WSOF acquires Canada's Aggression Fighting Championship


With a new global partnership with IMG Media now in place, the Las Vegas-based World Series of Fighting promotion is ready to step outside the USA. WSOF has now acquired one of Canada's top MMA promotions, Aggression Fighting Championship, and will launch World Series of Fighting Canada beginning with a Dec. 7 event at Vancouver's PNE Agrodome.

The main event sees hard-hitting light heavyweight Anthony "Rumble" Johnson take on knockout artist Mike "MAK" Kyle, as well as a rescheduled middleweight tournament semifinal bout between Elvis "The King" Mutapcic and Jesse "JT Money" Taylor.

"The launch of World Series of Fighting Canada is an incredibly exciting announcement for our promotion," World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo said. "From the beginning, we have maintained our desire to bring our elite-level mixed martial arts action to Canada and the great MMA fans that live there, as well as markets around the globe. We embrace this new division of our company that will allow us to make great strides into Canada, which has long proven to have one of the most passionate. Johnson has already competed twice for World Series of Fighting, earning a hard-fought decision win over former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski in March, as well as a highlight-reel first-round knockout of D.J. Kyle is a highly respected competitor of the sport who boasts a solid record stacked with knockout wins. The 33-year-old slugger counts 13 such victories among his 20 career wins."

In the night's co-feature, Mutapcic and Taylor finally meet in the cage after the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board delayed their planned September fight. The winner of the bout moves on to meet David Branch for World Series of Fighting's middleweight title. Further details for "World Series of Fighting 7: Johnson vs. Kyle," which will feature a blend of established World Series of Fighting talent and some of Canada's brightest prospects, which will be announced shortly.

Like World Series of Fighting's U.S.-based shows, the event will air live domestically and on NBC Sports Network. International broadcast plans will be revealed in the coming weeks.

"This is an incredible opportunity for us to showcase our Canadian fighters on a massive platform with NBC Sports Network and well as other Network Partners," World Series of Fighting Canada Chief Operating Officer Darren Owen said. "Our fans will be getting the chance to see world-class MMA fights, and they will be able to enjoy exciting events across our great country. We couldn't be more excited for both our fighters and fight fans across Canada. We are thrilled to become part something as big as the World Series of Fighting Canada."

With the launch of World Series of Fighting Canada, the brand will aggressively expand its global reach and also provide a five-star platform for top Canadian talent. "I couldn't be more motivated and excited to make this announcement," World Series of Fighting Canada Chief Financial Officer Steve Fader said. "We've always wanted to do what's best for the fighters and fans, and this next step clearly does both. World Series of Fighting Canada will allow us to showcase all the top-level talent Canada has to offer. We will be putting on shows bigger and better than ever, coast to coast."

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10/5/13 3:28 AM by mmabmt

He's doing really well so far. He's now up at Hayabusa training

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10/4/13 10:18 PM by letsgobois

That's who that kid was! I was trying to remember who he was and if he became anything since then.

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10/4/13 10:02 PM by BackOffWarchild

The Pav must be crying into his pillow.

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10/4/13 10:00 PM by Mike Russell

MFC 38 LINK FOR NON-USA RESIDENTS I have a great fighter on the main card tonight. Kurt Southern should earn the number one MFC LW ranking with a win over Jonatas Novaes.

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10/4/13 9:52 PM by JuniorCallMeMaybe

I'm in Calgary. I should make a plan for an event trip up that way for the next card

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10/4/13 8:13 PM by MRXC

I have no idea, I'm going to the fights, wish I could lead you in the right direction.I agree about the HDnet-AXS thing. Try the internet, stream is most likely the only way.

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10/4/13 8:07 PM by JuniorCallMeMaybe

Any way to watch at all without AXS?I'll even take a steam. HDNet rebrand was the worst thing to happen to canadian tv

MRXC site profile image  

10/4/13 5:06 PM by MRXC

A training partner of mine is fighting on the AXS portion of the MFC broadcast tonight.Rama is a solid HW prospect.Birchak fights tonight, his fight with Benoit at MFC 37 was a great back and forth fight, even more fun watching it from 10 feet away.Alvey vs Jason South should be a great fight for the MFC MW title. Alvey took Jay Silva apart last time out (Silva just beat Michael Materla in KSW last weekend), and he went the 5 round distance with Elvis Mutapcic before that. Alvey is a great fighter to watch, tons of entertainment.

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10/4/13 2:51 PM by JuniorCallMeMaybe

Hopefully it won't get shoved on AXS as it's not in Canada

Tomato Can site profile image  

10/4/13 2:41 PM by Tomato Can

What's the point of this move? I'm not even meaning to be negative, I just don't understand why they'd buy some local Canadian promotion.