Antonio McKee (left) will defend his MFC lightweight title against Brian "The Bandi" Cobb on Jan. 27 LIVE on HDNet. Photo credits: Rob King/Greg Hamilton for Sherdog

EDMONTON, Alberta — MFC lightweight champion Antonio “Mandingo” McKee will put his title on the line against Brian “The Bandit” Cobb at “MFC 32: Bitter Rivals” on Friday, Jan. 27, at the Mayfield Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

MFC 32: Bitter Rivals” will air live throughout North America on HDNet starting at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT). Maximum Fighting Championship confirmed the match-up on Sunday.

McKee (26-4-2) won the lightweight title with a unanimous decision win over Derrick Noble at MFC 20 in Feb. 2009. Due to various circumstances, including a brief one-fight stint in the UFC, McKee has only defended the belt one time so far, winning via first round TKO over Luciano Azevedo at MFC 26 in  Sept. 2010.

McKee had gone undefeated for seven years before dropping a split decision to Jacob Volkmann at UFC 125 in January. The 41-year-old Lakewood, Calif., resident last fought in August, scoring a first round submission victory over Jai Bradney at Cage Fighting Championship 18.

Ten years the junior of McKee, Cobb (19-6) has also had one fight in the UFC, dropping a second round TKO to Terry Etim at UFC 95 in Feb. 2009.

Cobb is currently riding a four-fight win streak, most recently picking up a first round TKO victory over Drew Fickett at MFC 30 back in June. Cobb is a finisher; with 19 wins under his belt, he has won 12 via submission, three by knockout, and only four via decision.

Two other bouts have also been confirmed for the January “MFC 32: Bitter Rivals” card. MFC fan-favorite Dwayne “D-Bomb” Lewis (12-7) will return against UFC vet Wilson Gouveia (12-8) at light heavyweight and Edmonton’s own “The African Assassin” Mukai Maromo (6-2) will take on fellow lightweight and former U.S. Marine Adam Lynn (17-8), who is coming off a beautiful standing elbow knockout win over Curtis Demarce at MFC 31 earlier this month.

Stay close to ( and our Upcoming Events page as the “MFC 32: Bitter Rivals” fight card comes together and more bouts are announced over the coming weeks.

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