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Thursday, March 31, 2011

FUEL TV Hits Hard With Launch Of “FUEL TV’s Friday Fight Night”


LOS ANGELES, Mar 31, 2011 -- FUEL TV, Fox Sports Media Group’s dynamic entertainment and sports network for young males, announces the launch of a new weekly programming block devoted to boxing and MMA fighting programming. “FUEL TV’s Friday Fight Night” launches April 1 and includes shows such as PRIZEFIGHTER, SHARK FIGHTS, and HOMETOWN THROWDOWN.

“Fight-focused programming is a very popular genre with our demographic and is consistent with FUEL TV’s promise of ‘Risk is the only Rule,’ making it a natural addition to our schedule,” says CJ Olivares, FUEL TV GM. “Our goal is to establish ‘FUEL TV’s Friday Fight Night’ as the ultimate destination for fans who are looking for a one-of-a-kind experience of adrenaline-fueled fight programming.”

Airing Friday, April 1 and April 8 at 10:00 PM ET/PT, PRIZEFIGHTER offers two one-hour specials of a round-to-round breakthrough boxing showdown. Eight fighters must find the stamina to go the distance in a one-night tournament where the only way to become the champ is to win every fight of the night. Prevail and you fight again. In the end, the winner will fight three matches to take the championship and prize of approximately $50,000.

Airing Friday, April 15 and 22 at 10:00 PM ET/PT, the two, one-hour SHARK FIGHTS specials consist of several epic fights that were previously only available during the September 11, 2010 pay-per-view event. Each one-hour episode brings you the best in professional MMA fighting, featuring a light heavyweight match between hard-hitting UFC veterans Houston Alexander and Thierry Remeau Soukoudjou, as well as, a main event battle between MMA fan favorite "The Dean of Mean" Keith Jardine and South African powerhouse Trevor Prangley. Additional fights include the controversial Paul “Semtex” Daley as he faces up-and-coming Jorge Masvidal, Daley's first U.S. bout following his highly publicized departure from the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Also, Pete Spratt seeks to redefine himself as a well rounded fighter as he battles tough-as-nails Eric Davila.

From Art Dore, the creator of incredibly successful Toughman Contest, comes the next generation of fighting called the HOMETOWN THROWDOWN, airing on June 3 and 10 at 10:00 PM ET/PT. In this fun night of entertainment, tough guys from around America, and all walks of life, compete in a “come one, come all” fight contest at the Wisconsin Rumble. Fighters battle in three one-minute rounds. No professional fighters, just average hometown guys slugging it out in a boxing style fight with kicking included. Everyone is vying for their two seconds of fame and glory.

The announcement of “FUEL TV’s Friday Fight Night” complements the upcoming launch of ELLISMANIA, with Jason Ellis—Australian “man’s-man,” pro-fighter, pro skateboarder and host of an uncensored, no-holds barred daily radio show on Faction, SiriusXM’s action sports and music channel. ELLISMANIA is an absurd fight comedy series that throws the traditional fighting rules out the door, bringing in shock collars and blindfolds, and offering his friends and fans a chance to battle it out in the ring. ELLISMANIA premieres on FUEL TV on Wednesday, April 6 at 10:00PM ET/PT, as part of FUEL TV’s Fearless Wednesdays line up.


FUEL TV is the only cable and satellite television network that features the exciting world of adrenaline and thrill-seeking sports and the stories that surround them. This new generation of sports provides a rich landscape of some of the most vibrant and action-packed television entertainment in the world. See why young adrenaline sports fans call FUEL TV the channel they never turn off. FUEL TV, part of FOX Sports Media Group, was launched July 1, 2003 and is seen in more than 30 million U.S. homes and can be accessed by broadband, mobile devices and other digital platforms such as iTunes®. FUEL TV programming is available in more than 50 countries around the world with 24/7 channels operating in Australia, Portugal, Germany, France, South Africa, and Sweden. To subscribe to FUEL TV, call 877-4-FUEL-TV. For program times and other information, visit www.fuel.tv.

FOX Sports Media Group

FOX Sports Media Group (FSMG) is the umbrella entity representing News Corporation’s wide array of multi-platform US-based sports assets under Chairman & CEO David Hill. Built with brands that are capable of reaching more than 100 million viewers in a single weekend, FSMG includes ownership and interests in linear television networks, digital and mobile programming, broadband platforms, multiple web sites, joint-venture businesses and several licensing partnerships. FSMG now includes FOX Sports, the sports television arm of the FOX Broadcasting Company; Fox’s 19 regional sports networks, their affiliated regional web sites and FSN national programming; SPEED and SPEED2; Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Soccer Plus; FUEL TV; and Fox College Sports. In addition, FSMG also includes FOX Sports Interactive Media, which comprises FOXSports.com on MSN, whatifsports.com and scout.com, reaching over 20 million unique visitors monthly. Also included are Fox’s interests in joint-venture businesses FOX Deportes, Big Ten Network and STATS, LLC, as well as licensing agreements that establish the FOX Sports Radio Network, FOX Sports Skybox restaurants and FOX Sports Grills.


Source: Fuel TV