Having recently re-introduced the heavyweight division to its weight classes, MFC officials already announced the addition of featherweights, as well. Now, you can also count on seeing bantamweights do battle under the MFC banner, starting in 2013.
The new 135-pound division will be unveiled at the MFC event slated for February of next year. With the steadily increasing influx of quality of fighters in the class, the Maximum Fighting Championship chose to add the division and bolster its roster.
“The time is right to do it,” said MFC Owner/President Mark Pavelich. “We waited a long time to re-ignite the heavyweight division because at the time we dropped the division the talent pool, especially the overall athleticism, was very thin. Now the batch of heavyweights available is much better.
“We are bringing in the featherweights at MFC 35 (in October) because we found the right guys to kickstart that division with. And as we received calls and emails about the 145ers, it became clear that there is a very good crop of 135ers out there, so the decision was made to launch the bantamweights.
“I would expect that the MFC will have its first bantamweights signed in the very near future.”
To get the bantamweight division rolling, plans are being developed that will see two 135-pound bouts on the MFC card in February with the winners of those fights squaring off later in 2013 for the inaugural MFC bantamweight title match.
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