Co-Main Events Set for MFC 32


The Maximum Fighting Championship launches what will be its biggest and boldest schedule in organization history with the announcement of its first event for 2012 – MFC 32: Bitter Rivals.

MFC 32: Bitter Rivals will take place on Friday, January 27 at the Mayfield Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, and emanating live on HDNet Fights. The main card’s live broadcast airing throughout North America on HDNet gets underway at 10 p.m. ET/8 p.m. MT/7 p.m. PT (check local listings for channel designation).

Tickets for MFC 32 are on sale now and available exclusively via the MFC Ticket Hotline at (780) 504-2024.

The lineup for MFC 32: Bitter Rivals is already taking shape with three main-card bouts announced by MFC Owner/President Mark Pavelich.

In the co-main event, MFC lightweight champion Antonio “Mandingo” McKee puts his title on the line against No. 1-ranked challenger Brian “The Bandit” Cobb. The other co-main event will pit long-time MFC fan favorite Dwayne “D-Bomb” Lewis against Brazilian striker Wilson Gouveia in a light-heavyweight battle that will be the MFC’s first five-round, non-title superfight.

“The fans of the Maximum Fighting Championship want action, they want exciting fights, and they want to be impressed by the fighters – just like I do,” said Pavelich. “These co-main event fights are set up to provide all of that.

“When he’s pressed into a corner, Antonio McKee comes out fighting, and there’s no way in the world that Brian Cobb will let McKee just coast through this fight. Cobb wants the belt and he is going to go after it. It’s going to be up to McKee to decide if he’s willing to fight to keep it.

“And the MFC has no fighter who’s more combative, more eager to settle into the pocket and throw down than Dwayne Lewis. Both he and Wilson Gouveia are looking to get on track after long layoffs so there’s no better way to figure out who’s for real than to let them smash their way back into the mix.”

McKee (26-4-2) has won 12 of his last 13 fights, and will be defending his MFC crown for the second time. The Lakewood, California, product claimed the MFC lightweight title at MFC 20 with a unanimous decision over Derrick Noble, and then defended the belt in one of the most impressive efforts of his decorated career. McKee, angered by many of his opponent’s pre-fight comments, notched the third TKO of his career finishing Luiz Azevedo only 3:11 into their bout at MFC 26.

Cobb (19-6) is on quite a roll of his own as he gets his first MFC title shot. The Bakersfield, California, native has won four straight including an exhilarating triumph in his organizational debut at MFC 30. Cobb turned the tables on opponent Drew Fickett and racked up a scorching TKO victory just 4:44 into the first round. A holder of 12 submission victories, Cobb has also registered key career wins over Kazunori Yokota and Diego Saraiva.

The MFC 32 superfight features the return of Lewis (12-7), the pride of Fort McMurray, Alberta, who is unquestionably one of the MFC’s all-time great crowd-pleasers with 13 appearances under the organization’s banner. Lewis rode a seven-fight winning streak into his title fight at MFC 28, but he fell short via a third-round TKO against Ryan Jimmo. Lewis boasts seven career knockouts including sensational first-round finishes against Mike Nickels and Marvin Eastman.

Gouveia (12-8), a holder of seven submission and four knockout wins under his belt, makes his long-awaited return from injury following his loss to Jimmo at MFC 25. The Brazilian, who now fights out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has a number of big-name victories on his resume including first-round stoppages of Jason MacDonald, Jon Fitch, and Carmelo Marrero.

Also signed to the MFC 32: Bitter Rivals card is a showdown between fighters who are both coming off stellar performances at MFC 31. In an explosive lightweight affair, hometown rising star “The African Assassin” Mukai Maromo (6-2) will meet former U.S. Marine Adam Lynn (17-8).

Maromo, who has won three straight, scored the Knockout of the Night at MFC 30 with a quick finish against Scott Cleve, and then put on a fantastic performance for his Edmonton fan base in a thrilling three-round decision over Sabah Fadai.

Lynn enters MFC 32 boasting a six-fight winning streak highlighted by his Knockout of the Night outing at MFC 31 when he floored Curtis Demarce just 1:38 into Round 1. The San Clemente, California, product holds six knockouts on his career resume.

The remainder of the main card along with the undercard will be announced in the near future.

19 Responses to “ Co-Main Events Set for MFC 32 ”

  1. Cody Rempel says:

    Didn’t even notice the first time I read it that Lewis/Gouveia was a five-round fight!

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  2. Jamie Locke says:

    I don’t like the idea of 5 round non-title fights. I find it takes away from the titles. Also, many fights nobody wants to see go on for 5 rounds.

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  3. Paveldouce says:

    Cause the UFC is doing it, so shall we…

    Pavelich has never had an original thought. There is no reason this needs to be a 5 rounder.

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  4. ryan farse says:

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  5. Darren Owen says:

    Lee Mein and others we’re doing it before. I believe Stan Peterec held the first sanctioned MMA fight in Canada the year was 1999. Jason Heit fought on the event.

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  6. Brad Wall says:

    RITC 1- 11/17/2000 in Lethbridge. It was formerly called The Roadhouse Rumble because of it’s location.

    MFC 1- 3/3/2001 in GP.

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  7. MFZZZZZ says:

    Pavelich is doing his best to cure insomnia. MFC 33 Sleepin Pill.

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  8. Johnson says:

    Actually the promotion TKO started mma in canada. Nobody has even heard of the MFC outside of edmonton

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  9. CM says:

    TKO was called UCC back then but they were one of the 1st. Their 1st show was on June 2, 2000 putting them ahead of RITC and MFC.

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  10. Robin Black says:

    Its beautiful that people love this sport enough to maintain its history that’s damn cool

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  11. CM says:

    I looked into the Peterec stuff as I was unware of it and he put on events even further back.

    Ultimate Battle put on 3 events (according to Sherdog) starting on November 27, 1997 in Victoria. Their 2nd event in May of 1998 had the debut (and 2nd fight) for some kid named John Alessio!

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  12. Joe Doerksen says:

    Mark Pavelich invented everything.

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  13. Gunner says:

    Joe Doerkson invented some of the best pick up lines i have ever heard. My all time favourite……

    “If you don’t leave my friend alone i will take one for the team and hit you over the head and toss you in my trunk for after”

    it may have been slightly different as i was drunk but in a nut shell that was it.

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  14. Edmonton MMA says:

    mark pavelich would try claiming that he started MMA in Canada

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  15. Darren Owen says:

    @CM I just spoke to Jason Heit, I was wrong it was 1997 and was Ultimate Battles. Denis Kang fought on Ultimate Battles 2.

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  16. Paveldouche says:

    Kang fought Trever Prangley at Ultimate Battles 2.

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  17. Brad Wall says:

    December 18, 1999 – Calgary, was the first punch and crunch, believe there was 3 or 4 promoted by Keith Crawford and Mike Miles. They had some mma and pankration as well as kickboxing and muaythai on them.

    If my memory serves me correct Joe didn’t you fight on one of Keith’s shows back around 1999 or 2000?

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  18. steve says:

    those r all illegal shows… UCC not UGC was first to be legal then MFC

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