Jimmo pounds Gouveia at MFC 25

JOHN SHORT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:56 AM ET

EDMONTON - One thing can be said about Wilson Gouveia. He’s a tough so-and-so.

Edmonton’s Ryan Jimmo made him prove it last night for more than 10 minutes on the way to a unanimous light-heavyweight decision in the light-heavyweight co-feature of MFC 25 at the Edmonton Expo Centre.

For the first two minutes or so, Gouveia seemed to have a slight edge in a deliberate exchange of leg kicks.

Then Jimmo landed the first of his heavy right hands. From that point, Gouveia could focus only on survival. Making it through the entire three rounds was a tribute to his stubbornness, if nothing else.

“He wasn’t throwing anything else,” Jimmo said. “I broke him down.”

Several times, referee John Braack seemed ready to call a halt, but Gouveia did just enough to avoid being stopped. After being whacked with solid shots — dozens of them — in a neutral corner for the last half of the second round, the Florida fighter sat against the ropes with his shoulders hunched and head bowed until his corner came to get him.

He would have been justified in quitting before the third round, but it was obvious he never considered it.

The other half of the main event was an easy victory for Brazilian Thales Leites over Jesse Taylor of Murrieta, Calif.

It ended early when Taylor was caught in what experts called “a triangle choke.”

Taylor started bleeding from a cut eye before he was forced to concede..

The likeable Leites admitted he is looking for bigger bouts.

“I’m happy,” he said, suggesting surprise at the quick finish.

About 400 Fort McMurray residents did not get what they came for in the much-anticipated final undercard bout.

They wanted a victory by Dwayne Lewis over California light heavyweight Emanuel Newton. Instead, the unanimous decision — a perfect 30-27 on all cards — went Newton’s way, based on his advantage in strength and power. The well-conditioned Canadian’s fitness kept him competitive as he absorbed his fifth loss against 11 victories.

After building his win-loss record to 13-and-6, Newton was generous as he spoke in the ring: “He’s strong. He caught me with a terrific punch.”

It was a body blow at close quarters that wobbled the winner briefly.

Wisely, he fell into a clinch and lifted Lewis off his feet, dropping him to the canvas where the American quickly regained control.

Only Jimmo’s impressive performance kept prominent Alberta scrappers from going winless on the night.

jcshort@shaw.ca


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