September 12, 2006
Valimaki Wins LHW Championship at MFC 10 "Unfinished Business."
The Maximum Fighting Championship held its tenth event "Unfinished Business", Friday night, September 8th, in Edmonton, Alberta, and 3000 MMA fans packed into a sold out Shaw Conference Centre to enjoy the show. The cards main event, which pitted two of Western Canada’s more notable 205 pound fighters in Victor "The Matrix" Valimaki and Jason "Dooms" Day against each other for the MFC Lightheavyweight Championship, turned out to be a rather short affair. After landing some hard punches to Day shortly into the bout, Valimaki would quickly end the fight soon after, submitting his Lethbridge opponent at 3:19 of the first round with a rear naked choke.
"I was absolutely sure that there was no way Jason was going to beat me," said Valimaki in a MFC press release. "I didn’t really even get the choke around his neck. It was up on his jaw and I was just trying to rip his head off."
The win for Valimaki was also the highlight of the night for promoter Mark Pavelich, who was also extremely happy with the sell out Edmonton crowd that was able to witness their local fighter walk away with the Championship belt.
"The crowd was off the hook, 3000 total sell out," Pavelich tells FCF. "What stood out most in my mind was Victor Valimaki’s dominating win over Jason Day, first breaking his jaw, then submitting him and all this took place in around two minutes."
In other MFC 10 action, Jason Macdonald submitted Neil Berry at 3:19 of round one with a rear naked choke. Berry took the fight against one of Canada’s better middleweight fighters on only a couple days notice, after Macdonald’s previous 2 scheduled opponents, Tyrone Roberts and then Edwin Augilar, were unable to compete. In other notable action, BJJ instructor Fabio Holanda tapped out Mike Bell with an armbar at 2:30 of round one, Chad Hamzeh also won via an armbar against Tim Tamaki at 2:32 of round one, and Jeff Montemurro defeated Keith Weafer by TKO at 2:37 of the opening round.
Stay tuned for a complete report on MFC 10 "Unfinished Business," in the next edition of Full Contact Fighter.
Hominick Continues to Get Ready For September 29th Fight With Menjivar
Mark "The Machine" Hominick will face another one of Canada’s better 145 pound fighters, Ivan Menjivar, this month, in the main event of TKO 29, to be held at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. Hominick, whose record is 11-5, had been originally scheduled to take on Hatsu Hioki, who defeated Hominick for his TKO 145 pound title last May, but Hioki was unavailable to fight due to his recent obligation and subsequent win over Jeff Curran in last months PRIDE, Bushido. Hominick, despite yearning for a re-match title fight with Hioki, is now concentrating on the rather difficult task at hand, defeating the 20-4 Menjivar.
"I absolutely want Hioki, but my focus is on Menjivar," Hominick tells FCF. "I believe he is one of the top three fighters in the world and has well rounded skills. He has proven himself all over the world as a serious contender which is why I accepted this fight. I always want to fight the fights that the fans want to see and prove that I belong among the world’s best."
Menjivar will be hoping to get by "The Machine" unscathed, as he is also scheduled to fight Caol Uno, October 9th, in the next round of K-1 HERO’S Lightweight tournament in Japan. Menjivar advanced to the event’s semi-finals in defeating Hideo Tokoro by split decision on August 8th.
TKO 29 will also feature; Sam Stout putting his TKO Lightweight Championship on the line against Jay Estrada, Icho Larenas defending his TKO HW belt against Krzysztof Soszynski, Martin Desilets, who will look to remain undefeated against Todd Gouwenberg, and the undefeated Chris Horodecki, is set to take on Samuel Guillet.
TKO 29 will also debut the organizations new Octagon Cage, and will be the first MMA event to be held in Montreal’s 21,500 seat Bell Centre.