The professional MMA landscape in Canada got good news today. Aggression MMA, Armageddon Fighting Championships and AX Combat have decided to merge and become Aggression Fighting Championships.
To say that they will become the number one organization in Canada is a bit of a stretch for right now, but they will provide Maximum Fighting Championships and The Score Fighting Series with some “friendly competition.” All in all, it’s a good move and a great step in providing professional fighters in Canada another promotion to compete in.
The new Aggression Fighting Championships will put together between nine and eleven events per year with shows taking place in Edmonton and Calgary in Alberta, and Victoria, British Columbia – with expansion plans slated for the latter half of 2012.
The new AFC brand and promotion will be in action at AFC 8 in Victoria on April 14th, AFC 9 in Edmonton June 8th, and AFC 10 in Calgary on June 15th.
Merger brings Canada a new professional MMA promotion
Aggression Co-Founder Moin Mirza stated the following,
Darren Owen of Armageddon and I have been seriously discussing the idea of merging for some time, and in the process reached out to AX Combat and determined that we had the same goals moving forward. We established that all three brands have similar business philosophies of making sure that our fan base gets to see the best up and coming domestic and international fighters in the game. So it made sense to offer fans across Canada a national brand, ultimately resulting in AFC.
This is by far the largest deal in Canadian MMA history, and I’m ecstatic to be a part of it, said Armageddon Co-Founder Darren Owen. It just makes sense to standardize matchmaking, contracts, logos, and production. Contracted fighters now have the opportunity to fight more frequently than they did before, which we are confident they will be happy about. With Armageddon’s current TV deal, the AFC will readily be available in 70 million homes, and now with increased content and expansion, the sky is the limit for AFC opportunities.
When AX was approached with this opportunity, I knew that I had a chance to be involved with something special,” explained AX Combat Co-Founder Steve Fader. “With partners like these, we all bring different strengths to the table and more importantly, this is a group that you can trust – a situation where you don’t need to be looking over your shoulder at all times. The deal makes sense for fans, fighters, and everyone involved, and I can’t wait to see how far the AFC can go.
There is no doubt that this merger is a big move. The three promoters involved know and understand how to run a fight promotion. Instead of trying to bite each other’s ankles off until they are all finished, they have decided to try and build something bigger and have done a great thing for the sport in Canada. Let’s hope it’s successful.
It will be interesting to see this promotion evolve. Keep it locked on MMASucka.com for more information about this merger as it comes to light.