Marcus Davis Gets New Opponent for MFC Debut, Curtis Demarce Steps Up to the Challenge

By Damon Martin

Marcus Davis will still make his Maximum Fighting Championship debut in April, but it will be with a new opponent.

Original opponent Kajan Johnson is out with an injured shoulder, and Curtis Demarce has stepped in as a replacement.

Sources close to the negotiations confirmed the new bout to on Sunday.


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Mark Pavelich: Canada’s king of MMA

By Chris Doucette, Toronto Sun

You’d think the owner of any mixed martial arts organization north of the border would be honoured to be thought of as the Canadian Dana White. But Mark Pavelich isn’t just any MMA company owner.

I sat down recently with the cocky founder and president of Maximum Fighting Championship, a Canadian-based MMA organization, and he was taken aback by the comparison.

“I’m way better looking than he is,” the MFC boss said with a grin. “He has way more money than I do, but I have way more charisma than he does.”

Not bad for a guy who claims not to be arrogant. Pavelich may prefer not to be compared to the Ultimate Fighting Championship president, he also wasn’t offended.

“He’s the Godfather of MMA,” Pavelich freely admitted of his UFC counterpart.

But with all the press the UFC has received recently, Pavelich wants to ensure fans know they have another option.

Yes, he’s got a great product and he’s the superpower of MMA, but there is a different brand of MMA out there and it’s called Maximum Fighting Championship,” he said. “And we’re not just some sort of farm team, we’re the highest level in this country.”

While he spoke respectfully enough of the UFC president, there was also a hint of disdain with each mention of Dana White, who he refers to simply as D.W.


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MFC 29: Marcus Davis vs. Kajan Johnson booked for April 8 on HDNet

Already sporting a talent-rich lightweight roster, the Maximum Fighting Championship has added one of the division’s most powerful strikers, and a fighter who has targeted big finishes in fan-favorite encounters.

Marcus “The Irish Hand Grenade” Davis has signed a multi-fight deal with the Maximum Fighting Championship, and will make his much-anticipated debut when S.L. Feldman’s & Associates presents MFC 29: Conquer at The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor on Friday, April 8. Tickets for the event go on sale at Noon ET on Friday, March 4 at and The Colosseum box office.

Davis (17-8) is expected to meet the livewire “Ragin” Kajan Johnson (18-11-1) in one of the featured matchups that will air live on HDNet Fights.

The Bangor , Maine , product and member of Team Sityodtong already feels like he has found a home in the MFC which prides itself in pushing the entertainment envelope.

“I feel I’m sort of the Nostradamus of MMA,” explained Davis . “When I started in the sport I was talking to boxing magazines and told them that MMA was going to take over boxing. They said I was crazy but it happened.”

“I feel the same about being in the MFC. (Owner/President) Mark Pavelich has done a very good job not only developing his brand but also developing his fighters. That’s why I made the choice I did.


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Marcus Davis signs with MFC, debuts at MFC 29 in Windsor, Ontario

By Keith Grienke

Marcus “The Irish Hand Grenade” Davis is the latest fighter to be signed by Maximum Fighting Championship. Davis, a huge fan favorite, was released by the UFC following consecutive losses to Nate Diaz and Jeremy Stephens.

Davis (17-8) will debut for the MFC at MFC 29 in Windsor, Ontario as announced by Mark Pavelich on the live HD Net telecast. There was no word on whether Davis would fight at Welterweight or Lightweight.



