HDNet issued a press release Friday morning announcing an agreement with M-1 Global that will allow the high definition cable network to televise Fedor Emelianenko’s return to the ring on December 31 in Japan.
Fedor’s match will be televised live, according to the network.
“This announcement reinforces our commitment to becoming the home for LIVE MMA action,” HDNet founder Mark Cuban is quoted as saying in the release. “No one else but HDNet will have the return of Fedor LIVE from Japan.“
It was not stated definitively in the release as to whether the remainder of the Yarrenoka card would be televised, but M-1 Global President and CEO Monte Cox’s comments in the release seem to indicate that Fedor’s bout will not be the only fight that’s televised.
“Once again, M-1 Global’s commitment to working with others has produced major results as MMA fans throughout the U.S. will be able to watch heavyweight sensation Fedor Emelianenko compete live on New Year’s Eve on HDNet,” Cox is quoted as saying. “The Yarennoka event in Tokyo features a stellar lineup of fighters and will cap the year with Fedor in the main event.”
Friday’s announcement made no mention as to who Fedor’s opponent will be.
HDNet’s release comes on the heels of the IFL’s official announcement this morning that two hours of their World Grand Prix Finals on Dec. 29 in Uncasville, Connecticut will be televised on HDNet, starting at 9:30 p.m. ET.
The next live MMA telecast on the channel will be “HDNet Fights: Reckless Abandon” on Dec. 15 and will feature a co-main event of Jason “Mayhem” Miller vs. Tim Kennedy and Frank Trigg vs. Edwin Dewees.
Update: An HDNet official has confirmed that the entire event will be televised.