MFC 37 Main Event (MFC HW Title bout) Cancelled
The Maximum Fighting Championship has been forced to cancel the main event bout between Smealinho Rama and Chris Barnett for the organization’s Heavyweight championship belt off of this Friday’s MFC 37 card. The fight between Rama (6-0) and Barnett (7-1) was called off as Chris Barnett sustained an injury to his eye. Multiple fighters were contacted as possible opponents but declined. With only three days left, the MFC was forced to make the unfortunate decision to cancel MFC 37’s Main Event.
“The Prince” Rama, Canada’s #1 HW, worked his way up to earning a title shot by defeating both Ryan Fortin (Canada #4) and formerly #1 ranked Mike Hackert (Canada #2) at MFC 35 and 36 respectively. While Chris Barnett was seemingly brought in as a tough test for Rama based on his victories over well regarded fighters such as Mario Rinaldi and Jay White.
Now unfortunately the MFC heavyweight division, which was resurrected in 2012 after a 5 year hibernation, will have to wait at least until MFC 38 to crown its first champion since Scott Junk (MFC 12 – 2007).
UPDATE FROM MFC PRESS RELEASE
Rama will be paid his show purse for the title bout which was slated for Friday night at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta. The Calgary, Alberta, fighter will also be immediately put into a title fight at the MFC’s next event.
“It’s an absolute shame that it came down to this, and it didn’t have to go this way for Rama at all. Had Barnett’s manager Mickey Dubberly been more professional and more on top of things, we would have been notified at least two weeks ago that there was an issue with the medicals. Instead we find out one day before he’s scheduled to leave.
“With proper notice we could have found a suitable replacement and had the title fight but because of irresponsible management, Rama and the MFC fans have been robbed of that opportunity.”