K-1 Kickboxing Strikes Broadcasting Deal with Spike TV

Written by 5thRound.com Staff
August 20th, 2012

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Bellator Fighting Championships won’t be the only martial arts promotion taking their talents to Spike TV in 2013. On Monday, K-1 Kickboxing announced they have also struck a broadcast deal with the network.

Their partnership will begin this fall with live fights streaming on Spike.com beginning September 8th at the U.S. World Grand Prix Championship in Los Angeles. There will be a total of four events that will stream live by the end of this year.

In 2013, K-1 moves to Spike TV to coincide with the network’s coverage of Bellator.

“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.”

Spike.com’s 2012 coverage will include unprecedented access to K-1 events, from live streaming of the weigh-ins the day before the bouts, to locker room interviews, to live coverage of every fight on the card, including all the prelims.

“We are thrilled to be in business with the world’s preeminent kickboxing organization,” said Jon Slusser, Senior Vice President, Sports and Multiplatform Events, Spike TV. “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 four K-1 events in 2012 include:

September 8th – Los Angeles – U.S. Grand Prix Championship
October 14th – Tokyo, Japan – World Grand Prix Final
December 8th – Athens, Greece – MAX Final
December 26th – New York – World Grand Prix Final

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