Canada’s premiere mixed martial arts promotion finds itself ready to air another excellent live card on HDNet tonight.  The event is the 28th event from Mark Pavelich’s MFC organization, and it could very well pack the biggest punch.  Don’t believe me, keep reading.

Friday, February 25th, MFC presents Supremacy live from the Cree River Casino on the outskirts of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.   The event is moving into a new arena, and the fighters signed are all tailor-made to yield exciting fights.  There won’t be any snooze fests on this card, despite the fact that Antonio McKee’s recently dropped off the card, Mark quickly snapped up Matt Veach to take his place. 

Ryan Jimmo and Dwayne Lewis met each other once before, and it was in both of their second fights as a professional fighter.  Tonight they will once again meet, this time with Canada’s premiere Light Heavyweight Championship on the line.  Ryan Jimmo won their first fight all the way back at MFC 3 by Unanimous Decision, and now, 12 fights and 12 wins later, Jimmo hopes he can do it again.  The road to the championship for Dwayne hasn’t been as smooth, as he’s lost four fights in fifteen tilts since his first fight with Jimmo.

To earn the title shot, Dwayne bested highly regarded UFC veteran Razak Al-Hassan by razor thing split decision.  It was enough however to earn the Miletich fighter a shot at a title in the main event of tonight’s MFC 28.  Jimmo has improved markedly in every fight, and is now on the doorstep of greatness.  If you’ve never seen Ryan Jimmo fight, tune in for that alone, as in this fight they will both be ready to throw down and claim a championship.

Drew Fickett was booked to take on Antonio McKee but a knee injury forced Antonio off the card.  Drew isn’t left out however as UFC veteran Matt Veach steps up to throw down.  Veach, who was dropped from the UFC after only two losses, the first to current UFC Champion Frankie Edgar and the second to Paul Taylor, has been working his way back towards the organization and a win here over Fickett could boost his chances at getting a second look in the UFC.  He presently is riding a four fight win streak.  For now however,  he has the task of facing Drew Fickett on late notice.

Drew Fickett is an able fighter, and an all-around entertaining guy.   He enters this fight with an absolute wealth of MMA experience, and a respectable 40-13 record.  He has been in the cage with the best of the best, names like Hallman, Florian, Nick Diaz, Koscheck, Neer, Burkman, Pellegrino, and Parisyan dot his resume and give him the vast experience and big-fight edge over Veach.   Mark Pavelich didn’t panic when Antonio went down to an injury and when we spoke with him last night; he felt Matt Veach creates a more exciting matchup for Fickett.  This one shouldn’t disappoint, it could be an all-out slugfest or a slick submission battle.  Either way it is likely not to go the distance.

One of the fights Pavelich spoke to as being a barn burner and exciting for the fans, was a clash between The Ultimate Fighter alum Richie Whitson and Curtis Demarce.  Demarce is a replacement fighter for Kajan Johnson and enters the fight with a less than stellar record of 9-7.  However, he is currently on a six fight winning streak.   Ritchie “Hell Boy” Whitson sports an impressive 11-1 record and will ride a four fight win streak into this clash.  This will be an important fight for both guys as whoever wins, could find a semi-permanent home with an emergent promotion.  In a sport where you bounce around trying to get fights, a solid organization with a steady check is significant.

Thomas Denny and Sheldon Westcott mark another fight promoter Mark Pavelich points to for fireworks.  Westcott is 4-1 and has a four fight winning streak, including a very impressive three fight streak in which he’s finished his opponent inside of one minute.   Denny has fought 45 times as opposed to Westcott’s five, so the experience edge is gigantic for Denny.  However, Westcott has been on the kind of roll that happens once in a lifetime, and if he could upset the experienced and tested Denny, it would be a huge step in his fledgling career.

There are more UFC veterans on the card, as Rodney Wallace steps in to face Emanuel Newton.  Rodney sports a solid 10-3 record, with all three of his losses coming consecutively in the UFC.  When Wallace was cut, MFC snapped him up and Wallace won his debut for them by defeating David Heath by Decision.  Emanuel Newton has a record of 12-6 but has changed up his training regimen and location and looks to enter this fight in exceptional condition.   Newton lost in his bid to become MFC champion to Trevor Prangley at MFC 21.  This is a fight where both men will come in looking for action, and it would surprise many to see this one reach the judges’ scorecards.

All in all, it’s a very solid night of MMA action and MFC never fails to bring some great fights.  The program airs live on HDNet tonight at 10PM EST & 7PM PST.

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