Putting together one of the most prominent cards in the promotion’s history, Maximum Fighting Championships returns to the River Cree Resort and Casino outside Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on Feb. 20. The card features two title fights and a welterweight superfight pitting two former EliteXC title contenders against each other as Paul Daley takes on Nick Thompson.
“This is unquestionably the best show we’ve ever put together, and outside of the UFC’s cards in Montreal, this is the most-stacked card ever held on Canadian soil,” said MFC Owner and President Mark Pavelich. “I wanted to start 2009 with a bang that the whole world would notice and that has been accomplished in a big way.”
Daley fought in December for MFC, taking out former WEC welterweight John Alessio with strikes in the second round of their match-up.
The heavy hitting British fighter will now return to take on Minnesota Martial Arts Academy fighter Nick Thompson, who lost in a title fight to EliteXC welterweight champion Jake Shields in July before returning to winning form just a week ago with a victory over Travis McCullough.
Also on the card, MFC welterweight champion Pat Healy returns to action to face Ryan Ford in a rematch from a bout the two had in July 2008. They were originally set to square off again later in the year, but an injury forced Ford out of the bout.
The MFC lightweight title will also be up for grabs on the card as former UFC competitor Derrick Noble faces off against International Fight League standout Antonio McKee, who will be moving down to 155 pounds for the championship fight.
Former UFC and “Ultimate Fighter” alum Rory Singer will take on Bryan Baker, while former MFC light heavyweight champion Roger Hollett returns to face David Heath in a 205-pound match-up.
The remaining undercard fights for the show include:
Donovan Foley (6-2) vs. Josh Russell (2-0), lightweight
Kyle Dietz (13-0) vs. Evan Sanguin (7-2), featherweight
Mike Sorensen (4-2) vs. Jesse Clarke (2-1), welterweight
Jason Height (2-0) vs. Sheldon Westcott (2-1), welterweight