MFC Signs Glover Teixeira

Glover Teixeira. Photo courtesy of the PFC.

Light heavyweight Glover Teixeira (9-2) has joined the MFC talent pool and is expected to make his organizational debut at the soon-to-be-announced MFC 26 event. The native of Sobralia, Brazil, has scored seven of his nine victories by way of KO/TKO and came highly recommended by several sources, not the least of which was his friend, MFC middleweight title contender Thales Leites.

“When you hear things like ‘He can beat anyone in the division’ and those kinds of statements are coming from well-respected people, you have to take notice,” said MFC Owner/President Mark Pavelich. “I believe that Glover can make an immediate and serious impact in the grand scheme of our light heavyweight picture.

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MFC 25 Features Stacked Lineup

The fight lineup for MFC 25: Vindication is proving to be one of the most talent-laden rosters in the organization’s history.

With the official main event still to be announced, the MFC has already lined up five action-packed fights to highlight the card which will air live on HDNet Fights on Friday, May 7 from the Northlands Expo Centre in Edmonton, Alberta.

In the co-main event, a pair of light heavyweights will battle for the position of No. 1 contender for the MFC’s 205-pound belt. Top-ranked Ryan “The Big Deal” Jimmo (12-1), who will be fighting in his home town, takes on Brazilian standout Wilson Gouveia (12-7), who is making his promotional debut and taking on a new role in the light heavyweight ranks moving up from middleweight. Jimmo has won 12 straight fights since his pro debut and is coming off a convincing decision victory over former MFC light heavyweight champ Emanuel Newton at MFC 23. Gouveia has put together an impressive career resume that includes wins over such notables as Jason MacDonald, Jason Lambert, and Seth Petruzelli.

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MFC 23: Unstoppable Quick Results

Thales Leites def. Dean Lister – Decision (Unanimous)
Jason MacDonald def. Solomon Hutcherson – Decision (Split)
Ryan Jimmo def. Emanuel Newton – Decision (Unanimous)
Bryan Baker def. Art Santore – Decision (Unanimous)
Dwayne Lewis def. Marvin Eastman – KO (Punch)
Jesse Juarez def. Joe Christopher – Decision (Unanimous)
Nick Penner def. Ryan Fortin – Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Ryan Machan def. Kajan Johnson – Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Billy Hua def. Kenny Hamilton – TKO (Punches)

MFC 22: Payoff Quick Results

Travis Lutter def. Jason MacDonald – Decision (Unanimous)
Antonio McKee def. Carlo Prater – Decision (Unanimous)
John Alessio def. Luigi Fioravanti – KO (Punches)
Mike Nickels def. David Heath – Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Ryan Jimmo def. Marvin Eastman – Decision (Split)
Pete Spratt def. Nathan Gunn – KO (Punch)
Dwayne Lewis def. Jared Kilkenny – TKO (Punches)
Jason Heit def. Paapa Inkumusah – TKO (Punches)
Joe Christopher def. Andrew Buckland – Submission (Guillotine)
Nick Hryuchyshyn def. Jesse MacDougall – TKO (Punches)

MacDonald and Lutter to Battle at MFC 22: Payoff

Jason MacDonald. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The Maximum Fighting Championship has announced that UFC veterans Jason “The Athlete” MacDonald and Travis Lutter will do battle at MFC 22: Payoff on Friday, October 2 at the River Cree Resort and Casino in Edmonton, Alberta.

“This is a mega-fight – the best matchup and exactly the fight we wanted for our fans,” said MFC Owner/President Mark Pavelich. “Both MacDonald and Lutter are tremendous competitors with great skills, and I think there is a grudge building up between them.

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Prangley, Lashley Victorious at “Hard Knocks”

Trevor Prangley. Photo by Jon Swenson. Used with permission.

Veteran Trevor Prangley outlasted defending champion Emanuel Newton to take a five-round unanimous decision and the MFC world light heavyweight championship at MFC 21: Hard Knocks Friday night at the River Cree Resort and Casino just outside Edmonton, Alberta.

