Braidwood puts end to Jimmo in fast order

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, EDMONTON SUN

, Last Updated: 2:52 PM ET

Always looking for the mental edge, maybe Adam Braidwood should send copies of his mixed-martial fighting debut to opposing CFL quarterbacks.

One look at Braidwood's rank victory over Ryan Jimmo at MFC 11 last night at the Shaw Conference Centre might worry a few quarterbacks.

After the Edmonton Eskimo defensive end pounded Jimmo with nearly 10 unanswered blows to the head, the referee stopped the Maximum Fighting Championship superfight at 1:54 of the first round.

"That was awesome," said Braidwood.

"It was the funnest I have ever done. I will tell you that right now.

"I heard him start to breathe hard and I knew I was going to knock him out."

Ironically, Jimmo had spouted before the fight, guaranteeing a win over Braidwood.

A four-time Pan American karate contender, Jimmo entered the ring with more than 1,000 karate fights under his belt.

But that didn't matter, as he barely landed a couple of shots.

"I'll take a couple of punches," quipped Braidwood. "I've got a tough head."

Added MFC president Mark Pavelich: "What (Braidwood) did to him was amazing.

"Adam Braidwood is a serious force in the heavyweight division right now."

FINISH LINES: Ryan McGillivray has written the next chapter of his remarkable story.

Almost four years after breaking his back in a local lacrosse game, McGillivray is now 3-0 in his mixed-martial arts fighting career after beating Aaron Gallant last night on one of the undercard bouts.

Using an arm-bar hold, McGillivray, 20, forced Gallant to tap out just 2:45 into the first round.

"Having Jason MacDonald in my corner really helps," said McGillivray, referring to Alberta's UFC superstar fighter.


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