MFC 28: Supremacy – Quick Results

Event: MFC 28: Supremacy
Date: February 25th, 2011
Location: River Cree Resort & Casino, Edmonton Alberta

Main Card
Ryan Jimmo def. Dwayne Lewis via TKO Doctor Stoppage 3:13 R2
Drew Fickett def. Matt Veach via Submission (Armbar) 0:36 Rd1
Richie Whitson def. Curtis Demarce via Split Decision (29-28×2, 29-28)
Sheldon Westcott vs. Thomas Denny Scores 28-28, 28-27, 29-28 DRAW
Emanuel Newton def. Rodney Wallace via Submission (RNC) 4:34 Rd2

Preliminary Fights
Tyrone Glover def. Robert Washington via Split Decision (28-29, 29-28×2)
Dan Ring def. Garret Nybakken via Submission (RNC) 2:21 Rd2
Brendan Kornberger def. Paapa Inkumsah via Unanimous Decision (30-27×3)

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MFC 28: Supremacy – Weigh-In Results

The official MFC 28: Supremacy weigh-ins are as follows:

MFC Light Heavyweight Championship bout: Ryan Jimmo (203.4) vs. Dwayne Lewis (203.6)
Catchweight (160 lbs) bout: Drew Fickett (160) vs. Matt Veach (159.4)
Lightweight bout: Richie Whitson (155) vs. Curtis Demarce (153.8)
Welterweight bout: Thomas Denny (169.4) vs. Sheldon Westcott (169.4)
Light Heavyweight bout: Rodney Wallace (204) vs. Emanual Newton (204.2)
Lightweight bout: Robert Washington (155.6) vs. Tyrone Glover (154)
Lightweight bout: Dan Ring (155) Garret Nybakken (155)
Catchweight (179 lbs) bout: Brendan Kornberger (178) vs. Paapa Inkumsah (176.8)

Fickett Returns to MFC, Says he has turned life around.

By The Canadian Press

It was only a couple of years ago that Drew Fickett was at the top of Maximum Fighting Championship president Mark Pavelich‘s naughty list.

Pavelich went ballistic when he heard Fickett planned to appear on a June 2008 Strikeforce card as a late injury replacement. Fickett was due to compete in the MFC at the time and his contract stated he could not fight for anyone else within five weeks of his MFC bout.

What followed was a colourful Internet trail of alleged voicemails and forum postings from promoter and fighter.

Suffice to say, the former UFC fighter from Arizona did not appear on either the Strikeforce or MFC cards.

Fast forward more than 30 months and Fickett (40-13) is being showcased in Friday night’s co-main event of MFC 28 at the River Cree Resort & Casino in Enoch, Alta. (HDNet,. 10 p.m. ET).

All is forgiven.

“We had a brother’s quarrel,” said Fickett. “We’re fine. He’s my kind of guy.”

Pavelich has also let bygones be bygones, although a January story on the MFC website calls Fickett signing a multi-fight deal with his organization “one of the most astonishing turn of events in the history of the Maximum Fighting Championship.”


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The MFC official weigh-in for MFC 28: Supremacy is taking a unique twist.

Press Release – The Maximum Fighting Championship’s official weigh-in for MFC 28: Supremacy is taking a unique twist.

After numerous high-profile weigh-ins at West Edmonton Mall, City Centre Mall, and River Cree Resort and Casino, the MFC has decided to give back to the local community where the fight card is taking place. With that in mind, the official weigh-in for MFC 28 will take place at Kitaskinaw School on the Enoch Cree Nation beginning at 12:30 p.m. MT on Thursday, Feb. 24.

All MFC fans and sponsors along with all friends and teammates of the fighters are invited to attend the event. Take Whitemud Drive West past 215th Street, continue till meeting up with Hwy. 60 and turn left. Take the next left (approx. 1 km) and go past the community centre before reaching the school.

The official weigh-in for MFC 28: Supremacy will also air live at MailScanner has detected a possible fraud attempt from “blocked::http:” claiming to be (2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT).

“I’m very excited to be bringing the weigh-in to the Kitaskinaw School as a special thank you to Chief Harry Sharphead of the Enoch Cree Nation who is a tremendous fan of the Maximum Fighting Championship and has shown our organization a great deal of respect and trust to be able to have our weigh ins at this fantastic school.” said MFC Owner/President Mark Pavelich.

