Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Jesse Briggs (34) tackles Edmonton Elks’ Greg Ellingson (82) during first half CFL action in Edmonton on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021.The Elks are riding a five-game losing streak overall and haven’t played since dropping a 26-16 home decision to Winnipeg on Oct. 15. Visiting teams have outscored Edmonton 141-79 this year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Jesse Briggs (34) tackles Edmonton Elks’ Greg Ellingson (82) during first half CFL action in Edmonton on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021.The Elks are riding a five-game losing streak overall and haven’t played since dropping a 26-16 home decision to Winnipeg on Oct. 15. Visiting teams have outscored Edmonton 141-79 this year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson.

Victor Cui, co-founder of MMA’s One Championship, named Elks president and CEO

EDMONTON — The Edmonton Elks have named Victor Cui as the CFL club’s new president and chief executive officer.

Cui, who was born and raised in Edmonton, co-founded the Singapore-based One Championship mixed martial arts promotion, which made its debut in 2011 and now broadcasts to over 150 countries and is currently valued at over US$1 billion.

He previously worked as a senior executive at ESPN Star Sports and the PGA Tour.

Cui takes over from Chris Presson, who was fired in November along with general manager Brock Sunderland and head coach Jaime Elizondo after a disastrous 2021 season.

The storied CFL franchise was tied for the league’s worst record at 3-11, and lost all seven of its home games at Commonwealth Stadium.