Monday, 12 August 2013
Birchak to face Jones for MFC bantamweight crown
Holding co-main event status, the inaugural MFC bantamweight title fight will take place pitting rising star Anthony Birchak against accomplished veteran Tito Jones. The crowning of the MFC's first 135-pound division champ headlines an action-packed night airing live on AXS TV Fights from the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, with the televised card getting under way at 10 p.m. ET/8 p.m. MT/7 p.m. PT (check local listings for channel designation).
"Anthony's performance at MFC 37 was without a doubt one of the fiercest and most entertaining showcases I've ever seen," said MFC Owner/President Mark Pavelich.
"I'm incredibly excited to be putting Anthony in a title fight and equally as excited to see Tito Jones go after the belt. Tito didn't hesitate for one second to go face-to-face against Birchak and that tells me he's going to bring the fight right to him which is what the fans of the MFC love."
Birchak (10-1) is riding high coming off his thrilling decision over Ryan Benoit at MFC 37 - a fight that will certainly be a contender for the MFC's 2013 Fight of the Year. Birchak (Twitter: @abirchakmma) has won four straight fights and boasts three knockouts and five submissions over his career. The 29-year-old Tucson, Arizona, product is ranked #79 in the world by FightMatrix.com.
Jones (10-6) has designs on making his MFC debut end with a championship as the 31-year-old brings a three-fight winning streak into the matchup which includes a 21-second knockout of Deven Jones. A former Arizona resident, Jones (Twitter: @TitoKidKO) now fights out of Sacramento, California, and holds three knockouts and one submission on his career ledger. Jones is ranked #101 by FightMatrix.com.
Being that MFC 38: Behind Enemy Lines takes place in the month of October, the Maximum Fighting Championship will once again recognize breast cancer awareness and the brave individuals who are engaged in that fight.
The “Power of Pink” Initiative returns to the MFC after debuting last October at MFC 35. will take place on Friday, October 26 at the Mayfield Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta. The MFC will wrap the ring ropes in pink tape as opposed to the usual white, the MFC's pink ribbon logo will be on the ring mat, and fighters will sport pink tape on their gloves. MFC staff will also be wearing pink accessories such as neckties during fight night.
"Breast cancer awareness and the 'Power of Pink' is our way of acknowledging and supporting the most important fight of all," added Pavelich. "We are encouraging our fighters to show their support by wearing pink during their walkout and in the ring, as well as sporting pink on their sponsorship banners."
The main card of MFC 38 will also feature a co-headlining bout for the MFC heavyweight title plus four more fights featuring many of the Maximum Fighting Championship's top stars. Details on those fights will be released shortly.
Tickets for MFC 38: Behind Enemy Lines are on sale now at www.ticketmaster.ca with exclusive seating also available by calling the MFC Ticket Hotline at (780) 504-2024. Live Only on AXSTV Your Home For MMA