MSNBC’S “WARRIOR NATION” TAKES AN EXCLUSIVE BEHIND THE SCENES LOOK AT UFC 66; ORTIZ vs LIDDELL ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR FIGHTS IN PAY PER VIEW HISTORY
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SECAUCUS, N.J. – January 31, 2007 – On February 10th, the 4th installment of MSNBC’s “Warrior Nation,” takes viewers behind the scenes at UFC 66, the legendary TITO ORTIZ v CHUCK LIDDELL match up. Ortiz and Liddell, long time rivals, and UFC champions, granted MSNBC exclusive access during the lead up to this epic event. Viewers will see the fighters at home, while they are training, and mentally preparing for the fight of a lifetime. Warrior Nation followed the fighters for the month leading up to the fight and gained inside access at their homes, and in the gym. The show follows the two from San Luis Obispo and Big Bear, CA as they head to the fight at MGM Grand, in Las Vegas. Dana White, the president of the UFC, is also prominently featured. Over 1 million Americans subscribed to watch UFC 66 on Pay Per View.
As the reigning UFC World Light Heavyweight Champion, Chuck ‘The Iceman’ Liddell is 37-years-old and has dominated the UFC light heavyweight division, knocking out his last six opponents. The challenger is #1 contender ‘Huntington Beach Bad Boy’ Tito Ortiz. At
32-years-old, Tito lost his championship belt to Randy Couture in 2003 and was defeated by Liddell in 2004. But he has won five consecutive fights and wants to regain his championship title by defeating Liddell.
Episode Four also features up-and-coming fighters, Steve Byrnes and Logan Clark, who earned their shot to debut for the UFC at UFC Fight Night at Miramar Marine Corps Air Station. A former marine Sergeant stationed in Iraq, Steve Byrnes currently trains in Hawaii and works at a local nightclub. Steve’s opponent is Logan Clark, a 21-year-old college student from Minnesota. Both fighters are undefeated and feel the pressures of fighting in the UFC for the first time.
Michael Rubin is vice president, long-form programming, MSNBC. David Kelley is executive producer, prime-time specials, MSNBC.