Antonio McKee injured, Drew Fickett will now face Matt Veach at MFC 28


McKee sidelined by injured knee

Maximum Fighting Championship lightweight title-holder Antonio McKee will be unable to defend his title at MFC 28: Supremacy due to a knee injury.

Drew Fickett, McKee’s scheduled opponent for the co-main event, will maintain his spot on the card in a showdown against replacement Matt Veach (15-2). The Fickett-Veach encounter will be a three-round bout contested at a catchweight of 160 pounds.

“I’m disappointed not to be facing McKee for the title but it’s only a matter of time until I get my hands on the MFC lightweight belt,” said Fickett.

“It’s truly a sign of what some fighters are made out of,” added MFC Owner/President Mark Pavelich. “Drew Fickett didn’t hesitate one bit to accept the change in opponent, and Matt Veach showed the amount of courage he’s got in taking the fight with Fickett on short notice.”

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Unbeaten Spang Inks 4-Fight MFC Deal, Expects April Debut

By Chris Nelson

Unbeaten middleweight Andreas Spang has joined the rapidly-expanding roster of top Canadian promotion Maximum Fighting Championship.

The Swedish-born 32-year-old signed a four-fight deal with the company this week and is expected to make his promotional debut in early April at the as-yet-unannounced MFC 29.

A former professional boxer and kickboxer who has competed under the K-1 banner, Spang made the transition to MMA in 2008. Since then, the “Sweet Sweed” has compiled a spotless record of 5-0, including three first-round finishes. Last June, Spang earned the biggest victory of his nascent career with a crushing knockout of touted Brazilian jiu-jitsu player Chaun Sims at Ring of Fire 38.

Spang currently resides in Las Vegas and splits his training time between One Kick’s Gym, J-Sect MMA and Sergio Penha Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Previously pestered by lingering injuries and tentative bouts which failed to materialize, the rejuvenated Spang now looks forward to building on his perfect ledger and making a name for himself in his new home.


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Law Practice Set, Tyron Glover Makes MMA Return to MFC 28

By Mick Hammond

It’s not often an athlete can take five years off from a sport and come back and compete at the same level they had before, let alone be better, but that’s something Colorado lightweight Tyrone “T-Money” Glover is intent on achieving.

Having spent five years off from MMA to concentrate on getting his law practice up and running, Glover returned this past November with an impressive win over Nick Buschman in the Fight to Win promotion.

“I thought I’d have a little bit of ring rust, but I kind of went right out there and did well,” said Glover to

“It helped that I had a good presence in the audience who came out to support me. I’m real big on feeling like the fans in the crowd out there are showing up to see a great performance and that’s what I delivered. I felt good and felt like I got right back in my groove and was good to go.”

When Glover left MMA in 2005, the lightweight division was in disarray with few promotions supporting the weight class and the UFC lacking a champion. With circumstances different in the present day, Glover felt he still had what it took to continue where he had left off.


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Paul Kelly won’t be waiting long for new MMA home

By Fighters Only

No sooner was Paul Kelly released from his UFC contract than offers came in from several promotions expressing an interest in signing him up. The Team Kaobon fighter has been contacted by promotions in the US, Canada and Europe tabling deals of varying lengths.

A source close to the Liverpool lightweight declined to “name names at this stage” as negotiations are only in their embryonic stages, but said all the promotions that have been in contact “have live-broadcast television deals”.

One promotion known to be interested is Canadian outfit MFC (Maximum Fighting Championship). Mark Pavelich, owner and promoter, told TapouT Radio that he is very interested in bringing Kelly over to Canada for a fight. MFC has a number of former UFC athletes on its books and recently re-signed its former lightweight champion Antonio McKee when he was released from the UFC after one fight.

Kelly was released from the UFC after losing to Donald Cerrone in a fight that aired on the UFC 126 Spike TV undercard broadcast. The loss put Kelly 5-4 in the UFC and the fight was not without controversy as Kelly was accused of attempting a sucker punch at the start. But sources at the UFC told Fighters Only last week that Kelly’s release was due to an overstocked lightweight division which currently has 60 fighters and needs to be cut to around 30.


