Prestige Fight Club receives conditional discharge

Weyburn This Week
June 27, 2014 01:00 AM

Prestige Fight Club and the Saskatchewan Government agreed on a conditional discharge in regards to charges stemming from the amateur mixed martial arts event held in Weyburn on September 28, 2013.

Charges stemmed from a new law created with the passing of Bill S-209 which permits provinces to regulate professional MMA in addition to boxing.

Prestige Fight Club MMA promoter Cord Crowthers said the presiding Judge Kovatch stated at no time did Prestige intentionally or maliciously try to break the law.

"We have always felt that, if outside observers were given a chance to examine the facts, it would be obvious that no malicious intent was meant and no laws were premeditatedly broken," said Crowthers

Crowthers and Prestige Fight Club co-founder Derek Daku have also agreed to stay their law suit against the Saskatchewan Government and the Saskatchewan Mixed Martial Arts Association (SMAA).

Crowthers said the Saskatchewan Government has ask for Prestige's input in regards to helping with policy , while forming the new Pro Commission regulations and structure.

Crowthers stated that their lawsuit was set in motion because, "...we had no other option and our backs were up against the wall with the way events unfolded. This discharge, from all charges, allows Prestige to focus on what's important and we have full expectations the Government wants the same. The goal now is to bring the best possible product to a very savvy market here in our province."

Their conditional discharge required each Crowthers and Daku to pay a fine of $1,000, however, they have agreed to donating funds to youth sport in Weyburn. A total of $6,000 will be donated by the two promoters, with a portion to Weyburn MMA as well as other youth sport organizations in the community.

"Weyburn has been good to us so we're giving back to the community to stay supportive of Weyburn," said Crowthers. "The city has been behind us from day one and we plan to show them our gratitude in a big way."

Prestige Fight Club MMA is looking to host their first professional show by the fall. Crowthers said the club plans on putting in an application for a completely professional event to be held in Weyburn in the fall.

Crowthers and Daku plan to keep the City of Weyburn as the home of Prestige and to host the Inaugural Professional event at Crecent Point Place.

"We want to bring the best possible talent to the fans of Saskatchewan," says Daku. "That means from fighters from Saskatchewan, other parts of Canada and from around the World."

Crowthers added, "The Prestige Brand will be one of the biggest stages in Canadian MMA, and is looking to give the fans more than they could ever expected from an MMA event here at home."

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