August 25, 2007
Hulk hammers way to MFC crown
By JASON HILLS, SUN MEDIA
The Maximum Fighting Championship's world light heavyweight title is headed to Halifax.
Roger (The Hulk) Hollett beat Edmonton's Victor (The Matrix) Valimaki at 2:06 of Round 1 to claim the title in front of a sold out crowd at the River Cree Resort and Casino last night.
"That first shot caught me right in the eye and it put my lights out," said Valimaki shortly after his defeat.
Hollett is known for his extensive background in boxing. His father Ralph was a Canadian welterwight boxing champion in the 1980s.
Hollett came out with a high roundhouse kick that nailed Valimaki just below the eye. Valiamaki landed a nice right hook and then attempted to wrestle Hollett to the canvas, where he's least experienced.
Hollett connected with another high kick that floored Valimaki, then landed some devastating blows with his forearm to the back of Valimaki's head, forcing him to submit.
"I didn't want to give up. He got that second shot in and it wasn't so much about the impact, it was more the fact that I couldn't see.
"When that happens there could be a career-ending shot, so I decided to end it right there," explained Valiamaki.
"You've got to give him props. I wanted to take the fight to the ground, but he's a hungry fighter."
Hollett and Valimaki have a strong friendship away from the ring, and the Maritimer was honoured to be able to win the title from his good friend.
"He's one of the best and this is a great feeling right now," said Hollett.
"We have talked about it and we will have a rematch in Halifax at a later date. We'll put both titles on the line."
Coming into the match, Hollett was the ECC (Extreme Cage Combat) light heavyweight champ.
IN PRELIMINARY BOUTS:
- Edmonton light heavyweight Jason Kucera made very quick work of Steve Dubeck, taking just 28 seconds to finish him.
- Mike Gates defeated Jason Biggeman with a textbook arm-bar submission at 1:23 of Round 1 .
- Nick Penner of Edmonton finished off David Lainoff with a series of devastating forearm smashes at 1:50 of Round 1.
- In a light heavyweight clash, Dwayne Lewis TKO'd Clay Davidson at the 1:41 mark of Round 1 after landing several unanswered blows.
- In another light heavyweight battle of Edmontonians, Ryan Heck defeated Mike Bell at 3:44 of Round 1 with a choke submission.
- Edmonton welterweight Ryan Ford defeated Randy Valette at the 2:07 mark of the first round by TKO.
- Middleweight Brad Zazulak notched a TKO over Edmonton's Luke Harris at 2:21 of Round 1.