As MMA Arrives in Ontario, Anti-MMA Voices Surface

By Michael David Smith

We’re used to it by now. Those of us who love mixed martial arts have come to accept that our sport will be subjected to ignorant, unfair commentary from people who don’t understand it and don’t care to understand it, and that the anti-MMA voices will grow particularly loud any time the sport becomes regulated in an area where it had previously been banned.

But even if we’re used to it, and it would be easier just to ignore it, sometimes it’s valuable to point out some of the over-the-top assertions about MMA that come out in the local media whenever the sport arrives in a new town.

So with MMA recently being legalized in Ontario, let’s take a look at some of the problems with this Windsor Star column by Anne Jarvis.

Jarvis starts with this:
“So, Maximum Fighting Championship 29: Conquer is coming to Caesars Windsor next month. They’ll have to hose the blood off the floor of the Colosseum.  Mixed martial arts is the full-contact, almost no-holdsbarred sport combining boxing, wrestling and martial arts. Bouts are fought in a cage. It’s bloody barbaric, and I meant that pun.”

Good one.
“Half of bouts end in a knockout, technical knockout or “choke out,” all of which can cause brain injury. Some of these guys will likely suffer chronic traumatic encephalopathy, like hockey player Bob Probert.”


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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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Why Compare the UFC and Strikeforce? And Who Wins When it Happens?

By Jonathan Snowden

Mark Pavelich said something telling yesterday on Bloody Elbow Radio. The Maximum Fighting Championship owner, an intensely competitive man, made it clear his promotion, and every other promotion on the planet, is competing for number two. The clear industry leader, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is “miles and miles ahead” of everyone else in the combat sports space.

It’s not just box office dominance, where the UFC has broken it’s own Pay Per View sales record two years running, last year bringing in an estimated $411 million in gross revenue. They’re doing it with the best fighters in the world, smartly matched with other great fighters by matchmaker Joe Silva to create a succession of mega events. And that’s not just my opinion. Our own USA Today/SBNation Consensus Rankings bear this out.

Not only does the UFC keep their accountants busy, they keep most of the world’s top 25 fighters in each weight class busy as well. According to our rankings, 120 of the sport’s 175 top fighters across the major seven divisions compete in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Of the 70 top ten fighters, 52 of them fly the UFC flag.

It’s a talent gap unprecedented in mixed martial arts history. There’s never been so much talent concentrated in a single promotion ever. Silva and his boss Dana White have more flexibility and options than they’ve ever had. Stars like Georges St. Pierre and Anderson Silva have given the promotion continuity, and young turks like Jon Jones and Frankie Edgar are raising the game to new levels.

It begs the question: why does everyone in the industry compare this modern day promotional marvel to San Jose’s little old Strikeforce?


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