FoxSportsNet To Show EliteXC Programming

As was reported here at Octagon Buzz on July 21, there were rumors floating around that FoxSportsNet and EliteXC were going go into a partnership; the rumors have been put to rest as both FSN and EliteXC announced today that FSN will telecast four 1-hour special MMA cards on Sunday nights at 9:00 PM local time throughout mid-September and into early October.  Below is the press release by both FSN and EliteXC:

LOS ANGELES – FSN and ProElite, the parent company of EliteXC, announce today that FSN will telecast four one-hour special MMA cards Sunday nights at 9:00 PM local throughout mid-September and into early October.

EliteXC, the only MMA organization to be broadcast live in primetime on network television, has developed a stacked lineup of some of MMA’s top stars. The FSN EliteXC telecasts will showcase many of these elite MMA names, including internet sensation Kimbo Slice, MMA legend Frank Shamrock, EliteXC Lightweight Champion KJ Noons and Phil “The New York Bad Ass” Baroni. In addition, the telecasts will feature vintage bouts of other MMA stars, including Anderson “Spider” Silva and Uriah “the California Kid” Faber, from earlier in their careers when they fought in in ProElite-owned, King of the Cage and Cage Rage events

This four-episode deal is the first agreement in what FSN and ProElite hope will be a successful relationship, continuing to bring the highest quality MMA programming to FSN viewers

“Our mission from day one with ProElite and EliteXC has been to showcase the incredible talent and excitement of our fighters and illustrate that the appetite of the growing legions of MMA fans can’t be satisfied by merely a single organization,” said ProElite’s Doug DeLuca. “FSN has a well-known history of success with MMA, and this partnership is another important step in developing an even stronger fan base for the exciting brand of MMA that ProElite delivers through EliteXC and our other organizations like King of the Cage, Cage Rage, Icon Sport, SpiritMC and Rumble on the Rock.”

“ProElite has a great track record of staging top-notch bouts with big-name, impact fighters. FSN is pleased to be able to showcase EliteXC in FSN’s Sunday Night Sports Block,” said FSN Executive Vice President of Programming and Production George Greenberg.

EliteXC specials are hosted by Jay Glazer, alongside FSN’s MMA analyst and former Icon Sport champion Frank Trigg. Specifics of the televised bouts are still to be determined. FSN has a long history of MMA success, telecasting bouts from UFC, PRIDE, IFL and the July 2008 undercard of the Affliction MMA special.

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FSN is the nation’s leading provider of local sports. FSN’s 16 owned-and-operated regional networks and its affiliated networks reach more than 80 million homes across the U.S. FSN serves as the TV home to nearly two-thirds of all MLB, NHL and NBA teams based in the United States. FSN also produces close to 5,000 live local events each year, including more than 1600 in high definition. In addition to its thousands of home team games and a wide variety of locally produced sports programs, FSN televises national sports events and programs, including Pac-10 and ACC basketball and Pac-10 and Big 12 football.

ProElite, Inc. delivers the most exciting entertainment experience in the world of mixed martial arts (MMA) with live arena-based entertainment events, cable television programming on Showtime Networks and community-driven interactive broadband entertainment. The company has established a partnership with CBS that brings MMA to a major primetime network for the first time. Through acquisitions of MMA organizations in Asia and Europe, ProElite is a global leader with an exclusive distribution agreement for its program library with IMG Media. ProElite’s live fight division, EliteXC, delivers spectacular live MMA fight events that showcase the world’s top fighters [elitexc.com]. The company’s social media platform, ProElite.com, continues to add thousands of subscribers each month due to the large number of live streaming MMA events, social networking tools, and original and partner-driven content.

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