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Posted: December 8th, 2013
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Degenhardt/Chiappe, Gallant/Boyle matchups added to No Remorse roster
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The Maximum Fighting Championship is excited to announce three more main card matchups for the upcoming MFC 39: No Remorse taking place on Friday, January 17 in Edmonton, Alberta, and live on AXS TV Fights.
Former MFC world light-heavyweight champion Victor “The Matrix” Valimaki returns to where his career took off, and now has opponent in the form Sean O’Connell #52 in the World Rankings, who enters the Maximum Fighting Championship riding a five-fight winning streak that includes his most-recent victory over big-name veteran Marvin Eastman.
Also added to the lineup for MFC 39 is a middleweight showdown pitting talented striker Chase Degenhardt against hard-throwing brawler “Ruthless” Ryan Chiappe, plus a battle been two explosive lightweights as Aaron “Gorilla” Gallant meets Derek “The Gargoyle” Boyle. Both of these fights have been agreed to in principle.
“The anticipation level for the return of Victor Valimaki to the MFC is even greater than I thought it could be,” said MFC Owner/President Mark Pavelich. “I think people truly believe in Victor and they want to see him succeed. However, he’s going to have his hands full in Sean O’Connell.”
All three fights will take place on the main card of MFC 39, and are added to a lineup that includes the MFC world lightweight title fight between Kurt “The Hurt” Southern and Tom “Da Tank” Gallicchio along with the welterweight clash of Gilbert Smith against Jason “The Mover” South. A co-headlining title fight will be added shortly. The MFC’s first show of 2014 will be held at the Northlands Expo Centre. (more…)
Posted: December 4th, 2013
ED KAPP, MFC Staff
Anthony Hamilton prays before each of his fights.
But in the heavyweight’s most recent outing — a Maximum Fighting Championship title fight against Smealinho Rama in October — he did something a little different.
“I had never done this before,” the 33-year-old Seattle, Wash., product says. “But I was reciting scripture when I was warming up, when I was walking out and even when I entered the ring.
“Philippians 4:13 — I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me — is one of the ones that I love,” the soft-spoken fighter adds. “It motivates me and gives me the confidence that I truly can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.”
The impromptu recitals seemed to have worked for Hamilton, who ended Rama’s night early with a vicious second-round head-kick knockout to win the MFC’s heavyweight title.
Hamilton began praying before the MFC opened its doors and well before he ever strapped on a pair of four-ounce gloves.
He grew up in a single-parent household largely in a low-income area of Kent, a suburb of Seattle. As a boy, Hamilton says, he believed in God. But it wasn’t until he was about 14-years-old, when he went to a Promise Keeper’s convention a friend and his friend’s father, that he really began to embrace his spiritual side.
“At the event, I was saved,” Hamilton says in retrospect.
“It really took my understanding of God and my drive to learn more a lot further.” (more…)
Posted: December 3rd, 2013
Nikolai Gionti, MFC Staff
The Maximum Fighting Championship is working to stake its claim as the No. 2 organization in mixed martial arts. With a TV contract, a vocal president and big name signings, the MFC is doing just that, but one of the most overlooked aspects of the organization by fans and media alike may be the talent level of the lightweight division.
MFC 39: No Remorse will feature Kurt Southern and the newly signed Tom Gallicchio squaring off for the lightweight title. Southern has been on a tear since entering the MFC. He lost his first fight via submission after winning the first two rounds, but then defeated Mukai Maromo with a north-south choke and avenged his submission loss to Jonatas Novaes with a first round knockout. Southern is the top Canadian lightweight and is quickly making a name for himself in the world with his impressive finishing style.
Gallicchio trains out of Team Quest with MFC Middleweight champion Sam Alvey and partially credits Alvey for the MFC giving Gallicchio a shot. Alvey should not get all the credit though as Gallicchio’s impressive resume speaks for itself. At 17-8 Gallicchio has an impressive submission game and will look to utilize that along with his grinding style in his title match with Southern on January 17, 2014.
The top two contenders are not the only fighters on the MFC roster that build up this talent rich lightweight division. (more…)