DALLAS - HDNet Fights announced today that it has partnered with Maximum Fighting Championship to present a LIVE event from Canada on February 22. It will be the first of three events in 2008 between the two partners.
“We’re excited to head to Canada to cover this event,” said Mark Cuban, president and co-founder of HDNet. “Bringing this live MMA action to our fans in Canada is a great way for us to reward all of our viewers north of the border.”
“This partnership with MFC helps to expand HDNet Fights outside the U.S., and to bring new fighters into the fold,” said Andrew Simon, CEO of HDNet Fights. “We’re looking forward to traveling to Canada to bring our viewers this exciting event.”
Mark Pavelich, Owner and President of Maximum Fighting Championship, said the relationship formed between his organization and HDNet was exceptional and a perfect fit.
“Going into 2008, the MFC was determined to find a strong television arrangement to showcase our product,” he said. “The MFC has long been one of the best live shows anywhere with an energetic and entertaining atmosphere bolstered by the most loyal fans in mixed martial arts. Now with our partnership with HDNet Fights, more fans can realize that experience.”
Spratt, known for his vicious knockouts - enters the contest after two consecutive wins. The most recent was a TKO of Tristan Yunker at “HDNet Fights: Reckless Abandon”, and prior to that was a KO of TJ Waldburger at “HDNet Fights: Initiation Night”
“I fully expect to rip him a new one,” Spratt said. “I want to finish his career before it starts.”
The UFC veteran said he’s been training hard for this event - and since Ford is new to MMA, he doesn’t have an established style so, Spratt doesn’t know what to expect. In addition, returning to Canada doesn’t bring pleasant memories for Spratt. On previous trips, he’s been bogged down with paperwork, and experienced visa and border entry troubles. Not to mention, a loss to UFC Interim Welterweight Champion George St. Pierre in November 2003 in Canada.
Spratt said there is no comparison between his bout with St. Pierre and his upcoming match.
“George St. Pierre was good,” he said. “Ryan Ford ain’t no good.”
Ford carries an unblemished record into the ring. He most recently fought at MFC 14 where he finished off Mike Sorenson via TKO in the first minute of the second round.