In a recent interview with Sportsnet.ca MFC president Mark Pavelich stated that he didn’t think that TKO, an established MMA organization in Montreal, was much of a draw outside of its native province of Quebec.
Pavelich admitted that he’d prefer to do shows in Canada. But there are limitations. In Ontario it’s not legally sanctioned. And in Quebec, TKO is already the established circuit. On top of that, he doesn’t see TKO as a big draw outside of La Belle Province.
“The bottom line is people in Alberta do not care what goes on in Quebec,” Pavelich said. “And most of the time, people in Ontario don’t even care. I didn’t make the rules. My wife’s from Montreal, my kids were born in Montreal. It’s just stating the facts.
TKO president Stephane Patry fired back in The Fight Network’s latest edition of “Great Fight North” saying TKO garners much more media coverage then MFC and produces a much better show.
“That’s bullshit,” said Patry. “At our last show [June], we made the cover page of the biggest newspaper in Montreal. We’re getting way more coverage then he does media-wise. We have all the radio stations covering [TKO], we have a weekly television show here and we’re everywhere on The Fight Network.”
“Mark Pavelich’s shows are a joke,” claims Patry. “Pavelich’s show is basically a ring with a light above it and two guys fighting, that’s it.
“From seeing what’s going on in the country, I would say number two is Hardcore [Championship Fighting] right now,” Patry said. “In my opinion, they have a better looking show then the other guys. Production value means everything; it’s so important if you want to be major league. I don’t feel Mark’s shows look all that professional.”