RAMA356The Maximum Fighting Championship announced four major bouts for MFC 37: True Grit taking place on Friday, May 10.

From the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, MFC 37 will be headlined by a showdown for the Maximum Fighting Championship’s heavyweight title as Smealinho “The Prince” Rama takes on Chris “Beast Boy” Barnett.

“Our last few events have demonstrated the priority we have put on exciting fights, and I fully expected MFC 37 to keep that momentum going in a big way,” said Mark Pavelich, Owner/President of the Maximum Fighting Championship.

“I’m excited to have Smealinho Rama and Chris Barnett battle for the heavyweight title, and I am really anticipating an electrifying debut of the bantamweight division with Anthony Birchak and Ryan Benoit. And of course, having guys like Jason Zentgraf, Luke Harris, Kurt Southern, and Mukai Maromo already signed and ready to work tells me that MFC 37 is going to keep our streak of fantastic shows rolling right along.”

For the first time since 2007, the Maximum Fighting Championship will crown a new heavyweight champion.

Rama (6-0) had a spectacular 2012 campaign during which he was named Fight Matrix’s Rookie of the Year and received the MFC’s Submission of the Year. The 20-year-old from Calgary, Alberta, is coming off the sixth straight first-round victory of his burgeoning career with his knockout win over Mike Hackert at MFC 36.

Not only did Rama blast through Hackert in only 2:28, but the lightning-quick big man steamrolled through his other two opponents in MFC action, needing less than five minutes combined to finish those two bouts.

Fighting out of Tampa, Florida, Barnett (7-1) has notched five wins by way of knockout. The 26-year-old, who has won two straight fights, will be making his organizational debut at MFC 37.

A former football player with the University of South Florida, Barnett, who was born in Zaragoza, Spain, is a black belt in tae kwon do and also an extensive background in wrestling and jiu-jitsu.

MFC 37 will also mark the debut of the Maximum Fighting Championship’s new bantamweight (135-pound) division, and sparking that launch will be a clash of hot prospects as Anthony Birchak squares off against Ryan “Baby Face” Benoit.

Anthony Birchak (9-1) was the first fighter signed to the MFC’s promising 135-pound division, and the Tucson, Arizona, product will tangle with Ryan “Baby Face” Benoit (6-1). Birchak has won three straight bouts all by knockout after opening his career with five of six victories coming via submission.

Birchak joins the MFC fresh off a first-round destruction of Matt Leyva, needing only 1:22 to register the third knockout of his career.

But fast-rising sensation Benoit, who fights out of Dallas, Texas, is also on a roll, having put four straight wins under his belt. Four of Benoit’s career wins were notched inside the opening round, and he has needed less than 5:30 minutes combined to put away his last three opponents.

Two more fights have also been finalized. In middleweight action, surging title hopeful Jason “The Savage” Zentgraf will face the biggest test of his career as he meets judo and jiu-jitsu talent Luke “Hayabusa” Harris. And in a hotly anticipated lightweight clash, Kurt “The Hurt” Southern takes on “The Afrikan Assassin” Mukai Maromo.

In two fights under the MFC banner, Jason Zentgraf (7-1) has racked up a pair of tidy submission wins, and the Missoula, Montana, fighter has his eyes set upon a shot at MFC middleweight champion Elvis Mutapcic.

To get that opportunity, Zentgraf (Twitter: @JasonZentgraf) will need to get past divisional stalwart Luke Harris (9-2) who is coming off his own title eliminator bout – a first-round submission loss to onetime challenger Joseph Henle at MFC 34.

Most recently, Zentgraf took a second-round submission win via armbar over Clay Davidson at MFC 36. Following a career-opening loss, Harris, who will have the home-town advantage fighting out of Edmonton, Alberta, rattled off nine straight wins before his loss to Henle. In addition to his stellar list of judo accomplishments, Harris (Twitter: @HayabusaHarris) recently added a black belt in jiu-jitsu to his resume.

