Nikolai Gionti, MFC Staff
Kurt Southern (13-4) has inked a new three-fight contract with the Maximum Fighting Championship.
“They’ve treated me really well, keeping me active and I’ve never had this type of exposure with any other organization,” Southern says. “Being able to do interviews and have live fights on AXS TV.”
His new contract will start with a lightweight title shot at MFC 39 on January 17, but no opponent has been announced. That does not mean that Southern hasn’t been thinking about anyone in particular.
“Mark has mentioned a few guys, but nothing is set in stone, I don’t know whether I’ll have to use my stand up or my wrestling to go for the submission or the knockout in my next fight.”
“The Hurt” has been putting a hurt on his last two opponents in the MFC ring to earn his title shot with a submission victory over Mukai Maromo at MFC 37 and a TKO over Jonatas Novaes at MFC 38 that avenged his only loss in the Maximum Fighting Championship.
“That first fight that I had with Novaes was my first in 18 months. I was totally dominating that first fight up until he caught me with the arm bar in the third.”
The finishing ability is something that Southern takes pride in and looks forward to bringing each time out in his next fight.
“That’s what important,” Southern says. “That’s what keeps you valuable and relevant.”
As for Southern’s title shot, there is not a lot that he sees going differently and just wants to earn the title that he feels he deserves.
“I just want to win. I want to put on an exciting fight for the fans. I want to win that belt, be the best fighter I can and have the best fight of my life.”
MFC 39 will take place on January 17, 2014 and tickets for the event will be available on Ticket Master soon.