5.07.2009

FightZone TV Adds European Flavor By Partnering With Cage Wars Championship


FightZone TV, in their third year of nationally broadcasting the Best of Independent MMA Programming from around the country, will now have to change that to "Around the World" as Cage Wars Championship and FightZone TV have linked across the Atlantic to deliver premium European MMA to the US audience.

“We are delighted to become part of the FightZone Family," said Patrick Mooney, Creative Operational Officer for CWC.

"FightZone has been building the sport of MMA at a grass roots level for some time now and all their hard work has moved them into over 20 million US homes multiple times weekly.

This is the first time the CWC brand has given their live event to a TV network in the USA and we could not be happier.

The CWC brand is now one of the leading native European Cage MMA events and continues to grow the sport of MMA throughout the UK and Europe.

Having FightZone as our US partner is the perfect way to continue our quest to deliver quality European MMA product to the fans in the US. This is a historical day for European MMA and all the young talent that has yet to be seen in America. CWC puts the sport first, and that is why we fit well with FightZone. We look forward to a long and productive relationship with FightZone TV.”

FightZone TV co-owner, Al Martino states, " We could not be more excited to bring our MMA fans some of Europe's finest fighters. Every since my partner, FightZone Co-Owner and Commentator Extraordinaire, Jay Adams and I started this venture in 2007, we have been fortunate enough to work with some of the finest regional MMA promoters in the country and their consistency in always delivering a superior product is a big part of our success and the demand for our broadcasts. Adding CWC to our growing family of MMA partners Library such as RFC, UWC, XFA, WFC, Mainstream. CFC, RCC, Pure Combat and many others will only strengthen our new goal of bringing the Best MMA fights and Interviews from around the World to our audience. Plus we're looking forward to Jay learning another language - English. Fresh off of the incredible exposure of hosting 3 straight events streamed live on Sherdog to hundreds of thousands of Internet viewers, he can't wait to work the next live Cage Wars Event being planned in Spain this summer. "

This year Cage Wars Championship will deliver 5 events from their live catalog and all the upcoming events for 2009. The first 5 events will feature top European and International talent such as Sami Schiavo (France), Colin Robinson (Ireland), Jason Jones (Holland), James Head (USA), Augusto Frota (Brazil), Vincent Latoel (Holland), Tommi Ninimakki (Finland), Bogdan Cristea (Croatia), Michael Kita (Poland), Heman Gipson (USA), Paul McVeigh (UK), Peter Duncan (UK), Colin McKee (N. Ireland), Jimmy Mills (USA), Daniel Tabera (Spain), Tim Estes (USA), Thomas Ahrens (USA), Danny Ver Bergen (Holland), Jeff Monson (USA), Dan Severn (USA), JC Pennington (USA), Arno Rotgans (Holland), Bryan Goldsby (USA), Casimir Bendy (France), Reuben Vasquez (Spain), Thomas Karlsson (Finland), Ivan Mussardo (Italy), Cristian Binda (Italy), Marcello Lopez (Switzerland), Luis Wagner (Brazil), Michael Angelista (Holland), Moen Takalou (Holland), Sergej Maslobojev (Lithuania), Aurelius Kerpe (Lithuania), James Orso (USA), Jonatas Novaes (Brazil) and many others.

To keep up-to-date with CWC visit www.cagewars.co.uk

Currently airing on FightZone TV in May is Xtreme Fighting Association from Las Vegas. The XFA is all about exciting, knock down, knock out fighting and that’s exactly what you’ll see in the second installment of XFA: Xtreme Fights. Top female fighters like Amy Davis and Miriam Nakamoto both have tremendously exciting fights in this show, and Vernon “Tiger” White takes on bare knuckles Muay Thai champ Anthony “Hitman” Brown during this show. Add in Canadian sensation Mark Holst and this episode of XFA: Xtreme Fights is packed with non-stop XFA action. For more info visit www.xfalive.com

Next up in June will be Cage Wars "Decade."

For Updates, Airing Schedule, List of Available Cities, Commercial availability or to request a Media Kit, visit www.FightZone.TV or email FightZoneMedia@aol.com or call 727-577-5500.

FightZone TV is now available to over 21 million homes on Fox Sport Net's (FSN) affiliates SunSports, SportSouth, and nationally on DIRECTV, The Dish Network and AT&T U-verse, reaching over 20% of US homes with cable TV up to 6 times weekly including FightZone Presents and Jay Adam's Brawl Call.


ABOUT CAGE WARS
Cage Wars Championship - CWC is the brain child of Patrick Mooney and Chris Kelly from Ireland. Both men have been involved in promoting nearly 50 MMA events at all levels and are the fathers of the Cage Fighting scene in the UK. Cage Wars Championship has now become the number one Cage MMA event in Europe.

Cage Wars is a Mixed Martial Arts promotion that began in 1999 to promote and teach the sport of MMA. During that time the CWC team brought the first ever cage event to the UK in 2001 which has lead to the explosion of MMA promotions in the UK. MMA is now the fastest growing sport on the planet today.

The first event took place in the Guild Hall in Portsmouth, England and was soon followed by the first ever London event which was a sell out. Ireland, Scotland and Belfast followed over the years and last year two events were held at the world famous Kings Hall, which once again were a phenomenal success.

Cage Wars is one of the largest and longest running UK MMA events company and has hosted or introduced many of the biggest MMA stars including Seth Petruzelli, Shonie Carter, Jess Liaudin, Brian Gassaway, Sami Schiavo, Dan Severn, Joachim Hansen and Jeff Monson to name but a few.

The Cage Wars team have been involved in over 50 MMA events in the last ten years. They also produced the first ever MMA documentary “Underdogs” with LA film director Bobby Razak; the film featured UK fighters preparing to travel to the US and fight for the first time. The DVD was released globally and was heralded as the quintessential MMA documentary.

The Cage Wars team produced the first ever UK MMA publication to demonstrate that there was a market for a publication dedicated to the sport of MMA. Today there are several monthly MMA magazines.

At the end of 2008 the Cage Wars team produced the first ever MMA lifestyle social network at www.thefightfactory.eu and in a few short months the site has become hugely popular.

Currently the CW team are in pre-production for the first ever MMA lifestyle magazine TV show as well as producing Internet TV shows for several websites - FIGHT FACTORY TV and FF MMA NEWS.

The Cage Wars team have had a massive influence on the sport of MMA in the UK and Ireland and will continue to develop live events and TV projects throughout the UK, Ireland and Europe in the near future.

Upcoming events this year will be held in the UK, Spain and Ireland and later in the year CWC will introduce “Saturday Night Fights Live” which is a smaller show for all the young contenders across Europe to compete at a higher level.

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