NBC Sports Network To Premiere World Series of Fighting: Future Champs
LAS VEGAS, Nev. (April 11, 2013) â€“NBC Sports Network and World Series of Fighting announced today that they will further their partnership beyond live event programming by unveiling an all-new television series, World Series of Fighting: Future Champs, showcasing Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) action from the sportâ€™s hottest rising stars, beginning on Saturday, April 13, at 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT.
The premiere, 30-minute episode will feature the three-round, 160-pound catchweight fight between Ozzy Dugulubgov (4-1) of Hackensack, N.J. and Chris Wade (5-1) of Lindenhurst, N.Y, a bout that took place on the non-televised undercard of the World Series of Fighting event at Revel in Atlantic City, N.J., on March 23.
The series continues on Friday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT, and will feature the explosive, 150-pound catchweight bout between Brenson Hansen (4-1) of Las Vegas and Tom Marcellino (4-2) of Fairfield, Conn. that also took place on the March 23 undercard.
â€œWe are excited to take our partnership with NBC Sports Network to the next level and complement our live event programming with library fights featuring World Series of Fightingâ€™s fast-growing roster of emerging, young stars and future champions,â€ said World Series of Fighting President and six-time world kickboxing champion and two-time Hall of Famer Ray Sefo. â€œThe World Series of Fighting: Future Champs program will effectively give us the stage needed to build the star power of our best prospects by connecting them with a national audience that would not otherwise be able to see them in action on television.â€
World Series of Fighting is coming off its second, star-studded, live NBC Sports Network-televised event headlined by a heavyweight showdown between superstars Anthony â€œRumbleâ€ Johnson (16-3) of Boca Raton, Fla. and Andrei â€œThe Pitbullâ€ Arlovksi (18-10) of Minsk, Belarus on March 23. The live telecast peaked with 332,000 viewers, marking a 46 percent increase in peak viewership from the promotionâ€™s inaugural event on Nov. 3 that peaked with 228,000 viewers.
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