The Maximum Fighting Championship, Canada’s reigning king of mixed martial arts, is excited to announce that a number of its dates for the 2013 schedule are set with a return to one of the MFC’s favorite host venues.
Starting in February 2013, the MFC proudly ventures into Edmonton’s superb Shaw Conference Centre, located in the heart of the city’s downtown core. The Maximum Fighting Championship has slated four shows for Edmonton at the Shaw Conference Centre:
*MFC 36: Reality Check – Friday, February 15
*MFC 37: True Grit – Friday, May 10
*MFC 38: Behind Enemy Lines – Friday, October 4
*MFC 39: Outrage – TBA December
“We are tremendously excited about returning to what I consider to be the place where the MFC really began its upswing in prominence – our original home and the best venue in the City of Edmonton,” said Mark Pavelich, Owner/President of the Maximum Fighting Championship.
“There are countless thrilling moments and a ton of great memories from our events at the Shaw, and I am very positive there will be a mountain more to come.
“We’re designing a great floor plan that will really accentuate our VIP and Row 1-3 tickets, and then have tiered seating for better vantage points throughout. With our production talents creating a great atmosphere plus the top-notch staff at the Shaw, the live experience for the Maximum Fighting Championship will be better than ever.”
The Maximum Fighting Championship thrilled fans with MFC’s 8, 9, 10 and 11 at the Shaw Conference Centre, dating from September 2005 through February 2007. Those four events were some of the biggest and best in MFC history, and featured many of the organization’s original stars including Jason MacDonald, Patrick Cote, Fabio Holanda, and Ryan McGillivray.
Following its run at the Shaw, the MFC held 16 of its next 17 events at the River Cree Resort & Casino, and then held shows at the Edmonton Expo Centre and The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor in Ontario. The Mayfield Conference Centre was the home base for MFC 30 to 35. That facility is now being torn down as part of multi-million dollar renovations and re-branding.
Opened in 1983, the Shaw Conference Centre has established itself as one of Canada’s premier meeting, entertainment, and convention venues. The SCC has won recognition for its architecture, cuisine, and environmental stewardship.
The SCC hosts approximately 650 events and attracts over half a million attendees per year. Among some of the biggest events in the history of the Shaw Conference Centre include concerts by the Tragically Hip, Marilyn Manson, Stone Temple Pilots, Deadmau5, and Tiesto.
The Maximum Fighting Championship’s History at the Shaw Conference Centre
MFC 8: Resurrection – September 9/05
*Victor Valimaki bursts onto Canadian scene with unanimous decision win over the legendary Dan Severn
*Jason MacDonald picks up 11th career win with a second-round submission of Chris Fontaine
MFC 9: No Excuses – March 10/06
*Patrick Cote claims MFC world middleweight title with a fifth-round submission over Jason MacDonald in arguably the greatest fight in MFC history
*Canadian Football League Grey Cup Game MVP Mike Maurer makes his MMA debut and earns first-round TKO win
MFC 10: Unfinished Business – September 8/06
*Victor Valimaki claims the MFC world light-heavyweight title by submitting Jason Day in the opening round
*Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace Fabio Holanda showcases his talents with first-round submission
MFC 11: Gridiron – February 3/07
*Canadian Football League stars Adam Braidwood and Mike Maurer both take part in the action. Braidwood hands Ryan Jimmo what is still the only loss of his career with a first-round TKO, while Maurer is dealt a shocking knockout loss by future MFC champ Roger Hollett
*Victor Valimaki defends his MFC world light-heavyweight title with a come-from-behind first-round knockout win over Jared Kilkenny