The Maximum Fighting Championship’s arduous search for a fitting opponent to take on Dhiego “Maluco” Lima at MFC 32: Bitter Rivals has come to fruition.Stepping up to battle the undefeated welterweight prospect Lima (6-0) is judo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Bruno “BC” Carvalho, who has signed a multi-fight deal with the MFC. Carvalho (13-5), who was born in Brazil and now splits his home base between Sweden and the United States, has won eight of his last nine fights, and will be Lima’s toughest test to date when they square-off on main card of the HDNet Fights broadcast emanating live from the Mayfield Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, on Friday, January 27.
The HDNet broadcast, with Michael Schiavello and Frank Trigg handling the commentary, begins at 10 p.m. ET/8 p.m. MT/7 p.m. PT (check local listings for channel designation).The matchup will be Carvalho’s first in North America, having predominantly fought throughout Europe in Sweden, Slovenia, Germany and the Netherlands, along with previous contests in South Korea and Brazil. The six-foot-one, 29-year-old holds five victories by knockout and five by submission, with five victories coming inside the first round.Among Carvalho’s most notable victories are a second-round submission of Kyacey Uscola coming in April of this year, and a first-round knockout of Vitor Nobrega in March of 2010.Lima is on a tear in 2011, racking up a pair of big wins and becoming the top contender for the MFC’s 170-pound division belt. In his last appearance, the Atlanta, Georgia, product needed only 2:47 to finish off Jamie Toney via knockout at MFC 30.
The MFC 32: Bitter Rivals main card lineup is complete with the following bouts:
- Wilson Gouveia vs. Dwayne Lewis – light-heavyweight
- Brian Cobb vs. Antonio McKee – MFC lightweight title
- Diego Bautista vs. Ryan McGillivray – welterweight
- Bruno Carvalho vs. Dhiego Lima – welterweight
- Adam Lynn vs. Mukai Maromo – lightweight
- Jamie Toney vs. Cody Krahn – welterweight
Tickets for MFC 32: Bitter Rivals are going fast and available exclusively via the MFC Ticket Hotline at (780) 504-2024.