Fuel TV has quickly established itself as the UFC’s flagship network. From preliminary bout coverage to weigh-ins and pre-fight shows to post-fight coverage to magazine style shows and even UFC on Fuel TV branded live events, the network offers more UFC programming than any network ever in the history of the promotion.
Initially promising more than 2,000 hours of UFC programming for 2012 at the beginning of the relationship, Fuel TV quickly ramped that figure upwards. The network offered nearly 900 hours of UFC programming in July and August combined, and isn’t slowing down.
Fuel TV is taking things in new directions, however. Not satisfied to offer programming based solely around specific fight cards, the latest twist is a feature-length documentary about Forrest Griffin.
Titled Forrest Griffin: The Ultimate Fighter, the 90-minute documentary airs Wednesday, Sept. 5, at 11 p.m. ET.
Griffin was once a Georgia police officer that took up mixed martial arts as a side hobby to feed his competitive fires. He fought for several fight promotions around the globe for the first few years of his career, defeating the likes of Chael Sonnen and Jeff Monson before landing on the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter.
The rest, as they say, is history, with Griffin emerging as a full-time fighter in the Octagon.
Forrest Griffin: The Ultimate Fighter chronicles Griffin’s unlikely rise up the ranks of the UFC, including his epic fight with Stephan Bonnar that helped bring the promotion back from the brink of extinction.
Fuel TV executives have been nothing short of ecstatic with the TV ratings success of UFC programming on the network, and intend to continue expanding the promotion’s offerings on the action sports network.