HDNet issued a press release Wednesday afternoon to formally announce a long-term partnership to televise Affliction’s MMA events. The precise duration of the agreement was not specified in the release.
The events that will be televised on HDNet will be 60-90 minute specials to air immediately prior to major Affliction pay-per-view events, similar to the format utilized between Affliction and Fox Sports Net prior to the promotion’s first show on July 19.
The agreement between HDNet and Affliction will commence during Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” show on Oct. 10 in Las Vegas at the Thomas & Mack Center.
“This is the beginning of a long-term partnership with Affliction that encompasses live MMA, co-marketing and top fighters for the top weekly show in MMA – Inside MMA on HDNet,” HDNet Fights CEO Andrew Simon is quoted in the release. “Affliction has quickly become one of the top organizations in MMA which means it is a must have for HDNet.”
According to the press release, three matches will air beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET with Kenny Rice, Bas Rutten, and Ron Kruck handling the broadcast duties. So far, only two of the three matchups set to air have been announced, which include former IFL heavyweight champion Roy Nelson fighting former UFC heavyweight title challenger Paul Buentello and welterweights Mike Pyle and Jason High.