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Fedor to fight LIVE on HDNet (updated)

HDNet issued a press release Friday morning announcing an agreement with M-1 Global that will allow the high definition cable network to televise Fedor Emelianenko’s return to the ring on December 31 in Japan.

Fedor’s match will be televised live, according to the network.

“This announcement reinforces our commitment to becoming the home for LIVE MMA action,” HDNet founder Mark Cuban is quoted as saying in the release.No one else but HDNet will have the return of Fedor LIVE from Japan.

It was not stated definitively in the release as to whether the remainder of the Yarrenoka card would be televised, but M-1 Global President and CEO Monte Cox’s comments in the release seem to indicate that Fedor’s bout will not be the only fight that’s televised.

“Once again, M-1 Global’s commitment to working with others has produced major results as MMA fans throughout the U.S. will be able to watch heavyweight sensation Fedor Emelianenko compete live on New Year’s Eve on HDNet,” Cox is quoted as saying. “The Yarennoka event in Tokyo features a stellar lineup of fighters and will cap the year with Fedor in the main event.”

Friday’s announcement made no mention as to who Fedor’s opponent will be.

HDNet’s release comes on the heels of the IFL’s official announcement this morning that two hours of their World Grand Prix Finals on Dec. 29 in Uncasville, Connecticut will be televised on HDNet, starting at 9:30 p.m. ET.

The next live MMA telecast on the channel will be “HDNet Fights: Reckless Abandon” on Dec. 15 and will feature a co-main event of Jason “Mayhem” Miller vs. Tim Kennedy and Frank Trigg vs. Edwin Dewees.

Update: An HDNet official has confirmed that the entire event will be televised.

  • Evan says:

    Time to get HDNet folks…Cuban is digging in.

  • Zack says:

    Wow. This is big time. I like some healthy competition for the UFC.

    HDNet is already worth it for Inside MMA. The first couple of shows were shaky but since they went to 1 hr I think it’s a can’t miss. The panels have been great lately. I’m excited to see Our Leader Caplan tonite.

    Sam – did you throw out any controversial opinions?

  • Sam Caplan says:

    Zack, I will be on next Friday. Not tonight.

    I just got HDNet this week. Prior to that I had only been able to see it when at the school I train at. HDNet is pretty bad ass.

  • Zack says:

    OK, gotcha. That’s Holiday party night so I’ll have to Tivo it.

  • Do you have to have an HD box to get HDNet? I don’t have an HD TV or HD cable, but I want HDNet.

  • Zack says:

    I have Verizon Fios, which requires the HD channels as a separate package. I’m not sure if you can get those channels without an HD box and TV.

  • Dan Cruickshank says:

    You need an hd receiver to watch HDNet but do not need an HD Television… though it would make sense to have one.

  • Dan Cruickshank says:

    For clarification, an HD reciever can be told what resolution to ouput the signal at. You can just select 480i and watch the clearest picture you’ve ever seen on your old little TV. :)

  • garth says:

    now all i need to do is ditch my cable, my broadband, and my package deal that saves me money for a flaky DSL that costs more and a satellite dish.

    dammit. why cuban? whyyyyyyy?! get a cable partner!!

  • Evan says:

    I was running HDNet with comcast with no HD TV, now I have AT&T U-Verse but not the HD package yet. I will probably order it soon.

  • Zack says:

    what time of day will this air live? middle of the night?

  • robnashville says:

    zack – from what i heard it will air about 5 or 6 in the morning live and then be rebroadcast at a more decent hour the next day….

  • boris says:

    Who will Fedor be fighting against?

  • david says:

    Fedor is scheduled to fight Hong Man Choi.


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