Fight Network Signs Deal with Pancrase to Air New Events, Classic Fights Catalogue
(PRESS RELEASE) -- Toronto Fight Network, the worlds premier 24/7
television channel dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports,
announced today a broadcast partnership with legendary Japan-based
mixed martial arts promotion Pancrase to broadcast its latest
events, as well as compilation shows from its extensive fight
The pioneer of modern mixed martial arts in 1993, Pancrase has
staged over 250 events. The classic fights will include names
synonymous with the sport, including Ken Shamrock,
Shamrock, Bas Rutten,
Schilt, Evan Tanner,
Condit, Chael Sonnen,
Okami and Nate
Still grooming world-class talent to this day, Pancrase stages over
15 events annually across Japan.
We already feature some of Asias premier mixed martial arts
organizations, including ONE Fighting Championship, DEEP and ROAD
Fighting Championship, said Chad Midgley, VP of Programming &
Production at Fight Network. With arguably the most storied past of
any MMA promotion in history, Pancrase is a perfect addition to our
international MMA programming line-up. We look forward to breaking
down all the classic events as well showcase fights that helped
popularize the sport internationally.
MMA is no doubt booming in Canada, said Masakazu Sakai, CEO of
Pancrase. As Canadian fans are among the most knowledgeable and the
country is certainly a hotbed for the sport. Starting with our
international partnership with Fight Network, Iam looking forward
to reintroducing the world to the Pancrase brand and hope they will
become fans of our many emerging and exciting superstars. I also
look forward to bringing the Pancrase promotion to Canada for a
Pancrase events will air chronologically on Thursdays at 2 a.m. ET,
beginning with Pancrase 244 from Jan. 12, 2013, featuring Hiroki Aoki
Fight Network will announce a dedicated weekly timeslot for the
classic archive shows in the coming weeks.
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About Fight Network: Fight Network (www.fightnetwork.com) is the
worlds premier combat sports network dedicated to complete coverage
of combat sports, including fights, fighters, fight news and fight
lifestyle. The channel is available on all major carriers in
Canada, select countries in Europe and Africa, on TSN Radio in
Canada via its program â€œLive Audio Wrestling,â€ and in North
America via its programming on Sirius XM Channel 167 and its
programming block on Pursuit Channel (www.pursuitchannel.com).
Fight Networkâ€™s parent company Anthem Media Group also owns a
significant interest in the Pursuit Channel and will be launching
the Fantasy Sports Network (FNTSY) across North America in 2014.
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