Maximum Fighting Championship Press Conference

Oct 2, 2011
(PRESS RELEASE) -- The Maximum Fighting Championship, Canada’s undisputed No. 1 mixed martial arts organization, returns to Edmonton, Alberta, for a spectacular night of high-octane action with a sensational lineup including a world-class title fight at MFC 31: The Rundown.

The official press conference for MFC 31 will take place at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, October 5 at Nicholson Chevrolet – a proud sponsor of the Maximum Fighting Championship.

On Friday, October 7, the Maximum Fighting Championship unleashes MFC 31: The Rundown at the Mayfield Conference Centre in Edmonton, and will air live throughout North America on HDNet – the premium U.S. cable network created by famed entrepreneur and Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban.

At the MFC 31 Press Conference, MFC Owner/President Mark Pavelich will have a special announcement regarding two major initiatives for the Maximum Fighting Championship.

MFC 31: The Rundown features one of the most hotly anticipated title fights in MFC history has Ryan “The Big Deal” Jimmo puts his light-heavyweight championship on the line against internationally renowned competitor “The African Assassin” Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou. Both fighters are among the world’s best – Jimmo ranked No. 23 and Sokoudjou ranked No. 30, according to Fight Matrix (http://www.fightmatrix.com/mma-ranks/light-heavyweight-185-205-lbs/).

Jimmo (15-1) will be putting his title belt on the line as well as a 15-fight winning streak, the second-longest streak in all of mixed martial arts. Jimmo, who defeated Dwayne Lewis at MFC 28 to claim the championship, will have plenty of support behind him as he fights in his adopted hometown of Edmonton, Alberta.

Meanwhile, “The African Assassin” Sokoudjou (12-8), a native of Cameroon who fights out of San Diego, California, enters the MFC for the first time riding a three-fight winning streak and presents the biggest test to Jimmo’s career having already captured notable victories over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Ricardo Arona, and Bob Sapp.

A trio of exciting lightweight fights will anchor the MFC 31 card including the most anticipated clash pitting devastating striker Richie “Hell Boy” Whitson (11-1) against electrifying “Ragin” Kajan Johnson (18-11-1). Whitson, who fights out of Temecula, California, returns to the MFC following his Fight of the Year epic at MFC 28, and he hopes a victory at MFC 31 while propel him to the top of the contender list for the MFC’s 155-pound division title. Johnson, who is from Vancouver, B.C., has designs on the title, too, and needs a big win over Whitson to stake his claim.

In another lightweight tussle, crowd favorite Curtis “The Demon” Demarce (11-9) squares off against organizational newcomer and former U.S. Marine Adam Lynn (16-8). Demarce, originally from Brandon, Manitoba, and now training out of San Diego, California, is already a two-time contender for 2011 MFC Fight of the Year. Lynn, who hails from San Clemente, California, comes into his first test in the MFC a winner in five straight.

Rounding out the battle of the lightweights is a showdown between two exciting up-and-comers with blossoming sensation Sabah Fadai (7-1) taking on hometown young star Mukai Maromo (5-2). Fadai, “The Persian Warrior” who is from Vancouver, B.C., joins the MFC following an undefeated run of success fighting in Asia, while Maromo, who now makes Edmonton, Alberta, home is coming off a Knockout of the Night effort at MFC 30.

Rounding out the MFC 31 card and the HDNet Fights broadcast will be a welterweight bout as Cody Krahn (10-4) of Edmonton, Alberta, takes on Ryan Chiappe (8-6) of Vancouer, B.C., plus a middleweight battle pitting veteran Terry Martin (21-9) of Chicago, Illinois, against Allen Hope (8-8) of Edmonton, Alberta

Three undercard bouts, featuring home-town fighters, complete the lineup for MFC 31: The Rundown:

*Welterweight – Dajan Kajic, Vancouver, B.C. vs. Mike Froese, Edmonton, Alberta

*Lightweight – James Haddad, Calgary, Alberta vs. Garret Nybakken, Edmonton, Alberta

*Lightweight – Dan Ring, Vancouver, B.C. vs. Neal Anderson, Edmonton, Alberta

Schedule of Events for MFC 31: The Rundown

*Press Conference*
Wednesday, October 5
2 p.m.
Nicholson Chevrolet
7215 Argyll Road

Speakers will include:

• Mark Pavelich - Maximum Fighting Championship Owner/President
Ryan Jimmo – Reigning champ defending light-heavyweight title
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou – Contender for light-heavyweight championship
Lightweight title contenders Richie Whitson, Kajan Johnson, Mukai Maromo and Sabah Fadai

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