Two title fights in packed night of fights set for highlights MFC 39: No Remorse
The Maximum Fighting Championship is pleased to invite the media to the official press conference for the introduction of fighters taking part in the talent-laden card for MFC 39: No Remorse.
The press conference will take place on Wednesday, January 15 at 2 p.m. inside the Rutherford Room of the Sutton Place Hotel in Edmonton, Alberta (10235-101 Street). Fighters will be available for one-on-one interviews as well as for video and still photographs.
MFC Owner/President Mark Pavelich will be on hand to meet with the media and discuss MFC 39: No Remorse which will be held on Friday, January 17 at the Northlands Expo Centre in Edmonton, Alberta. The main card for MFC 39 will air live on AXS TV throughout the United States beginning at 10 p.m. ET/8 p.m. MT/7 p.m. PT (check local listings for channel designation). The preliminary bouts for MFC 39 will be broadcast live on the Maximum Fighting Championship’s Facebook page beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. MT/5:30 p.m. PT.
The main card of MFC 39 will have co-headlining bouts – both for MFC championship titles. In the main event, Anthony “Freight Train” Hamilton (11-2) will defend his MFC world heavyweight title against Darrill “The Boss” Schoonover (13-5), and in the other title fight, the MFC lightweight belt is up for grabs as Kurt “The Hurt” Southern (13-4) takes on Tom “Da Tank” Gallicchio (17-8).
Hamilton (Twitter: @A_Hamilton_MMA_) captured the MFC heavyweight crown at MFC 38 when he blasted Smealinho Rama with a head kick early in Round 2 to register the MFC’s Knockout of the Year. The stunning KO finish was Hamilton’s sixth of his career, and the Albuquerque, New Mexico, fighter will ride a five-fight winning streak into his first title defense.
Schoonover (Twitter: @D_SchoonoverMMA) comes to the MFC from El Paso, Texas, and after a stint on reality TV, he has won three straight and boasts seven knockouts on his career log.
In the lightweight title fight, Southern (Twitter: @KurtSouthern) rises to the challenge he has begged for following back-to-back stellar victories. At MFC 37, the Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, product put a quick end to rival Mukai Maromo’s night with a first-round submission, and then at MFC 38, Southern earned long-awaited revenge with a first-round knockout of Jonatas Novaes.
Gallicchio (Twitter: @TomGallicchio) enters the MFC on a strong roll having found his rightful home in the lightweight division. The Howell, New Jersey, native now trains alongside current MFC middleweight champ Sam Alvey in Temecula, California, and boasts 11 wins via submission with nine of those coming inside the first round.
The main card of MFC 39 also features the return of former MFC light-heavyweight champion Victor “The Matrix” Valimaki (17-8). A dynamic talent who will have plenty of hometown support fighting in Edmonton, Alberta, Valimaki captured the organization’s 205-pound division title at MFC 10 and then defended it with a huge knockout victory at MFC 11. Valimaki (Twitter: @V2MMA) has registered six wins by both knockout and submission during his 13-year career.
Valimaki will take on Sean O’Connell (14-4, Twitter: RealOCMMA), who joins the MFC from Salt Lake City, Utah, has earned five straight wins including a victory over veteran Marvin Eastman in his last outing. Six of O’Connell’s seven knockout victories have come inside the opening round.
Also on the MFC 39 lineup is a superb welterweight matchup that has former reality show standout Gilbert Jamal Smith (7-2) taking on onetime MFC middleweight title contender Jason “The Mover” South (10-1).
Smith (Twitter: @JamalSmithMMA), who fights out of Colorado Springs, Colorado, has won five of his last six fights, while South (Twitter: @jasonksouth), who hails from West Jordan, Utah, had his 10-fight winning streak snapped at MFC 38 when he was felled in dying seconds of a five-round war against Sam Alvey for the MFC middleweight title.
The MFC 39 card on AXS TV Fights opens up with two exciting bouts featuring a pair of young, talented newcomers to the MFC roster. In a welterweight clash, French fighter Mehdi Baghdad (9-3) enters the MFC and gets a stiff test off the start as he takes on brawler “Ruthless” Ryan Chiappe (10-8).
Baghdad (Twitter: @Mehdi_Baghdad), who now trains in Temecula, California, has won five in a row and boasts six knockouts on his career resume. Chiappe (Twitter: @RyanChiappe), who hails from Vancouver, B.C., has racked up eight knockouts on his record and has won four his last six bouts.
In the show-opener, Edmonton’s own highly skilled submission fighter Andrew “Andrewconda” McInnes (3-1, Twitter: @andrewconda) steps up to the MFC ranks and gets his shot to prove himself against Vancouver veteran “Dirty” Dan Ring (5-2-1, Twitter: @DanRing155).
The MFC 39: No Remorse undercard will have three fights airing live on the MFC Facebook page. Featured in the preliminary bouts are notable fan favorites including Jared “The Yeti” McComb (Twitter: @Jaredyeti) and Cody “Genghis” Krahn along with rising talent Paul Gerbinski.
Schedule of Events for
MFC 39: No Remorse
Wednesday, January 15
Rutherford Room inside Sutton Place Hotel
Those in attendance will include:
· Mark Pavelich – Maximum Fighting Championship Owner/President
· Anthony Hamilton and Darrill Schoonover – MFC heavyweight title matchup
· Kurt Southern and Tom Gallicchio – Going head-to-head for the MFC lightweight title
· Victor Valimaki and Sean O’Connell – Squaring off in MFC light-heavyweight action
· Gilbert Smith and Jason South – Standouts fighting in the MFC welterweight division
*Media members can pick up their accreditation for MFC 39 at the press conference.
Thursday, January 16
Noon (12 p.m.)
Vintage Room inside Sutton Place Hotel
*All fighters will be on the scale and available for interviews and photos.
Friday, January 17
Northlands Expo Centre – Hall A
*Doors open at 6 p.m. MT
*Undercard bouts begin at 6:30 p.m. MT (live on MFC Facebook page)
*Main card bouts begin at 8 p.m. MT (live on AXS TV)
For more information and media credentials, please contact:
Scott Zerr, Director of Media & Fighter Relations
Maximum Fighting Championship
Cell: (780) 914-5813
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