By MMAWeekly.com
The Maximum Fighting Championship, working in conjunction with Gary’s Management Team – Big Daddy Productions, has inked 2005 K-1 World Grand Prix Hawaii champion Gary Goodridge to a multi-fight deal that will see him make his debut at MFC 16: Anger Management on May 9, 2008 at the River Cree Resort and Casino.

Goodridge has fought 18 times for Pride in Japan and five times in the Ultimate Fighting Championship where in 1996 he was a finalist in the UFC 8 tournament. During that event he registered one of the most brutal knockouts in UFC history with a devastating finish against Paul Herrera.

From Barrie, Ont., MFC 16 will mark the first time that the Canadian fighting legend will compete on his home soil and will be broadcasted across North America via HDNet.

“Gary is a phenom and a pioneer in the world of mixed martial arts. And best of all he is a dangerous, destructive and devastating fighter who is instantly a major force in our heavyweight division,” said MFC Owner/President Mark Pavelich.

“We are very excited to have Gary on our show for his first fight in Canada.”

The six-foot-three, 240 pound fighter has 13 knockout victories and is hoping for a triumphant homecoming.