Lima and Juarez go for the gold tonight (Photo courtesy of MFC).
Douglas Lima to Face Jesse Juarez in Main Event
After a stunning submission of Ryan Ford in a second round win at MFC 26, welterweight Douglas Lima (16-4) immediately asked for a title shot, and he’ll get just that on Friday night when he faces top contender Jesse Juarez (15-5) for the Maximum Fighting Championships (MFC) Welterweight Title at MFC 27: Breaking Point. Taking place at the River Cree Casino in Edmonton, Alberta, a loaded card of Mixed Martial Arts action will air live on HDNet, beginning at 10 p.m.
“It’s the most excited I have ever been for an MFC Championship Fight,” MFC Owner/President Mark Pavelich stated. “This is the kind of fight I’ve been wanting for 10 years. These guys are MFC fighters, not guys who made their names somewhere else and then came to the MFC. They are both MFC fighters, and they are going after the MFC title.”
Fighting out of American Top Team in Atlanta, Lima will be pursuing his fifth straight win, with 14 of his victories coming via stoppage.
“There’s no need to ask the question. I’m super excited,” Lima remarked. “I was ready for the title fight the day I beat Ford. I’m ready for Juarez.”
While he is more than ready for this match, Lima did admit that he has a somewhat limited knowledge about his opponent.
“I don’t know much about Juarez,” he commented. “I’ve seen a few fights online. It’s nothing I haven’t seen before. He’s got a good record, but I’m ready to take him on. I think the fight will stay standing, but I’m ready for whatever he’s got. Wherever it goes, I’m going to be very comfortable.”
Juarez comes into this fight with a nine-bout winning streak, and he has not suffered a loss since a 2008 defeat to Luke Stewart on a Strikeforce card at the Playboy Mansion. If he is able to emerge victorious tonight, it would bring a third MFC Championship Belt to the Bodyshop Team, which includes current MFC Lightweight Champion Antonio McKee and former MFC Light Heavyweight Titleholder Emanuel Newton.
“It’s awesome to finally get a title fight,” Juarez said. “Lima is a great competitor and from a really good camp. I wanted his coach, (Roan) Carneiro, but fighting Lima should be a lot of fun. Fighting is a lot of fun for me, and the paydays are nice. In reality, I’m fighting for my family now.”
MFC 27: Breaking Point features a loaded night of fights in addition to the Juarez-Lima title bout, including a welterweight pairing of Ryan Ford and Pete Spratt, as well as former UFC fighter Rodney Wallace facing David Heath in light heavyweight action.