Barnett will be unable to compete for the Canadian promotion’s
vacant heavyweight title on Friday, as three holes were found in
one of Barnett’s retinas. The Edmonton Combative Sports Commission
has concluded that it is unsafe for Barnett to compete, according
to an official release from the MFC.
As a result, Barnett’s bout with Smealinho
Rama has been scratched, and a bantamweight showdown between
Birchak and Ryan Benoit
will now occupy the headlining slot. MFC 37
takes place May 10 at Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta,
and will also see Bellator and “Ultimate Fighter” veteran Sam Alvey lock
horns with UFC alum Jay Silva. The
evening’s main card airs live on AXS TV.
According to MFC President Mark Pavelich, Rama will be paid his
show money and will receive a title fight in short order.
“Rama is such a talented young fighter and on top of that a really
good kid,” Pavelich said in the official release. “I promised him
that he’s not going anywhere. He’s the undisputed No. 1 contender,
and he’ll get that title shot right away.”