TUF Vet Joseph “Leonidas” Henle Signs With MFC, Fighting Luke Harris August 10th
By FCF Staff
The Maximum Fighting Championship has announced that the promotion has signed former “Ultimate Fighter” Season 11 competitor Joseph “Leonidas” Henle and that he will fight rising middleweight Luke Harris on August 10th.
Henle joins the MFC having gone undefeated in six official pro bouts. In his last outing, at a CA Fight Syndicate event in January, the 28 year-old middleweight worked his way to a split decision win over Mike Moreno.
“The last three or four guys I’ve fought, I knew I was the better guy and my opponent knew I was the better guy,” Henle was quoted saying in a press release from the promotion.
“That made things hard to get motivated. Now there’s going be this other guy across the ring, and I don’t know if he’s better than me or not. That gets my blood pumping. I can’t wait to put it on him and show him he’s not at my level.”
Henle will meet Harris at MFC 34, who is coming off a submission win over Edwin Dewees at MFC 33 earlier this month to extend his record to 9-1.
“The thing about a jiu-jitsu black belt is that they turn into a brown belt pretty quick after getting hit with a couple punches,” Henle said about the Judo black belt and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu brown belt. “And once you hit them with a couple knees, they become a white belt.”
“I know Harris is an excellent fighter and he’s a great grappler. What people have seen from me is good grappling but that’s all they’ve seen. I’m fighting a guy with good ground skills and that’s a challenge for me, but I want an exciting challenge. It takes me back to when I first started fighting. I was out to challenge myself and to see if I was the better than the other guy.”
MFC 34 will be hosted by Edmonton, Alberta’s Mayfield Trade Center and will be broadcast on HDNet.