In the advent of not being able to renew their contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Spike TV made a deal with Bellator Fighting Championships to fill-in its MMA programming. And now in addition to continuing its combat sports programming, Spike TV has added K-1.
K-1 is the premiere world kickboxing organization which started in Tokyo, Japan. The tournaments held has had some of the best kickboxers in the world compete. Legendary kickboxers such as Peter Aerts, Ernesto Hoost, Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic, Mark Hunt, Remy Bonjasky, Semmy Schilt, Alistair Overeem, Buakaw Por.Pramuk, Andy Souwer, Masato, Giorgio Petrosyan and Andy Souwer have demonstrated the most elite skill in the striking arts.
Doug Kaplan, CEO of K-1 stated:
"K-1 is excited to join forces with Spike TV, a powerful and highly experienced cable network known nationally for its combat sports programming, presenting our live K-1 events. Spike is perfect television home and stage to introduce our K-1 warriors and the fast-paced, aggressive style of K-1 fighting to fight fans across America."
Jon Slusser, Senior Vice President, Sports and Multiplatform Events, Spike TV said:
"We are thrilled to be in business with the world's preeminent kickboxing organization. Spike has the most passionate and knowledgeable fans of combat sports and we are confident that they will enjoy the high-action of K-1, which serves as the perfect complement to our Bellator coverage next year."
The partnership begins Saturday, September. 8, 2012 at the U.S. World Grand Prix Championships in Los Angeles, California. Including the Los Angeles date, three more events will occur before the full-transition happens in 2013. These fights will be streamed through the network's website. [MMA Mania]