A rematch between two of the Maximum Fighting Championships best athletes will headline MFC 36 on February 15. Graham Spencer (9-1-1NC) will move up a weight class to battle Mukai Maromo (8-2) for the MFC Lightweight Championship.
The Nanaimo, British Columbia native made his MFC debut last October and proved he was a force to be reckoned with when he defeated former Ultimate Fighter contestant Shane Nelson by unanimous decision.
Maromo and Spencer first tussled back in 2010 at a regional show and the Canadian picked up the win. Since then, Spencer has gone on a three fight winning streak (with one no contest). Maromo has been on a tear himself, picking up five wins in a row since his loss to Spencer.
Spencer expects this fight to be much different this time, but with the same outcome.
“Since the first time we fought, I’ve done three training camps down with Team Alpha Male in Sacramento, training with, and learning from some of the best fighters and coaches in the world. I feel like I am much better in every area since the last time we fought. He has also gained a lot of experience since then, he seems to have put on some size as well. I think his size will be the biggest difference from our first fight.”
The Team Alpha Male prodigy has fought his entire career at the 145 pound weight class. The move up to lightweight was not in the cards for Spencer, however he wanted to stay active. The fight with Maromo gave him the best of both worlds; the opportunity to stay active and main eventing a title fight on AXS TV.
“I wasn’t looking to move up in weight, this was the only option for me for this card, I took the fight so I could stay active. Yes I beat Mukai before, but I believe I still have a lot to gain from this fight. It’s the main event on AXS TV for a title for a major promotion, a win will get me a lot of exposure. I will also gain the experience of fighting at lightweight, something I haven’t done before.”
Following this fight, Spencer expects to move back to the featherweight division, but with a lightweight title around his waist. What goals does the 28 year old Nanaimo fighter have in store for 2013?
“My goal for this year is to stay active so I can continue to train full time. I would like to win the MFC lightweight and featherweight titles, then see where that takes me.”
Make sure you check out Graham Spencer as he takes on Mukai Maromo in the main event at MFC 36 on February 15 live on AXS TV. Keep up with the latest news from Graham on Twitter @GSpence145.