Lofton-Lewis rematch and Bautista-Fadai clash also set for Collision Course
A trio of fights, including a matchup for the welterweight title, have been signed for the Maximum Fighting Championship’s next event – MFC 33: Collision Course – set for Friday, May 4 in Edmonton, Alberta.
Emanating from the Mayfield Conference Centre and airing live on HDNet Fights, MFC 33: Collision Course will be headlined by a showdown for the MFC welterweight crown as home-town favorite Ryan “The Kid” McGillivray takes on Nathan “Soulforce” Coy.
The matchup was set in stone at MFC 32 in January when both fighters won their respective top contenders bout. McGillivray (12-5-1) survived an early scare en route to posting a third-round submission in defeating Diego Bautista. Coy (10-4) utilized a well-rounded game plan to take a clear-cut unanimous decision from the previously undefeated hot prospect Dhiego Lima.
McGillivray is one of the MFC’s original standouts, having fought 13 times under the organization’s banner. He boasts 10 submission victories and has won three of his last four – all via tapout. Coy, an All-American wrestler at Oregon State University, now fights out of Coconut Creek, Florida, and holds notable career wins over Rick Story and Mike Pierce.
Coy and McGillivray will vie for the MFC welterweight title which has been previously held by Douglas Lima and Pat Healy.
Also set for MFC 33: Collision Course is a hotly anticipated light-heavyweight rematch between Aron “The Poster Boy” Lofton and Dwayne “D-Bomb” Lewis.
The pair originally collided at MFC 17 in July 2008 though Lofton needed just 17 seconds to score a one-punch knockout of Lewis, and in the process earn the MFC’s Knockout of the Year.
Lewis (12-8) rebounded from that dramatic loss by going on a tear and winning seven in a row and nine of his next 10 outings – seven of those nine victories coming inside the opening round. He vaulted to the top of the MFC’s 205-pound and earned a title shot against Ryan Jimmo at MFC 28, but lost by TKO via doctor’s stoppage in Round 3. After healing up a number of nagging injuries, Lewis returned to action at MFC 32 though it was a disappointing night for the “Lewis Army” as they saw the popular figure from Fort McMurray, Alberta, drop a second-round TKO verdict to Wilson Gouveia.
Lofton (8-5), who now fights out of Austin, Texas, is 3-3 under the MFC banner and boasts seven victories inside the first round.
A lightweight tilt has also been tabbed for MFC 33 that will pit Diego Bautista against “The Persian Warrior” Sabah Fadai.
Bautista (7-1) saw his undefeated streak snapped at MFC 32 with a third-round submission loss to Ryan McGillivray, but the Lakewood, California, product now returns to his more natural home at 155 pounds. Fadai (6-2) returns following a decision setback against Mukai Maromo at MFC 31 which was one of the MFC’s most entertaining fights during the 2011 schedule. The Vancouver, B.C., native had won four straight including back-to-back first-round stoppages before falling to Maromo.
Tickets for MFC 33: Collision Course are on sale now and available exclusively through the MFC Ticket Hotline at (780) 504-2024.