Gouveia Pulls Out; New MFC Opponent for Lewis
Dwayne Lewis announced today that Wilson Gouveia has pulled out of his MFC 26 fight due to back issues. MFC veteran Mike Nickels will take his place. Fans will remember Nickels sole visit to the MFC when David Heath and Nickels stood toe-to-toe for three rounds at MFC 22. Lewis was looking forward to knocking off a highly regarded UFC veteran like Gouveia. However, a win over Nickels, who fought twice in the UFC, would look good on his record as well.
Lewis had this to say about the replacement,
I am pretty disappointed that Gouveia has pulled out but very pleased with the replacement the MFC has given me ! I feel I will still get my stand up war as Nickels likes to bang it out as well !
Both Nickels and Lewis are coming into the fight with losses in their last fights. Nickels recently lost BJJ phenom Vinny Magalhaes in quick fashion by Arm Bar, while Lewis lost to Emanuel Newton in a three round decision at MFC 25.
Lewis’ loss was his first after winning seven consecutive fights. The Fort McMurray fighter is eager to get back to his winning ways and will be looking to knockout Nickels just as he did to Marvin Eastman. Lewis predicts,
I’ll win by KO late in the first. I will hit Nickels harder than he’s ever been hit before !
Interestingly enough, the #3, 4, and 5 Canadian Light-Heavyweights will all be fighting in Edmonton on September 10. If the #5 Lewis can get past Nickels as he predicts, odds are that he will move up the LHW ladder as someone from the #3 Martin Desilet vs #4 Victor Valimaki TFC fight will lose.
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