FSN Taps Four MMA Specials


FSN will televise a quartet of ExliteXC mixed martial arts specials in September and October.

Terms of the deal between the sports programmer/regional sports network provider and ProElite, the parent company of EliteXC, were not disclosed.

The four one-hour cards, slated for 9 p.m. Sunday in September and into early October, will showcase many elite fighters, including Internet sensation Kimbo Slice, MMA legend Frank Shamrock, EliteXC Lightweight Champion K.J. Noons and Phil “The New York Bad Ass” Baroni.

Additionally, the telecasts will feature vintage bouts of other MMA stars, including Anderson “Spider” Silva and Uriah “the California Kid” Faber, from earlier in their careers when they fought in ProElite-owned, King of the Cage and Cage Rage events

The EliteXC specials will be hosted by Jay Glazer, along with FSN’s MMA analyst and former Icon Sport champion Frank Trigg.

“ProElite has a great track record of staging top-notch bouts with big-name, impact fighters. FSN is pleased to be able to showcase EliteXC in FSN’s Sunday night sports block,” said FSN executive vice president of programming and production George Greenberg in a statement.

FSN has long been an MMA proponent, telecasting bouts from UFC, PRIDE, IFL and the July 2008 undercard of the Affliction MMA special.