It has also focused on reigniting its heavyweight ranks in order to support the stable of continually growing fighters out there.
Keeping with the theme, and continuing to build momentum, MFC announced its launch of the newly-formed bantamweight division and the first fighter to sign up for the roster of competitors. Anthony Birchak (9-1) will enter the organization and the ring with a three-fight winning streak. The premiering of the division will occur at MFC 37: True Grit on Friday, May 10 at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta and live on AXS TV Fights
“Anthony is the next generation of MMA fighter,” touted MFC Owner/President Mark Pavelich. “He is the total package from his fight game to his personality to his social media skills. It’s the direction we are moving in. He can sell the fight then back it up in the ring. The new 135-pound division needs to take notice because trouble is coming and his name is Anthony Birchak.”
26-year-old Birchak is an accomplished wrestler with AAU All-American honors. Fight Matrix currently has him classed at 91st in the world. To date he has pulled off five first-round finishers, five submissions during a six-win streak, and three straight KO wins.
“Wrestling has been the driving force behind my competitive streak but I needed to round out my game and I’ve been working on my stand-up non-stop. I’ve really transitioned from being a wrestler to being a striker,” said Birchak.
Birchak, an avid graphic artist, added, “I want to be that guy who makes the MFC bantamweight division known. I want people to know who I am and become one of the biggest names in the world as I make my own brand.”
When the division makes its debut Birchak will have all the roads in to becoming his own brand. The biggest issue for fight fans at this point is wondering who else will make up the list of opponents. MMA fans will no doubt anticipate a brutal competition when the first blows are thrown.