CBS EliteXC Saturday Night Fights to debut May 31
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) will make its primetime network television debut on CBS, Saturday, May 31st at 9:00 PM ET. CBS and EliteXC have announced a partnership to broadcast four MMA Saturday Night Fights each year, and they will be available in 1080i high definition.
Mixed Martial Arts is (apparently) the fastest growing sport in the U.S., at least according to the all of the fans who email us about the need to add these events to our guide. The CBS MMA fights will be produced by SHOWTIME sports, which also airs regular EliteXC matchups. In addition, NBC recently started airing a late late night MMA highlights show, Strikeforce, every Saturday from 2 am to 2:30 am ET.
The 2 hour CBS EliteXC Saturday Night Fight on May 31 will feature:
Robbie Lawler vs. Scott Smith (for EliteXC Middleweight title)
Gina Carano vs. Kaitlin Young (140 lb. weight class)
Phil Baroni vs Joey Villasenor (Middleweights)
Brett Rogers vs Jon Murphy (Heavyweights)
“In terms of recognition and perception, I believe May 31 is the biggest and single most important MMA fight card ever. It will forever change the landscape of the sport and how it is perceived,” said Gary Shaw, EliteXC Live Events President.
So mixed martial arts fans, spread the word. Tell us why we should be looking forward to this?
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