Spike TV no longer has the UFC, but the edgy network does have Bellator MMA. And as of Thursday, Spike also has GLORY Sports International (GSI).
Spike has announced they have reached a multi-year deal to broadcast the kickboxing company’s shows in America starting this fall.
“We are thrilled to partner with GSI in bringing Spike TV’s audience the incredible action and intensity of GLORY’s fight league, which feature the best kickboxers in the world,” said Spike senior vice president of sports and multiplatform programming Jon Slusser. “Viewers will quickly see this as the perfect complement to our coverage of Bellator, the world’s leading tournament-based MMA promotion.”
GLORY previously had a broadcast deal with CBS Sports Network, which aired last week’s GLORY event.
Once the agreement officially kicks in, Spike will showcase two-hour live primetime events on select Saturday nights from around the globe.
“Spike has established itself as the home of combat sports in a way that is unique. Its audience will expect the most exciting ring action and we promise to deliver it,” said GLORY CEO Andrew Whitaker. “Glory kickboxing is the next big thing and Spike clearly knows something about spotting aces in the sports programming space.”
According to the press release, GLORY is the world’s premier stand-up fighting league. The fight series includes multi-man tournaments, along with single bouts. The most elite kickboxers on the planet compete for GLORY including Tyrone Spong (pictured), Gokhan Saki, Semmy Schilt, Nieky Holzken, Yuta Kubo, Giorgio Petrosyan, Daniel Ghita, Peter Aerts, Remy Bonjasky and Albert Kraus.