Maximum Fighting Championship’s “MFC 21: Hard Knocks” takes place Friday May 15, 2009 at the River Cree Resort and Casino in Alberta, Canada. MFC Light Heavyweight Champion Emanuel Newton (11-3-1) will be defending his title against contender Trevor Prangley (19-5) in the main event.

Former WWE professional wrestler Bobby Lashley (2-0) will be returning to the MMA ring as he takes on Mike Cook (6-3). Also on the card will be Elite XC and King of the Cage veteran Travis Galbraith (16-6) taking on UFC veteran David Heath (10-4). Former UFC fighter John Alessio (24-13) makes his MFC return and another UFC veteran, Marvin Eastman (15-9-1) makes his MFC debut.

When MFC promoter Mark Pavelich was recently asked by MMA Canada what will make the Bobby Lashley vs. Mike Cook fight interesting for the fans he replied, “If Mike Cook knocks him right in the face and knocks him down, that will be an interesting fight, right?  I would love to see Cook smash him right in the mouth and I want to see how he reacts to being smashed in the mouth by Mike Cook. And then if he can come back and win the fight, that will show if he is really in the sport to stay or if he’s just a fad.”

Pavelich goes on to say he saw Lashley’s first two fights and was not overly impressed. “I did not bring a guy to come in here and lay down against him. He better be ready come May 15th. If he think he’s just gonna walk off the plane and roll over this guy, I think he’s mistaken,” Pavelich said.

“MFC 21: Hard Knocks” will broadcast live on HDNet Friday, May 15th beginning at 10:00 PM EST. Here is the full fight card:

MFC 21: Hard Knocks
Bobby Lashley vs. Mike Cook
Travis Galbraith vs. David Heath
Andrew Buckland vs. John Alessio
Ryan Jimmo vs. Mychal Clark
Aron Lofton vs. Marvin Eastman
William Richey vs. Ryan Fortin
Jeremy Combrink vs. Jason Heit
Dwayne Lewis vs. Jay Whitford
Nolan Clark vs. George Belanger
MFC LHW Championship
Emanuel Newton vs. Trevor Prangley

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