LGIO MMA set to launch Canada’s first MMA tournament



Canada’s first Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) tournament kicks off with Jason “The Athlete” McDonald vs. Matt Horwich headlining the first of nine shows in this high octane fight series.

April 23rd at The River Cree Resort & Casino in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.


HAMILTON CANADA (March 18th, 2010) — Let’s Get It On MMA (LGIO MMA) announced today the launch of Canada’s first mixed martial arts (MMA) tournament that is seeking to crown the next MMA stars in this country at 155 lbs and 170 lbs.

The tournament begins April 23rd in the west at the River Cree Resort and Casino in Edmonton and will then travel east the following month May 21st to Casino Lac- Leamy in the Ottawa Gatineau region.

Each month LGIO MMA events will go back and forth to these two host locations as the tournament unfolds over a nine month period culminating with the finals on Dec 10th at the River Cree Resort and Casino, pitting the best in the west at 155 and 170 against the top counter parts coming out of the east at the same weighs.

At the helm of this promotion is Elaine McCarthy. If that name sounds familiar to you, keep in mind she is married to “Big” John McCarthy who is regarded as one of the top officials in the sport of MMA. However, that’s where John’s involvement ends. “This is entirely my promotion and John has absolutely nothing to do with this. People are asking if he is going to be officiating at my shows, and the answer is always the same …no. In fact there have been days because of the hectic pace of the promotion where we don’t even see each other”. McCarthy boasts an impressive resume on her own having been the former event coordinator for the UFC when it started in 1993. She is the current program coordinator of the international MMA officials training course known as COMMAND and successfully runs one of the biggest MMA gyms in southern California.

The tournament format is only open to Canadian fighters; however additional matches will include fighters from other countries on each monthly LGIO card. Additionally there will be various MMA star power guests who will be in attendance for each event. “We really want to create a show that has something for all MMA fans to enjoy and get their monies worth each time out and that is what we are striving to deliver said McCarthy.

MMA fans who cannot make it to the live events will not be left out as LGIO MMA will also be offering a monthly two hour television show that will not only showcase the great fights on each card but also take viewers behind the scenes to get to know these athletes competing in this first ever Canadian tournament but also show what goes into putting events together.

McCarthy has assembled an elite team of individuals to help her deliver exciting shows each month. “Mike Garrow one of LGIO executive producers has really been a lightning rod to creating not only this series format but how we are taking this show to the television audience at home”, said McCarthy. No stranger to the fight game in relation to television, Garrow founded The Fight Network in Canada. Rob Dorfman who has produced The Ultimate Fighter reality series for television is also playing a pivotal role with the LGIO organization. Both Garrow and Dorfman will ensure that fans will be treated to the highest quality of entertainment across Canada throughout 2010 not only in terms of fights but also in showing the reality of the MMA fight game.

The television series will be seen every month across Canada on CHCH, CJNT and CHEK. “With these deals in place we have ensured that the LGIO MMA series will have ubiquities coverage across Canada, so every household in the nation can view our events as this exciting tournament unfolds each month. CHCH, CJNT and CHEK combined for all 10 million households in Canada” says Garrow.


With this framework in place for Let’s Get It On MMA, the future looks bright for the talented fighters who will put it all on the line each month.


For more information, please visit www.letsgetitonmma.com

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