Canada's top MMA promotion, the Maximum Fighting Championship, presented MFC 34: Total Recall on Friday, August 10, 2012, at the Mayfield Inn Trade and Conference Centre in Edmonton. The main card aired live on AXS TV (formerly HDNet).
The main event was originally supposed to be contested for the vacant MFC lightweight championship, but Adam Lynn missed weight, so it was changed to a non-title fight. MFC President Mark Pavelich was so infuriated by this infraction that he actually threatened to cut the entire MFC lightweight roster!
After winning a controversial decision over Adam Lynn in their last fight, Mukai Maromo left nothing up for debate in this rematch, knocking out Lynn with a nasty knee to the face. Maromo may have single knee-edly saved the MFC lightweight division with this impressive knockout.
Based on their victories at MFC 34, The Ultimate Fighter alum Joseph "Leonidas" Henle and Elvis "The King" Mutapcic will square off for the vacant middleweight championship at MFC 35. That is, if they both make weight.
Flawless Fighting Championship presented their inaugural event, FFC 1: The Beginning, on Saturday, August 4, 2012, at the UIC Forum in Chicago, IL.
In the main event, Lithuanian light heavyweight Egidijus Valavicius won his sixth straight fight in what was his first-ever fight in the United States. Valavicius scored a quick submission win over late replacement Eric Hammerich.
Local Chicago fighter Adam Ward defeated Macedonian grappler Oliver Petrovski in the co-main event. After two rounds of back and forth action, Ward opened up a gusher of a cut on Petrovski with a nasty elbow in the third round. Bleeding heavily, Petrovski waived off the fight with a verbal submission.
Former UFC fighter "Irish" Jake O'Brien earned a dominant decision over veteran heavyweight Miodrag "Pele" Petkovic.
The UFC awarded a total of $200,000 in bonus money to 3 fighters for performances at UFC on FOX 4: Shogun vs Vera, held Saturday, August 4, 2012, in Los Angeles, California. The event was headlined by Mauricio "Shogun" Rua vs Brandon Vera.
After every UFC event, Zuffa officials pay out bonuses to fighters based on exceptional performances. These bonuses are paid in addition to the contracted salary or fighter purse of each honored athlete.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship presented UFC on FOX 4: Shogun vs Vera on Saturday, August 4, 2012, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
Before this event, UFC President Dana White declared that the light heavyweight who scored the most impressive victory in either the main event or co-main event would become the new number one contender to fight the winner of UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones vs Dan Henderson at UFC 151. Much to White's delight, both Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida scored incredibly impressive knockout victories.
Shogun Rua took out Brandon Vera in the fourth round of the main event after a grueling encounter that saw Vera prove his worth with a valiant effort. But in the end, "The Truth" was simply up against a better fighter.
Lyoto Machida used his trademark elusive counter-fighting to exert much less energy than Shogun Rua and take virtually no damage en route to a second-round knockout of Ryan Bader. Machida toyed with Bader for a while, until the crowd began to voice its displeasure with boos, and the frustrated TUF winner recklessly rushed in on Machida and abruptly got KTFO.
It was the efficient performance of Lyoto Machida that proved to be the winning lottery ticket in Dana White's light heavyweight number one contender sweepstakes. Machida will once again challenge for the 205-pound title that he formerly held.