Top award for "The Athlete" EBWC recognizes MacDonald as MMA Fighter of the Year

Jason “The Athlete” MacDonald of Pro Camp Sports Management has been named the first recipient of the Edmonton Boxing and Wrestling Commission’s Mixed Martial Arts Fighter of the Year Award. He received the award on Tuesday night at a gala dinner and was joined by his wife Kelly, Pro Camp and Maximum Fighting Championship Owner/President Mark Pavelich and the entire Pro Camp/MFC team.

MacDonald was recognized for his accomplishments in 2006 when he went notched six consecutive wins.
“Everyone at Pro Camp and the MFC is extremely proud of Jason. No one in Edmonton, and except for UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre, no one in all of Canada came close to having the type of year that Jason did in 2006,” said Pavelich.

“Jason has always had a great legion of supporters in Edmonton, all over Alberta and throughout Canada. But everything exploded for him once he hit the UFC. He went from being a relative unknown there to becoming an international fan favourite in such a short period of time. It was hard work that got him to that point in his career and hard work that earned him this award.”

The presentation to Jason included a videotaped message of congratulations from UFC President Dana White. Among Jason’s victories in ’06 were two outstanding performances in the UFC. In October, Jason made his UFC debut and coined the now-famous “I’m not a stepping stone for anybody” line when he used a perfect triangle choke to defeat The Ultimate Fighter reality show finalist Ed Herman on Ultimate Fight Night at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

Jason then made it consecutive victories over The Ultimate Fighter show stars when he scored a spectacular guillotine choke stoppage over Chris Leben in UFC 66 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. In both of those UFC fights, Jason received the Submission of the Night bonus and his victory over Leben was No. 4 on the UFC’s list of Submissions of the Year for 2006.

Jason’s triumphs in ’06 included a victory at MFC 10 – Unfinished Business in Edmonton and a hat trick of wins at ECC events in Atlantic Canada.


MFC Unplugged III

Based out of Edmonton, Alberta, the MFC is one of Canada’s more reliable promotions, holding regularly scheduled professional events. Recently, in between their larger events, they’ve held smaller cards called “Unplugged.”

It was revealed recently that MFC Unplugged 3 will happen April 20, and the main event will feature Halifax’s Roger Hollett. Hollett must have impressed the MFC crowd with his 36-second KO of Mike Maurer at MFC 11 a few weeks ago. Look for him next at ECC 5, on March 31 in Halifax.

For Unplugged 3, the MFC is also bringing in the most recent addition of Pro Camp Sports Management, B.J. Penn student Scott Junk, who will fight for the first time outside of the Hawaiian Islands.

My only question is how they plan on fitting the 6-foot-1, 280-pound Junk through the doors to enter inside the smaller venue of the Crowne Plaza.

MFC Unplugged in April

Coming off the overwhelming success and media attention garnered by MFC 11 – Gridiron, the Maximum Fighting Championship is excited to announce its next show and a new athlete scheduled to compete. The MFC’s popular series Unplugged will return for its third show, Hits Back which will be held Friday, April 20 in the ballroom of the Crowne Plaza Chateau Lacombe in Edmonton.

The Unplugged series showcases young rising stars in mixed martial arts and at Hits Back one of the featured fighters who will be making his professional debut is Edmonton Police Service officer Ryan Lawley.

Lawley was a professional personal trainer and boxing instructor at Panther Gym in Edmonton before joining the EPS. He has been training in mixed martial arts for the past few years and is ready for his first opportunity in the MFC.

“I’ve wanted to fight for some time now to prove to myself that I can do it and to prove to everyone who has knocked mixed martial arts that it is a true sport and that the sport and the fighters deserve proper recognition,” said Lawley.

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