By Con Griwkowsky, Edmonton Sun
Joseph Henle made a huge impression at MFC34.
When he first arrived in Edmonton for his Aug. 10 middleweight bout against local hero Luke Harris, he arrived under a cloud of anonymity.
Harris had built himself quite a record, winning nine straight fights by first-round submission.
Yet, when Henle scored a vicious first-round KO over the owner of the Hayabusa Training Centre in St. Albert, he put himself right in front of the line for a title shot.
So, when the main card lineup for MFC35: Explosive Encounter on Oct. 26 was announced Monday, Henle made it to the marquee matchup.
He’ll be facing another relative newcomer to Mark Pavelich’s growing stable, Elvis (the King) Mutapcic in the MFC middlewight title.
Henle was given the nickname Leonidas due to his uncanny resemblance to the hero of the movie 300.
The rest of the card is equally compelling, as Pavelich continues to grow his brand with a combination of uncanny matchmaking and an eye on entertainment value.
Like anything else, luck may have played some part in the MFC’s growing popularity, but Pavelich puts it down to a dividend of hard work.
“Our best success has come when we focus on matchmaking exciting fights and keep in mind how future scenarios might play out,” Pavelich said. “So, we put fighters together who will compete with passion and give everything they have.
“This is mixed martial arts. This is a sport, but let’s not forget that first and foremost this is entertainment. I want our fans entertained and we’re going to showcase the fighters who are entertaining and exciting.” (more…)