- DESPITE POSTPONEMENT, CUBAN COMMITTED TO MMA

January 4, 2008
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by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
Officials from HDNet Fights on Friday confirmed that the promotion’s planned event for Feb. 15 in Dallas has been indefinitely postponed.

“The date was tentative and we moved the date to first solidify all the partnerships we have been forming for 2008,” explained CEO Andrew Simon. “We plan to do 24 live fights in 52 weeks and actually had five in the month of December alone. We want to make our partners strong in 2008 and at the same time build the HDNet Fights brand.”

Mark Cuban, who founded both the HDNet television network and HDNet Fights, added some intrigue, telling MMAWeekly.com, “We think we can improve the quality of the card. We have to get some contractual clarification on one fighter in particular.”

He would not name names – leaving everyone to speculate if that fighter might be Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight titleholder Randy Couture – saying only, “I can’t comment on that,” when asked who that particular fighter is.

Cuban does believe, however, that fighter can make a big difference in the promotion’s next event if he is available. “I didn’t want to get caught having to rush together a card if he is available. Let’s just say, this match-up is worth waiting for.

“If he can’t fight, we will set a date very quickly. That’s the advantage of owning an arena,” referring to his ownership of the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

Couture is of particular relevance as he attended the most recent HDNet Fights event in December and proclaimed, “”I am not retired. I am waiting for my UFC contract to expire. I will fight Fedor Emelianenko.”

Adding to that, HDNet recently partnered with M-1 Global to air Emelianenko’s New Year’s Eve bout against Hong Man Choi live on its network.

Interestingly, Cuban did add that although HDNet Fights first two events were held in Dallas, there is the possibility of moving to another venue.

“There is always a chance we could hold it elsewhere. We are getting some very strong sponsorship interest that has some location elements to it. That said, it will most likely come down to American Airlines Center dates.”

One thing that Cuban was adamant about, HDNet Fights is not going away anytime soon.

“This wasn’t a cancellation by any means, it was a postponement. There will be many, many more HDNet fights.”

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