A new name has emerged as the face of the Maximum Fighting Championship promotion.

His name is Elvis Mutapcic, a 26-year-old with a Bosnian background living in Des Moines, Iowa. Mutapcic once lived in hostile territory as a child, lucky to survive the violent country of Bosnia. But he is now enjoying the luxury of being crowned a champion in a well-known mixed martial arts organization.

On Oct. 26 of last year, Mutapcic defeated Joseph Henle in the main event of MFC 35: Explosive Encounter to win the vacant MFC middleweight championship. “The King” was able to chop down Henle until the third round, when his opponent could no longer continue due to the strikes.

Mutapcic (R) (Facebook.com/MaximumFighting)

Mutapcic has been crowned a champion once before, in the Midwest Cage Championship promotion, but this one means a lot more.

“It’s a big organization that is a lot more recognized and gets my name out there to help show people what I’m capable of,” Mutapcic told The MMA Corner in an exclusive interview. “People are actually starting to pay a little more attention to me.”

Attention is a great thing for a young fighter with potential to accomplish even more in the sport, and the spotlight will be on “The King” as he makes his first title defense on Feb. 15.

Mutapcic will put his belt on the line against “Smilin'” Sam Alvey in the headlining bout of MFC 36, live on AXS TV, from the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Alvey was a competitor on the 16th season of The Ultimate Fighter, but lost in the first round of action. Before then, Alvey competed in Bellator for two fights and compiled an overall record of 19-4.

This will be the first fight for Alvey since being a member of the cast, and it is also his first bout with the MFC promotion. Even though it’s Alvey first of many things, Mutapcic is excited to fight him.

“When they asked what my thoughts were on me fighting him, I said I’d love to do it,” Mutapcic stated. “Fighting in the house, he wasn’t in a weight class he normally fights at (170). I’m pretty sure he didn’t perform to the best of his ability, then to cut an extra 15 pounds. I’ve fought twice at 170, so I know how that feels. I think he’s better than what a lot of people saw on TV, and I’m looking forward to a challenge. That’s why I accepted to fight him.

“He’s a tough guy. I’m pretty sure I know exactly how he fights, and I had a former training partner who has almost the exact same style, so I can read him pretty good. He’s strong, definitely has knockout power, so it should make for a fun night.”

Mutapcic (R) throws a kick (Facebook.com/MaximumFighting)

With a belt around his waist and more fans supporting him, Mutapcic is in position to impress once again on AXS TV. In addition, a win on Friday night could mean even bigger, better things for “The King,” possibly including an invite to fight in an even larger organization.

“My contract ends after this fight, so unless Mark Pavelich is willing to re-sign me and throw some bigger numbers at me, of course I’ll be looking to move up,” explained Mutapcic. “But I’m all ears and willing to listen to all offers, so we’ll see where we go after this fight.

“I don’t look past anybody, so I’m taking one fight at a time.”

Focusing specifically on each and every opponent has gotten him this far and allowed him to capture the MFC crown. If that mindset is put into place on Friday, a successful title defense could be on the horizon.

“I’m going to go out there and start throwing shots, try to create opportunities, and capitalize on those.”

Elvis would like to thank his training partners Miguel Rios, Victor Moreno, and Josh Neer, his coaches at Round Kick and Spartan Strength, and last but not least, the support from the fans. Follow him on Twitter: @ElvisMutapcic

Photo: Elvis Mutapcic (second from right) shows his hardware (Facebook.com/MaximumFighting)

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Corey Adams
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Corey Adams didn't grow up watching mixed martial arts, considering the UFC was just getting started the year he was born, but in his teenage years, witnessed the action and has fallen in love with the sport. Corey was the first to join The MMA Corner staff -- other than founder Josh Davis -- and has been writing for the site ever since. Corey attends Austin Peay State University, where he majors in Communications with a focus on journalism. When he's not covering MMA, Corey is still writing on many sports with both local and campus newspapers. His favorite sports teams are the Atlanta Braves and Denver Broncos. Follow him on Twitter at the link below.