MMAWeekly.com broke the story a few weeks ago that Pride and Fox Sports Network signed a deal together. Now here is the full details.
From Dream Stage Entertainment
LOS ANGELES, California – Dream Stage Entertainment is proud to announce a television partnership with Fox Sports Net (FSN). Beginning on August 21st at 9:00 PM Local, FSN will debut a monthly one-hour program featuring some of the most exciting bouts in the history of the PRIDE Fighting Championships.
“PRIDE Championship fighters are without a doubt the most feared and skilled fighters in the mixed martial arts world,” said George Greenberg, Executive Vice-President of Programming and Production at FSN. “We are thrilled to bring PRIDE to U.S. cable television for the first time ever exclusively on FSN.”
Each of the twelve episodes will showcase various fighters from PRIDE’s lightweight, middleweight and heavyweight classes. The debut program on August 21st will feature several of the most memorable matches in PRIDE’s history including Quinton “Rampage” Jackson versus current UFC light-heavyweight champion Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell, reigning PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko versus Gary “Big Daddy” Goodridge, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic versus Igor Vovchanchyn, and reigning PRIDE middleweight champion Wanderlei Silva versus Quinton Jackson.
“We’re extremely excited that FSN will be featuring PRIDE in the United States, ” said Yukino Kanda, Executive Vice President of Dream Stage Entertainment. “We have a loyal following of fans in the U.S. who have been with us from the beginning … this deal will expose prospective fans in the mainstream to the intensity and excitement of PRIDE Fighting.”
FSN reaches more than 81 million homes through its network of 20 regional sports channels. FSN, based in Los Angeles, serves as the cable TV home to 62 of the 82 MLB, NHL and NBA teams based in the United States, and produces over 4,500 live events each year. In addition to home team games, FSN telecasts a wide variety of national sports events and programming, including Best Damn Sports Show Period and Beyond the Glory. For the latest up-to-the-minute sports news and opinions, visit the FOX Sports/FSN website at www.FoxSports.com.