With several injuries to contend with, the Maximum Fighting Championship has made some swift and impressive changes to the lineup for MFC 32: Bitter Rivals taking place on Friday, January 27.
Most notably, rising sensation Dhiego “Maluco” Lima, recently ranked as the No. 2 welterweight prospect in the world by Bloody Elbow, has seen his opponent change due to an injury suffered by original foe Bruno Carvalho.
Lima (6-0) will now take on Nathan “Soulforce” Coy (9-4) in a featured matchup on the HDNet Fights live broadcast emanating from the Mayfield Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta.
Coy, a former All-American wrestler while at Oregon State University, has won four of his last six outings with three of those victories coming inside the first round. He has a total of five first-round stoppages over the course of his five-year career, and also holds notable decisions win over Rick Story and Mike Pierce.
The 33-year-old, who is originally from Portland, Oregon, and now fights out of Coconut Creek, Florida, has also tangled with notables Tyrone Woodley, losing a narrow split-decision, and Brian Foster.
Another switch to the main card was necessitated when hometown product Mukai Maromo suffered a broken finger in training. With Maromo sidelined, “Dirty” Dan Ring (5-0-1) maintains his spot on the card and James Haddad (4-1) jumps from the undercard to the televised card to battle Ring.
Haddad, who fights out of Calgary, Alberta, was slated to take on Curtis “The Demon” Demarce on the undercard. Demarce (12-10) will now face a soon-to-be named opponent. Ring, a Vancouver, B.C., product, moved into face Maromo after “The African Assassin” was originally tabbed to fight Adam Lynn.
Lineup for MFC 32: Bitter Rivals
Wilson Gouveia vs. Dwayne Lewis, light-heavyweight
Brian Cobb vs. Antonio McKee, MFC lightweight title
Diego Bautista vs. Ryan McGillivray, welterweight
Nathan Coy vs. Dhiego Lima, welterweight
Jamie Toney vs. Kyle Jackson, welterweight
James Haddad vs. Dan Ring, lightweight
Matt Jelly vs. Garrett Nybakken, lightweight
Brendan Kornberger vs. Allen Hope, middleweight
Curtis Demarce vs. TBA, lightweight
Tickets for MFC 32: Bitter Rivals are going fast, and are available exclusively through the MFC Ticket Hotline at (780) 504-2024.