Fight Network Strikes Programming Deal With Pride

Toronto, CANADA — (BUSINESS WIRE) – June 13th, 2005 The Fight Network Inc, is pleased to announce that it has signed a multi-fight programming deal with PRIDE Fighting Championship (“PRIDE FC”).

The agreement makes The Fight Network the exclusive (Canadian) rights holder of thirteen of PRIDE’s premier events. These events will be aired during 2005 through to 2006.

“PRIDE FC is a world class mixed martial arts (“MMA”) promotion. Its events in Japan are held in front of huge crowds and feature the biggest names in mixed martial arts. These include fighters such as Wanderlei Silva, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueiura, Kazushi Sakuraba, Bob Sapp and Canada’s own Gary Goodridge. We are thrilled that The Fight Network will be showcasing them on a regular basis,” said Brian Sobie VP of Programming and Production for the Network.

“We are very pleased with this arrangement”, said Yukino Kanda EVP of Dream Stage Entertainment. “This opportunity will allow us to connect with Canadian MMA fans on a regular basis, allowing us to grow our band awareness in this marketplace. We wish The Fight Network all the best of luck with its upcoming launch,” she added.

More about The Fight Network:
The Fight Network is a cross-platform media company with interest in television, radio, print and online content offerings.
The Fight Network is prepared to launch its 24 hour television specialty service into the Canadian market in 2005, and will be the first and only service of its kind in North America.
The Fight Network is dedicated to delivering the best of boxing, wrestling, mixed martial arts and related movies, documentaries twenty-four hours a day.

The Fight Network Inc. was granted a Category 2 broadcast license to operate in Canada a twenty-four hour specialty channel to be billed as; TFN-The Fight Network.
This licence was approved by the Canadian Radio and Television Commission (“CRTC”) which is the governing body in Canada that legislates and approves the operating of broadcast services.
The Fight Network Inc. corporate headquartered is located in Toronto, Canada. Additional information on the company can be found at
More about PRIDE FC:
PRIDE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP (“PRIDE FC”) Based in Japan, PRIDE FC matches the world’s elite fighters in competitions of honor and art. Imagine Brazilian Jiu – Jitsu practitioner versus kick boxer, Judo specialist versus wrestler … this is the sport of mixed martial arts … this is PRIDE FC. Each match is the culmination of years of training by these athletes, the finest representatives of their martial art who not only compete for victory, but also to defend their fighting style!

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