AFC Closes Doors; Execs Join WSOF Canada
Today, big news broke on Bleacher Report that the World Series of Fighting has purchased the Aggression Fighting Championship organization to enter the Canadian market. Top MMA News has learned from sources close to the deal that there was no purchase but Canada’s AFC is closing its doors and their executives are joining a new organization called WSOF Canada.
Joining up with the WSOF provides the AFC executives with something they have always sought after: National TV exposure. The World Series of Fighting debuted in November 2012 and has held five events to date with WSOF 6 scheduled for October 26th. WSOF events are aired live on NBC Sports Network with athletes like Anthony Johnson, Steve Carl, Andrei Arlovski, and Jon Fitch fighting for the promotion. It is expected that WSOF Canada will contribute four live shows in 2014 for broadcast on NBC Sports Network with an additional eight events shown on tape delay. This national television exposure will be great for Canadian MMA fighters.
The new World Series of Fighting Canada promotion is looking to hold its first event this December. The event could be scheduled for the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) in Vancouver, British Columbia. However, Edmonton and Montreal are also being considered for the Canadian premiere.
The main event is currently set to be Anthony Johnson versus Mike Kyle. Other fighters who could appear include Nick Newell and Chris Horodecki.
It is a bittersweet time for Canadian MMA as Aggression Fighting Championship was one of Canada’s premiere MMA organizations. Born out of a merger between Edmonton’s Aggression MMA, Calgary’s Axe Combat, and Victoria’s Armageddon Fighting Championship, the AFC put on an incredible 13 events since April 2012. Fighters such as Ryan Ford, the UFC’s Jesse Ronson, The Ultimate Fighter’s Louis Fisette, Curtis Brigham, and many more made a name for themselves in the AFC. The promotion also provided a launch pad for Canadian newcomers to MMA like Derek Medler, Trent House, and Alexi Argyriou.