Press Release: Bautista Picked to Battle McGillivray


Undefeated prospect pumped up to make exciting first impression at MFC 32

Diego Bautista doesn’t fear his opponent or entering hostile territory for his debut in the Maximum Fighting Championship.

Bautista (7-0) will look to keep his undefeated record intact in his first venture under the MFC banner when he tangles with Ryan “The Kid” McGillivray (11-5-1) at MFC 32: Bitter Rivals. Their welterweight showdown will be a highlighted matchup on the HDNet Fights card emanating from the Mayfield Conference Centre in McGillivray’s home town of Edmonton, Alberta, on Friday, Jan. 27 (check local listings for channel designation).

Though this will be Bautista’s first opportunity in the MFC, the Anaheim, California, product isn’t lacking for confidence in what he’ll bring to the table.

“I’m going to make an exciting impression,” said Bautista. “It’s going to come down to what I know how to do and what I’m capable of doing.

“I’ve got a good ground game and I like to stand and bang too. If he wants to take it to the ground, I’ll go and I’ll punish him and I’ll finish it. I’m too determined to not finish the fight.”

And even though McGillivray holds nine submissions wins, including five via armbar and another by kimura, Bautista scoffed at the notion that he’ll need to adopt a submission-heavy defense.

“He’s not going to get my arm,” touted Bautista. “He does have a good ground game so I’m going to try and stand and bang, but if it goes to the ground, I’ll be very willing to go. I’m not scared of that at all.”

A former college baseball standout, Bautista immersed himself into mixed martial arts just three years ago. The 26-year-old father of four has racked up four victories inside the first round, all of which came in less than three minutes. Bautista has also registered a pair of wins via knockout.

Tickets for MFC 32: Bitter Rivals are going fast, and are available exclusively through the MFC Ticket Hotline at (780) 504-2024.

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Jeremy Brand started up this lovechild called back in 2009. It began as a hobby project and has turned into much more. In his spare time, you can find Jeremy on the mats, as he is a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

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