by Ivan Trembow – MMAWeekly.com
As detailed in the MMA Television Guide section of MMAWeekly.com, there are a huge amount of MMA pay-per-view and television events premiering in June… seven of them, to be exact. The biggest events, in chronological order, are the EliteXC/K-1 show on June 2nd; UFC 72 on June 16th; and the EliteXC/Strikeforce event on June 22nd. In addition, the latest King of the Cage PPV premiere will be on June 1st with a pre-taped show.
There are also other smaller MMA promotions that are all trying their hand at national pay-per-view for the first time in June. The Cage Fury Fighting promotion is offering a main event of Ray Mercer vs. Kimbo Slice on a live PPV event that will air head-to-head with the TUF 5 finale on Spike TV on June 23rd and the New Jersey-based Ring of Combat promotion will premiere a pre-taped PPV on June 29th.
In addition to the many MMA PPV premieres, the amount of MMA television premieres is huge, and the hectic nature of the schedule is best exemplified by a single night in June. On June 12th, MMA fans with DVRs should be ready to watch or tape the live broadcast of UFC Fight Night on Spike TV, a new episode of of BodogFight Season 3 on Ion Television, and the season premiere of Fight Girls on Oxygen Network, all on one night. Fight Girls, featuring Master Toddy and Gina Carano, will then continue to air in the Tuesdays at 10:30 PM (ET/PT) timeslot on Oxygen.
In addition to TUF’s numerous airings, the June 23rd TUF finale, the Friday night UFC event replays on Spike (including the entire TUF 2 finale on June 8th), the IFL on MyNetworkTV airings on Mondays and Saturdays, the IFL on FSN airings on Fridays, June is also the month in which the WEC makes its debut on the Versus Network. Besides the June 3rd live event on Versus Network, there will be new episodes of the WEC highlights show on Sunday, June 3rd; Wednesday, June 6th; and Wednesday, June 13th.
Finally, it’s almost a given that this will happen anytime a major competitor tries to run a pay-per-view event, but it has happened again: An extended block of UFC programming will air on Spike TV head-to-head with the EliteXC/K-1 event on June 2nd. The same pattern played out in the past when the WFA, Pride, and EliteXC ran events on Saturday nights.
You can always keep up-to-date on the latest MMA pay-per-view and TV listings in the MMA Television Guide Section of MMAWeekly.com.