By: Mike Thorwat
MFC officials have officially announced they have released Antonio McKee, Brian Cobb and James Haddad from their contracts.
Brian Cobb (19-7 MMA, 1-1 MFC) was slated to take on then MFC lightweight champion, Antonio McKee (27-4-2 MMA, 4-0 MFC) this past Friday at MFC 32: Bitter Rivals.
McKee weighed in seven pounds over the limit and MFC President, Mark Pavelich stated McKee would be cut from the organization following the fight with Cobb. That bout was changed from a five round title fight to a three round non-title fight. Pavelich also stated that Cobb (Who also weighed in overweight by .5 pounds) would be released if he did not defeat McKee. McKee defeated Cobb via unanimous decision at MFC 32.
“I was thoroughly disgusted by the lack of professionalism that Antonio McKee showed towards the belt he was scheduled to defend as well as the Maximum Fighting Championship as a organization,” said MFC Owner/President Mark Pavelich.
“It was unacceptable behavior for a champion to demonstrate. On top of that, Antonio never really apologized for missing weight that badly. That was the end of things for him with the MFC. That’s why he was stripped of his belt immediately and told that he would never fight in the MFC again. I hope it’s a message to all the other fighters in the MFC.”
Pavelich on Brian Cobb:
“It’s disappointing to have to release Brian as he is a tremendous character person,” added Pavelich. “Everyone in the MFC has a great deal of respect and admiration for Brian, but unfortunately he admitted to making an error in preparing for the weigh-in and was over the limit. For a title fight that is a big mistake.”
Also, James Haddad (4-2 MMA, 1-1 MFC) who lost to Dan Ring via decision at MFC 32 was also released from the company for coming in two pounds overweight for the lightweight contest.
Keep checking Fat Ninja Media for updates and the futures for all three fighters.