- UFC, IFL, & BODOG HEAT UP TV SCHEDULE

August 20, 2007
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by MMAWeekly.com


THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER RETURNS IN SEPTEMBER


Mixed martial arts on television is heating up once again. The focus in the near future will be on the next season of The Ultimate Fighter on Spike TV.


Season Six features UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Serra and former champ Matt Hughes as coaches. They will head up two 8-man teams of up-and-coming welterweight fighters looking to fight their way into the UFC.


The Ultimate Fighter also has a new home on Spike TV with the series moving to Wednesday nights.


Season Six premiers on Wednesday, September 19, following UFC Fight Night 11 featuring Kenny Florian vs. Din Thomas in a lightweight battle.


 


IFL BATTLEGROUND MONDAY FOCUSES ON GRAND PRIX


More immediately, tonight in fact, the IFL returns to MyNetworkTV with a new episode of IFL Battleground at 8pm ET/PT and 7pm CT/MT.


Tonight’s episode of IFL Battleground focuses on the fighters scheduled to participate in the upcoming IFL World Grand Prix. Among those fighters featured on tonight’s episode are heavyweight Ben Rothwell, lightweight Chris Horodecki, light heavyweights Vladimir Matyushenko and Mike Whitehead, welterweight Jay Hieron, and middleweight Benji Radach.


 


BODOG FIGHT: NEW JERSEY PREMIERS TUESDAY NIGHT


The first episode of Bodog Fight: New Jersey premiers tomorrow (Tuesday, August 21) on ION Television. Filmed in Trenton, the first episode features two title bouts: UFC veteran Trevor Prangley vs. Japanese star Yuki Kondo and tow of the top women in the world, Tara LaRosa vs. Kelly Kobold.


Airing at 11pm ET / 10pm CT on ION and in Canada on The Fight Network, the season premier also features Eddie Alvarez, one of the top fighters in his weight class, squaring off with Matt Lee, a tough fighter in his own right.


 


UFC 75 AIRS FROM ENGLAND ON SPIKE TV


Following in the footsteps of two latest European ventures – in Belfast, Northern Ireland and Manchester, England – the UFC’s return to London will air on Spike TV, not as a pay-per-view.


Unlike UFC 72 in Belfast, which aired live in the afternoon in the U.S. on Spike TV, UFC President Dana White recently confirmed UFC 75 will return to the tape-delayed basis of the Manchester-based UFC 70.


UFC 75 is scheduled to feature the first ever unification bout between UFC and Pride champions. Quinton Jackson currently holds the UFC’s light heavyweight belt while his opponent, Dan Henderson, is the current Pride champion.


The London card is also scheduled to feature Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic vs. Cheick Kongo and Michael Bisping vs. Matt Hamill.


 


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