was saved by the bell in the first round avoiding Okami’s assault for a moment, but it carried on into the second round. Roberts did his best to attempt to finish Okami with a guillotine, but Okami was able to escape, land a double and pound it out until the referee halted the bout. Jake Shields defeated Ed Herman in his UFC Middleweight debut in classic Shields fashion, by grinding out a decision. Shields was able to control the bout on the ground, but had a tough time with the very game Herman, and the high altitude. Shields nearly scored a kimura, but Herman escaped only to be controlled on the mat with unimpressive, nor dangerous ground and pound for the remainder of the bout. (Full UFC 150: Henderson vs. Edgar II event results below.)
Friday Night Fights –
Mukai Maromo def. Adam Lynn via KO (Knee) – 1:26 – Round 2
Joseph Henle def. Luke Harris via TKO (Punches) – 1:57 – Round 1
– earns a Middleweight Title Fight against Elvis Mutapcic at MFC 35
Mike Hackert def. Tim Hague via TKO (Punches) – 2:27 – Round 1
Elvis Mutapcic def. Jacen Flynn via TKO (Punches) – 1:39 – Round 1
Dhiego Lima def. Nick Hinchliffe via Unanimous Decision (30-27 x3)
Jason Zentgraf def. Cody Krahn via Submission (Bar Arm Choke ) – 1:15 – Round 1
Derek Boyle def. Dan Ring via TKO (Punches) – 0:20 -Round 1
Derek Parker def. Paul Grandbois via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) – 3:24 – Round 1
Smealinho Rama def. Lee Mein by TKO (Punches) – 2:49 – Round 1
Saturday Night Fights –
Benson Henderson def. Frankie Edgar via split decision (46-49, 48-47-48-47) to retain lightweight title
Donald Cerrone def. Melvin Guillard via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 1:16
Jake Shields def. Ed Herman via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Yushin Okami def. Buddy Roberts via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 3:05
Max Holloway def. Justin Lawrence via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 4:49
Dennis Bermudez def. Tommy Hayden via submission (standing guillotine choke) – Round 1, 4:43
Michael Kuiper def. Jared Hamman via TKO (punch) – Round 2, 2:16
Erik Perez def. Ken Stone via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 0:17
Chico Camus def. Dustin Pague via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Nik Lentz def. Eiji Mitsuoka via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 3:45