Versus Returns to DirectTV

Versus, the broadcaster of World Extreme Cagefighting, has reached a deal that will see the channel return to the DirectTV line up.

“We are pleased that both sides were able to work out a satisfactory deal to bring this programming back to our customers,” said Derek Chang in a press release. “We’re excited that we were able to come to a fair agreement that puts Versus back in millions of homes with DirectTV in time for our busy spring programming schedule. We look forward to super-serving these fans with NHL regular season and playoff coverage, our first live UFC event and much more.”

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HBO Exec Says No More Than Five Percent Overlap Between Boxing and MMA Audiences

“We’ve done a lot of research at HBO talking to all of our pay-per-view distributors and we haven’t found more than 5% overlap in the audiences. They’re two different businesses that co-exist. Sports that are thriving on our sport of boxing whether it’s on HBO or HBO pay-per-view, it has been growing significantly over the last 3 or 4 years and there is surprisingly little overlap between the consumer base.”

—HBO Senior VP of Sports Operations and Pay-Per-View Mark Taffet

Video: UFC Primetime Episode One

UFC Primetime follows Georges St. Pierre and Dan Hardy as they prepare for their showdown at UFC 111 in Newark, New Jersey. Part two is after the jump.

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MMA Live for 3-11-2010

ESPN’s MMA Live featuring new WEC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz and UFC light heavyweight Jon Jones.

Charles “Mask” Lewis 1963-2009

“Hopefully, at the end of the day, it would be said that I encouraged people to encourage.  Encouraged you to believe in yourself way past where you believed you could go.  Get you to believe in something that’s way up here, that you don’t really want to touch it, you really don’t want to believe…man, go believe in that, and focus on that thing, and when you do that, that’s when you’ll do something that sets you completely apart from everybody else.  It just takes one idea.  One.  To change the course of your history, your kids history, and influence many a millions of others.  There’s just one, but you’ve got to go up in that one little part that you’re thinking is just so crazy…it only sounds crazy because nobody else is thinking about it.  That’s your special gift; you gotta get up there in that, Whatever it is.

—Charles “Mask” Lewis, June 23, 1963 - March 11, 2009

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Georges St. Pierre Discusses Training Changes, Welterweight Division

UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre sits down with AOL Fanhouse to discuss a variety of subjects including the changes he’s made to his diet and his thoughts on the welterweight division.

HDNet to Debut New MMA Series “Fighting Words With Mike Straka”

Straka’s first guest UFC president Dana White. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

DALLAS—HDNet announced today that it will add the new, original series “Fighting Words with Mike Straka,” to its Friday night lineup. The 30-minute one-on-one weekly interview program will feature revealing conversations with the top stars in mixed martial arts.  “Fighting Words with Mike Straka” is scheduled to debut on Friday, March 26 at 8:30 p.m. ET.  The premiere episode will feature a rare, 30-minute interview with one of the most influential people in Mixed Martial Arts - UFC President Dana White.

In the following weeks, host Mike Straka will present unique insights into the sport’s most interesting personalities including King Mo, Gegard Mousasi, Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos, Matt Hughes, Frank Shamrock and Bobby Lashley.

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The Battle for MMA in Ontario Wages On

Sportsnet’s “Showdown” Joe Ferraro sits down with Noble Chummar, UFC’s legal counsel in Ontario, to look at the political fight taking place to bring mixed martial arts to Ontario.

Chummar belongs to a committee that is currently working to get the sport regulated in Ontario. According to Chummar, “The name of the game is patience. We can’t rush this because it’s too big and UFC completely supports the slow learning process, the slow education process of bringing people on side and we’re working at that pace to make it happen.”

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Dana White’s UFC 105 Video Blog Part II

Dana White’s UFC 105 Video Blog

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