LOS ANGELES – FSN and ProElite, the parent company of EliteXC, announce today that FSN will telecast four one-hour special MMA cards Sunday nights at 9:00 PM local throughout mid-September and into early October.
EliteXC, the only MMA organization to be broadcast live in primetime on network television, has developed a stacked lineup of some of MMA’s top stars. The FSN EliteXC telecasts will showcase many of these elite MMA names, including internet sensation Kimbo Slice, MMA legend Frank Shamrock, EliteXC Lightweight Champion KJ Noons and Phil “The New York Bad Ass” Baroni. In addition, 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 in ProElite-owned, King of the Cage and Cage Rage events
This four-episode deal is the first agreement in what FSN and ProElite hope will be a successful relationship, continuing to bring the highest quality MMA programming to FSN viewers
Translation: Fox Sportsnet has signed a deal to replace the mediocre PRIDE recap shows with mediocre EliteXC recap shows. No word yet on if they plan on shuffling the show around and burying it like they did with PRIDE, but the good news is the deal is only a four episode deal. Or is that bad news? Four episodes certainly doesn’t exactly sound like much of a commitment.
And yup, you’ve read correctly: they’re going to be using some of that 4 hours to promote fighters that aren’t even on their roster anymore, like Anderson Silva and Urijah Faber. It’s not a bad idea as a hook, but it just underlines the fact that EliteXC has few too few hooks of their own.