NBC on Thursday announced that it has partnered with Strikeforce to bring mixed martial arts to the network. “Strikeforce on NBC” will premiere the night of April 12 from 2-2:30 a.m. ET on NBC.
“Mixed martial arts has exploded onto the sports scene. Its athletes are tremendous competitors and the sport is one of the fastest growing in the world,” said Jerry Petry, Executive Vice President of NBC Universal Television. “As a leader in this arena, Strikeforce will be able to deliver some of the finest and most intense action ever seen on broadcast TV.”
“It’s truly an honor to have the opportunity to bring the Strikeforce mixed martial arts product to one of the longest-standing and most well-respected national television platforms,” said Strikeforce Chief Executive Officer Scott Coker. “NBC has a history of popular late Saturday TV and in the 80’s NBC’s ‘Saturday Night’s Main Event’ show helped catapult the popularity of professional wrestling. Strikeforce is looking to follow in suit and establish a legacy of its own on the network.”
Each episode of the series will feature Strikeforce mixed martial arts fights and highlights as well as fighter profiles. The premiere Strikeforce episode will feature superstar Cung Le vs. Brian Warren, Duane “Bang” Ludwig vs. Tony “The Freak” Fryklund, as well as a profile on Le.