LOS ANGELES, Sep 26, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) — ProElite, Inc. said today that its four-part EliteXC “Champions of the Cage” series premiers this Sunday at 9:00 pm on the Fox Sports Network (FSN). The new series of Sunday night mixed martial arts (MMA) telecasts continues through October 19, culminating with an exclusive “King of the Cage” episode.
This Sunday’s special telecast features Frank Shamrock vs. Phil Baroni and Kimbo Slice vs. Tank Abbot. The premiere will also air action from EliteXC Welterweight Champion Jake Shields and Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett. The series, which airs at 9:00 pm ET/PT, is hosted by Jay Glazer.
The other feature bouts in the FSN Champions series include:
Sunday Oct. 5: Anderson “The Spider” Silva vs. Jorge Rivera (Replays: Oct. 22)
Sunday Oct. 12: “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler vs. Murilo “Ninja” Rua (Replays: Oct. 24)
Sunday Oct. 19: Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Sean Gray (Replays: Oct. 29)
The four-episode deal between FSN and ProElite that resulted in the specials that debut this weekend are part of an effort to enhance the growing fan base for MMA. Announced last month, the FSN programs will pit top name, impact fighters in bouts that showcase the incredible talent of ProElite’s MMA combatants.
“Being included in the FSN’s Sunday Sports Block gives us an opportunity to develop our audience and add to our TV cache by putting more of our MMA superstars in primetime,” said ProElite VP of Home Entertainment Turi Altavilla. “We think this series has terrific potential and we are really excited about it.”
About ProElite, Inc.
ProElite, Inc. delivers the most exciting entertainment experience in the world of mixed martial arts (MMA) with live arena-based entertainment events, cable television programming on Showtime Networks and community-driven interactive broadband entertainment. A global leader in MMA, it has established a partnership with CBS that brings MMA to a major primetime network and an exclusive distribution agreement for its program library with IMG Media.
ProElite showcases the world’s top MMA fighters through EliteXC ( www.elitexc.com) and www.ProElite.com, its social media platform which continues to add thousands of subscribers each month with its social networking tools, extensive video on demand library, and original and partner-driven content.