Maximum Fighting Championship
Jimmo Squares Off With Sokoudjou
Light-heavyweight title clash set as MFC 31 main event Oct. 7 in Edmonton
October 7, 2011
Mayfield Convention Centre
Edmonton, Alberta (Canada)
The Maximum Fighting Championship unleashes a potent lineup for its next event – MFC 31: The Rundown
to be held on Friday, October 7 at the Mayfield Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta.
Holding down main-event status for the HDNet Fights televised live card will be a showdown for the MFC
light-heavyweight title as reigning champ Ryan “The Big Deal” Jimmo puts his belt and a 15-fight winning
streak on the line against the MFC’s newest addition, “The African Assassin” Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou.
The HDNet fights live broadcast will begin at 10 p.m. ET/8 p.m.MT/7 p.m.PT.
Tickets for MFC 31: The Rundown are on sale now and available exclusively through the MFC Ticket Hotline
at (780) 504-2024.
Both Jimmo (15-1), who has fought 10 times under the MFC banner, and Sokoudjou (12-8) have recently
signed multi-fight contracts, and they will meet head-on for the championship. Both fighters are highly
seeded in the world rankings – Jimmo at No. 25 and Sokoudjou at No. 30, according to Fight Matrix
“I am extremely excited to see what happens when Jimmo and Sokoudjou collide. I truly believe it will be
the most explosive title fight ever in MFC history,” said Mark Pavelich, Owner/President of the Maximum
“Ryan is a terrific champion and represents the MFC like no other fighter ever has before. Now we’re going
to see how he handles the athleticism and pressure that Sokoudjou will put on him.”
Jimmo ran his winning streak to 15 with a convincing decision win over Zak Cummings in the first defense
of his title at MFC 29. The 30-year-old, who now lives in Edmonton, Alberta, captured the MFC crown at
MFC 28 with a third-round TKO via doctor’s stoppage over Dwayne Lewis. That victory was Jimmo’s sixth
career win by knockout.
The most-dominating performance of Jimmo’s career came at MFC 25 back in May 2010 when he put forth
a ferociousness never seen before imposing three rounds of punishment on Wilson Gouveia for a clear-cut
unanimous decision. Jimmo has not lost since his professional debut in February 2007.
Originally from Cameroon, Sokoudjou now fights out of San Diego, California, and will ride a three-fight
winning streak into this MFC debut. Sokoudjou’s most notable career win was a spectacular 23-second
knockout of Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in 2007.
The 27-year-old has eight career victories by knockout including first-round stoppages of Ricardo Arona,
Bob Sapp, and Jon Nortje. Sokoudjou has sensational global appeal having fought in Israel, Australia,
Japan, Poland, the United States, and United Arab Emirates.
Two other main-card bouts are also set for MFC 31: The Rundown – both in the lightweight ranks.
In a bout between two top contenders, Richie “Hell Boy” Whitson (11-1) will take on “Ragin” Kajan Johnson
(18-10-1) with the winner moving a step closer to a shot at the MFC’s 155-pound title.
Whitson has bounced back from a significant leg injury that has kept him sidelined since his split-decision
win over Curtis Demarce in a Fight of the Year contender from MFC 28. The Temecula, California, product
will take a five-fight winning streak into the clash.
Johnson, who fights out of Vancouver, B.C., is 6-1 in his last seven fights including a dominating
performance over Ryan Healy at MFC 27. Johnson holds 10 submission victories to his credit and picked
up his fourth career knockout win with a stoppage of John Russell at Heat XC 4.
The HDNet Fights live television broadcast will open with an encounter between two fast-rising prospects as
hometown product Mukai Maromo (5-2) battles “The Persian Warrior” Sabah Fadai (7-1).
A popular up-and-comer from Edmonton, Alberta, Maromo made a splash in his organizational debut at
MFC 30 with a 36-second knockout of Scott Cleve.
Fadai, who resides in Chilliwack, B.C., makes his MFC debut carrying a four-fight winning streak. The
Iranian-born 25-year-old has lived in Asia of late, and captured two wins in Singapore and two in the
Three more bouts will be added to the televised main card, with a full complement of undercard matchups
also to be set soon.
The previously announced clash for the MFC lightweight title between recently re-signed champ Antonio
“Mandingo” McKee and top-ranked challenger Brian “The Bandit” Cobb has been moved to MFC 32 slated
for November (exact date and host venue TBA).
- Press Release from the MFC
- Photo courtesy of the MFC
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