Brian Cobb (top) shocked Drew Fickett at MFC 30. | Photo: Greg Hamilton/Sherdog.com
EDMONTON, Alberta -- “The Bandit” Brian Cobb stayed true to his name, stepping in on short notice and snatching a sudden come-from-behind victory over Drew Fickett in the main event of MFC 30 inside the Mayfield Conference Centre.
Cobb made a stunning comeback late in the first round, as the majority of the frame was spent with Fickett on Cobb's back, threatening with a rear-naked choke.
“It was a huge mistake letting him get my back. To overextend and overthrow like that, it's frustrating because I know better,” Cobb explained to Sherdog.com after the bout. “It's disappointing; making huge mistakes like that could have cost me the fight.”
Fickett was able to sink his arm under Cobb's chin to complete the choke, but “The Bandit” was peeled his opponent's hand and reversed into the guard.
With 30 seconds left in the round, Cobb took top position, and with Fickett trapped underneath the bottom rope, unleashed a series of heavy right hands. Cobb pistoned his punches down upon Fickett -- 27 punches in total -- dribbling his head to force the stoppage from referee Vern Gorman at the 4:44 mark.
“When I got on top, I was just trying to lay some leather down on him,” declared Cobb. “If I didn't end the fight, I wanted him to be hurting in the corner between rounds.”
The Bakersfield, Calif., native took the HDNet Fights-broadcasted bout on two weeks' notice, filling in for Hermes Franca. The 30-year-old Cobb is now 19-6 in his MMA career.
UFC veterans Marcus Davis and Pete Spratt failed to live up to what many hoped would be a slugfest in their welterweight rematch.
Neither man put together a serious combination that threatened their opponent on the feet, and in the end, Davis took a unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) with his grappling.
The two met in April 2007, with Davis earning an Achilles lock submission.
“I know people wanted to see us strike and bang it out but he was just staying so far to the outside of me,” said Davis, now 19-8. “We've both changed so much since our last fight, trying not to be the same
people we were the first time we fought.”
The first round was Spratt's best, as he landed a massive shot to the body of the “Irish Hand Grenade.” However from the second round on, Davis did a better job of landing one clean shot and getting out of the way. Whenever the “Secret Weapon” tried to answer with a blow of his own, Davis would shoot underneath the attempt and secure a takedown on the Texan.
“My boxing isn't what it was 10 years ago,” Davis commented. “I haven't been able to train it as much cause I got to spend time training all the other stuff.”
After a long feeling out process, 21-year-old welterweight prospect Dhiego Lima exploded on tough journeyman Jamie Toney to score a stoppage victory 2:47 into the first round.
Lima, the younger brother of former MFC welterweight champion Douglas Lima, stood over top of his Los Angeles-based opponent and threw down a flurry of rights and lefts until referee John Braak stopped the action. Lima, of Atlanta, ran his record to 6-0 with the victory.
St. Albert, Alberta, Canada's Sheldon Westcott finally accomplished what he set out to do four months ago: defeat Thomas Denny. The 26-year-old local took a unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27) with superior ground control.
Lightweights Robert Washington and Curtis Demarce fought a cautious affair, with neither wanting to make a mistake that the other could take advantage of. Washington scored with takedowns and control on the ground while Demarce's best offense came in the second as he knocked down the East St. Louis, Ill., fighter to open the stanza.
Confusion occurred after the fight in the ring, as Washington was awarded a split-decision victory. However, upon the scorecards being recounted, Demarce was announced as the winner with scores of 30-27 from judge Usman Ali and 29-28 from Bill Warwick. Judge John Braak saw the bout 29-28 Washington, as did Sherdog.com.
Las Vegas-based Swede Andreas Spang couldn't get his first guillotine choke attempt against hometown fighter Cody Krahn to hit paydirt, but his second try was successful as he secured the tapout victory just 67 seconds into their middleweight contest. Spang, fighting out of J-Sect MMA via way of Stockholm, moved his record to 6-1, rebounding nicely from his MFC debut in April, a quick submission loss to Ali Mokdad.
Team Hayabusa fighter Mukai Maromo made short work of Colorado Springs, Colo., fighter Scott Cleve with a right kick to the body. Cleve quickly crumbled to the canvas, forcing referee Vern Gorman to stop the bout just 36 seconds in.
The evening's opening contest was the shortest of all: In a rubber match between two Edmontonian lightweights, Garret Nybakken made quick work of Jevon Marshall as he landed a thunderous overhand right that destroyed his foe in a mere 16 seconds.