TKO Championship Fighting on Wednesday announced the signing of a television deal with the TQS television network in Canada.

The sport of mixed martial arts will be seen on network television in Quebec for the very first time with TKO Friday Night Knockouts every Friday night.

"For over eight years I have been working very hard to make the public understand and appreciate our sport and our athletes," explained an elated Stephane Patry, President and founder of TKO Championship Fighting.

"When we first started in 2000, our events were held in small venues and TKO was available on DVD and on specialty sport channels only. In 2006, TKO Championship Fighting found a new home at the Bell Centre and our fans began to multiply. Now, thanks to this partnership with the Rémillard brothers and the team at TQS, I am confident that our sport will reach a whole new level of popularity which is exactly what the sport and our athletes deserve."

"We strongly believe that TKO programming will be very popular with our viewers," stated Louis Trépanier, Vice President of TQS Programming. "We have a total of 44 episodes and it all begins this Friday Sept. 5 at 9pm."

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