From the beginning at World Extreme Cagefighting’s “WEC 9: Cold Blooded” on January 16, 2004 to the premiere of AXS TV Fights: “Lion Fight 16” on July 4, 2014, AXS TV Fights—formerly HDNet Fights—has broadcast 250 mixed martial arts and kickboxing events, the most of any television network.
In 10 years of combat sports broadcasting, AXS TV Fights has traveled to 20 different countries covering over 1,500 individual matches with 41 different fight promotions. From past partnerships with top promotions such as Affliction, DREAM, GLORY, the International Fight League (IFL), K-1, ProElite, Strikeforce and WEC to current deals with world-class organizations like Legacy Fighting Championship (Legacy FC), Lion Fight, Maximum Fighting Championship (MFC) and Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA); AXS TV Fights has continued its dedication to high-level MMA and kickboxing event broadcasting.
Over the years, AXS TV Fights has amassed an extensive list of notable alumni who have risen to stardom through their exposure on the network. Well-known examples include Benson Henderson, who climbed the ranks during AXS TV Fights’ coverage of the MFC; Urijah Faber, who made his WEC debut at “WEC 19 – Undisputed” in 2006; and Muhammed Lawal, whose popularity in the U.S. began with his MMA television debut while headlining the Japan-based “HDNet Fights: Sengoku 7” in 2009. AXS TV Fights also boasts a strong connection with one of the most decorated fighters in combat sports history, Fedor Emelianenko, whose multiple appearances on the network include his first ever live free TV fight on North American cable television at Yarrenoka on New Year’s Eve 2007 to “Affliction – Day of Reckoning” and his final fight in Japan at “DREAM – Fight for Japan: Genki Desu Ka! New Year! 2011.”
“Lion Fight 16” features headliners Kevin Ross and Michael Thompson battling for Lion Fight’s inaugural super lightweight championship, former Lion Fight featherweight champion Tiffany “Timebomb” Van Soest taking on Italy’s Sindy Huyer in the co-main event, and Thailand’s Rungravee Sasiprapa making his promotional debut versus Adrian Morilla. For the first time ever, Lion Fight’s event is presented as part of the UFC’s “International Fight Week.”
“We are excited to present Lion Fight 16 on the Fourth of July and to be the 250th fight broadcast on AXS TV,” said Scott Kent, Lion Fight Founder and CEO. “I give my congratulations and appreciation to Mark Cuban and Andrew Simon for recognizing the potential of Lion Fight. I also want to thank UFC owners Dana White and Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta for making us the first-ever professional combat sports organization to take part in their International Fight Week extravaganza. Fight fans are fired up for Lion Fight 16 and the historic nature of this world class Muay Thai event.”
AXS TV Fights celebrates its 250th broadcast with “Lion Fight 16” on Friday, July 4, 2014. In honor of this major milestone, AXS TV Fights will broadcast a special edition of “Inside MMA” an hour early at 8 ET|5 PT immediately followed by the live broadcast of AXS TV Fights: “Lion Fight 16” at 9 ET|6 PT from the Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
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