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DALLAS (July 1, 2011) The Maximum Fighting Championship and HDNet are proud to announce a new five-year broadcast agreement. The deal cements the MFC’s status as HDNet’s premiere mixed martial arts promotional partner.
“The Maximum Fighting Championship is thrilled to continue its terrific partnership with HDNet and to be working alongside such an amazingly talented cast and crew,” said Mark Pavelich, Owner/President of the MFC. “Working with Michael Schiavello, Frank Trigg and Ron Kruck has been amazing. I have seen such growth on both sides of this partnership and it’s amazing to think about where we can go over the course of another five years.”
Pavelich formally announced the deal tonight on HDNet’s “Inside MMA.” The partnership retains the MFC’s status as the only Canadian-based promotion with a live television package for its fans.
“Mark Pavelich has been HDNet’s most solid and prolific promoter – giving us great match-ups with every event,” said Mark Cuban, Chairman and CEO of HDNet. “Mark sets high goals for the promotion and makes them happen. We are excited to be part of the growth story that is the MFC.”
The MFC/HDNet broadcast relationship began in February of 2008 and is expected to continue under the announced deal through the year 2016. Since its debut on HDNet, MFC has produced the first live television broadcast of MMA in the Province of Ontario and crowned six MFC world champions in three different weight classes.
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HDNet is your home for MMA, featuring the best of Mixed Martial Arts with its Friday night series, “HDNet Fights” (www.hdnetfights.com). “HDNet Fights” works with leading MMA promoters including MFC, DREAM, XFC, K-1, K-1 Max, Titan Fighting Championships, It’s Showtime, Shark Fights and more. HDNet produces more live Mixed Martial Arts events than any other network and HDNet’s “Inside MMA” is the hottest Mixed Martial Arts program on television, giving fans their weekly fix for everything MMA, while “The Voice Vs…,” features Michael Schiavello going one-on-one with some of the biggest names in the sport.
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In addition to being the exclusive home of Sneak Previews, HDNet Movies viewers enjoy the best films from the classics of the 1950s-1970s, to favorite films from the 1980s and 1990s, to recently released theatrical films.
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