TFC Announces Welterweight Contender Fight
Top Canadian fight promotion The Fight Club (TFC) today announced the addition of a clash between top Canadian welterweight Ryan “The Kid” McGillivray (10-4-1) and Strikeforce/WEC/IFL/KOTC veteran Adam Lynn (13-8) to it’s fight line-up for “TFC 11: Full Force,” which will take place on Friday September 10th. The “Full Force” main event will showcase a rematch between TFC Light Heavyweight Champion Martin “The Stress” Desilets and UFC veteran Victor “The Matrix” Valimaki. The belt will be on the line as these two lock horns once again, as TFC 11 will be held at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta. Doors will open at 7 PM, and the fights will begin at 8 PM. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster, http://www.thefightclub.ca/, or (780) 451-8000.
With the TFC World Welterweight Title declared vacant due to the departure of Ryan Ford from the organization, TFC’s top welterweight contender, Ryan “The Kid” McGillivray (10-4-1), is now in the spotlight. “The Kid” has only been competing in mixed martial arts for the past four years, but has quickly established himself as one of the top Canadian prospects in the welterweight division. All of Ryan’s fights have been in and around his hometown of Edmonton, so he is very well-known in the local MMA community, and he has built a loyal and enthusiastic fan base. And with eight of his ten victories coming via submission, fans know that they can always expect an exciting fight for McGillivray.
“We have a number of really talented welterweights competing now for a shot at our title. One of them is certainly Ryan McGillivray,” said TFC President Mark Sinclair. “Ryan is coming off a big win over Calgary’s Andrew Buckland, and will now get a chance at “TFC 11: Full Force” to test himself against a world class welterweight in Adam Lynn.”
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Adam Lynn (13-8) now lives in Orange County, California. Prior to getting into MMA, Adam served in the U.S. Marines from 1998 until 2002. Not surprisingly, with Adam’s MMA background, he wasn’t a cook or navigator in the Marines, but rather a heavy machine-gunner.
“It was a pretty cool job,” says Lynn, who also states he did not get into the fighting arts through the marines’ unarmed combat training. “I had a guy in my platoon who was a judo black belt – the marines really had nothing to do with it; during off-time, we would get together and he would show me some stuff, and that’s how I got started. Then I pushed it from there.”
Lynn has competed for some of top MMA promotions, including the WEC, IFL, Strikeforce and King of the Cage. He has competed against some of the sport’s top names, including Strikeforce Welterweight Champion Nick Diaz, Jay Hieron, Rich Crunkilton, and Josh Thomson. After the disappointing loss to Thomson at Strikeforce’s “Playboy Mansion” event last year, Lynn has won two straight, with his most recent fight in May of this year at KOTC’s “Excessive Damage,” where he won a hard-fought decision over standout Ricky “IE Bad Boy” Legere, Jr. (12-4).
With both McGillivray and Lynn coming off the biggest wins of their careers, and with a possible title shot looming, the fans in attendance for “TFC 11: Full Force” on September 10th will be in for what is sure to be a tornado of a fight.
Here is the fight card as it stands now:
• 205 lbs: Champion Martin Desilets (10-2) vs. Victor Valimaki (16-6) for the TFC World Light Heayweight title
• 170 lbs: Ryan McGillivray (10-4-1) vs. Adam Lynn (13-8)
• 155 lbs: Mitch Clarke (7-0) vs. Josh Machan (7-3) for the TFC Canadian Lightweight title
• 170 lbs: Ryan Machan (11-5) vs. James McCutcheon (3-2)
• 170 lb: Rio Wells (3-0) vs. Chuck Pelc (2-1)
Look for additional fights to be announced for “Full Force” in the coming weeks. The event will be shown on The Fight Network on tape delay, and news on a press conference will be announced soon. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.thefightclub.ca/