Three New Bouts Added to MFC 40: Crowned Kings



Pair of key lightweight fights highlight new matchups for Crowned Kings

The Maximum Fighting Championship has added three action-packed bouts to the lineup for MFC 40: Crowned Kings including a pair of pivotal matchups in the lightweight division.

With the MFC lightweight crown on the line in the rematch between Kurt Southern and Tom Gallicchio, these two top-contender bouts will go long way in determining the next challenger for the new champion. The lightweight championship encounter is one of three title fights slated for MFC 40 which takes place on Friday, May 9 live on AXS TV Fights emanating from the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta.

In one of the lightweight tilts, world champion jiu-jitsu ace Jonatas “Peixe Frito” Novaes (11-5) aims to get back in the title picture against rising star and fellow jiu-jitsu practitioner Andrew “Andrewconda” McInnes (4-1). The other bout in the 155-pound division will see a pair of highly explosive strikers do battle as Marcus “Bad Intentions” Edwards (6-2) meets MFC record-holder Aaron “Gorilla” Gallant (6-5).

“These two fights are tremendous. All four of them have a burning desire to get a shot at the title and I expect them to leave it all on the line,” said Mark Pavelich, the Owner/President of the Maximum Fighting Championship.

“There is no point to holding back anything when there’s a title opportunity at stake. These fighters know that, and I sense they’ll dig deep within themselves to find an extra gear. That can only mean great things for the fans in the seats and those watching live on AXS TV Fights.”

Novaes vs. McInnes

Originally from Conceicao de Barra, Brazil, Novaes (Twitter: @jonatasnovaes) has an incredible resume in jiu-jitsu and has parlayed those submission skills into mixed martial arts with eight of his 11 wins coming via tapout. Novaes has won six of his last eight fights including the lone knockout win of his career coming against former MFC contender Drew Fickett. Under the Maximum Fighting Championship banner, Novaes, who now lives in Chicago, Illinois, scored a third-round submission win over Southern at MFC 36, but then suffered a first-round TKO against in the rematch against Southern at MFC 38.

With hometown crowd support fighting in Edmonton, McInnes (Twitter: @andrewconda) made his hotly anticipated organizational debut at MFC 39 and earned Submission of the Night honors with a standing rear-naked choke finish in the second round against Dan Ring. All four of McInnes’s wins have come via submission and three of those have ended inside the opening round.

Edwards vs. Gallant

Edwards (Twitter: @BadIntentions91) also made his organizational debut at MFC 39 and dominated Sean Powers with striking and ground-and-pound en route to a rear-naked choke submission at 4:50 of the first round. The Littleton, Colorado, product has won six of his last seven with five finishes coming inside the first round.

Gallant’s foray into MFC 40 (Twitter: @gallantgorilla) marks the return of the MFC record-holder for fastest knockout – an accomplishment the Calgary, Alberta, product set at MFC 38. Gallant executed a devastating three-punch combination that floored Matt Jelly a mere seven seconds into their bout back in October. The electrifying finish earned Gallant his fourth straight win.

O’Connell vs. Valimaki back on schedule

The other bout announced for MFC 40 is the previously scheduled matchup pitting Sean “The Real OC” O’Connell (15-4) against Victor “The Matrix” Valimaki (17-8). The light-heavyweight contest was pulled from MFC 39 when Valimaki came up ill, though O’Connell stayed on the card and earned a quick submission victory over late replacement Markhaile Wedderburn.

Valimaki, who will have the home-town advantage of fighting in Edmonton, became one of the original MFC stars when he upset legendary veteran Dan “The Beast” Severn at MFC 8 in September 2005. After claiming the MFC title with a win over Jason Day one year later, Valimaki (Twitter: @V2MMA) defended the belt in February 2007 with a startling, come-from-behind knockout win over Jared Kilkenny at MFC 11. But in August 2007 at MFC 13, Valimaki had the title snatched away from him in a TKO loss to Roger Hollett.

Fighting out of Walnut Creek, California, O’Connell (Twitter: @realOCsports) has won eight of his last nine bouts and notched seven victories via knockout.

A final main-card matchup along with a roster of preliminary fights will be announced shortly.

Tickets for MFC 40: Crowned Kings are on sale now via and by calling the MFC Ticket Hotline at (780) 504-2024.

13 Responses to “ Three New Bouts Added to MFC 40: Crowned Kings ”

  1. Cody Saftic says:

    Man I feel bad for anyone who fights Marcus Edwards….its gonna be a rough night.

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  2. Darkside905 says:

    Interesting, since now Mcinnes’ subs will be ineffective , is he quickly having to learn how to throw a punch, kick or any effective strike? We already know he can’t take one. We might just see old school Pride days where the fighter pretends to fall from the ring to avoid a beating. Jose Aldo better watch out, Andrew ‘ the delusional’ Mcinnes is coming for him

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  3. Robin Black says:

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  4. Robin Black says:

    It fazed him a bit but it certainly didn’t phase him.

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  5. Graham Weenk says:

    That’s a HUGE step up for McInnis world class bjj and Novaes hits very hard

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  6. I hate to say it but big props to the Pav as I along with others thought the Pav was gonna feed McInnis another steady stream of soup cans before giving him a true test.

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  7. The Truth says:

    Marcus Edwards is the next level

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  8. Sagat says:

    Yeah man. If McInnis beats a beast like Noveas he will for sure be backing up all his shitalk on the forums. This is gonna be a great fight. McInnis can talk all the shit he wants if he beats Noveas.

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  9. Bobby Karimi says:

    I don’t know where this McInnes has no chin talk is coming from… cuz he got finished Laprise whom many think is going to be in the TUF Nations Finale?

    McInnes took some decent shots from Dan Ring, who is not a chump at all, and sure I think he was losing the stand up battle, but he wasn’t getting embarrassed. And the second there was an opportunity in the 2nd round to grab a hold of Ring, he did and bam subbed him.

    I gotta say, I was impressed overall by McInnes, going from opps 2,3,4 (Wagner, Torrence, Doig) to Ring was a big step up. He held his own in the stand up and quickly established dominance in the grappling portion and finished impressively.

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  10. Cam Yallits says:

    Dan Ring was beating McInnes in volume only, he wasn’t sitting down on any strikes, he was just scoring points and moving. Good strategy but wasn’t doing much damage. McInnes easily hit the hardest strike, the knee to the chin was very hard and from there came the submission.

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  11. This is another big step up for McInnes!

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  12. Darkside905 says:

    Dan Ring has the striking of a cardio kickboxer hitting a bag and the grappling skills of a white belt. It’s so sad if you hold him in such high regard. When Mcinnes actually fight someone trying to take his head off and not point sparring, results will be much different. But I guess western Canada needs a great white hope with no other prospects on the horizon

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  13. Cody Moorman says:

    This is Mcinnes big chance to land that “sweet as shit” sub. If he can manage that he has backed up all the shit talk!

    If he can win this fight (IMO very small chance) I will be highly impressed and even respect him a bit. Even though he sounded like a douche on this site I give him props for taking this big jump to the next level.

    With all that said I got Novaes by 2nd round tko

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