This past Wednesday, August 17th, Eric Pele and the King of the Cage promotion were featured on an episode of A&E’s new series “Inked.” The episode was taped in May and centers on Pele’s return to fighting after a two year absence as he claimed the KOTC Super-Heavyweight Championship by defeating Bobby Hoffman, in a rematch of their 2000 RINGS bout, via TKO at KOTC 52.
The episode, entitled “The Big E-vent,” features Pele’s training before the fight, behind the scenes and actual fight footage from the PPV, along with Eric’s candid thoughts on his struggle with weight loss and how the birth of his son has changed his life. According to Pele’s comments on the show, this is the last year the 300lb+ fighter will be actively competing as he seeks to spend more time focusing on his career as an artist and his growing family.
The reality series itself follows the day to day business operations of the Hart & Huntington Tattoo Shop, which is co-owned by professional motorcyclist Carey Hart, and located in the Palms Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pele, whose MMA record now stands at 8-2, has been a professional tattoo artist for five years and currently works at the H&H shop and has appeared in multiple episodes of the series.
Interestingly enough, Pele isn’t the only fighter who has been featured on the show. Current UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell also appeared on an episode of Inked earlier this year. Liddells’ cameo came during the taping of a live Sirius Radio broadcast of skateboarding mega-star Tony Hawk’s “Demolition Radio Show,” as Liddell laid out Hawk’s co-host Jason Ellis with a hard right hand punch to Ellis’ arm after Ellis challenged Liddell to hit him as hard as he could.
Replays of previous episodes fallow brand new premier episodes on A&E on Wednesday nights at 9pm Pacific/8pm Central, with replays of both episodes broadcasting later the same evening.