EDMONTON - Nathan Coy dominated all three rounds of his MFC welterweight title fight against Ryan McGillivray on Friday to win the championship at MFC 33.
Coy won the belt when the ringside doctor stopped the fight prior to the start of the fourth round.
McGillivray offered little defence in the three-round affair as his American opponent maintained top control throughout the entire fight.
Coy came in with a ground and pound strategy and used elbows throughout the match to damage his opponent.
"Make a mistake and a guy like (McGillivray) can put you away," said Coy. "It's not in me to just lay there, but the elbows were working and I had to stay with them."
In the semi-main event, Adam Lynn, a former heavy machine gunner in the US military, dropped Mukai Maromo with a left hook and sliced Maromo open with elbows in the first.
Although Maromo performed better in the last two rounds, Lynn's takedowns and strikes appeared to win the fight. Surprisingly, the judges awarded the bout to Maromo via split decision.
"I still am amazed right now. (Lynn) caught me with a nice clean hook and dropped me and I came back at the end and put up a good fight," said Maromo, who thought it was just the end of the second round when the fight ended.
Originally, the winner was to fight for the lightweight title, but later the MFC announced that both fighters would have a rematch for the title in August at MFC 34.
Earlier on the card, Edmonton's Luke Harris was able to submit former UFC fighter Edwin Dewees at 2:05 of the first round even though his opponent was more than 10 pounds over the 195-pound limit at the weigh-in.
The win gave Harris nine submission wins in all nine of his career victories.
Jamie Toney defeated Andrew Buckland by unanimous decision in a fight that featured very technical grappling and many high-level reversals.
Sabah Fadai and Diego Bautista ended in a no-contest only one minute into the first round as Fadai landed an illegal knee which left Bautista clearly dazed and unable to continue.
Former Western Hockey League and Quebec semi-pro hockey enforcer Derek Parker had a back and forth brawl with Jared McComb. The exciting bout ended in a 28-28 draw due to a point deduction given to Parker for an illegal upkick.
In preliminary action, Garret Nybakken was caught in a Matt Jelly arm bar at the 2:01 mark of the first round.
Josh Kitchen opened up Mike Scarcello with strikes before submitting his opponent with a triangle choke two minutes into the first round.