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Bodog Fight to cease operations

While it was always known Bodog Fight was losing money, it was also understood that the promotion was used as a way to draw interest towards the Bodog online gambling site.

But it appears that the losses have become too large -- even for a promotion backed by a billionaire. Bodog Fight, launched by Calvin Ayre, has closed its doors.

MMAFighting.com learned Thursday from former employees of the promotion that Ayre has discontinued Bodog Fight to focus on his online gambling empire.

Bodog Fight held its first show in August 2006 and ran thirteen dates until February 2008. The promotion was seen on ION Televison, Men's Outdoor and Recreation Network and pay-per-view.

The final Bodog Fight champions are: Nick Thompson (170 lbs.), Trevor Prangley (185 lbs.) and Tara LaRosa (Women's 135 lbs.).