Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Mark Pavelich Plans "Continued Expansion" of Maximum Fighting Championship, US Events to Come

Mixed martial arts has a home in Canada. Over the past decade, the sport has quickly developed a dedicated, relatively large fan base north of the border, and the Maximum Fighting Championships has been a major part of that growth. The MFC put on their first event in 2001 and has staged over thirty events since. Needless to say, in a highly competitive mixed martial arts landscape, the MFC is Canada's flagship promotion.

As of late, MFC owner/promoter Mark Pavelich has announced major expansion plans for 2012, including possible dates in the United States. The often colorful promoter spoke with MMAWeekly's Mick Hammond about his latest plans for the MFC. Besides concerns about some botched main events in the previous year, Pavelich is looking ahead with the US in mind, despite some economic concerns.

“It’s really looking like we are going to come to the U.S. this year. We’re in the process of signing a deal with a very, very big concert promotion in the U.S. That’s what I’ve been waiting for. The reason why I’d been hesitant to come to the U.S. was the economy wasn’t so good.

“The places that are really doing well right now are the Washington, Seattle areas, Texas and places like that. That’s where I’ll be looking to do the show. Not so much the typical MMA havens, but more in the economically sound places in the U.S.”

In the meantime, Mark Pavelich and the MFC are gearing up for their next event MFC 32 - "Bitter Rivals", set for this Friday, January 27th. The top of the card main event pits two light heavyweights as UFC veteran and ATT representative Wilson Gouveia goes up against competitive Alberta native Dwayne Lewis in the promotion's first five round non-title bout. The co-main event brings lightweight champion Antonio McKee back into action against challenger Brian Cobb. Also, highly touted prospect Dhiego Lima will test his undefeated 6-0 record against Nathan Coy.

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