Rival 205-pounders Dwayne Lewis and David Heath have agreed in principle to square-off in one of the featured bouts slated for Friday, February 26 at the River Cree Resort and Casino, just outside Edmonton , Alberta . The bout is sure to be an explosive exchange of strikes as both fighters are more accustomed to looking for the big knockout.
"There’s no doubt in my mind that Dwayne and David are going to stand in the middle in the ring and slug it out – an old-fashioned duel. May the best man win," said MFC Owner/President Mark Pavelich.
Lewis (10-4) enjoyed a stellar 2008 schedule, one that saw him go from unfulfilled prospect to serious threat. The Fort McMurray , Alberta , product was previously regarded as a fighter who starred when there was little attention on him but then wilted under the spotlight. That all changed for Lewis this year as he rattled off six straight wins – all of them by first-round stoppage and earning three spots in the MFC’s Top 10 Knockouts of the Year.
Lewis dropped both Jason Kuchera and Jay Whitford in under a minute and then raised his game to the next level at MFC 23 when he scored a thunderous knockout of veteran Marvin Eastman with just two seconds remaining in the opening round. The Bowman’s MFS product has not lost since his 17-second flash knockout loss to Aron Lofton at MFC 17.
Heath (13-6) has had an up-and-down ride since joining the MFC, but has always stepped into the ring ready for an action-packed encounter. The Tulsa , Oklahoma , product is coming off a dramatic clash with Mike Nickels at MFC 22 where the two brawled their way to the MFC’s 2009 Fight of the Year.
The 33-year-old will be looking to redeem himself following that setback along with his controversial split-decision loss to Travis Galbraith at MFC 21. The well-seasoned veteran, who has faced a strong contingent of opponents over the course of his career, had his best MFC performance when he submitted former MFC champ Roger Hollett with a first-round guillotine.
MFC 24: Heat XC will be the first show that combines the rosters of the Maximum Fighting Championship and Heat XC, the two organizations under the umbrella of Pavelich Sports. It will also be the first fight card streamlined live on www.maximumfighting.com. Further details on matchups will be revealed shortly.
Tickets are going fast for MFC 24: Heat XC and are available via the MFC Ticket Hotline at (780) 504-2024 as well as Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.ca, charge-by-phone (780) 451-8000 and Ticketmaster outlets.