- 15 YEARS OF PANCRASE TO DEBUT ON PPV IN U.S.

October 15, 2008
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Press Release – MMAWeekly.com
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Sports Action Network (SAN), a next generation online
streaming network, has reached an agreement with iBN
Sports to broadcast the 15 Year Anniversary of PANCRASE video
on demand (VOD) pay-per-view
. This historical project encompasses all of
the past and present glory of the PANCRASE organization, featuring 90 minutes
of nonstop fight action, highlighting the best moments in over 130 PANCRASE
battles.

 

“We are extremely excited about our agreement with class=SpellE>iBM Sports to broadcast the 15 Year Anniversary of PANCRASE
video on pay-per view. It enables us to make this exciting piece of MMA history
available to mixed martial arts fans worldwide.” states George class=SpellE>Boley, Production Manager or SAN

 

PANCRASE was founded in Japan in 1993 by Masakatsu Funaki
and Minoru Suzuki and is one of the longest running MMA promotions in the
world. The first PANCRASE event was held two days before UFC 1 was presented in
the United States.

 

Many of MMA’s legends and current
heroes got their start in PANCRASE. Fighters such as Bas Rutten, Ken Shamrock,
Frank Shamrock, Josh Barnett, Guy Mezger, Nate
Marquardt, Evan Tanner, Chris Lytle, Allan Goes, David Terrell, and many more
are showcased in this one high quality perspective. This MMA
masterpiece is narrated by the current King of PANCRASE and former UFC
heavyweight champion Josh Barnett
.

 

Josh had this to say in one of his recent My Space blog
entries, “I recently finished up voiceover work for the PANCRASE 15 Year
Anniversary video, which will be distributed in the U.S. by SAN (Sports Action
Network). George Boley and the guys at SAN have made
available an awesome collection that looks into the fights and history that
made PANCRASE. I did my best to also add my personal insight and background
info as well, to give everyone access to some of the stories around the
fights.”

 

According to the Sports Action Network team, the objective
of this tribute is not only to pay homage to PANCRASE, but also to honor some
of the world’s elite champions that will forever be a part of the prestigious
mixed martial arts organization. Despite its historical significance, this VOD
feature is not a documentary. It is a monumental compilation
of MMA fight
footage that pays tribute to the great fighters of
PANCRASE.

 

The release date and additional details will be announced
soon. For further information on the 15 Year Anniversary of PANCRASE please
visit www.sportsactionnetwork.tv
or e-mail the Programming Director George Boley at href="mailto:programming@rbn-online.net">programming@rbn-online.net.

 

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