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Showtime to air mixed martial arts events

by Adam Finley, posted Nov 18th 2006 3:01PM
jean claude van dammeApparently Showtime has figured out from its boxing coverage that people not only want to see men punching each other, they'd also like to see some kicking, too. Starting in 2007, the cable network will join Pro Elite to showcase mixed martial arts events (judo, jiu-jitsu, karate, wrestling and kickboxing). The new venture, an attempt to cash in on the popularity of other "men beating the living crap out of each other" events like the Ultimate Fighting Championship, will be produced by Douglas DeLuca (The Man Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Mole). I've never been one who enjoys these kind of sports, though I did have a friend who participated in UFC and once won a match by sitting on a man's chest and punching him repeatedly in the face. I guess if you have a talent you might as well use it. The first mixed martial arts competition will air on Showtime February 10th, 2007, with new events airing through 2009.

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Chris DeBlasio

Just for the record, Leslie Moonves is guiding the CBS Corp ship. Redstone is the head of Viacom. The two entities split in Jan. 2006.


November 20 2006 at 3:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Sumner Redstone needs to do anything he can to get Showtime ratings up. They are like half of HBO's viewer share.


November 18 2006 at 11:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I like gratuitous violence. I'll watch!

November 18 2006 at 10:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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