TUF 6 veteran Richie Hightower signs with Maximum Fighting Championship

ALBERTA, CANADA – 27-year-old “The Ultimate Fighter 6” veteran Richie “The Dirty Samurai” Hightower (8-3) has signed a three-fight deal with Canada’s premiere MMA promotion, Maximum Fighting Championship, according to the company.

The first fight on Hightower’s new contract will take place at “MFC 25: Vindication” in Edmonton, Alberta, on May 7, where he will face Kajan “Ragin” Johnson (17-11-1) in a lightweight bout that will open the live televised broadcast on HDNet.

Since losing a technical knockout to Troy Mandaloniz (3-2) at the TUF 6 Finale in Dec. 2007, Hightower has won one, lost one, and had one no-contest. His most recent bout was in December 2009, when he knocked out Jordan McKay(3-1) at 1:31 of the first round  at “TFC 9: Total Chaos” in Edmonton, Alberta.

Hightower’s opponent for MFC 25, Kajan Johnson, has more than twice the experience. Fighting professionally since 2002, Johnson has been very active. He was on a five-fight win streak before losing a first round submission to Ryan Machan (10-3) at “MFC 23: Unstoppable” in his most recent bout back in December.

Other bouts so far confirmed for MFC 25 include Ryan Jimmo vs. Wilson Gouveia at light heavyweight, David Heath vs. Solomon Hutcherson at middleweight, and Luigi Fioravanti vs. Pete Spratt at welterweight.

Tickets for “MFC 25: Vindication” are available via the MFC Ticket Hotline at (780) 504-2024 and through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.ca and charge-by-phone (780) 451-8000.