After a weathering an early storm and appearing to be out of gas, Prangley (20-5) picked up the pace after three rounds and began to wear down Newton (11-4-1) with crisper strikes and kicks. By the time the fifth round came around, both of Newton’s eyes were half-closed due to precise shots and the effects of well-placed bodyshots from punches, knees, and kicks had taken their toll on Newton.

The fight’s most compelling moment came with one second remaining in the fifth round as Prangley clipped Newton with a punch combo and then connected point-blank with a crushing high kick that caught Newton square on the chin. Both fighters went down in a heap – Newton from the blast and Prangley from a bruised foot – as referee “Big” John McCarthy jumped in with the horn blowing. The sold-out crowd at The Venue at River Cree gave both fighters a standing ovation for their impressive performances.

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MFC Announces Full Card for “Hard Knocks”

Trevor Prangley. Photo by Jon Swenson. Used with permission.

The Edmonton-based Maximum Fighting Championship has released the complete card for MFC 21: “Hard Knocks”, which will take place on May 15 at the River Cree Resort & Casino.

The show’s main event will feature UFC and Strikeforce veteran Trevor Prangley returning to action to challenge Emanuel Newton for his MFC light heavyweight title. Former WWE superstar Bobby Lashley will also battle California product Mike Cook in a featured attraction.

Additional main card bouts include former WEC and UFC title challenger John Alessio against Andrew Buckland, seasoned veteran Marvin Eastman facing Aron Lofton, and a light heavyweight clash between journeymen David Heath and Travis Galbraith.

The complete card for the event is as follows.

Main Card:

Emanuel Newton vs. Trevor Prangley (MFC Light Heavyweight Title)
Bobby Lashley vs. Mike Cook
John Alessio vs. Andrew Buckland
Marvin Eastman vs. Aron Lofton
David Heath vs. Travis Galbraith
Ryan Jimmo vs. Mychal Clark

Preliminary Bouts:

William Richey vs. Ryan Fortin
Jeremy Combrink vs. Jason Heit
Dwayne Lewis vs. Jay Whitford
Nolan Clarke vs. George Belanger

Lashley Inks Deal With Canada’s MFC

Bobby Lashley. Photo courtesy of World Wrestling Entertainment.

One of the most dominating up-and-coming fighters in the world has signed on with the Maximum Fighting Championship.

Former WWE star Bobby “The Dominator” Lashley will step into the MFC ring on Friday, May 15 at MFC 21: Hard Knocks live from the River Cree Resort and Casino and airing live throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico on HDNet Fights.

A chiseled and imposing figure at six-foot-three and 265 pounds, Lashley is the premier heavyweight prospect in all of mixed martial arts.

“Bobby Lashley is a phenomenal athlete and a very impressive fighter who wants to make a big name for himself in mixed martial arts,” noted MFC Owner/President Mark Pavelich. “He is a very exciting prospect and he will get a monumental opportunity to break into the spotlight at MFC 21.”

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Daley vs. Thompson Added to MFC 20

Paul “Semtex” Daley. Photo by Esther Lin/ProElite.

A welterweight bout between British sensation Paul “Semtex” Daley and former BodogFight welterweight champion Nick Thompson has been added to the Maximum Fighting Championship’s latest offering on February 20 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

MMA on Tap has been able to confirm the bout with MFC President Mark Pavelich. A formal announcement of the fight is expected in the coming days.

Daley had a six-fight winning streak snapped at EliteXC’s “Heat” event in October, where he fell to former EliteXC welterweight champion Jake Shields via armbar in the second round. “Semtex” bounced back recently to record a second-round TKO of John Alessio at MFC 19 on December 5.

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UFC and WEC Veterans to Bolster MFC Middleweight Division

Rory Singer. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The Maximum Fighting Championship has recently added three new fighters to it’s ever-growing middleweight division - Rory Singer and Solomon Hutcherson, who were both featured on the third season of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show as well as former World Extreme Cagefighting middleweight contender Bryan Baker.

Singer and Baker have signed to fight each other at MFC 20 on February 20 while Hutcherson could make his promotional debut on the card as well if Mark Pavelich and company are able to find a suitable opponent for him in time for the event.

“I’m very excited about the addition of Bryan Baker because I think he can be a really dominant force in the MFC,” MFC President Mark Pavelich said in a press release sent out to the media.

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