by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
With New Year’s Eve just around the corner, HDNet has secured the rights to broadcast the highly anticipated Yarennoka! event taking place in Japan on Dec. 31 as confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by HDNet Fights CEO, Andrew Simon.
“Today’s announcement with M-1 Global/Fedor clearly demonstrates that HDNet Fights is committed to working on a unified basis to deliver the best fighters and the best fights,” said Simon. “HDNet is clearly becoming the home for MMA action and this amazing live event featuring the return of Fedor is our holiday present to HDNet Fights fans. We are working hard every day improving HDNet Fights and this is a great first step in the process.”
The event will feature the return of Fedor Emelianenko to active competition against an as of yet unnamed opponent, and along with this deal, HDNet will also gain the rights to broadcast all of Fedor’s future international fights.
The show has already announced many bouts with huge implications including a lightweight battle between two of the top fighters in the world, Gesias “JZ” Calvancante vs. Shinya Aoki.
HDNet founder and owner, Mark Cuban also commented on the huge announcement to broadcast the show on his network.
“This announcement reinforces our commitment to becoming the home for live MMA action,” Cuban stated. “No one else but HDNet will have the return of Fedor live from Japan.”
The television juggernaut also today officially announced the rights to broadcast the upcoming International Fight League’s Grand Prix finals taking place on Dec. 29 from Connecticut.
“This is a great opportunity to work with the IFL for the first time and to bring one of the best cards of the year live to MMA fans and HDNet customers,” said Andrew Simon about the broadcast of the IFL Grand Prix.
The card will feature 5 title bouts and undercard fights featuring many of the top stars in the IFL.