MFC Declares Intent For Ontario Events
The Maximum Fighting Championship will be the first mixed martial arts promotion to hold a major world-class event in the province of Ontario pending final sanctioning of the sport by the provincial government and regulatory bodies.
The MFC, which has become one of the top mixed martial arts promotions in North America, has tentative agreements in place with several Ontario venues to host events beginning as early as February 2011. All agreements are subject to official sanctioning of the mixed martial arts.
“I have said for years that once Ontario opens up legally, the Maximum Fighting Championship will proudly be there in full-force,” said Pavelich. “Pending the sanctioning required from the Ontario government, it will happen – the MFC will be first in the door and we will be there to stay.
“The Ontario market is remarkable and the MFC brand is already well-known and well-regarded there but we intend on taking the MFC to greater heights and do it for the thousands of mixed martial fans there. While everything regarding sanctioning for mixed martial arts is in the tentative stages and the MFC respects the process being taken, the Maximum Fighting Championship is not tentative about what it will accomplish once Ontario becomes fully-legalized for the sport.
“Unlike others the MFC will make Ontario a huge part of our yearly schedule. We won’t be there once or twice a year – the MFC will make a home in Ontario and host several shows each year in numerous locations.”
The Maximum Fighting Championship became the first fully-sanctioned mixed martial arts organization in Canada outside of Quebec when the company launched in 2000. The MFC and its own developmental promotion, Heat XC, have combined for 32 shows since bursting onto the scene with 95% of the shows hosted in front of sold-out crowds.
Since February 2008, the Maximum Fighting Championship has been the only Canadian-based mixed martial arts organization that features its shows on live television thanks to its broadcast partnership with HDNet, the cable network created by Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.
Once the Province of Ontario does sanction mixed martial arts, the Maximum Fighting Championship will be able to fully announce its schedule and host venues for shows.