September 6, 2006
Will It Be "Dooms Day" for Valimaki at MFC 10?
Canadian Martial Arts Centre fighter Jason "Dooms" Day will meet Victor "The Matrix" Valimaki this Friday, September 8th, in Edmonton, Alberta, for the Maximum Fighting Championship Lightheavyweight Championship. The main event for MFC 10 "Unfinished Business" features two of Canada’s more notable up and coming 205 pound fighters, and with a Championship belt on the line, this very well might be the biggest fight thus far in Day’s four year career.
"This title means a lot to me, "Day tells FCF. "I know Mark (Pavelich) is very careful of when and who he puts up for a title shot in the MFC. Mark works hard at his shows and he follows the Canadian MMA scene very closely so he knows what is going on out there, so it is an honor that he gave me this shot, it means he thinks that I am in the top 2 in Canada in my division. To me this is a big fight, I don’t believe that there is any body in my weight division in Canada that can hang with me right now and I am looking forward to proving it next weekend."
Day comes into this fight with a combined pro-am record of 9-5, and on an impressive 5 fight winning streak, which includes a rather notable TKO stoppage of tough Winnipeg veteran Chris Fontaine. In just the last year Day has turned his career around in dramatic fashion, having not lost a fight since he was stopped by IFL fighter Krzysztof Soszynksi last April.
"After I came back the first time from breaking my ankle I fought Krzysztof and lost, my head just wasn’t in it," says Day. "I was focusing more on my injuries and avoiding get hurt then I was on winning. I took some time off and refocused. I changed the way I thought and the way I approached fighting, now when I go to the ring I know I am going to win. Before you fight you know what you have to do to win, I focus on that and get it done. Lee Mein has also been a huge factor in my success. He works hard as my trainer and manager and helps me stay focused, he is always incorporating new techniques and training strategies never letting me get complacent."
In Valimaki, Day will take on another fighter who has also been on a winning streak as of late, having won all three of fights since returning to competition last year. Valimaki came back from a three year lay off, after losing to Team Tompkins’ fighter Rob Macdonald in 2002, only to defeat UFC legend Dan Severn by unanimous decision at MFC 8 last September. Valimaki trains out of Edmonton, Alberta with Jason Macdonald, Mike Yackulic, and Roger Alves among others, and Day is keenly aware of the tough challenge that is in front of him.
"I think Victor has a solid ground game from what I have heard and is a smart fighter when it comes to the stand up striking," says Day in assessing Valimaki’s capabilities as a fighter. "I know he is very strong, has a solid jab and very good takedown defense. I am not too worried about the strength factor, I train with guys everyday that are bigger and stronger so I am used to it. I think my advantage will be standing. I have worked very hard on my stand up over the last year and feel very comfortable trading with anyone right now. I know he has been working with Josh Russell on his ground game so my ability to avoid submissions should show there. As far as a game plan goes it always changes the minute that bell rings, I just do what feels comfortable at the time. I would like to keep this one standing and see how it plays out though."
Day also offered his prediction for the September 8th fight: "I think this fight won’t go past the first round," says the confident Day. "My call, ‘Doomsday’ by TKO at 3:49 of the first round, and the new MFC Lightheavyweight Champion!"
In other MFC 10 action, top ranked Canadian middleweight Jason Macdonald will take on Edwin Aguilar, lightweight Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Fabio Holanda will fight Edmonton resident Mike Bell, and Keith "The Celtic Warrior" Weafer will meet Jeff Montemurro.