Maximum Fighting Championship owner Mark Pavelich wakes up every morning disappointed.
Despite running the biggest MMA promotion in Canada, Pavelich has bigger dreams. He wants worldwide success. Because of the size of the UFC, though, every promoter is left fighting for second place. If Pavelich is going to fight for second place, though, he wants to make sure he's No. 2 with a bullet.
"I'm very disappointed because I know that every day I wake up I'm fighting for second place. That's very disappointing to me because I'm sitting in a situation where I know I have the ability and the capability to be the best in this industry," Pavelich said Thursday on Bloody Elbow Radio. "I'm in the position now where I know (Dana White's) show is miles ahead of everybody else, no matter how much people think they're close to what he's doing, they're not. They're hundreds of miles behind."
For Pavelich, he believes it's his drive that will lead him to become the world's No. 2 promotion ahead of candidates like Strikeforce and Bellator.
"For me, I look at it and see I could easily become the No. 2 organization on the planet because ... I don't care about anything else. Nothing," he said. "I wake up everyday with that in my mind. I realize I've sacrificed a lot of things in my life and I don't care. I want to be the No. 2 organization on the planet. I'm the only person in the world that won't back down from DW. He knows I won't back down. I don't want to compete with him, but at the same time, I'm not going to praise or back down from anybody. In the last 10 years, I've played really nice and I've been polite with people and then I noticed as my organization started getting bigger and bigger that they were starting to throw jabs back. That's a mistake with me because I'm very passive, but at the same time, the second you punch me in the face, I'm going to punch you twice back."
Pavelich found MMA by watching old Pancrase tapes. From there, his love of the sport only grew and he ran his first MFC show in 2001. Now, he's taking his show on the road from it's usual Alberta roots and are beating the UFC to run a show in Ontario as they'll play Caesars Windsor on April 8.
"From a night club to Caesars Windsor, that's how far the progression has come," Pavelich said.
Tonight, Pavelich presents "MFC 28: Supremacy" live on HDNet at 10 p.m. ET from River Cree Casino just outside of Edmonton, Alberta. The show is headlined by an MFC light-heavyweight title fight between Ryan Jimmo and Dwayne Lewis and a 160-pound contest between Drew Fickett and Matt Veach. Veach is a late replacement for MFC lightweight champion Antonio McKee, who had to pull out due to a knee injury.
"McKee went down with the knee injury and I had no choice, I had to bring in a top-level guy to fight (Fickett)," Pavelich said.
Pavelich said the 13-1 Jimmo, a high-level chess player outside of fighting, has a mind more advanced than most fighters.
"He thinks very outside the box when it comes to actual fighting," Pavelich said. "He can go as far as he wants. We'll see tomorrow night. Dwayne Lewis isn't no chump, so he's going to have his hands very, very full tomorrow."
Pavelich is beyond happy with his broadcast deal with HDNet, saying he believes HDNet is "on another planet" compared to others when shooting MMA.
"They have people who know how to shoot mixed martial arts," Pavelich said.
With the move to a 5,000 seat building in Windsor, Pavelich is excited for MFC in 2011 and beyond.
"We're in the top-three right now in North America and people are going to realize that," he said. "It's going to be solidified in 2011 along with expansion of our organization and a bigger fighter roster. ... Better fighters, higher-level fighters, all those types of things."
You can hear the entire Mark Pavelich interview plus a full preview of UFC 127 on Thursday's edition of Bloody Elbow Radio. Join us late Saturday night following the conclusion of UFC 127 for a full review of the show.