MFC 26 moved to River Cree Casino, lineup remains on HDNet Fights

The Maximum Fighting Championship announced today that MFC 26: Retribution slated for Friday, Sept. 10 on HDNet Fights has been moved from the Keystone Centre in Brandon, Manitoba, to the River Cree Resort and Casino just outside Edmonton, Alberta.

The event’s lineup remains intact with the co-main events of Ryan Ford vs. Douglas Lima in welterweight action, and Antonio McKee defending his MFC lightweight title against Luciano Azevedo.

“We are excited to be returning to the River Cree Resort and Casino and are looking forward to a spectacular sold-out show at a first-class venue,” stated MFC Owner/President Mark Pavelich.

“The move from Brandon was made for business reasons. The MFC is one of the very few mixed martial arts organizations that is a profitable company and we intend on keeping it that way. What we realized was that several business aspects in Brandon were not turning out favorable results so it was a decision that had to be made.

“I can’t wait for the fans’ reaction to seeing Ryan Ford returning to the MFC in his home town, the ‘Lewis Army’ getting a chance to see Dwayne Lewis in action close to his home, and the entire lineup of fighters doing what they do best in front of a jam-packed, revved-up crowd.”

The MFC also took time to offer its appreciation to key sources.

“I would to acknowledge and thank Kevan Schell, the General Manager of River Cree, for doing this deal with us on short notice, and Andrew Simon, the CEO of HDNet Fights, for readily agreeing to the change of venue,” noted Pavelich.

“As well, my staff and I are looking forward to working with the knowledgeable personnel from the River Cree Combative Sports Commission. We have put our differences from past behind us, and I would like to thank Dale Kliparchuk and Al MacKechnie for their efforts and professionalism in arranging the sanctioning for MFC 26 in just a matter of hours.”

Included on the HDNet Fights televised card are two hotly anticipated middleweight clashes pitting brash British striker Tom Watson against American wrestler Jesse Taylor, and rugged Solomon Hutcherson taking on hard-charging David Heath.

The remainder of the lineup including an undercard featuring several top-notch, up-and-coming standouts will be announced shortly.

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