‘Leonidas’ links up with MFC

May 30, 2012
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MFC Staff

Henle to face Harris in middleweight showdown at MFC 34: Total Recall

Joseph “Leonidas” Henle is coming to the Maximum Fighting Championship with a message.

He has been waiting for a stiff challenge for some time, and now faced with the biggest step up in competition of his career, Henle is eager to prove himself.

“The last three or four guys I’ve fought, I knew I was the better guy and my opponent knew I was the better guy,” Henle explained.

“That made things hard to get motivated. Now there’s going be this other guy across the ring, and I don’t know if he’s better than me or not. That gets my blood pumping. I can’t wait to put it on him and show him he’s not at my level.”

The man that Henle (6-0-1) will make that self-discovery against will be Luke Harris (9-1) when they clash at MFC 34: Total Recall. The fight, which will be a featured bout on the HDNet Fights main card emanating from the Mayfield Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, will be Henle’s organizational debut after signing a multi-fight deal with the MFC.

“I’m very excited to be in the MFC. I’m amped to be a part of it,” said Henle, who learned a lot about the organization from frequent training partners Emanuel Newton, the former MFC light-heavyweight champ, and current MFC welterweight contender Jamie Toney.

He ultimately decided it was the place to be after discussions with MFC Owner/President Mark Pavelich.

“I really like Mark’s attitude,” added Henle. “I follow him on Twitter and I’ve listened to his interviews. I like that he’s aggressive and how he talks about his fighters and his organization. It got me fired up and wanting to work for a guy like that.”

Henle holds three submission wins of his own and has registered three victories inside the opening round including a first-round knockout of Gabriel Lopez. Harris, meanwhile, has racked up all of his victories inside the opening five minutes – all by way of submission including his tidy verdict over Edwin Dewees at MFC 33 back in May. (more…)