After both suffered losses at MFC 36, Kurt Southern (10-4) and Mukai Maromo (8-3) will be looking to get back to winning ways at MFC 37.

This will be a rematch between the two from a matchup back in 2010 in which Southern captured a first-round submission via triangle choke.

Southern, who fights out of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, dominated the opening two rounds against Jonatas Novaes with a combination of strikes and wrestling prowess. But Novaes escaped with the win, capturing his opponent in a tapout-enducing armbar in Round 3 which snapped Southern’s three-fight winning streak.

Maromo was also submitted at MFC 36 but under even greater circumstances. The native of Zimbabwe who fights out of Edmonton, Alberta, had proclaimed himself to be the uncrowned champion of the MFC’s lightweight division, but he was tapped out via North-South choke by Graham “Cracka” Spencer in the third round of their title bout.

The loss ended an impressive run for Maromo who earned his second straight MFC Fight of the Year in 2012 along with the MFC Knockout of the Year plus Inside MMA’s Rising Star Award.

MFC 37 will air live on AXS TV Fights.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

UFC's Dana White announces Antonio Rodrigo 'Minotauro' Nogueira's retirement

  • 29 days ago
  • 44 views

The UFC president unilaterally announced that he was through promoting fights featuring the Brazilian legend and offered Nogueira a career with the organization. UFC president Dana White announced th read news >>

Bellator 141 card complete with addition of five preliminary bouts

  • 27 days ago
  • 20 views

The Bellator 141 card is now complete with the promotion’s announcement of five additional preliminary bouts. The event takes place Aug. 28 at Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Calif. The main ca read news >>

Invicta FC 14 Gets New Headliner, Full Card Announced

  • 21 days ago
  • 1 views

INVICTA FC announces 10-fight card for FIGHT PASS, September 12. Invicta Fighting Championships today announced the full 10-fight card for Invicta FC 14, which streams live and exclusively via read news >>

More main card bouts announced for WSOF 23 in September

  • 18 days ago
  • 5 views

We already knew the main event of World Series of Fighting 23 on Sept. 18 featured a rematch of the greatest fight in company history, as Justin Gaethje will rematch Luis Palomino with Gaethje's ligh read news >>

WSOF 23 main card finalized with Jones vs. Valiev, Burley vs. Foster

  • 18 days ago
  • 2 views

WSOF has announced the final two bouts for the main card of WSOF 23.Filed under: News, WSOF read news >>

Bellator announces new signings, including former King of Pancrase

  • 13 days ago
  • 30 views

Bellator announced a pair of signings Monday, as the company brings a former King of Pancrase and a fighter from a familiar gym into the fold. Japanese standout Isao Kobayashi has been added to the f read news >>

Glover Teixeira vs. Patrick Cummins Heads List of UFC Sao Paulo Bouts

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 views

Glover Teixeira vs. Patrick Cummins topped the list of several announced bouts for UFC Fight Night 77 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. read news >>

Bellator announces light heavyweight tournament pairings for Dynamite card

  • 2 days ago
  • 0 views

TEMECULA, Calif. -- The light heavyweight tournament matchups for Bellator MMA's next tentpole event were announced by CEO Scott Coker on Friday night during the main card of the promotion's event. F read news >>

Injury scraps UFC 192's targeted Leslie Smith vs. Raquel Pennington bout

  • 26 days ago
  • 1 views

Although not announced, a planned women’s bantamweight bout between Leslie Smith and Raquel Pennington has been scrapped as a possible UFC 192 addition.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Demian Maia talks potential bouts with Gunnar Nelson and champion Robbie Lawler

  • 26 days ago
  • 28 views

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Demian Maia dominated and finished Neil Magny at UFC 190, and still has title aspirations. At 37 years old, the jiu-jitsu ace told the media in Brazil why he feels he’s at his prime read news >>