(PRESS RELEASE) -- The Maximum Fighting Championship is excited to
announce three more main card matchups for the upcoming MFC 39: No
Remorse taking place on Friday, January 17 in Edmonton, Alberta,
and live on AXS TV Fights.
Former MFC world light-heavyweight champion Victor
Valimaki returns to where his career took off, and now has
opponent in the form Sean O’Connell #52 in the World Rankings, who
enters the Maximum Fighting Championship riding a five-fight
winning streak that includes his most-recent victory over big-name
Also added to the lineup for MFC 39 is a middleweight showdown
pitting talented striker Chase Degenhardt against hard-throwing
brawler “Ruthless” Ryan Chiappe,
plus a battle been two explosive lightweights as Aaron
Gallant meets Derek Boyle.
Both of these fights have been agreed to in principle.
“The anticipation level for the return of Victor
Valimaki to the MFC is even greater than I thought it could
be,” said MFC Owner/President Mark Pavelich. “I think people truly
believe in Victor and they want to see him succeed. However, he’s
going to have his hands full in Sean O’Connell.”
All three fights will take place on the main card of MFC 39, and
are added to a lineup that includes the MFC world lightweight title
fight between Kurt
Southern and Tom
Gallicchio along with the welterweight clash of Gilbert
Smith against Jason “The Mover” South. A co-headlining title
fight will be added shortly. The MFC’s first show of 2014 will be
held at the Northlands Expo Centre.
Valimaki (17-8), who will have the home-town advantage of fighting
in Edmonton, returns to the MFC ring for the first time since 2007
and a little more than six years since claiming the organization’s
205-pound division crown with a submission win against Jason Day. In
O’Connell (14-4), who agreed to a multi-fight deal, Valimaki faces
a fighter on a tremendous hot streak and a holder of seven
victories by way of knockout. The Salt Lake City, Utah, product,
who stands six-foot-two, also has two wins via submission.
Degenhardt (8-3) will look to build on a streak of two straight
wins that includes a second-round stoppage at MFC 35. The Edmonton,
Alberta, native will have a sizeable height advantage as he stands
six-foot-four compared to Chiappe at five-foot-10. But the
powerfully built Chiappe (10-8), who fights out of Vancouver, B.C.,
is a dangerous foe who boasts eight knockouts amongst his 10
victories. Chiappe will be in search of his first victory under the
Maximum Fighting Championship after falling short in a spirited
tussle at MFC 31.
The AXS TV Fights card will open with a bang as Gallant (6-5), who
fights out of Calgary, Alberta, takes on Boyle (10-6) of
Lethbridge, Alberta, in a clash of two fighters who have been known
to put their opponents away quickly.
Gallant’s current four-fight winning streak is highlighted by a
defining moment at MFC 38 when he put together an amazing,
record-setting knockout of just seven seconds against Matt Jelly.
Meanwhile, Boyle is no stranger to a tidy finish as his last outing
under the MFC banner lasted only 20 seconds before he put a stamp
on a win over Dan Ring.
Tickets for MFC 39: No Remorse are on sale now via the MFC Ticket
Hotline by calling (780) 504-2024 with more tickets available at
www.ticketmaster.ca December 4. 2013 10:00 am