Canada’s Maximum Fighting Championship organization has sent a clear message to their athletes – performance and professionalism are paramount when it comes to maintaining employment. As such, three fighters who came in overweight for appearances last weekend on the promotion’s lineup for MFC 32 have been released including one of their most popular competitors, former champion Antonio McKee.
McKee came in seven pounds heavy for his title-defense and was stripped of the belt, while opponent Brian Cobb, who had been on a four-fight winning streak, was a half-pound over and received the same fate in terms of being cut from the roster.
“I was thoroughly disgusted by the lack of professionalism that Antonio McKee showed towards the belt he was scheduled to defend as well as the Maximum Fighting Championship as an organization,” said MFC head Mark Pavelich. “It was unacceptable behavior for a champion to demonstrate. On top of that, Antonio never really apologized for missing weight that badly. That was the end of things for him with the MFC. That’s why he was stripped of his belt immediately and told that he would never fight in the MFC again. I hope it’s a message to all the other fighters in the MFC.”
Pavelich was a bit more remorseful about letting Cobb go but felt it was important to set an example.
James Haddad, who also fought at MFC 32 and came in overweight, has been let go as well.
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MMATraining Take: To me this reeks of Pavelich wanting to show MFC is on the UFC’s level by cutting guys who come in heavy. Guess we know where Anthony Johnson WON’T be going, eh? However, I don’t disagree with taking disciplinary action – even a pink slip – when guys miss weight because it truly is inexcusable.