Image Entertainment, Inc., one of the largest independent home entertainment distributors in North America and acknowledged pioneer of the multi-billion dollar optical disc industry, announced today the signing of a long-term distribution agreement with World Extreme Cagefighting. The agreement allows Image the exclusive US and Canadian DVD and Blu-Ray rights for select WEC fights. Bill Bromiley, Chief Acquisitions Officer of Image Entertainment today made the announcement.
“WEC fights have a huge following as evidenced by their highly-rated programming and dedicated fans,” Bromiley said. “Fans love to follow the WEC fighters throughout every aspect of their careers and we plan to give them plenty of exclusive content with which to be entertained.”
“We are pleased to announce this distribution agreement with Image Entertainment,” WEC Vice President Peter Dropick said. “We have very loyal fans that continuously follow us and by teaming up with Image Entertainment, we are building a DVD library for them to enjoy whenever they’d like.”
Image plans to release the first title “ALDO vs. FABER” on July 20, 2010, following the historic pay-per-view event held on April 24, 2010 in Sacramento , Calif. In one of the most explosive featherweight title fights ever, champion and top pound-for-pound fighter Jose Aldo battled former world titleholder “The California Kid” Urijah Faber in front a record-breaking crowd of over 14,000 fans. The evening also included lightweight champion Ben Henderson against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in a rematch of their 2009 Fight of the Year. Plus, Leonard Garcia waged war with “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung in what commentator Joe Rogan called “the fight of the decade.” The July DVD and Blu-ray release will include all 11 fights, as well as additional footage and special features not seen anywhere else.
Universally recognized as the home of the best lighter weight mixed martial artists in the world, WEC focuses on elite bantamweight, featherweight and lightweight competitors from all over the globe. By combining traditional martial arts with the aspects of boxing, jiu jitsu, judo, wrestling and other disciplines, WEC fighters are considered among the world’s finest athletes. Known for its intense bouts and non-stop action, WEC has established itself as the premier destination for world-class mixed martial arts competition.