Kurt Southern will vie for the MFC lightweight crown on Jan. 17. | Jacob Bos/Sherdog.com
A lightweight title bout will headline the Maximum Fighting Championship’s first card of 2014.
Promotion officials recently announced that Kurt Southern will square off with Tom Gallicchio for the vacant lightweight title at MFC 39 “No Remorse.” Reigning 155-pound champion Graham Spencer is expected to be sidelined for several more months with an injury and will drop to featherweight upon his return. Additionally, “TUF 17” alum Gilbert Smith makes his MFC debut against Jason South in a welterweight tilt.
MFC 39 takes place at the Northlands Expo Centre in Edmonton, Alberta on Jan. 17. The main card will air on AXS TV beginning at 10 p.m. ET.
Southern has won his last two fights under the MFC banner, submitting Mukai Maromo in May before scoring a technical knockout victory over Jonatas Novaes in October. “The Hurt” has won five of his last six bouts overall.
A 25-fight veteran, Gallicchio returned to action for the first time since 2011 in May, when he submitted David Johnson with a rear-naked choke at a Gladiator Challenge event. “Da Tank” has earned 11 of his 17 career triumphs by way of submission.
Since falling to Bubba McDaniel in his lone Octagon appearance in April, Smith has won two straight fights, besting Jason Lee and Donnie Liles. South, who is dropping from 185 pounds, suffered his first career defeat in 11 outings against Sam Alvey in a middleweight title bout at MFC 38.