Gina Carano. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.
At a pre-fight press conference to promote this past weekend’s Affliction: Banned event in California, FSN Executive Vice President George Greenberg hinted that the network was set to begin airing EliteXC programming in the near future, potentially making the organization the fourth such MMA brand to be featured on the channel.
“For us here at FSN…. we’ve shown UFC, we’ve shown PRIDE, we’ve shown the IFL, and we’re about to start showing ProElite,” Greenberg said. “I can really say that we’re careful of what we put on air in terms of a television product and I can say that everyone that has been associated with the process does the same thing.”
Video of Greenberg’s quote is here. His words harken back to a comment made by ProElite chairman Doug DeLuca last week during another conference call to promote EliteXC’s upcoming “Unfinished Business” event on July 26th.
“I can’t talk too much about it now, but we’re probably going to announce another broadcast deal pretty soon with a cable network that will do similar to what you’re saying, where you’ll see all our brands in action,” DeLuca reportedly said during last week’s phone call.
While nothing is set in stone, it’s likely that EliteXC’s programming will consist of a “UFC Unleashed” related show that will feature past fights. The organization will have quite the list to choose from as the ProElite banner will also allow them to select from past bouts that have occurred in Cage Rage, ICON Sport, King of the Cage, and Strikeforce as well. The deal with FSN would also make the organization the featured brand on the channel as FSN’s current deals with PRIDE and the IFL are set to expire.
Additional details will likely surface this afternoon on another EliteXC conference call to promote Saturday’s event.
HT: MMA Payout
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