O’Connell to Clash with Valimaki at MFC 39: No Remorse



The Maximum Fighting Championship is excited to announce three more main card matchups for the upcoming MFC 39: No Remorse taking place on Friday, January 17 in Edmonton, Alberta, and live on AXS TV Fights.
Former MFC world light-heavyweight champion Victor “The Matrix” Valimaki returns to where his career took off, and now has opponent in the form Sean O’Connell #52 in the World Rankings, who enters the Maximum Fighting Championship riding a five-fight winning streak that includes his most-recent victory over big-name veteran Marvin Eastman.

Also added to the lineup for MFC 39 is a middleweight showdown pitting talented striker Chase Degenhardt against hard-throwing brawler “Ruthless” Ryan Chiappe, plus a battle been two explosive lightweights as Aaron “Gorilla” Gallant meets Derek “The Gargoyle” Boyle. Both of these fights have been agreed to in principle.

“The anticipation level for the return of Victor Valimaki to the MFC is even greater than I thought it could be,” said MFC Owner/President Mark Pavelich. “I think people truly believe in Victor and they want to see him succeed. However, he’s going to have his hands full in Sean O’Connell.”

All three fights will take place on the main card of MFC 39, and are added to a lineup that includes the MFC world lightweight title fight between Kurt “The Hurt” Southern and Tom “Da Tank” Gallicchio along with the welterweight clash of Gilbert Smith against Jason “The Mover” South. A co-headlining title fight will be added shortly. The MFC’s first show of 2014 will be held at the Northlands Expo Centre.

Valimaki (17-8), who will have the home-town advantage of fighting in Edmonton, returns to the MFC ring for the first time since 2007 and a little more than six years since claiming the organization’s 205-pound division crown with a submission win against Jason Day. In O’Connell (14-4), who agreed to a multi-fight deal, Valimaki faces a fighter on a tremendous hot streak and a holder of seven victories by way of knockout. The Salt Lake City, Utah, product, who stands six-foot-two, also has two wins via submission.

Degenhardt (8-3) will look to build on a streak of two straight wins that includes a second-round stoppage at MFC 35. The Edmonton, Alberta, native will have a sizeable height advantage as he stands six-foot-four compared to Chiappe at five-foot-10. But the powerfully built Chiappe (10-8), who fights out of Vancouver, B.C., is a dangerous foe who boasts eight knockouts amongst his 10 victories. Chiappe will be in search of his first victory under the Maximum Fighting Championship after falling short in a spirited tussle at MFC 31.

The AXS TV Fights card will open with a bang as Gallant (6-5), who fights out of Calgary, Alberta, takes on Boyle (10-6) of Lethbridge, Alberta, in a clash of two fighters who have been known to put their opponents away quickly.

Gallant’s current four-fight winning streak is highlighted by a defining moment at MFC 38 when he put together an amazing, record-setting knockout of just seven seconds against Matt Jelly. Meanwhile, Boyle is no stranger to a tidy finish as his last outing under the MFC banner lasted only 20 seconds before he put a stamp on a win over Dan Ring.

Tickets for MFC 39: No Remorse are on sale now via the MFC Ticket Hotline by calling (780) 504-2024 with more tickets available at www.ticketmaster.ca December 4. 2013 10:00 am

11 Responses to “ O’Connell to Clash with Valimaki at MFC 39: No Remorse ”

  1. Aaron Robinson says:

    Victor overlooking Tim? Bad Idea.

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  2. Balrog says:

    Does anyone know where (or if) Victor is training these days? There seems to be alot of hype regarding his return by the MFC. Where is he training? Is he on weight? Anyone who can answer these questions?

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  3. RickRoll says:

    Valimaki pulls out of the fight due to sprained pinky, you heard it here first!

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  4. Rummour has it valimaki has been training hard 3 to 4 hours a day, for the last 7 weeks, at 215 lbs. his weight is on target and he will fight in December. If for some unforseen circumstance he pulls out such as due to a sprained pinky he then becomes pavelichs problem. Vic has aligned himself with a new gym, competant trainers so I am sure they will have him in shape and ready to go for the 14th. You heard it here first!

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  5. "Wreck-it" Ralph says:

    Today he posted on his Facebook that he was rushed to the hospital and that he’ll be out of training for the next 2 days. Damn, I hope he gets better for next week.

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  6. RNC says:

    That’s terrible news for the Matrix. Hope he gets well soon and they get to the bottom of whatever may be ailing him but it sounds like he needs to take some time to sort this all out. Get well soon Matrix.

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  7. Dr Rogers says:

    I wonder how the Alberta commission deals with these things I saw that on Facebook too. Apparently he still wants to fight but does he have to see some sort of commission doctor to get cleared? Hopefully he clears up these health issues second time in one month now this has happened.

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  8. Donald Duck says:

    Yaaaaa…. jaw breaking actually …..aaaawwwn!

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  9. Donald Duck says:

    Look I should clarify. I like Victor and yes I’ve had a beer with him, although he was much cooler than I was so we had a beer at the same bar while attending the same after party and while he talked to my cornerman (who he thought was cool) he might have mumbled two or three words my way. The point is, he’s a good guy.

    He took good fights and fought tough opponents but right now I just don’t think his heart has been in the game for the last little while. It bums me out cause he was a pioneer out west for a while but of late he’s a shadow of his former self.

    I’d love to see him fight but I’d also just like to see him retire and focus on other things in his life.


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  10. Miley says:

    Agreed nobody wants to see anyone get hurt there unnecessarily if there head or health isn’t 100%. He’s still young guy so has plenty of time to make a proper comeback when the time is right.

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  11. This is what what happens when vic starts his training camp less than 2 weeks before the fight date, its a little hard to go from 245lbs to 205lbs in that short period of time without health risks.

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