ProElite & FSN Announce Deal

The press release:


LOS ANGELES – FSN and ProElite, the parent company of EliteXC, announce today that FSN will telecast four one-hour special MMA cards Sunday nights at 9:00 PM local throughout mid-September and into early October.

EliteXC, the only MMA organization to be broadcast live in primetime on network television, has developed a stacked lineup of some of MMA’s top stars. The FSN EliteXC telecasts will showcase many of these elite MMA names, including internet sensation Kimbo Slice, MMA legend Frank Shamrock, EliteXC Lightweight Champion KJ Noons and Phil “The New York Bad Ass” Baroni. In addition, the telecasts will feature vintage bouts of other MMA stars, including Anderson “Spider” Silva and Uriah “the California Kid” Faber, from earlier in their careers when they fought in in ProElite-owned, King of the Cage and Cage Rage events

This four-episode deal is the first agreement in what FSN and ProElite hope will be a successful relationship, continuing to bring the highest quality MMA programming to FSN viewers

“Our mission from day one with ProElite and EliteXC has been to showcase the incredible talent and excitement of our fighters and illustrate that the appetite of the growing legions of MMA fans can’t be satisfied by merely a single organization,” said ProElite’s Doug DeLuca. “FSN has a well-known history of success with MMA, and this partnership is another important step in developing an even stronger fan base for the exciting brand of MMA that ProElite delivers through EliteXC and our other organizations like King of the Cage, Cage Rage, Icon Sport, SpiritMC and Rumble on the Rock.”

“ProElite has a great track record of staging top-notch bouts with big-name, impact fighters. FSN is pleased to be able to showcase EliteXC in FSN’s Sunday Night Sports Block,” said FSN Executive Vice President of Programming and Production George Greenberg.

EliteXC specials are hosted by Jay Glazer, alongside FSN’s MMA analyst and former Icon Sport champion Frank Trigg. Specifics of the televised bouts are still to be determined. FSN has a long history of MMA success, telecasting bouts from UFC, PRIDE, IFL and the July 2008 undercard of the Affliction MMA special.

I don’t know how much it will help ProElite, but it certainly can’t hurt.