From the star-studded light heavyweight tournament at the International Fighting Championship’s “Global Domination” event in September 2003, here’s PRIDE Fighting Championships standout Mauricio “Shogun” Rua taking on former UFC light heavyweight title challenger Renato “Babalu” Sobral. The first part of the fight is above and the second is after the jump.
The International Fighting Championship, LLC (IFC), along with hip hop icon and movie star Ice Cube and the legendary DJ Pooh have launched the first 24/7 Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) channel, My MMA Network, an IFC brand. My MMA Network will be the exclusive MMA channel on Ice Cube’s new Internet Television Network, UVNTV.com (U View Network Television). UVNTV currently hosts about 12 channels while in beta mode, including channels for Snoop Dogg called Snoopadelic and P Diddy with Diddy TV.
The IFC expects My MMA Network to take MMA to a whole new level of sports and entertainment. As the only 24/7 network out there today, IFC can control and market the content in any fashion and give MMA fans an all access pass to anything MMA related. “We are truly fortunate to be the exclusive Mixed Martial Arts channel on UVNTV. My MMA Network will blur the lines between sports and entertainment and with Ice Cube and Pooh, we have two of the best in the business on our side,” stated IFC President, Rico White.
“My MMA Network and UVNTV will not only serve as a platform for the IFC to market and broadcast their events, but allow for all MMA promoters, fighters and advertisers to showcase who they are to a worldwide audience. My MMA Network, like traditional TV, will have set programs, pay per view and On-Demand access right at your finger tips,” commented IFC CIO, Jeff Zimmerman.