Today, AXS TV and the Legacy Fighting Alliance announced an exclusive long term broadcasting agreement. The multi-year pact will see AXS TV FIGHTS broadcast 30 LFA events in 2017.
The newly formed LFA is the result of a merger of Legacy Fighting Championship and Resurrection Fighting Alliance, both of which rose to national prominence on AXS TV. The promotions have combined to place over 100 fighters in the UFC and Bellator. The merger and new broadcast agreement have now set the stage for the LFA and AXS TV FIGHTS to expand on their reputations as the proving ground for the next generation of MMA stars.
Based on the strength of talent within the combined organization and LFA's 30 fight schedule, AXS TV FIGHTS will expand its 2017 lineup to 45 LIVE events (more than ever before), extend its LIVE broadcast window to three hours, and kick off its Friday night broadcasts an hour earlier at 9/8c. "The Voice" Michael Schiavello and UFC Hall of Famer Pat Miletich will be joined by veteran reporter Ron Kruck to form combat sports BEST broadcast team.
"AXS TV is proud to broadcast the LFA to help create MMA's premiere developmental league" said Mark Cuban, founder and CEO of AXS TV. "AXS TV FIGHTS' expanded 2017 lineup builds on AXS TV's thirteen year, 336 fight legacy as 'your home for MMA' with more live mixed martial arts and kickboxing than any other network"
To accomodate its increased commitment to LIVE MMA events, AXS TV concurrently announced that INSIDE MMA will conclude its historic run on September 30, 2016 when it broadcast its 433rd and final episode. Mauro Ranallo, Bas Rutten, and Ron Kruck will be joined by original host Kenny Rice in a special episode celebrating the shows tenure as MMA's longest running television news series.
The pioneering program debuted on September 14, 2007 as the first and only television show devoted to the burgeoning sport of MMA. In the ten seasons that followed, the series documented the meteoric rise of MMA from a fringe sport fighting for mainstream acceptance to it becoming the fastest growing sport in the world.
"Inside MMA blazed the trail for the mainstream media's acceptance of MMA," said Cuban. "Bas, Kenny, and Ron were there from the start, introducing the sport and its stars to a national television audience when other networks were too afraid and out of touch to recognize its appeal."
Announcements concerning AXS TV FIGHTS complete 2017 lineup are forthcoming.
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