David Heath. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
EDMONTON - The Maximum Fighting Championship, the fastest-rising mixed martial arts organization in North America, puts its fourth show of 2008 under the spotlight with MFC 18: Famous on Friday, September 26 at the River Cree Resort and Casino.
In the main event, a new No. 1 contender for the MFC light heavyweight title will be determined as the always exciting David Heath (9-3) makes his much-anticipated MFC debut against Emanuel Newton (9-3-1). The winner of the bout is likely to be first in line to face the MFC’s reigning champion in the 205-pound division - Roger “The Hulk” Hollett.
“This is going to be an electrifying fight between two very accomplished competitors,” said Mark Pavelich, Owner/President of the Maximum Fighting Championship.
“David Heath is a fiery guy who craves the title and I was very happy to get him signed to a multi-fight deal. But there is no way that someone like Emanuel Newton who is on a tremendous streak having won seven straight fights can be taken lightly at all. Whoever wins this fight is going to be very ready to face the champ.”
In a featured welterweight bout, Ryan “The Real Deal” Ford returns to action following his action-packed title fight as he faces veteran Laverne Clark. Ford (6-1) suffered his first loss in the MFC’s inaugural 170-pound championship matchup but he showed power, speed and aggression before ultimately losing by third-round submission to champion Pat Healy. Ford is ready to resume his winning ways but he has a tough challenge ahead of him in the well-seasoned Clark (25-16-1).
Three lightweight fights on the MFC 18: Famous card will not only once again showcase the deepest talent pool in the organization but also cement the top contenders for the 155-pound crown. Joe Heiland (10-0) will look to make his MFC debut a successful one and keep his undefeated streak intact but he is facing arguably the MFC’s best lightweight in “Smooth” Ben Henderson (6-1).
Gavin Neil (4-0) takes on Ryan Machan (7-2) in a battle of blossoming young talents while two other lightweights both step into the MFC ring for the first time as Simon Marini (5-1) squares off against Colby Snyder (5-1).
And fan favorite Aron “The Poster Boy” Lofton (4-0) is back following his destructive 17-second knockout victory at MFC 17 - this time to face submission specialist Jay Whitford (2-0).
The complete card for the event:
David Heath vs. Emanuel Newton
Ryan Ford vs. LaVerne Clark
Joe Heiland vs. Ben Henderson
Gavin Neil vs. Ryan Machan
Simon Marini vs. Colby Snyder
Aron Lofton vs. Jay Whitford
Elliot Duff vs. Chris Camozzi
Mike Gates vs. Josh Russell
Troy Sorenson vs. Evan Sanguin
Jason Biggeman vs. Sheldon Westcott
Jason Zorthian vs. Jesse Clark