Despite his critics, Mark Pavelich’s Maximum Fighting Championship has grown over the last decade to become one of North America’s most established promotions. Not only has the company’s profile broadened considerably due to the MFC’s broadcasting deal with HDNet, but earlier in the year the Alberta based promotion expanded operations into the Province of Ontario.
“There’s a lot of delusion in our sport; a great deal of delusion,” Pavelich told FCF recently. “A lot of people think that certain organizations are bigger than they are, and one thing people are finally beginning to realize is that the MFC is one of the top three organizations in North America.”
Bellator Fighting Championships set up shop in Ontario recently. When Bellator signed free agent and former MFC welterweight champ Douglas Lima to a contract earlier this year, Pavelich was quick to voice his displeasure about the signing. More recently, however, after reports surfaced that former MFC welterweight contender Ryan Ford has also apparently signed with Bellator, Pavelich took to Twitter and began blasting the promotion’s CEO Bjorn Rebney.
“I don’t know him (Rebney) and I don’t want to know him. I don’t care at all what he does, but if he’s going to sign fighters that are under contract with my organization you’re picking a fight with my family. If you want someone’s contract, buy it; do business properly…I would rather be dead than let people think they can bully me and steal fighters.”
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