(PRESS RELEASE) -- On May 10th at MFC 37: True Grit, two of the
most dynamic and promising heavyweight fighters in mixed martial
arts will meet in the ring for the main event. The prize will be
the undisputed World Heavyweight Championship title. Smealinho
Rama (6-0) and Chris
Barnett (7-1) have each earned their place at the MFC's "big
boy" table and on May 10th it will be time to see who gets to
Rama is currently the #1 ranked heavyweight fighter in Canada.
Coming off a first round TKO finish of previously top ranked
Hackert at MFC 36 in February, he now gets the call to compete
for the title after only having competed in professional mixed
martial arts for 13 months. At just 21 years of age, Rama is a
significant force in the heavyweight division - an undeniable
talent brimming with confidence.
In his 6 fights (which have lasted a total of only 14:06 combined),
Smealinho has won half by TKO and half by submission, with all wins
coming in the very first round. Not one to opt for the slow and
steady route, Rama fought and won 5 times in 2012, building
momentum, sharpening his skills and looking markedly better in each
outing. This led Rama to his fight with Mike
Hackert, who then held the rank of #1 heavyweight in the
country. Rama finished Hackert with punches at 2:28 of the first
round. His style of fighting and his achievements are very
impressive, yet what is equally impressive is how Rama does it all
with the calmness of a veteran fighter.
Barnett is an athletic virtuoso: a tae kwon do black belt with
boxing experience who played Division 1 football for the University
of South Florida. At 5'9" and 265 pounds, Chris possesses a level
of athleticism normally reserved for men far smaller than himself.
He overflows with charisma and consistently pleases fans with his
fighting style. He has competed in MMA for 4 years, finishing 5 of
the 8 opponents he has faced by KO or TKO. Looking to the immediate
future, Chris has said that Smealinho
Rama is precisely the kind fighter he wants for his next fight:
a legitimate contender. Well aware of the level of skill possessed
by his opponent, but eager to build his legacy, Chris
Barnett predicts a win over Rama via TKO in the 2nd round.
These are two fighters who are not at all hesitant to put
everything on the line and engage in the kinds of fights MMA fans
have come to love and appreciate. Rama has stated that he doesn't
want to be a "decision fighter." "I want to finish every fight and
make it exciting... and I want the fans to love it." Barnett has
similarly stated that he is all about putting on a show and that he
believes it to be his job to "humble fighters with massive egos."
Here we have all the makings of a heavyweight slugfest where
nothing is held back, where the level of talent is extremely high,
and from which a new MMA star will emerge.
Tickets for MFC 37: True Grit are on sale now and available at
www.ticketmaster.ca or by calling the MFC Ticket Hotline at (780)