NEW YORK - The International Fight League and HDNet Fights today announced that the 2007 World Grand Prix Finals will be televised live from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, on HDNet on Saturday, December 29, starting at 9:30 p.m. EST.
This will mark the first collaboration between the IFL, which is completing its first full season of operation, and HDNet Fights. It will also mark the first-ever live IFL broadcast in HD. The regular IFL broadcast team of Kenny Rice, Bas Rutten and Ron Kruck will call the action.
?“We are very pleased to be able to offer our fans around the country this special event live and in HD for the first time”,? said IFL President and COO Jay Larkin. “?Our first live television event on November 3 received great reviews, and we think this event, with an unprecedented five titles on the line, may be the MMA event of the year.?”
“This is a great opportunity to work with the IFL for the first time and to bring one of the best cards of the year live to MMA fans and HDNet customers,?” said Andrew Simon, CEO of HDNet Fights. “?HDNet Fights Presents: The IFL World Grand Prix Finals is a fantastic addition to a huge month of MMA action on HDNet in December and is part of our overall plan to have over 24 live fights a year with HDNet Fights. The IFL Grand Prix is showcasing some of the newest stars in the sport in what will be an action packed, exciting show.”
?“Our goal is to bring the best fights possible to air in HD, regardless of what organization those fighters are with,”? added Mark Cuban, chairman and co-founder of HDNet. ?“It is obvious from this partnership for the World Grand Prix that the IFL feels the same way, and we are really pleased to be able to have this historic night for IFL, with some of the rising stars of MMA competing for five belts, as part of the HDNet Fights Presents fight series. It will be a great night for the sport and for the fans.?”
The IFL World Grand Prix Finals will feature some of the best rising talent in the sport who have stood out during the IFL?s inaugural season. Included in the matchups will be the rematch of what many believe to be the MMA ?Fight of the Year? between undefeated phenom Chris ?The Polish Hammer? Horodecki and Shad Lierley, this time for the lightweight title. Others on the card include undefeated Benji ?Razor? Radach against Matt ?Suave? Horwich for the middleweight belt, Long Island native Jay Hieron against Brazilian sensation Delson Heleno for the welterweight crown and Roy ?Big Country? Nelson of Las Vegas against Brazilian Olympian Antoine Jaoude for the heavyweight title. The IFL will also launch its featherweight division with a battle of unbeatens, Wagnney Fabiano of Brazil taking on Kansas City?s L.C. Davis for that belt.