Thursday, March 11, 2010

TUF6 Vet Richie Hightower Joins MFC, Will Fight B.C.'s Kajan Johnson in May

First test at lightweight coming for ‘Dirty Samurai’

By MFC Press Release

The Maximum Fighting Championship has deepened its lightweight talent pool and strengthened its already stacked lineup for MFC 25: Vindication all in one strategic move.

With a three-fight deal in his pocket, Richie “The Dirty Samurai” Hightower joins the MFC ranks and immediately jumps into the roster for Vindication as he takes on “Ragin” Kajan Johnson in the opening bout of the live HDNet Fights broadcast on Friday, May 7 from the Northlands Expo Centre in Edmonton, Alberta.

Hightower (8-3) should be a dominant force at lightweight, moving down from welterweight where he won seven of his first eight fights. Hightower mowed through his last opponent, Jordan McKay, needing just 1:31 to capture his third career win by knockout/TKO. The Phoenix, Arizona, product gained a measure of notoriety for his reality show appearance under the tutelage of Matt Serra.

Johnson (17-11-1) is one of the most action-oriented 155-pounders in the MFC and the British Columbia, native will be out for redemption coming off a first-round submission loss at MFC 23. Johnson earned one of the most noteworthy wins of his career at Heat XC 4 back in November when he outdueled Josh Russell en route to a TKO win via doctor’s stoppage at the end of Round 2.

The Hightower-Johnson battle joins a stellar lineup for MFC 25 already featuring

: Ryan Jimmo vs. Wilson Gouveia, light heavyweight

David Heath vs. Solomon Hutcherson, middleweight

Luigi Fioravanti vs. Pete Spratt, welterweight

Tickets are going fast for MFC 25: Vindication. Tickets are available via the MFC Ticket Hotline at (780) 504-2024 and through Ticketmaster at and charge-by-phone (780) 451-8000.

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