Eclectic and iconic veteran Thomas “Wildman” Denny has signed an exclusive multi-fight deal with the Maximum Fighting Championship and will make his organizational debut at MFC 28: Supremacy.
The alternatively-coiffed Denny (27-18) will step into the spotlight on Friday, Feb. 25 when he matches up against promising prospect Sheldon Westcott (4-1) of Edmonton, Alberta, in a main-card bout featured on HDNet Fights’ live broadcast.
"It's been 14 months since my last fight, but now that I'm established with my gym and my coaching in Colorado, it was the right time to get back and fight," said Denny. "To come to the MFC was the right opportunity for me.
"My fighters have gone 31-8 over the last year. Now it's time for the coach to get back in there and do some winning. I'm always excited to get the chance to punch somebody."
Denny, who now fights out of Centennial, Colorado, has won five of his last eight encounters, and has career totals of six knockouts and 16 submissions. The California native has been one of the sport’s most colorful ambassadors since the start of his career. Of late, Denny became recognized for a stint on the MTV reality series “Bully Beatdown,” but inside MMA circles he is well-regarded for the vast array of notable names on his fighting resume including clashes with Georges St. Pierre, Nick Diaz, Pat Miletich, Joe Stevenson, John Alessio, Duane Ludwig, and Yves Edwards.
The 39-year-old is eager to meet Westcott in his own home town, something he has frequently done against opposition throughout his career. This time, however, Denny has more than ample time to prepare unlike previous bouts that he’s taken on short notice.
“They all say they want to stand and bang with me but then they get hit twice in the face and they want to go to the ground,” noted Denny. “That’s fine too. I’m not too shabby with my wrestling and submissions so Westcott better be careful. I might just put him in his own game and submit him.”
Denny was called out by the unheralded Westcott and didn’t hesitate in accepting the challenge.
“I think the kid’s bit off more than he can chew,” Denny added.
“I posted on his Facebook page that his dream to fight me has come true. But he should be careful what he wishes for. His dream just might end up being a nightmare.”
The fight with Denny marks Westcott’s return to the MFC organization. He previously earned a first-round submission win over Jeff Kilisolsky at MFC 18, and added a first-round TKO victory over Kyle Millberry in the inaugural Heat XC event. Already sporting a solid ground game, the powerfully built Westcott went to the Netherlands to work on his stand-up skills alongside well-regarded striker Melvin Manhoef.
“This is easily the biggest fight of my career … it’s only thing that matters right now,” said Westcott.
The main card for MFC 28: Supremacy now includes:
Light-heavyweight title – Dwayne Lewis vs. Ryan Jimmo
Lightweight – Kajan Johnson vs. Richie Whitson
Light-heavyweight – Razak Al-Hassan vs. Rodney Wallace
Welterweight – Thomas Denny vs. Sheldon Westcott
Two additional fights for the main card, plus a three-fight undercard, will be announced shortly. VIP, Row 1, and Row 2 tickets are now available by calling the MFC Ticket Hotline at (780) 504-2024. Remaining tickets will be on sale soon via Ticketmaster.