Middleweight matchup added to stacked True Grit lineup

The Maximum Fighting Championship is excited to announce the addition of a middleweight bout to the lineup for MFC 37: True Grit taking place on Friday, May 10 in Edmonton, Alberta.

Hometown striker Chase “Deggy” Degenhardt (8-3) will face the toughest test of his career as he takes on former MFC title challenger “Smilen” Sam Alvey (19-5, 1 NC) on the main card airing live on AXS TV Fights from the Shaw Conference Centre beginning at 10 p.m. ET/8 p.m. MT/7 p.m. PT (check local listings for channel designation).

Degenhardt (Twitter: @ChaseDeggy) boasts six knockouts on his career resume, and is coming off a second-round stoppage of Chad Sherman on the undercard of MFC 35. The Edmonton, Alberta, product, who will ride a two-fight winning streak into the matchup, has notched notable victories over Dan Chambers and Chuck Pelc.

Meanwhile, Alvey will be looking to rebound following his narrow decision defeat to Elvis Mutapcic in their MFC world middleweight title bout at MFC 36. The 26-year-old, who trains in Temecula, California, came up just short in a hard-fought encounter against the reigning champ as the two went punch-for-punch in an action-packed stand-up battle.

Alvey (Twitter: @smilensam) has notched 11 wins by way of knockout and added a pair of victories by submission. His career is highlighted by a pair of four-fight winning streaks, and an impressive seven-fight run that included wins over Karl Amoussou and Jason Guida.

Alvey recently married “America’s Next Top Model” winner McKey Sullivan and the couple are expecting their first child.

The Degenhardt-Alvey matchup joins four other bouts already slated for the MFC 37 main card:

  • Chris Barnett (7-1) vs. Smealinho Rama (6-0), MFC heavyweight title
  • Ryan Benoit (6-1) vs. Anthony Birchak (9-1), bantamweight
  • Jason Zentgraf (7-1) vs. Luke Harris (9-2), middleweight
  • Kurt Southern (10-4) vs. Mukai Maromo (8-3), lightweight

An additional fight will be added shortly to round out the main card, and a full slate of preliminary bouts will be announced in the near future.

Tickets for MFC 37: True Grit are on sale now and available at www.ticketmaster.ca or by calling the MFC Ticket Hotline at (780) 504-2024.

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