Maximum Fighting Championship will return on May 9th at Shaw Convention Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with MFC 40: Crowned Kings. This card is set to feature three title bouts: a rematch between Tom Gallicchio vs Kurt Southern for the still vacant lightweight championship, the middleweight championship will be defended by Sam Alvey, and Anthony Birchak will defend his bantamweight championship—both against opponents yet to be determined.
Kurt Southern (13-5, 2-2 MFC) and Tom Gallicchio (18-8, 1-0 MFC) were originally scheduled to fight for the lightweight title at MFC 39 in January, but due to Tom Gallicchio missing weight, the stipulation put in place was that only Southern could win the title with a victory. Gallicchio–in his MFC debut–overcame a strong first round by Southern, in which he was battered in the standup, to submit the Canadian in the 2nd round via RNC. A rematch was immediately scheduled (for the title) after the victory.
Southern, dubbed “The #1 Lightweight in Canada”, reeled off two straight victories in MFC (over Mukai Maromo and Jonatas Novaes) before suffering the loss to Gallicchio. He will have a chance at redemption in May.
“Smilin'” Sam Alvey (21-5, 1 NC) will be defending his newly won title, captured at MFC 38 in a 5th round TKO victory over Jason South. A counter right hand by Alvey followed up with punches prevented the title fight from reaching a decision. Alvey is a victor in 4 of his last 5 bouts, sandwiched between an unsuccessful run in TUF 16 reality show. Alvey originally fought for the MFC middleweight title in his MFC debut, suffering a to Elvis Mutapcic before defeating Jay Silva to earn a shot at the newly vacant title.
Anthony Birchak (11-1, 2-0 MFC), one of the top fighters in the Maximum Fighting Championships promotion, will be looking to defend his newly won bantamweight championship. Birchak ran through his opponent, Tito Jones at MFC 38, capturing the inaugural bantamweight title via 2nd round RNC. A fight that he had a clear advantage and dominated once it hit the mat. The 27 year old Birchak will be coming into the title defense on a 5-fight win streak, including a win over Ryan Benoit in his MFC debut, in what was one of the most entertaining fights of MFC in 2013.
And as they did for MFC 38: Behind Enemy Lines in October of 2013—a card that also featured 3 title fights—MFC will give the fans a chance to vote on which title fight will be the main event. Birchak vs Jones won the vote, beating the other two title fights (including Alvey vs South) to headline the MFC 38 event.
Also advertised on the card are middleweight Marcus Edwards (6-2), and Andrew McInnes (4-1), who were both victorious at MFC 39 in catchweight bouts. Edwards impressively defeated Sean Powers via 1st round rear naked choke in his MFC debut. While Andrew McInnes originally missed weight in his MFC debut against Dan Ring, but was victorious via 2nd round RNC to win his 4th straight fight.
— Maximum Fighting (@MaximumFighting) February 4, 2014