The upstart World Series of Fighting organization has acquired Canada’s top MMA promotion, the Las Vegas-based company announced today.
The WSOF is currently the No. 3 American MMA promotion, behind the UFC and Bellator. The organization debuted last year on the NBC Sports Network. Since then, the promotion has risen steadily, signing ex-UFC stars such as Jon Fitch, while creating new stars like Josh Burkman. The promotion is also currently in talks to sign Yushin Okami, the recently No. 6 ranked middleweight in the world.
The WSOF has now acquired Canada’s Aggression Fighting Championship, and will launch World Series of Fighting Canada beginning with a Dec. 7 event at Vancouver’s PNE Agrodome.
The main event will feature light heavyweight Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (15-4) taking on Mike “MAK” Kyle (20-10-1). In a middleweight tournament semifinal bout, Elvis “The King” Mutapcic (13-2) will fight Jesse “JT Money” Taylor (26-9).
“The launch of World Series of Fighting Canada is an incredibly exciting announcement for our promotion,” World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo said. “From the beginning, we have maintained our desire to bring our elite-level mixed martial arts action to Canada and the great MMA fans that live there, as well as markets around the globe. We embrace this new division of our company that will allow us to make great strides into Canada, which has long proven to have one of the most passionate and knowledgeable MMA fan bases in the world.”
“The World Series of Fighting 7: Johnson vs. Kyle,” will feature a blend of established World Series of Fighting talent and some of Canada’s brightest prospects.”
“This is an incredible opportunity for us to showcase our Canadian fighters on a massive platform with NBC Sports Network as well as other network partners,” World Series of Fighting Canada Chief Operating Officer Darren Owen added. “Our fans will be getting the chance to see world-class MMA fights, and they will be able to enjoy exciting events across our great country. We couldn’t be more excited for both our fighters and fight fans across Canada. We are thrilled to become part something as big as the World Series of Fighting Canada.”
With the launch of World Series of Fighting Canada, the brand will aggressively expand its global reach, and also provide a five-star platform for top Canadian talent.
“I couldn’t be more motivated and excited to make this announcement,” WSOF Canada Chief Financial Officer Steve Fader said. “We’ve always wanted to do what’s best for the fighters and fans, and this next step clearly does both. World Series of Fighting Canada will allow us to showcase all the top-level talent Canada has to offer. We will be putting on shows bigger and better than ever, coast to coast.”