David Loiseau served as the figurehead of HCF. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Calgary-based Hardcore Championship Fighting has reportedly gone out of business according to recent comments made by promotional CEO Keith Crawford.
The news comes from Sherdog.com, which was informed by Crawford that the organization had been forced to fold after a potential sale to Canadian television network The Score fell apart.
Crawford believed that the promotion, which had essentially overtook TKO Championship Fighting as Canada’s premiere mixed martial arts show after signing a slew of big-name fighters over the past year, expected HCF to move into contention to become MMA’s next big company with the move.
An official announcement regarding the purchase was expected to come at some point this weekend, when Crawford and company were slated to have held their latest show, which based on the fighters rumored to have been participating, would have been the organization’s biggest showing to date.
The fates of those fighters under contract with HCF are unknown at this time. Crawford has also mentioned that he and business partner Dave Houshiar will continue promoting inside the sport, but as separate entities.
With a growing legion of loyal fight fans in Canada, Bodog Fight and Score Media Inc. (TSX: SCR) are pleased to announce that the hardest hitting mixed martial arts show on television will now be available in Canada on The Score Television Network.
The Score is a national specialty television service providing sports, news, information, highlights and live event programming, and is available across Canada in over 6.2 million homes.
“We are thrilled to be partnering up with The Score,” said Calvin Ayre, the billionaire founder of Bodog Entertainment. “As a Canadian myself, I know first hand how passionate the country’s fight fans are, so I am especially pleased to be able to bring them Bodog Fight from coast to coast.”
Today on The Score, Jeff Joslin was featured as a guest and he stated that he has signed a three-fight deal with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
His first fight will be December 13th at UFC Fight Night against Josh Koscheck.
Stay tuned for more.
APEX Entertainment Group (APEX) and Championship Fighting Series (CFS) has announced that they have joined forces to created one of Canada’s largest MMA organizations; Hardcore Championship Fighting (HCF).
They companies has also announced that their new organization will be featured on The Score television network starting November 15th, 2006. The Score will feature fifty-two unique episodes a year of live MMA action.
The first five episodes will feature fights from APEX: A Night of Champions which took place October 14th.