Preparing for Conflict: The Nick Smiley blog #1

Hello friends, family and fans of the great MMA world! My name is Nick Smiley. For those of you who don’t know who I am, I’m a heavyweight pro from the little town of Ellabell, Georgia, a speck on the map between Savannah and Statesboro. I got my start in combat sports in 2001 through … Read more

The case for Kyle Maynard

The debate raged on through the summer of 2007. Should Kyle Maynard, the congenital amputee who became famous as a high school wrestler, be allowed to compete in MMA? On August 15th, 2007, the debate was essentially over as the Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission voted unanimously 4-0, to deny the then 21 year-old, a license to compete in amateur MMA.

His story has been well-documented by Larry King, HBO, and even Oprah. It is truly an inspirational story. A child born without knees or elbows always wanted athletics to be a part of his life. Through hard work and dedication he made it happen.

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MFC 20: “Destined for Greatness” Preview

The Maximum Fighting Championship is back with their first show of 2009 on February 20th with MFC 20: Destined for Greatness. The event will be broadcast live on HDNet and will take place at the River Cree Resort and Casino in Edmonton Alberta, Canada.

The stacked card will showcase two title fights, with the main event being the highly anticipated rematch between Welterweight champion Pat “Bam Bam” Healy (19-13), and the wildly popular and exciting challenger, Ryan “The Real Deal” Ford (8-1).

Ryan Ford was clearly the aggressor in the first meeting against Pat Healy, who handed him his first career loss.  Healy used his counter fighting skills to finally catch and submit the young fighter in the third round, but not before he took a beating in the process. Ford has worked hard on his ground game since the first fight, looking to add to his athletic fighting style as he steps back into the ring against Healy.

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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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