Canadian promotion TKO MMA, which will hold its first event in more than eight years on Nov. 4, has terminated the contract of one of its fighters for faking bouts on his record.
The organization announced on Thursday that Christ Franck has been released after creating four fake events -- where he fought and won -- to improve his record from 5-7 to 9-7. The promotion, entitled African Warriors Championship, was fabricated, while Franck’s four opponents had either been inactive or invented. In order to bolster his resume, Franck had himself winning a pair of one-night tournaments in Togo that in actuality never happened.
“The TKO organization has been informed today of a very serious situation involving Mr. Christ Franck. He has committed an irreparable gesture and he, and his team, have been informed that his recently signed TKO contract has been terminated,” the promotion wrote on Facebook.
“The false and fraudulent declarations made by Mr. Frank in regards to his last four fights in Africa (that in reality never took place) are a shame to our sport. This is a first in the history of MMA and we hope that this type of situation never happens again. Both Sherdog (.com) and Tapology (.com) have also been misled as these events never took place.”
Franck, 34, has lost his last three fights, including a disqualification defeat for landing an illegal knee against Andrew Buckland on April 9. His most notable bout occurred at Bellator 79 in November 2012, when he garnered a split-decision victory over Marcus Aurelio.
TKO MMA held 46 events from 2002 to 2008 before ceasing operation. The promotion’s return coincides with a deal to air its cards on UFC Fight Pass. After the Nov. 4 event, TKO MMA plans to hold five more fight cards over the course of 2017.