Ryan Jimmo defends his MFC gold April 8 against Emanuel Newton. | Charles Penner/MFC
It's a big rematch for the "Big Deal."
Canadian standout promotion Maximum Fighting Championship announced Thursday that its April 8 card in Windsor, Ontario -- MFC 29 "Conquer" -- will feature a light heavyweight title co-feature in which rising prospect Ryan Jimmo will stake his MFC 205-pound crown in a rematch against former champion Emanuel Newton.
Jimmo and Newton met at MFC 23 "Unstoppable" in December 2009, with the former Canadian national karate champion Jimmo earning a unanimous decision victory.
The 29-year-old Jimmo, a Maritime native now based in Edmonton, Alberta, won the vacant MFC strap on Feb. 25, battering hard-swinging Dwayne Lewis. Jimmo broke Lewis' left orbital bone, causing a ghastly hematoma that forced the bout's end in the third period.
On the same MFC 28 card in Enoch, Alberta, Newton took an impressive submission over UFC veteran Rodney Wallace, choking him out in the second round. Newton, 27, earned MFC's light heavyweight title with a unanimous decision over Roger Hollett in December 2008, but lost the title to rugged veteran Trevor Prangley in his first title defense five months later.
The April 8 bill -- one of the first sanctioned cards in the newly-regulated province of Ontario -- takes place at The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor and will air live on HDNet. The card will be headlined by welterweight ace Douglas Lima defending his title against UFC veteran Terry Martin.
In lightweight action, UFC veterans Drew Fickett and Hermes Franca square off, while in his promotional debut, Marcus Davis takes on Kajan Johnson in a lightweight affair.