Strikeforce and HDNet announce partnership
Aug 23, 2011 - by Steve Gerweck
For Immediate Release:
August 23, 2011
STRIKEFORCE® PARTNERS WITH HDNET TO
TELEVISE LIVE PRELIMINARY BOUTS AND WEIGH-INS FOR WORLD GRAND PRIX SEMI-FINALS AND FINALS EVENTS
PLUS, INSIDE MMA TO BROADCAST LIVE FROM
WORLD GRAND PRIX SEMI-FINALS PRELIMINARY BOUTS:
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
Live on HDNet at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT
MIKE KYLE vs. MARCOS ROGERIO DE LIMA
RAFAEL ‘FEIJAO’ CAVALCANTE vs. YOEL ROMERO
EVGANGELISTA ‘CYBORG’ SANTOS vs. JORDAN MEIN
AMANDA NUNES vs. ALEXIS DAVIS
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – STRIKEFORCE® announced today that HDNet will broadcast live preliminary bouts and official weigh-ins for the WORLD GRAND PRIX SEMI-FINALS on Sept. 10 in Cincinnati, as well as for the WORLD GRAND PRIX FINALS scheduled to take place in the coming months.
In addition, HDNet’s Inside MMA, hosted by Bas Rutten and Kenny Rice, will broadcast live from the weigh-in locations for each event with exclusive pre-fight coverage, including on-set interviews and analysis of the upcoming bouts. HDNet last carried the live prelims and weigh-ins for the WORLD GRAND PRIX event held at American Airlines Center in Dallas on June 18.
“As we continue to showcase some of the sport’s up-and-coming talent on our prelims, we’re excited to be able to air them live on HDNet,” STRIKEFORCE CEO Scott Coker said. “We’re excited to give STRIKEFORCE fans even more access to great fights.”
The following bouts will air live on HDNet from U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati on Sept. 10: UFC veteran Mike Kyle vs. highly-touted prospect light heavyweight prospect Marcos Rogerio de Lima; former STRIKEFORCE light heavyweight champ Rafael “Feijão” Cavalcante vs. Olympic wrestler Yoel Romero; former number one welterweight contender Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos vs. rising star Jordan Mein; Brazilian bantamweight striker Amanda Nunes vs. Japanese Jujutsu black belt Alexis Davis. One additional bout is in the works to complete the preliminary portion of the event. The action will air live on HDNet beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.
Tickets for STRIKEFORCE® WORLD GRAND PRIX SEMI-FINALS, which is presented by Rockstar Energy Drink, are on sale now and priced at $200, $125, $75 and $35. Tickets are available at the U.S. Bank Arena box office, online at www.usbankarena.com, or charge by phone at 513-421-4111 . Tickets are also available online at www.TicketMaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000 , and at all Ticketmaster outlets including select Kroger locations. Ticket prices do not include service charges.
Additional information on the WORLD GRAND PRIX FINALS will be made available in the weeks to come. For more information or the latest STRIKEFORCE news, visit www.strikeforce.com. All bouts live and subject to change.
About STRIKEFORCE® – www.strikeforce.com
Owned and operated by Forza, LLC, a subsidiary of Zuffa, LLC, which also owns the Ultimate Fighting Championship® brand, STRIKEFORCE® is a world-class mixed martial arts promotion based in Las Vegas, Nev. that currently holds 16 live events annually across the United States. First established as a mixed martial arts entity in 2006, STRIKEFORCE now broadcasts its events live on Showtime® Networks, Inc. and has produced two live, primetime events on the CBS Television Network. With a growing roster featuring the world’s elite competitors, STRIKEFORCE has cemented its place as a leader in providing quality mixed martial arts action.
HDNet (www.hd.net) is the independent network with unique and thought-provoking content that appeals to men of all ages and is delivered in true high definition. HDNet presents exclusive, innovative and original programming, including the network’s Emmy Award winning HD news feature programs, “HDNet World Report,” and “Dan Rather Reports,” featuring legendary journalist Dan Rather.
HDNet is your home for MMA, featuring the best of Mixed Martial Arts with its Friday night series, “HDNet Fights” (www.hdnetfights.com). “Inside MMA” is the hottest Mixed Martial Arts program on television, giving fans their weekly fix for everything MMA, while “The Voice Vs…,” features Michael Schiavello going one-on-one with some of the biggest names in the sport.
HDNet also delivers the world’s largest and most diverse concert line-up through “HDNet Concerts,” now also presenting LIVE concerts in high definition. HDNet also features provocative lifestyle programming featuring “Art Mann Presents,” “Drinking Made Easy,” “Deadline!” and “Get Out!”
Launched in 2001 by Mark Cuban and General Manager Philip Garvin, the HDNet networks are available in the U.S. via AT&T U-verse, Charter, Comcast, DIRECTV, DISH Network, Insight, Suddenlink and Verizon FiOS. The HDNet networks can be followed via Facebook at facebook.com/HDNet, facebook.com/HDNetFights and via Twitter at twitter.com/hdnet, twitter.com/hdnetfights.