While Showtime is pressing forward with a planned Nov. 17 auction of ProElite’s assets, the premium cable network is also planning to announce it’s next move in regards to televising mixed martial arts.
According to a report by SI.com’s Josh Gross, Affliction Vice President Tom Atencio is quoted as saying that a planned Monday announcement will reveal that Showtime will both distribute and produce Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” pay-per-view event on Jan. 24 from The Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
Showtime’s production team not only handled all ShoXC and EliteXC broadcasts on the network, but also handled the production of all EliteXC events on CBS. The network previously distributed one other MMA pay-per-view; Strikeforce and EliteXC’s co-promotion in June of 2007 that featured Frank Shamrock and Phil Baroni vying for the then-vacant Strikeforce middleweight title.
Voicemails seeking comment by FiveOuncesOfPain.com from officials at Showtime have thus far gone unanswered.
The Jan. 24 Affliction event will feature WAMMA heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko defending his title against former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski.