Putting friendship aside

JASON HILLS -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:25 AM ET

Victor Valimaki and Roger Hollet will be putting their friendship aside tomorrow night.

The two will face each other in the main event at the Maximum Fighting Championship Lucky 13 event at the River Cree Resort and Casino.

"I consider Roger to be a good friend, but he has earned his shot at the (light heavyweight) title and we'll have to put our friendship aside for 25 minutes," said Valimaki, who is an emerging star on the UFC scene.

"It will be an all-out war between us, but when it's over we'll still remain friends. We'll probably go have a drink afterwards."

Hollet has been very impressive in his young Mixed Martial Arts career. He's posted a 6-0 record and none of his fights haven't gone longer than the first round.

Valimaki is the more experienced fighter of the two. He boasts a 9-4 record, and has fought all over the world in the UFC.

"I think my experience will be a big key to this fight. I have been in some all-out wars that have went the distance and I think the longer the fight lasts, the more it's in my favour," said Valimaki.

Valimaki last competed at UFC 70 in Manchester, England, where he lost to Alessio Sakara, always enjoys coming back home to fight.

"As much as I have been able to fight around the world, I always love to come back home and fight in front of my friends and family," added Valimaki.

"Some people can't take the pressure, but I love it."

His record here in Edmonton is 5-1, including a victory over the legendary UFC veteran Dan Severn in 2005.

Hollet, who hails from Halifax, is viewing this fight as a chance of a lifetime.

"This is my big chance and I have been training hard to reach this point," added Hollet. This will be my toughest test. I am fighting one of the best, but I'll be ready for him."

The MFC has quickly become the leading mixed martial arts show in Canada and the Lucky 13 event will be one of the best cards yet.

"From top to bottom this is a very strong card," said Maximum Fighting president Mark Pavelich.

"We have the top five 200-pound fighters on this card. We have some of the most fierce fighters in Canada. It's going to be a great night for fighting."


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