On Friday, Oct. 4, Maximum Fighting Championship hosted its 38th event dubbed “Behind Enemy Lines.” The event emanated from the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and aired live on AXS TV.

After nearly five months without an event, the Canadian promotion returned with a vengeance, putting on three title fights.

The night’s main event slot was put to a fan vote and the inaugural bantamweight championship tilt between Anthony Birchak and Tito Jones was selected for the top billing. Birchak earned his title shot with a unanimous decision win over Ryan Benoit at MFC 37 in May, while Jones entered the MFC ring for the first time, riding a three-fight winning streak.

In addition to the 135-pound headliner, the promotion’s vacant middleweight title was up for grabs between TUF alum Sam Alvey and undefeated Jason South. Alvey fell short in his prior conquest for the belt against Elvis Mutapcic in February, but with Mutapcic vacating the belt, Alvey was tabbed for another crack at MFC gold. Meanwhile, the submission ace South was also making his promotional debut.

But that was hardly all for the night’s action as the heavyweight title was on the line between unbeaten Canadian Smealinho Rama and Jackson’s MMA product Anthony Hamilton.

The night’s main card aired live on AXS TV beginning at 10 p.m. ET.

Anthony Birchak def. Tito Jones by submisison (rear-naked choke). Round 2, 3:30 – for inaugural bantamweight title
Sam Alvey def. Jason South by TKO (strikes). Round 5, 4:56 – for middleweight title
Anthony Hamilton def. Smealinho Rama by knockout (head kick). Round 2, 0:12 – for heavyweight title
Kurt Southern def. Jonatas Novaes by TKO (punches). Round 1, 3:46
Teddy Ash def. Jared McComb by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Aaron Gallant def. Matt Jelly by knockout (uppercut). Round 1, 0:07
Corey Gower def. Daniel Mark by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Garret Nybakken def. Adam Wayne by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Cody Krahn def. Nick Campbell by submission (triangle choke). Round 1, 2:18
Paul Gerbinski def. Sheldon Adamson by submission (guillotine choke). Round 1, 1:38

Photo: Sam Alvey (Jacob Bos/Sherdog)