Anthony Hamilton Looking to MFC 39 Title Defense as Beginning of Effort to Top a Career Year

January 17, 2014
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Hamilton vs Rama Head Kick KO“I definitely think between November of 2012 and October of 2013 was the best time of my career so far,” said heavyweight Anthony Hamilton, and he isn’t overstating anything.

During that stretch, Hamilton went undefeated and captured the CageSport and MFC heavyweight championships.

“I had some good wins and they were all finishes, so I feel really great about going in there and getting the job done,” he said. “I feel like I’m getting better every time I get in the cage.

“So it was definitely the best year of my career so far.”

Hamilton is particularly happy with his head kick knockout victory over previously defeated Smealinho Rama in October for the MFC championship.

“I think it has definitely been a highlight for me,” said Hamilton. “Just to go out on a big stage like the MFC and get the win in the fashion I did really made a statement to all the other heavyweights that I’m here and that I’m someone to contend with.”

Hamilton (11-2) will get an opportunity to further prove his worth atop the heavyweight division when he defends his MFC title for the first time on Friday in Edmonton against promotional newcomer Derrill “The Boss” Schoonover (13-5).

“I think the match-up is going to be super-tough,” said Hamilton. “Darrill’s not going to go away easy. He’s a solid veteran and good everywhere, so what I think it’s going to take is me going in there and battling through whether it’s on the feet or ground and being tough everywhere.

“I have to be prepared for anything, be prepared to go the distance or be prepared to capitalize on any mistake he might make.”

After going through what has been the high point of his career so far, Hamilton told MMAWeekly.com that he can top it by continuing to develop as a fighter and keep his current winning streak going.

“I’ll have a few more fights at least with the MFC, so I just want to finish strong and get better every time I go out there and perform the way I know I can perform,” he said. “I think that will be enough (to improve upon last year) and then we’ll see after that.”

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