Even though live UFC coverage is no longer in the fold, Spike TV
continues to beef up its combat sports coverage.
Spike announced a partnership with K-1, the world’s largest
kickboxing organization, that will begin this fall with live fights
streaming on Spike.com. Four events, beginning with the U.S. World
Grand Prix Championships in Los Angeles on Sept. 8, will be shown
on the website this year. Spike.com will also stream events in
Tokyo on Oct. 14, Athens on Dec. 8 and New York on Dec. 26.
In 2013, K-1 events will move to Spike TV, which is also when
Chicago-based MMA promotion Bellator Fighting Championships’ events
are set to air on the network.
“We are thrilled to be in business with the world’s preeminent
kickboxing organization,” Spike TV senior vice president Jon
Slusser said in a release. “Spike has the most passionate and
knowledgeable fans of combat sports and we are confident that they
will enjoy the high-action of K-1, which serves as the perfect
complement to our Bellator coverage next year.”
The release states that Spike TV will provide live streaming of
weigh-ins, locker room interviews and preliminary bouts as part of
its K-1 coverage.
“K-1 is excited to join forces with Spike TV, a powerful and highly
experienced cable network known nationally for its combat sports
programming, presenting our live K-1 events,” said K-1 CEO Doug
Kaplan. “Spike is the perfect television home and stage to
introduce our K-1 warriors and the fast-paced, aggressive style of
K-1 fighting to fight fans across America.”
Since 1993, K-1 has held events in 38 countries and produced Grand
Prix champions such as Alistair
Overeem, Mark Hunt,
Hoost and Peter