K-1 Joining Bellator on Spike TV

August 20, 2012
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PRESS RELEASE:

Spike TV and K-1 have agreed to a strategic partnership that will begin this fall with live fights streamed on Spike.com beginning Saturday, Sept. 8, at the U.S. World Grand Prix Championships in Los Angeles.

There will be a total of four events that will be streamed live in 2012.  In 2013, the K-1 events will move from Spike.com to Spike TV to coincide with the network’s extensive coverage of Bellator Fighting Championships.

“We are thrilled to be in business with the world’s preeminent kickboxing organization,” said Jon Slusser, Senior Vice President, Sports and Multiplatform Events, Spike TV. “Spike has the most passionate and knowledgeable fans of combat sports and we are confident that they will enjoy the high-action of K-1, which serves as the perfect complement to our Bellator coverage next year.”

“K-1 is excited to join forces with Spike TV, a powerful and highly experienced cable network known nationally for its combat sports programming, presenting our live K-1 events,” said Doug Kaplan, CEO, K-1. “Spike is the perfect television home and stage to introduce our K-1 warriors and the fast-paced, aggressive style of K-1 fighting to fight fans across America.”

Spike.com’s 2012 coverage will include unprecedented access to K-1 events, from live streaming of the weigh-ins the day before the bouts, to locker room interviews, to live coverage of every fight on the card, including all the prelims.

The four K-1 events in 2012 include:

September 8 – Los Angeles
U.S. Grand Prix Championship

October 14 – Tokyo, Japan
World Grand Prix Final

December 8 – Athens, Greece
MAX Final

December 26 – New York
World Grand Prix Final

The addition of K-1 to Spike TV’s lineup next year further establishes the network as the premier television destination for combat sports. Spike TV will debut Bellator Fighting Championships in January 2013 with a weekly live fight card featuring some of the best rising stars in the mixed martial arts world.

  • stak

    F’N SWEET!!!!!

    totally sucks though that I’m in chicago and their having events in LA and NYC.

  • gogogadgetplata

    i always loved michael mcdonald and when i was younger always got him confused with kevin randleman, I just want to see how people react because the brutality of a standing 8 count after a head kick looks stupid when you know a person could just finish the fight and cause less damage to the brain.The NFL is always talking about concussions and its such a hot topic now.

    • Richurd Cheese

      Dude!!! I know, the standing 8 counts are brutal!!! I remember Michael Mcdonald, and I also confused him with Kevin Randleman. This is going to be AWESOME!!!!

  • http://www.combatsciencemma.com CombatScienceMMA

    This is great news for combat sport athletes and fans. I have no doubt that K1 will be successful.

  • phrankthetank

    Why the h€ll is there a drop menu blocking half of the article?

  • http://www.facebook.com/nathan.quarry nathanquarry

    I am so excited for this and so happy to be a part of the Spike family! The UFC being on Spike was huge in building the UFC into what it is today. Now let’s see if they can duplicate it with K1. I personally think K1 fighters are the toughest human beings on the planet. Can’t wait for 2013 to see Bellator and K1 on Spike!

  • Spinattack

    As soon as this happens I’m dropping the FX channel and the propoganda machine for the stupid FOX channel. I hate even being registered for it.

    It will also likely end my career of buying UFC PPV. The UFC is going to crap. It’s turning into the WWE. It supposed to be the best fighter versus the best fighter, but its come down to the most promotable fighter to draw in more money vs the next most promotable fighter.
    It’s their job to promote the best fighters to the public and build a fan base and show us the best fights. These greedy lazy fuqs are trying to pass off second rate fighters as ‘the best in the world’ because they are easier to market.
    Always looking for the fight that will draw the most attention.
    I don’t give a ship about that, I want to see the best fighters, couldn’t give a fuq less how popular they are.
    Just market your fuqing organization as the best collection of great talent, and people will watch whoever you put in front of us.

    Lesner was the first sign of the UFC turning to crap, Sonnen is the second. It’s all about talk, and hype, and not about skill.
    UFC, Ultimate Fuqing Con

    I hope Spike helps promote Bellator and K1 so much that the UFC collapses.