Bobby Lashley puts Cook to sleep at “MFC 21: Hard Knocks”

When PRO MMA ( spoke to Bobby Lashley last month he explained he was in no rush to get into the UFC or one of the big shows. He did not want to jump in there right away and have everyone questioning his legitimacy. Rather, he wanted to take his time and get some experience under his belt in the smaller shows. Frankly, that is a wise plan.

Last night former WWE superstar Bobby Lashley fought Mike Cook at Maximum Fighting Championship’s “MFC 21: Hard Knocks” at the River Cree Hotel and Casino just outside Alberta, Canada. Cook, a 234-pound heavyweight, has been fighting professionally since 2006 and came into the fight with a 6-3 record. Lashley, weighing in at 249-pounds, came into the fight at 2-0.

Mike Cook is not a top ten heavyweight by any stretch of the imagination. On the other hand, he is far from a scrub. He has fought in such organizations as Palace Fighting Championships, EliteXC, and Strikeforce. He was a decent well-rounded opponent that presented a legitimate threat to Lashley and the match would give Lashley some much-needed ring time.

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MFC 21: HARD KNOCKS – live results

Maximum Fighting Championship’s biggest card ever “MFC 21: Hard Knocks” goes down tonight at the River Cree Hotel and Casino in Alberta, Canada. Headlining the card is an MFC Light Heavyweight Title fight between Trevor Prangley and Emanuel Newton. Also on the card is a co-main event heavyweight “Super Fight” that the MMA world has their eyes on with former WWE star Bobby Lashley taking on Mike Cook. Stay tuned right here at PRO MMA ( as we bring you the live round-by-round results.

Quick Results:
William Richey def. Ryan Fortin by split decision
Jason Heit def. Jeremy Combrink by TKO rd1 4:17
Dwayne Lewis def. Jay Whitford by TKO rd1 :29
George Belanger def. Nolan Clark by TKO rd1 4:25
Main Card (televised on HDNet):
Marvin Eastman def. Aron Loftong by TKO (Gn’P) rd2 :59
Ryan Jimmo def. Mychal Clark by unanimous decision
John Alessio def. Andrew Buckland by sub. (RNC) rd1 2:53
Travis Galbraith def. David Heath by split decision
Bobby Lashley def. Mike Cook by sub. (guillotine) rd1 :24
Trevor Prangley def. Emanuel Newton by unan. decision

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“MFC 21: Hard Knocks” weigh-in results

Lashley weighs in at 249 lbs.
Lashley weighs in at 249 lbs.

Jay Whitford came in a 8.5 lbs. over the light heavyweight limit of 206 lbs. at Maximum Fighting Championship’s “MFC 21: Hard Knocks” weigh-ins Thursday May 14th in Alberta, Canada at the River Cree Hotel and Casino. Whitford will forfeit 25% of his purse due to his failure to make weight.

Bobby Lashley hit the heavyweight scales at 249 lbs., while his opponent Mike Cook came in at 234 lbs. In the main event title fight, light heavyweight champion Trevor Prangley came in at 205.5 lbs. and his challenger, Emanuel Newton weighed in at 204.5 lbs.

“MFC 21: Hard Knocks” takes place Friday May 15th at the River Cree Hotel and Casino and will air live on HDNet beginning at 10:00 PM EST. Here are the official weigh in results:

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Is Bobby Lashley here to stay? – “MFC 21: Hard Knocks” airs live on HDNet Friday, May 15th

Maximum Fighting Championship’s “MFC 21: Hard Knocks” takes place Friday May 15, 2009 at the River Cree Resort and Casino in Alberta, Canada. MFC Light Heavyweight Champion Emanuel Newton (11-3-1) will be defending his title against contender Trevor Prangley (19-5) in the main event.

Former WWE professional wrestler Bobby Lashley (2-0) will be returning to the MMA ring as he takes on Mike Cook (6-3). Also on the card will be Elite XC and King of the Cage veteran Travis Galbraith (16-6) taking on UFC veteran David Heath (10-4). Former UFC fighter John Alessio (24-13) makes his MFC return and another UFC veteran, Marvin Eastman (15-9-1) makes his MFC debut.

