Palace Fighting Championship

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Palace Fighting Championship
Unknown
Industry Mixed martial arts promotion
Founded 2007
Founder Christian Printup
Headquarters Lemoore, CA, United States
Website http://www.palacefightingchampionship.com/

Palace Fighting Championship (PFC) was a mixed martial arts (MMA) organization based in the United States that was created in 2007 by Christian Printup.[1] It ceased operations in 2009.[2]

In 2001, Printup helped promotional newcomers Reed Harris and Scott Adams develop the World Extreme Cage Fighting (WEC) organization through his position as Director of Entertainment at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California. The WEC almost exclusively presented their events at the casino venue. Printup co-produced and promoted the first 23 WEC events and is considered one of the driving forces in the growth of mixed martial arts in California. Printup also traveled with the WEC to other venues to help coordinate shows that did not take place in Lemoore.

Also a veteran concert & boxing promoter, Printup was the recipient of the Promoter of the Year award for his achievements in promoting women's boxing by the World Boxing Council (WBC) and North American Boxing Federation (NABF) in 2007 and 2008. He handled the careers of multiple World Champions including, Jenifer "All American" Alcorn, Carina "La Reina: Moreno, and Jessica "Ragin'" Rakoczy taking them from prospects to multiple world championships.

In April 2013, Printup and long-time business associate George Chung cut a deal with Bob Arum's Top Rank Boxing to serve as co-promoters and bring Floyd Mayweather to Fresno California to fight Victoriano Sosa live on HBO. Miguel Cotto was the Co-Main event attraction and a women's showdown between Jenifer Alcorn and Mia St. John rounded out the historic event.

When Harris and Adams sold the WEC to Zuffa the parent company of the Ultimate Fighting Championship in December 2006, Printup immediately filled the void by creating the Palace Fighting Championship in January, 2007. Viewed as a minor circuit, Palace Fighting Championship featured up and coming MMA stars of the Central Valley and state of California. PFC is known to host events almost exclusively at Tachi Palace. Some notable PFC competitors included eventual UFC competitors such as, Brian Cobb, Joseph Benavidez, Evan Dunham, Mark Munoz, Chad Mendes, Michael Macdonald, Cole Escovedo, among a host of others. PFC events were broadcast in the Western United States on Comcast Sports Net.

Printup also gained notoriety as the first promoter to create a dedicated Flyweight (125 lb) division in North America. The UFC then followed suit years later.

In July 2009, Palace Fighting Championship stopped operating events at Tachi Palace, severing a longstanding relationship. The promotion’s web site was shut down.

In October 2009. Printup announced that he has joined a new company ESMG World, INC with undisclosed partners and that their new venture Fight Night to the Playboy Mansion will begin operation in 2010. ESMG intends to license the Playboy Playmate dancers and stage mixed martial arts, boxing and muay thai events world wide with Playboy models, music and cross-promotions as part of the event.[3]

Printup is also well known as being a co-producer of Fight Night at the Playboy Mansion events with his long-time partner George Chung as well as creating his own signature events such as "The Sacred Circus: The World's First Ever Tattoo, Music, MMA, and Bikini Oil Wrestling Carnival" "W.O.W.- Women's Oil Wrestling" and "So You Think You Can Fight? An amateur kickboxing promotion.

In 2012, Printup joined the Viacom owned Bellator MMA organization as the Director of Fight Operations. In 2013, Printup was promoted to Executive Director of Venue Relations & Fight Operations for Bellator MMA.

Events[edit]

The first event, PFC 1: King of the Ring, took place on January 18, 2007. As of PFC 13: Validation, which took place May 8, 2009, there have been 19 PFC events held in 3 cities and within two U.S. states.[4]

# Event Title Date Arena Location
19 PFC 13: Validation May 8, 2009 Tachi Palace Lemoore, California
18 PFC: Best of Both Worlds 2 April 23, 2009 Tachi Palace Lemoore, California
17 PFC: Best of Both Worlds February 6, 2009 Tachi Palace Lemoore, California
16 PFC 12: High Stakes January 22, 2009 Tachi Palace Lemoore, California
15 PFC 11: All In November 20, 2008 Tachi Palace Lemoore, California
14 PFC: Martinez vs. Lorenz October 23, 2008 Tachi Palace Lemoore, California
13 PFC 10: Explosive September 26, 2008 Tachi Palace Lemoore, California
12 PFC: Bias vs. Blood August 21, 2008 Tachi Palace Lemoore, California
11 PFC 9: The Return July 7, 2008 Tachi Palace Lemoore, California
10 PFC 8: A Night of Champions May 8, 2008 Tachi Palace Lemoore, California
9 PFC 7.5: New Blood April 26, 2008 Eagle Mountain Casino Porterville, California
8 PFC 7: Palace Fighting Championship 7 March 20, 2008 Tachi Palace Lemoore, California
7 PFC: Olson vs. Alfonso February 29, 2008 Tachi Palace Lemoore, California
6 PFC 6: No Retreat, No Surrender January 17, 2008 Tachi Palace Lemoore, California
5 PFC 5: Beatdown at 4 Bears November 10, 2007 4 Bears Casino and Lodge New Town, North Dakota
4 PFC 4: Project Complete October 18, 2007 Tachi Palace Lemoore, California
3 PFC 3: Step Up July 19, 2007 Tachi Palace Lemoore, California
2 PFC 2: Fast and Furious March 22, 2007 Tachi Palace Lemoore, California
1 PFC 1: King of the Ring January 18, 2007 Tachi Palace Lemoore, California

Current champions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Palace Fighting Championship returns to Lemoore". hanfordsentinel.com. Retrieved 2014-04-06. 
  2. ^ Ken Pishna,�MMAWeekly.com. "Palace Fighting Championship folds, may return with new name - SI.com - Boxing". sportsillustrated.cnn.com. Retrieved 2014-04-06. 
  3. ^ "Will Tank vs. Kimbo happen after all? - Boxing - Yahoo Sports". sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2014-04-06. 
  4. ^ "Sherdog.com: UFC, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) News, Results, Fighting". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2014-04-06. 

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