Washington will be looking for his 10th professional win against Glover (Photo courtesy of MFC).
Lightweights to Meet on February 25th
Maximum Fighting Championships (MFC) has confirmed that lightweights Robert Washington (9-1) and Tyrone Glover (5-0) will meet at MFC 28: Supremacy, scheduled for Friday, February 25th. The meeting will be the organizational debut for both competitors, with each looking to make an immediate splash under the MFC banner.
“I think every fighter’s goal should be to become a champion,” Washington remarked. “I’ve never had the chance to be a champion, and the biggest goal of my life is to fight for a belt. I want to be the best 155-pounder in the world, and I train for that every day. I’m super excited to be in the MFC where I will get the chance to make that happen.”
Now fighting for UFC veteran Matt Hughes and the H.I.T. squad, Washington originally hails from East St. Louis, Illinois. A former officer with the United States Navy, he began to build his background in combat sports by competing on the Navy wrestling squad for three years while he was stationed in San Diego. With military commitments and his being a single father, the 27-year-old grappler had a tough balance during his early days of transitioning into Mixed Martial Arts.
“It took a lot of sacrifice,” Washington reflected. “I had to be at work with the Navy at 7:30 in the morning, so I trained from 5:00 until 7:15. Then I’d be at work until 5:00, and then back to train from 5:30 to 7:00 at night, Monday through Friday. I never took any vacation. My vacation days were used to travel for my fights.”
Washington was very busy in 2010, taking six matches and only losing a single time after accepting a fight on just a week’s notice. He now takes on a very formidable opponent in Glover, who is undefeated in five professional bouts.
“He’s got a similar wrestling background,” Washington said of Glover. “He’s got some very good Jiu-Jitsu, but I’m not afraid to go to the ground with him. I’m not going to shoot right in on him, but I think I’ll be fine if it goes to the ground because he won’t be able to hold me down.”
Glover started his professional career in 2003 and had three stoppage wins in the Gladiator Challenge. He then took off a year before returning to action in the Tokyo promotion Deep’s 20th Impact, securing a majority decision victory over Din Thomas. He then spent the next few years pursuing a law degree and started his own practice. The lure of MMA eventually pulled him back this past November when he surfaced at Fight to Win – The Professionals and submitted Nick Buschman via armbar.
“He’s a tough opponent,” Glover admitted of Washington. “I’ll be there on February 25th to throw down and put on a good show for the fans.”
MFC 28: Supremacy will be held at the River Cree Resort and Casino in Edmonton, and the main card of the show will also be broadcasted on HDNet.