by MMAWeekly.com Staff
HDNet Fights on Wednesday announced a long-term partnership with Affliction Entertainment to air live MMA events exclusively in North America on HDNet. These live events will be broadcast on HDNet as a lead-in to Affliction’s pay-per-view events.

“This is the beginning of a long-term partnership with Affliction that encompasses live MMA, co-marketing and top fighters for the top weekly show in MMA, Inside MMA on HDNet,” said Andrew Simon, CEO of HDNet Fights. “Affliction has quickly become one of the top organizations in MMA which means it is a must have for HDNet.”

As part of the agreement, HDNet will feature the first 90 minutes of live bouts that are part of each Affliction MMA event. For its debut event in July, Affliction had a similar agreement with Fox Sports Net, airing several bouts on the cable sports network.

HDNet will kick off the coverage with Affliction’s upcoming “Day of Reckoning” event, to be broadcast live from the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas on Oct. 11. HDNet’s coverage of the first three preliminary bouts will include a match-up between Jason High and Mike Pyle (welterweight) followed by Paul Buentello vs. Roy Nelson (heavyweight).

Kenny Rice, Bas Rutten, and Ron Kruck will be on hand to call the action live on the HDNet broadcast, beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. Pacific Time.