TORONTO, June 21 /CNW/ - The Fight Network's President and CEO George
Burger announced today that it has secured the exclusive rights to air the
live star-studded, one-hour undercard for July 19th's Affliction Banned
Pay-Per-View event on its Network.
Mr. Burger made the announcement at a packed news conference at Toronto's
MMA Expo, alongside Tom Atencio, Affliction's Vice President; Fight Network
Senior Vice President, Strategy and founder Mike Garrow; and two MMA
superstars: Andrei "The Pitbull" Arlovksi and "Big" Ben Rothwell who will face
each other on Pay-Per-View.
"This is a stellar card, arguably the best collection of heavyweights
under one roof in the history of MMA. The Fight Network is excited to be
working side by side with Affliction in taking the launch of this promotion
worldwide," said Mr. Burger. "Not only are we showing the undercard live and
exclusively on our Network, a great lead-in to the Pay-Per-View event, but we
are also distributing the Pay-Per-View in Canada, Australia, the United States
and the United Kingdom."
The 60-minute broadcast on the Fight Network will air in Canada at 8 pm
ET/5 pm PT, and is expected to feature at least two of the five scheduled
preliminary bouts, including a heavyweight clash between former UFC
heavyweight title challenger Paul Buentello and Aleksander Emelianenko. The
pay-per-view broadcast will follow starting at 9 pm ET.
"With this card, Affliction vaults into the front ranks of what is the
fastest growing sport in the world," said Mr. Atencio. "We have a long
relationship with The Fight Network and are pleased to share this momentous
event with them."
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living, in association with Roy Englebrecht Events. Earlier this month, Donald
Trump announced his involvement and partnership with the promotion. The main
event features the return of Russian combat fighting icon Fedor "The Last
Emperor" Emelianenko against former two-time UFC(R) heavyweight title-holder
Tim "The Maine-iac" Sylvia at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
Mr. Burger also announced that The Fight Network's on-air MMA experts
Mauro Ranallo and legendary MMA pioneer and Fight Network analyst "Big" John
McCarthy will be calling the action for this worldwide event.
Along with the Emelianenko-Sylvia match-up, former UFC heavyweight
champion Josh Barnett will take on Pedro Rizzo in a rematch of their February
2001 bout, Team Quest founder Matt Lindland will return to action against
Fabio "Negao" Nascimento, and UFC veterans Renato "Babalu" Sobral and Mike
Whitehead will collide as well.
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million homes in Canada and the UK. The Fight Network is a multi-platform,
international sports and entertainment company, providing its content to fight
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Fight Network is the global leader in presenting and covering all combat
sports, including Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Boxing, Wrestling and Kickboxing
and theme-related entertainment, through its 24/7 dedication to the sports.
The Fight Network Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of TFN Global Inc., whose
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