Guy Mezger has been a busy bee lately, taking HDnet’s existing MMA network and ramping it up for 2008:
Our goal is to produce 24 live shows a year. That’s with us and HDNet Fights partners. We plan on having fresh TV because we’re going to show part of the shows live and part of them taped. We will have fresh TV; around 4 of them a month. HDNet Fights and HDNet Fights Presents should have the highest employees of mixed martial arts athletes in the United States; which again is helping out the fighters.
What this means of course is we’re going to be seeing a whole bunch of MMA that isn’t really fit for TV consumption. I’m a huge fan of MMA, and I used to watch everything I could get my hands on. But back in the day, the only shit that got taped was serious major league stuff.
With this HDNet stuff, they’re teaming up with promotions which are putting together cards featuring numerous newb fighters … many of whom haven’t even hit 5 fights. These guys are green as hell, and the fights look amateur.
So yeah … it’s great that HDNet is putting this money into MMA and down the road it’ll be a good thing. But right now for me as a fan it just means a whole bunch of really painful MMA.