When MFC promoter Mark Pavelich was recently asked by MMA Canada what will make the Bobby Lashley vs. Mike Cook fight interesting for the fans he replied, “If Mike Cook knocks him right in the face and knocks him down, that will be an interesting fight, right?  I would love to see Cook smash him right in the mouth and I want to see how he reacts to being smashed in the mouth by Mike Cook. And then if he can come back and win the fight, that will show if he is really in the sport to stay or if he’s just a fad.”

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Despite rumors, Lister vs. Lutter fight not signed & likely not happening

Despite recent reports emanating from various MMA websites, PRO MMA ( has learned that Dean Lister will not be fighting Travis Lutter at MFC 21 on May 15.

According to Lister (11-6), he will not be on the MFC 21 card at all and a source close to Lutter (9-5) also confirmed with PRO MMA ( that nothing was ever signed and Lutter did not expect the fight to happen.

The rumor of the fight seems to have first began after MFC President, Mark Pavelich, announced the match up on a popular internet MMA podcast, Carson’s Corner, then one site reported it and the copy and paste brigade began.

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Explosive lineup for MFC 20 in Alberta, Canada

Maximum Fighting Championship is bringing their next event MFC 20: DESTINED FOR GREATNESS back to the River Cree Resort and Casino just outside Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on Friday, February 20. The event will be broadcast live throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico on Mark Cuban’s HDNet Fights.

In the main event MFC welterweight champion Pat “Bam Bam” Healy (24-14) will make the first defense of his belt against the man he beat for the title, Ryan “The Real Deal” Ford (8-1). In their first encounter at MFC 17 Healy submitted Ford in the third round despite being battered throughout the first two rounds. The loss was the first and only setback of Ford’s blossoming career and he badly wants revenge while Healy is determined to show he is the better man by remaining the champ.

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For Ryan Ford it will be an even longer time coming

If Ryan Ford ever wins the MFC welterweight title it truly will have been “a long time coming.” The Canadian was scheduled to rematch champion and UFC veteran, Pat Healy last Friday night for the title but was forced out due to injury.

The fan favorite hyper-extended his knee in training and luckily did not suffer any serious damage. The two fighters have agreed to rematch on the February 20th MFC card.

The only reason there is going to be a rematch is because Pat Healy turned in perhaps one of the biggest upsets of the year. The MFC’s outspoken promoter, Mark Pavelich has been grooming Ford for some time.

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MFC 19: Long Time Coming – results

by: Jack Bratcher

Maximum Fighting Championship’s MFC 19: Long Time Coming went down tonight at the River Cree Resort & Casino in Alberta, Canada. Here are fight-by-fight results and summary.

Aron Lofton vs. Jason Kuchera (LHW)
Rd.1 – In just 44 seconds of round one Aron Lofton sinks in the guillotine choke from the standing position, forcing Kurchera to tap out.
Aron Lofton defeats Jason Kuchera by submission (guillotine) in Rd.1

Colby Snyder vs. Josh Russell (LW)
Russell is Jason MacDonald’s jiu-jitsu coach.
Rd.1 – Russell gets the takedown early in the round and takes Snyder’s back, methodically sinks in the rear naked choke and Snyder is forced to tap.
Josh Russell defeats Colby Snyder by submission (rear naked choke) in Rd.1

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Big plans for Maximum Fighting Championship

by: Jack Bratcher

Maximum Fighting Championship’s owner/president, Mark Pavelich was on this week’s edition of Inside MMA where he alluded to some very big plans he has for 2009.  

Specifically, Pavelich said that in 2009 MFC will be bringing it’s very successful promotion into the U.S. for the very first time.  MFC is based in Canada and thus far, all of their events have been held within the Canadian border.

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Two title fights highlight MFC 19: Long Time Coming

Press Release:

EDMONTON, AB – The Maximum Fighting Championship’s final show of 2008 is aptly named.
MFC 19: Long Time Coming is just that.

For the first time in the organization’s illustrious history, there will be two title fights on the same card as both the light heavyweight and welterweight championship belts will be on the line Friday, December 5 at The Venue at River Cree Resort and Casino just outside Edmonton, Alberta. The show will be broadcast live on HDNet Fights throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Making a long-awaited first defence of his MFC light heavyweight title is champion Roger “The Hulk” Hollett (8-1) who will face No. 1 contender Emanuel “The Hardcore Kid” Newton (10-3).

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