Armageddon Prez Throws Weight Around


Darren Owen

After a successful 2010, Armageddon Fighting Championship seems to be taking on the MMA world in 2011.  Last year, the Victoria-based promotion held three successful events that consisted of well-matched fights primarily featuring British Columbia fighters with a sprinkling of outsiders like Robert Drysdale brought in for good measure.  The result was fan attendance that rivaled all other Canadian promotions.

With four financially successful cards under his belt, AFC President Darren Owen seems to have made a New Year’s resolution to not take a back seat to any promotion in Canada in 2011.  With an appearance on the highly rated CBC television’s Dragon’s Den already in the can, the AFC then got their hair up when the Battlefield Fight League entered the AFC market by announcing a professional card in Nanaimo.   The BFL announced an April 2nd date in Nanaimo, about one and half hours away from Victoria, and started contacting AFC fighters to appear on the BFL card.   The AFC had two tentative dates booked for their fifth card, March 12 and March 26, but then flexed their muscles and moved AFC 5 to the same April 2 date.

Top MMA News asked Darren Owen why move the show to the same date as Battlefield Fight League’s date.  Owen responded,

“We had two dates in March that conflicted with UFC dates.  March 12 was going to be a UFC Abu Dhabi show so we moved it to March 26.  The UFC then scheduled a Seattle show on the 26th, our venue had already booked the 12th, and the only date open was April 2nd.  Quite frankly, the AFC would lose more fans to a Seattle, Washington UFC event on March 26th than to any other local event on the same night.”

Owen has the finger on the pulse of his market and has locked up some of the best fighters who call the island home, so who would argue with this logic?

However, one may wonder why Owen then took on Mark Pavelich with his next move.  Pavelich, the outspoken king of Canadian MMA shows, frequently spouts off on the internet about all shows being inferior to his Maximum Fighting Championship and this weekend Darren Owen snapped back.  Owen first responded to Pavelich via his Twitter account by saying “@MaximumFighting listen to advise on eyeliner? Absolutely. On running a show? Maybe when one of your crowds reaches our average size.”  After poking Pavelich about his smaller MFC crowds, Owen then followed up with, “Tired of all of the talk coming from a circus tent. If you’re the biggest show in Canada, the venue shouldn’t be deflatable.”  Then the two promoters get into a war of tweets over the size of their audience, live TV, and sponsorships.

So why did Owen take on the MFC?  The Armageddon FC president told Top MMA News,

“I am just tired. Tired of Mark putting himself ahead of the athletes. Tired of him putting himself ahead of Canadian MMA and tired of the way he talks about every other promotion in Canada. The reality is he is one argument away from losing HDnet and going back to booking male strippers.”

Strong words from the AFC promoter! Let’s see if Owen and Armageddon Fighting Championship can back up the tough talk with another successful year of shows from Victoria and, possibly, other locales.  It all will start at AFC 5 on April 2nd with top Canadian fighters like Nick Hinchliffe and Diego Wilson as well as up and comers like Justin Shaw and David Perron battling in the Armageddon cage.

18 Responses to “ Armageddon Prez Throws Weight Around ”

  1. Note: an email was sent to Mark Pavelich asking for a response to Darren Owen’s tweets. There was no response as of yet.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  2. UPDATE: Just received the following comment from Mark Pavelich on Darren Owen, “I have no clue who that idiot is. I don’t know him, never met him, and never did business with him.”

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  3. Duffy Young says:

    This guy is not even on the field yet and he wants to messs with the mfc, bad move.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  4. harry balls says:

    Bad move? Like Pavelich hasn’t talked shit about everyone on the planet. Good for another promoter growing a set. And kudos to a guy openly saying he wouldn’t rehire a fighter who flaked on his promotion. Sit up and take notice , y’all…..

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  5. JOE says:

    darren needs to slow down and take baby steps

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  6. Robin Black says:

    Darren is a really smart dude and is probably 50% irritated and 50% finding this funny.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  7. Pavelduche says:

    Good Stuff.

    Nice to see my brother Pavelich put in his place.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  8. Jamie Locke says:

    I am really surprised that it took so long for a promoter to talk back to Pav. Although I find MP’s tweets and post entertaining, he does slam all other promoters almost daily.

    MFC, just like the UFC needs other promotions to fuel their talent pool and give themselves something to compate and be compared to, Mark seems to think that his show should be the only one fighters fight for and fans watch.

    Good for Darren, hopefully we see some entertaining battles between these two. I am sure we will.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  9. Small Potatoe says:

    This is like fighting over who gets to be the manager at the local McDonalds. Neither one of these guys is making any money, its just bragging rights.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  10. Shane o' Mac says:

    Pavelich is such a fag. About time someone called him out on one of his egotistical rants. Seriously though he disrespects everyone. There are a handful of quality MMA promotions in Canada. Kudos to Darren for saying it how it is.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  11. Fuk Pav says:

    Every smart businessman knows his competition… So no shock Pav has never heard of who’s gonna steam roll em by 2012…. Heit and Owen are Comin..

    Keep digging that hole With your Yap Pav

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  12. Mary says:

    lol…Fuk Pav….your comment made me smile. You’re right.

    Joe: pfft.

    Duffy: Not in the field? Dude, as far as MMA is concerned, AFC is due to become the field that God and the Devil are gonna play football on.

    Small Potato: I’m betting you’re a minute man. Are you wearing a McDonald’s shirt right now? How the fuck do you think people end up becoming successful? Mommy and daddy increase their allowance? Slingin dime bags to your cousins? No spud. It takes hard work, discipline, planning, and dealing with a lot of other people who in many cases have no idea of or appreciation for what you are trying to accomplish.

    Two things you should remember: The knock that takes you down is usually the one you don’t see coming and successful people/winners understand the concept of delayed gratification.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  13. Dane says:

    What is happening with Armageddon? No tickets out yet for Halifax show. Is promotion in trouble?

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  14. Brodie says:

    Yes we had funding issues and the show got cancelled.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  15. Dane says:

    So AFC in financial trouble, Brodie? I thought Owans ran it from all his posts here

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  16. Brodie says:

    He was not funding the show. Also, I guess the event may be happening but I don’t understand how.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  17. canadx says:

    boys will be boys– a little trash talk is always fun between events. Looks like the monoploy hasbeen broken.

    gives both guys a giggle- no harm done.

    Actually both organizations have contributed to building mma in canada. Maybe MFC can take in a few chysler products out of windsor in trade for tickets– good luck to both.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Leave a Reply

Some HTML is OK