Machan and MFC Part Ways
Ryan Machan and Maximum Fighting Championship are parting company. Machan, who recently upset the number four ranked Kajan Johnson at MFC 23, is undefeated in eight fights at the MFC. However, Machan and MFC President Mark Pavelich could not agree on financial terms or the length of the contract so the two have agreed to part ways just when it appeared Machan was in title contention.
A big sticking point in the discussions was a clause that required Machan to get written permission from the MFC to fight for other promotions for the year after he had completed his four fight/sixteen month contract exclusive to the MFC. Machan also desired a nominal increase in pay for his future fights which included a fight with Derrick Noble for MFC 24.
“I am a disappointed in Mark for letting me go over such small details,” said Machan, who has an 10-3 career record.
Mark Pavelich confirmed to Top MMA News that “We (The MFC) are not signing Machan.” Pavelich further stated that all of Machan’s wins came on the undercard of MFC events.
Machan’s manager and former UFC fighter Jason MacDonald felt that Ryan simply could not accept the deal. “He was 8-0 and his next fight was going to be on the main card, yet he was not going to get any more money than he did for his last three or four fights at MFC. MacDonald continued, “The UFC does not even require fighters to get written permission to fight elsewhere after their contract has run out.” MacDonald, himself, recently relieved Mark Pavelich of management duties and hired a new one who is busy looking for fights to get Jason back to the UFC. “I felt that there was a conflict with Mark representing both me and the MFC so I got new representation. I am still open to returning to the MFC if the money and the opponent is right for me.”
For his part, Mark Pavelich does not want his MFC organization to be a farm system to the UFC. As such, he is placing exclusivity clauses into his contracts. The MFC does not wish to build stars to have them run off to the UFC. That is in direct contrast to many fighter’s dreams, like Ryan Machan, of fighting for the biggest show in the world – the UFC. As well, the MFC has gained a reputation for signing some young fighters to lengthy deals only to put them on the shelf for a long time after a loss. An example is Machan’s MFC 20 opponent Simon Marini. Marini lost to Machan last February 2009 and has not fought anywhere over the past year since that loss.
While disappointed, Machan has gone ahead to schedule his next fight at Jason MacDonald’s Pure Fighting Championship in Red Deer on March 12. No opponent has been named at this time. Ryan is also in talks with a new promotion that is scheduled to debut this spring.
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